Home from a week long vacation at my Grandma's house in Iowa. No snow so
no sledding this year, oh well. Here's what I did do:
(Hopefully I'll fill in the photos later.)
Saturday, 21 Dec
Day of travel. Planes. blah.
Sunday, 22 Dec
My brother and I decorated christmas cookies. We are so very artistic.
Not pretty but very colorful! :)
Monday, 23 Dec
Dad, bro and I went out in the sheep pasture to play with grandpa's old
shotgun. I considered carefully, before I went out to play since I am
very much not a gun person. But, what harm shooting at cans into the creek
I'm not a good shot: I think I was hitting the coke cans about one in
four shots. We'd do a set, then move back about ten or fifteen feet.
We went through two boxes of bullets. It was fun.
There is a llama guarding the sheep. When we entered their pasture,
the herd came up to see us. The sheep just veered off, but the llama
came straight at us. I turn around and both Dad and Bro are behind the fence
and urging me to get the fence between me and the llama, too. ha.
I did, but then offered my hand to Dennis the llama when he came to
the fence. He sniffed and blowed out twice on my fingers then turned
to join his sheep. Grandma says Dennis never gets near humans, and I
wasn't able to get close to him again, tho I went out several times during
the week. humph.
Tuesday, Christmas Eve
In the Morning: A 2.5 hour walk through the woods and fields with Dad
and his bro (my uncle). Tough walking with all my layers of clothing
and coveralls and boots through cut corn fields, weeds and climbing
creek banks and all.
Main reason I went was to see a recently dead deer. Shot and left,
moronic hunters. Partially eaten by the local carnivore critters.
Also, a pig skeleton, head intact until I pulled it apart.
Put it back together and brought over it's broken shoulder blade.
Yes, there were live animals as well. Deer, a fluffy little coyote,
Great Horned Owl, a confused blue heron.
Evening: celebrating xmas. The christmas play at the church, by the kids.
Big dinner. then presents, Mom, Dad, Bro, Gram and great Aunt. Happy.
oh, yes, I forgot to tell you, my big Xmas project was making blank books
for everyone. I think everyone liked them! Bro wrote something immediately,
and Gram had about two pages filled by the time I left. Cool! That made
Wednesday, Christmas Day
Just relaxed most the day. In the evening, went to Uncle's house to play
Trivial Pursuit with some strangers (to me at least, Uncle remarried and
her family is huge and I can never remember anyone's name). We did lose
the game, but we got all our pie pieces first.
Thursday, 26 Dec.
Clean up of Grandma's back yard area which is actually connected to the
sheep pasture. Out in the country, she doesn't get trash pick up, so she
burns her trash and saves unburnables in a shed to drop off later. But
wind storms have blown stuff around and so an area behind and next to
one of the barns was a mess.
I found a small canine skull. And a sheep skeleton strewn all over the place.
I gathered up the bones and put them in a pile under a tree. And lots of
stuff that I couldn't haul away, like old machinery, the old toilet,
the old bathtub. heh. it's a fun place.
And then I went out to the pasture to play with the sheep. Sheep Number 215
was quite friendly and she ate corn right out of my hand. :)
In the evening Uncle and his wife came out and they played cards. I had
already lost many card games, so I abstained that night. Brother is also
on a losing streak which is surprising, and I have to tease him about it.
me, I always lose, that is just something which is accepted around there. :)
Friday, 27 Dec
Another xmas celebrated. My cousin and his wife arrived first. Then my
Mom's bro and his new wife and her kids whom I don't know. Dinner
then presents again. And again, I think everyone liked the blank books.
Saturday, 28 Dec
Yet another xmas. At Dad's bro house with Dad's two sisters and various
family members, new and old.
Went for another walk, mowed trails made this walk much easier. Dad, Bro,
Uncle, an Aunt and new husband. Not so much excitement on this wall,
but nice and peaceful.
This year we bring one present and we did that stealing game. I got
the last number, stole a christmas CD that my bro had brought,
got it stolen from me and then decided to open the last package to
end it... a bottle of Irish Creme!! Yay. Aunt's new hubby got stuck
with the blank book I made... turns out he's kind of a poet, so that
turned out okay too.
Left for the airport a bit after four, and SO got me home at about midnight
on Saturday night. He is so wonderful: he had some dinner made, he had
cleaned up my room and vacuumed, and he had scrubbed my bath tub in case I
wanted to take a bath!! :)
Boy, that was long and obnoxious without pictures.