42 Days Till Christmas and Counting...

My gosh is it that time of year again?  Where has the time gone?  For the past two years I have been out of commission by having total knee replacement surgery during the holidays.  But this year I am up and around and doing fine.  I get to decorate the house!  Wheeeee!  It's been a long time since I've decorated the house. But family is coming and I'm excited about it. 
I have most of my Christmas shopping done.  Nothing like planning ahead and getting it out of the way.  I still need to shop for Noah, but trying to find him something that he doesn't already have will be hard.  He's got so much stuff for his birthday that I don't think another toy will fit into his house.

With an 18 month old in the house and his being such a go-getter, constantly on the move, I want to spend lots of time with him. I don't get to see him all that often and when I do it's such fun because he's such a cute little guy. I think he will have fun at Christmas, but next year will be when he will really have fun because he will be more into it. We'll have to find a place to put the Christmas tree so it won't get toppled. A little one, four dogs and a small tree doesn't mix very well.
I have lots of baking to do over the next few weeks.  Christmas cookies and pies, make ahead casseroles.  I will be experimenting with making the cookies with Splenda instead of sugar this year. I don't want to spend my all time off from work (12 days) cooking.  My blood sugar is doing well and I have lost 16 lbs. thus far.  I have more to loose and I want to get the blood sugar down under 80.  If I can do that before the end of the year, I will be a very happy camper.

Dave has a birthday coming up this month.  He was lamenting the other day that he was going to be 69 in a few weeks.  I told him he had one more year to get his stuff pulled together as I'm trying to set a target date on getting out on the road. 

I looked at a Keystone Sydney 328FRK the other day.  I like the layout of the kitchen but Dave was concerned that there was not room for two reclining chairs.  I told him that we could do away with the couch...that went over like a lead balloon. There were a few other aminaties that I would like to have that were not offered.  I prefer a table and chairs for the dining area instead of booth seating and you have to have a seat it the shower. Small details like that. All in all it's not a bad looking trailer.  But my all time favorite is the Keystone Alpine 3600RS. The price is nice too.  :(   Will have to wait to see if any used ones come up for sale. There could be one drawback to a rig that size.  Getting it into the National Parks and National Forest areas.  

Yesterday I made a big pot of German Chicken Barley Soup.  It was good and hit the spot.  Today has been cool and overcast with a smattering of rain here and there. Hot soup always does the trick on a cool or cold day.  And there's nothing like walking into a house where soup is on the stove and the aroma hits you like a ton of bricks and makes the old mouth water.  Yep, good soup!

Well for now that's the news from here.

Happy trails...

1 comment:

  1. If we had to do it again I think I'd pick at 34 instead of a 36 foot. We have been able to get into all the state and national parks we wanted. Think carefully about a rear kitchen. Things get jostled a LOT and things fall out when you open the cabinets after a day of driving. I wanted and got a rear kitchen but grew to hate it and am happy with a side kitchen now. How's the "sorting and decluttering" going?


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