First of all, holiday wrap up. The holidays were good to us, if not a bit anticlimactic. Way off our normal year end frenzy. Momma is still spending nights over at SIL taking care of her, so that leaves the house to just me and the dogs. Kinda quiet over here (except for the occasional football game). I had hoped to used the rest of the holidays to catch up, but got caught up in some marathon series watching (Walking Dead, Dr Who, Firefly, Breaking Bad). You can really lose track of time/days if you get hooked on it.
The New Year Rally went off very well (despite my furnace not working). It has been a problem I have been working on for a while and I think I got it resolved. Fortunately, I have electric blankets and a small quartz heater that will take the edge off the cold. Although, the dogs seem to prefer the cooler temps. The weather was nice, if not a bit chilly, the dogs liked exploring new territory, got a chance to spend some more time with my parents. Stephen and Rebecca came out for the New Year's Eve dinner we had with the group so we got to spend a few more hour with them (first time I got to see her since she has been ill). With this group, we always plan a dinner on New Year's Eve and some games or celebration. Last year we attended a dinner/theater at a local castle in Bellville. This year, the hosts decided to have a murder-mystery play along with dinner. Some people were assigned roles to play and given a script to follow. The actors were given hints and clues to drop along the way, but nobody (including the actors) knew who really "did it" until the end. Was a fun evening. My mom was chosen to play one of the roles. She was given the role of Lotte Hauptengruben - a floozy/wine merchant/double agent. Her instructions were to dress up and show some skin/leg.
Nothing like having your 90 year old mother flashing some leg at the party even if it was all in fun.
Of course the dogs had a good time just being out of the house for a few days although it looked like Claire partied a wee bit too much champagne the night before.
|Can't hold her champagne|
The new year is starting off well. Looking forward to seeing all of the new surprises/twists that 2014 will bring.