We had a nice couple of days, visited by my daughter, her husband, and their daughters; ex-daughter-in-law Kat; granddaughter Amber; and grandson Arick and his sweetheart, Heather. None of them received a present from us, but they showed up anyway. We ate junk food all day yesterday and today: Cheese ball and crackers, hamburger dip and chips, and various things I had dipped in almond bark. My favorite Christmas cookie these days consists of peanut butter between two round crackers, dipped in chocolate-flavored almond bark. If you haven't tried this, you MUST! The daughter and her husband brought me a huge can of Topsy's popcorn we've all been munching on. Oh yes, it's been an eating marathon around here.
I got Cliff a DVD about his current favorite brand of tractor, "All About Olivers". Since portions of it were filmed at a tractor show that we attended in Iowa, it was especially enjoyable.
We like watching "Country's Family Reunion" on RFDTV. I found an excellent buy on a four-DVD set, "Country's Family Reunion at the Ryman". If you go to that link, pay no attention to the price they're asking; I found it, used, for $49.99. I got this as a gift for my husband, but it was for me as much as for him. The old-time country artists (those who are still alive) get together and talk about the old days and sing their hits from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. You'd have to be as old as we are and love country music to appreciate it, but it's right up our alley. I also got Cliff some shirts that feature his favorite tractors. He got me some gloves and (YES!!!) some new Muck Boots! The tall Muck boots I bought three years ago are still in fine shape, but my shorter ones were totally worn out. If you live in the country, if you take walks in winter, if you wade through mud to do any sort of chores at any time of year... you need to part with a handful of money and get some Muck boots.
Am I the only one who breathes a sigh of relief when Christmas is over, even if it's been a wonderful one? I'm pretty sure this was true, even back when I was a child. It's good to see life getting back to normal.
Now we can hunker down, get through winter (looks like it may be a bitter one this year) and look forward to spring.