Saturday, December 24, 2005


is the number of miles between last Saturday morning and this one. We picked up ds from Purdue, returned home, put up a tree and sent some of the cards, then packed up the car and headed off on the Pa. family trip.

We saw only my sister and most of her sons while were in western Pa. Saw none of my brothers...I'm sure that they grumble that we don't come to see them. However, it seems to me if we can put on the majority of the miles, they can travel 30 or so miles to meet us somewhere? Whatever.

Did Christmas with the inlaws, who are noticeably older. Well, we all are, even the "kids" are young adults. Time passes, things change. One niece, a junior in college, is the livewire of the bunch. She goes around the table, interviewing each family member about current events in their lives. She adds an under the breath commentary on their replies, which is pretty hilarious. She had great fun with her boy cousins, who are also in college at various campuses.

I'd try to give you an example of Megan's running interview/commentary, but it's a "you had to be there" kind of thing.

Additional trip accomplishments: A finished knitted vest for dh and we listened to Elizabeth Kostova's novel, The Historian. This book reminded me of The DaVinci Code except they are chasing down dracula. It was interesting to listen to...I think I would have become impatient reading it. Also read most of Old School by Tobias Wolff, our January book-group book which I highly recommend.

That's it! Still have presents to wrap and cards to write. Then I can settle down for a long winter's nap, or knit, or weave, or spin.


  1. Merry Christmas Valerie! Glad to read that no further calamities have occurred since the locksmith fiasco!

  2. Merry Christmas Valerie! Glad you're all home safe & sound. Enjoy that long winter's nap!

  3. Happy Birthday, Valerie! You deserve a perfect day. Hope the guys help you celebrate in style.


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