A Lovely Christmas Had By All
Trip Start Dec 15, 2012
18Trip End Jan 19, 2013
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Jil and I made a pact that our stay here at Sands was to be our Christmas gift to one another. Our pacts apparently are made to be ignored as Jil gave me a nice golf shirt and I gave her a golf blouse. Our furry ones got some yummy dog bones and a lot of fun romps in the dog park in return for their companionship. We had very pleasant phone chats with our kids. It's good that Christmas is more to them than exchanging gifts.
We went to a well attended pot luck dinner at 1430 hours. It wasn't really a pot luck as each table's "captain" assigned what folks were to bring. The rectangular tables, set for 16, were nicely decorated.
We sat at the middle of the table, side by side. More people came and couples sat across from one another so we did the same. Then we noticed that all the males were sitting on Jil's side and all the females on my side. I looked about and our table was the only one with this arrangement as the others had males and females randomly seated on each side of their table. I guess the really strange thing aboot our seating arrangement was Jil and I stuck to our guns and did not exchange places with one another. So our table had seven gentlemen and one lady seated on one side of the table and 7 ladies and a, eh, gentleman on the other.
Most of the folks at our table were from Canada, and most of those from British Columbia. They have very American sounding names; Ruth, Martha, Betty, Harry, Otto, Russ, Nigel. Nigel? Yes, he was born a Britt, went to Canada on business, decided he liked it and became a citizen. It was fun conversing with them, learning about their homes and their plans for this winter, when and how they were to return to their homes. Most stay in the U.S. for just less than 6 months. 6 months or more out of country and their medical insurance is cut off. Their dress and their speech don't give any hint of being Canucks. What I think as Canadian accents may come from provinces a little farther east than B.C
The meal was really great. We had ham, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, yams, sweet potatoes, breaded,corn, two other types of veggies and rolls. Dessert consisted of pies, cookies, fruit cake, two other types of cakes and a delicious dish made with fresh berries smothered in 6 inches of whipped cream. The amount of food for dinner was just right- not too many left overs. Desert was a different story. All who brought dessert supplied enough for 16 people. At least 5 desserts were presented. Needless to say a lot of dessert was not consumed!
After dinner a small choir composed of two ladies and a gentleman sang some our old favourite carols. They and their pianist were quite good. Everyone joined in singing the last few songs. That's what the season is all aboot, eh? (The Canadien's are starting to influence my writing, eh?)
We all waddled back to our rigs. Our furry friends were really happy to see us. Molly presented two of her babies to us. I don't know how she gets two of those stuffed animals into her mouth at once. Maverick is waggling his tailless behind with conviction. It must be time to feed them and take them out for their evening constitutional.