It's about time.

Many of you can relate to Working long hours at your career. Raising your families. Buying a home and paying all the bills related to being homeowners and parents. We're now retired and don't need all that work and expense. Now "It's about time" and what we do to follow our dreams.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Our Merry Thanksmas and Gag Gifts.

Our Location today is at McGregor, Ontario, Canada.

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We had another wonderful night’s sleep and managed to wake feeling refreshed. The reason we felt that way probably had something to do with the Heavy Rain that pounded on our Roof all night. A look at the Rain Gauge would later reveal that we had 2 & 3/8” of Rain overnight which is a lot for this area. 

We finished breakfast and were sitting at our Computers by 8:30 this morning but we knew there was still plenty of Work we had to do before we set out this afternoon. While Kathy was on her Computer I was busy wrapping some Special Gag Gifts that I custom made the Wrappers for. They turned out better then I thought but I’ll have to wait to display them because someone that reads our Blog is also getting one and we don’t want to spoil the surprise. 
Perfect fit.
After I took my shower we had located all the ingredients for our contribution to today’s Celebration when Kathy realized that she was short on Sour Cream. I was soon on my way to the No Frills grocery store in Essex to fix that problem. Since Kathy had decided to stay Home she didn’t see the Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the Power Lines in search of its next meal. 
The coloured shrubs were green the entire summer.
We kept lunch lite but filling by having Macaroni and Cheese. After eating while Kathy did up the Dishes I busied myself repackaging the last batch of Vitamins that we picked up this week. Like the last time, once I was finished there were a Dozen Empty Containers headed for the Recycle Bin which means that much less space is wasted when we travel. 
Birds gathering to fly south.
Shortly after 3:00 we had all the Gifts we were distributing today loaded in the Car and were on our way to our son Kevin and daughter-in-law Melissa’s house in Amherstburg. We were just pulling in the driveway when I realized we had forgotten the Gag Gifts. Let’s just say it didn’t take me long to be back with them. 
Plenty of Food for everyone.
Cody and Heather would miss the meal but everyone had brought something to add to the Merry Thanksmas Celebration. The first time we held this Thanksgiving/Christmas Celebration our daughter Karen kept tossing names around of what we should call it and that’s what she finally came up with. When we mentioned the name to some friends that winter they said they had heard that somewhere before. Back Home Kathy had Googled the term to find it was in the Urban Dictionary and had been used by people that would not be home for the second holiday. The term has been used since before WWII but we naturally refer to it as Merry Thanksmas and get some weird looks from people that are home for the Holidays. 
Tyler wondering why I was taking his Picture.
I'm always taking his picture.
Matthew with his new Camera.
Kylla with her Handmade Bracelet from Wickenburg, Arizona.
Cameron trying to scare his brother with his Porcelain Snake.
Kathy had supplied the Plates that were on the small size so nobody went without a second plate of food. I must have started at the wrong end of the line because I had my Salads as my second helping. With the outside Temperature being only 63 F (17 C) the food is served in the House but the long tables for eating at are set up in the Garage. Then it was time for the Gifts so Kathy and I hauled them to just outside the Door but deliberately left the Gags in the Car. Everyone loved them, from the smallest Gifts to the larger ones because Kathy chooses the Gifts to match the person we are giving it to not just a generic token. There were a few confused looks because some gifts were opened out of order. Then we gave out the Gag Gifts telling everyone they had to open it all at once. Everyone was laughing and enjoyed it as much as the larger Gifts.
Our son Ken agreeing with his shirt.
Kevin already plans to wear his shirt with his Street Rod.
Karen loves the Arizona Blanket.
It was past 8:00 when Heather finally got off work. Being the newest employee, she got stuck working while senior employees spend the day with their families. She was tired but was soon happy at what she received and like the others had the biggest smile with the Gag Gift. 
Greg wants to take his Harley on Route 66.
Melissa loving her Native Throw from Wickenburg.
Heather laughing at the Gag.
Everyone went home with a Doggie Bag for tomorrow’s lunch. It was after 9:00 when we got Home. Thank you for following along and feel free to leave a comment.
Be Safe and Enjoy!

It’s about time.


A fine line by Mark Twain:

I didn't attend the funeral,

but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.


  1. Love your gift ideas. I'm going to keep them in mind for OUR Christmas. Looks like you had a lot of fun with family.

  2. I love the fact that Kathy buys all year long and especially the gifts from the southwest! Lots of good times and great food! Lovely family you have there!

  3. Great pics of another wonderful family gathering. Lots of laughs, great food and most of all time spent together. We loved all the gifts and really enjoyed watching everyone get their goodies. Thank you guys again for all the really great gifts!