"Vacation from Retirement" for 3 weeks. Thanksgiving trip
11/21/2013 - 12/03/2013
Headed off from Williamsburg after moving the rig to the campground storage area (for a fee of about $40/week) and basically head north on route 95 on a mild fall day… we did make one strategic error in that with pit stops, a quick phone call and queing for soup at the Chesapeake House we were about 2 minutes behind a motor vehicle accident just up the road….it resulted in a 60 minute engine-off stop which included a snack and a brief nap! Back on our way was smooth sailing till north of NYC where we encountered another horrific slow down…10 hours into a 7 hour trip we arrived at our friends the Tunderman’s where Tom had cooked us one of his childhood favorite German dinners with wine and fabulous leftover Julia birthday cake!
Julia swooped in from Denver about 10 PM for a brief hello, a short glass of wine and off to bed. We were able to scramble some eggs and make breakfast for Tom and Julia and then we were all off to our appointed rounds. ….us to visit Roz and Joe, say hi, pick up a Christmas swap gift, drop off our 2nd tin of Virginia peanuts and have lunch and a quick catch up session…and we’re off!
This time heading for Plymouth MA by way of Newington where we “dropped in to see the folks”... Curt, Maidie and Jackie’s gravesites, what we call the “thorn between 2 roses” (yes, Curtis is buried between his 2 wives!) We thought we’d take the “scenic” route to Plymouth to visit the Welckers and took a damn long time doing it! Never again.
Dinner with Denise and David at Tomatoes in Bourne (or maybe Sandwich) was fabulous and was preceded by our annual small gift exchange and wine at their home. Our “home” for the night would be in South Yarmouth at Healeys’ where we arrived about 10 to be greeted by the “sole survivor” at that hour…David. Now we could settle in for a few days and cease being vagabonds, if only for a while! Saturday was comprised of local errands, including trips to our storage facility to drop off a few excesses from our rig and pick up only a couple small items we could find in the 3 overstuffed units. Early Saturday morning was dedicated to getting FASTING routine labs drawn in preparation for my “Medicare physical, That evening was a night to both have a wonderful dinner with Dave and Marty and catch up with the English/Woods and the Lindquists … lots of birds with one stone! Sunday was a down day which included a winter walk on our favorite West Dennis Beach and then dinner at Soleil in Hyannis with Susan and Bert followed with a nightcap at a local, late night watering hole….topped off with more peanuts for our friends and another late night, this time with “our” lovely waterfront home to ourselves where we could awake to the sun coming up over the Bass River out our 2nd floor window…magnificent!
Monday and Tuesday were meant for more business including doctor and dentist visits for me and erranding for Trace. Tues lunch was tomato soup on the way out of town to Ryan and Christina’s. We arrived in North Kingstown as Dylan and the Family of Four were about to depart for Dylan’s first professional haircut. We hung back and met a business woman whom we had to sign papers with at a local Starbuck’s and all met back home for cocktails and Christmas wrapping, making a batch of Bailey’s, and generally getting ready for both Thanksgiving on Thursday and Henry’s birthday party on Friday as well as Christmas on Saturday!!!
Wednesday was another prep day where we never left the house but the west coast Pomeroys did all arrive early in the morning. THREE GRANDCHILDREN all in one place at one time! Thursday saw us all enjoying a tremendous Thanksgiving feast and washing dishes well into the night …..All worth it!
Friday we had the rare opportunity to celebrate for the 3rd year in a row with Henry and his SIX grandparents as well as his Great Gramma Pat ~ SEVEN GRANDPARENTS!!! We attended a farmyard animal themed Birthday party and dinner hosted by G Ro and Grampa Jack at their home where we also had the rare occasion to see and visit with several other local Pomeroys! A banner day all around!
Christmas came early to No Kingston…starting with a wonderful egg casserole which Ryan got up early to make and then assisted us in our waiting by custom making Bloody Marys. A wood fire in the fireplace, a newly decorated Christmas tree and Ambler/Pomeroy gifts beneath it rounded out our “Christmas afternoon”. Yet another late night with the night owl Pomeroys …I see naps in Gramma and Grampa’s near future!
Our vacation started to wind down with our final visit to Nancy and Steve’s starting after a 3 hour road trip to CT. Another holiday kick off day consisting of a tour through a local art and craft show where Trace ran into a friend from his very first days at Cross, Brodrick & Chipman! Rosemary (now a local artist in Essex) joined us all at the Essex Yacht Club for the Christmas boat parade and catching up with Trace….warmed by tasty spirits. Afterward we were gifted, as usual, with a fabulous dinner! In this case it was scrumptious short ribs served over paparadelli . We love being “guinea pigs” for Nance. Day #2 of our CT stop was a little shopping therapy for the Nancys and off to the boat for “the boys”. We treated the Anderfletts to dinner at a local eatery called Gabrielle which followed an afternoon at the movies.
OK... the party’s almost over…up early Tuesday , morning December 3rd for an excessively long trip back to Williamsburg VA. Dinner was at a terrific William and Mary campus pub called Green Leafe’s, for beers and burgers with John Degnan after our 11 hour trip was just perfect. Last night of our vacation spent at Degnans’ and off to rejoin our rig almost 3 weeks after we left “her” in the storage area at our Williamsburg campsite. Friends and family mean the world to us!