Spent a bit of time since Wednesday on my Daughter in Law's Christmas present. The expectation is that it might even be finished by Christmas. One hopes it will be ready, but when the guy talks about a "bit of Sanding", he's the master of the understatement.
Wednesday, Mrs Juvat and I took a road trip to Copperas Cove, Home of Fort Hood and the 1st Cavalry Division. No, I'm not enlisting in the Army, or even visiting the base. Our mission is to rescue the Daughter's car which had smote a large deer back in early October. 3 weeks to repair, it took (Stop with the Yoda, Juvat!). The Daughter and I arranged a 3 sided rendezvous whereby she brought Little Juvat's jeep over here, we went to Copperas Cove to pick up the car, and then would go our separate ways. Not to be.
The electronic ignition got a little banged up so the car wouldn't start when we got there. They insisted it had worked before they called us. So, I completed the circuit dropping my daughter in College Station where she would be attending the A&M football game with my Daughter in Law. She would then ride with the Daughter in Law home where she would pick up the jeep again and use it until her car is fixed.
So, Mrs Juvat and I drove to Copperas Cove on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving to pick up the car. Coming home was traveling "with traffic". Took us an hour and a half to traverse Marble Falls, a town of about 6900 and less than 5 miles wide. (2.21 to be exact, or as exact as Google Earth is.)
|An hour and a half to travel down that black line til it crosses the Colorado River? YGBSM! Nope!|
Fortunately, I have a classical music playlist on my phone and my truck has blue tooth.
I've flown Red Flag missions that weren't as involved as the rescue and recovery of the Daughter's Tiguan.
Thanksgiving itself was spent in the People's Republic of Austin visiting my niece, their brand new daughter, her husband and his family. Arrived about 2, and the Grand Niece was a tad cranky. She's 13 weeks old, so all the people was causing sensory overload. Mrs Juvat immediately launched into Mom mode, took charge of the Grand Niece and a few minutes later, the baby is racked out in her lap. Course, that meant to maintain the nap, sustenance must be conveyed to the nap inducer. Proud to serve I was.
|And we hadn't even had the roasted triptophan yet.|
In between calls for more wine, I watched the Lions play Minnesota, only because the TV was on out back where the guys were hanging out talking. First Pro Game I've watched in easily 10 years. Yawn! WHOGAS? Buncha overpaid thugs.
The dinner was a fairly standard menu, with a few twists thrown in. The turkey was tasty. Smoked Balogna was .....Interesting. The corn pudding was excellent as was the cranberry dressing. Salads and pies were abundant. I tried the former and passed on the latter. The Blood Sugar was taking a hit as it was.
My Green Chili Mac and Cheese was a big hit. I thought it a bit bland, but not knowing the audience, I decided to leave out the Hot Pepper Flakes. Just a dash, really, but kicks up the flavor profile.
The drive back over to Rancho Juvat was uneventful. None of the deer spotted along the road decided to play chicken with me. Given that I have yet to make the first payment on my truck (officially known as "My Truck"), I was grateful.
Friday it was back to sanding. Discretion being the much better part of valor, I avoided Black Friday by staying home....and sanding.
Saturday, my most beautiful Daughter, my Daughter in Law and I needed to venture out to Lowes. I needed more sandpaper, but I actually believe that light up ahead is the end of the sanding tunnel (train whistle be dammed), so I bought the stain and finish.
Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, was early Church. I do like this time of year with the Christmas Hymns. Gets a little dusty in the church at times for me. It's a Trade Days Weekend, so the Wife is out there selling, and my Sister is manning her store against the Black Friday Hordes. The Daughter has gone back to Austin to prepare for her workweek. The Daughter in Law decided to head to San Antonio to do some holiday shopping and contribute to what Instapundit has described as the best Black Friday in 10 years. I wonder how that can be?
I sanded.....Took a nap......Sanded.......and wrote this. Because....I got nothin' else.
|Now, if I can just find my table saw.|