My monthly massage and chiropractor appointment was Monday. I'm getting over a bad cold and was afraid I wouldn't be able to go, but I did. I hate this weather up north. I haven't had a cold since we went fulltime in 2010 and lived in Florida in the winters. I'll probably have a cold every winter while living up here.
Tuesday I started my week trip to Aurora, IL (took five trips to the car to load it)
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Travel time took four and half hours north to see Rick, our youngest son. We planned for a weeks visit and over Thanksgiving. It's less likely to have bad weather then it would be for Christmas. I haven't seen him since 1995 for any Thanksgiving or Christmas. I arrived about 2:30 so I beat the darkness. I followed the GPS and didn't make one wrong turn. That's a first for me, I usually make a wrong turn or something happens I'm in the wrong lane to make a turn. I'm very proud to make it perfectly.
I brought along my R2D2 Lego set that Jim bought me for my birthday. I haven't put it together yet, because I knew I'd need some help. Rick has put together over 20 Lego sets and is quite experienced.
The top opens up guns come out, the legs come up and down, it moves sideways.
Thursday morning we went to Tammy's about 9:30. We cooked most of the day. The turkey was 17lbs and not totally thawed out even though it was in the refrigerator since Monday. We baked that thing five hours and still wasn't totally done, but good enough to eat by 5:30. Tammy made a Polish dressing, which was wonderful, Brussel sprouts, 7 layer salad (awesome), mash potatoes, and rolls. Rick made peanut butter cookies and deviled eggs. I brought pecan pie and sweet potato casserole from Eckerds in Belleville. They're a great place to get holiday foods.
Before and after.