December flew by for us here in the Loach household. I caught a cold/virus with a cough and sinus problems that took about four weeks to finally clear up. Because of this our early December activities and decorating were either curtailed or simplified.
At the last minute the week Rob got out of school we decided to make a quick trip to Ohio to visit with his mom in the nursing home. We had a couple of good visits while we were there. Our daughter, Megan, and her family from Michigan were able to drive down one evening and visit with Grandma and then we all were able to go out to supper together. Rob's sister Deb and her husband Dan also joined us.
Here is a picture of grandson Drew playing the guitar while the rest of the family sang carols:
On our way home I spotted a sign for a fabric store in Corbin, Kentucky that we had never checked out and Rob agreed to pull off. When we were nearing the shop we spotted a sign for the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant and museum. He went down and checked that out while I shopped for a few minutes. We both returned and found it to be a very interesting place to visit. The room where you pick up your food is very modern with the typical menu. The dining room is as it was in the 1940's and they have several display rooms showing what the kitchen and motel rooms were like. Did you know KFC was originally affiliated with a motor court?
We stopped for lunch at The Bush Bean headquarters in Dandridge, Tennessee. We really enjoyed our lunch and did a little shopping in the lovely gift shop. They also have a little museum but we didn't have time to tour it on this trip since we needed to be home in time to pick up our cats from their visit to the "spa" aka, the vet's.
After our travels we came home and had a couple of days to finish preparing for Christmas. Our son Mark and his family joined us for Christmas eve dinner and then the service at our church. This service is always a very special time with Scripture reading, carol singing, and it ends with the singing of the Halleluiah Chorus.
Our daughter Megan and her family arrived around supper time on Christmas Day. We had a pancake supper with them that evening and then later in the week had a more traditional Christmas dinner when the rest of the children and grandchildren could come.
One evening the girls wanted to have an appetizer-type meal. Our son-in-law, Topher's Mom and Dad and Aunt Lonie were here in town that evening so they came too. Topher's dad acted as our photographer and we were able to get an updated picture of the whole clan. It's hard to keep up to date with pictures.
Since Our guests went home we have been cleaning, organizing, and putting away the Christmas decorations.
On New Year's Day we went out for brunch at the Hungry Drover and then drove out to see Campbell's Covered Bridge. It was built in the early 1900's but we had never before been to see it. It is a part of the local recreation department facilities and has a nice little picnic area. Do be advised that it has no restroom facilities.
Here is a picture of the breakfast we ate. We have learned we can easily share a Drover omelet.
Here is a picture of the covered bridge:
That catches you up on our recent activities. I do hope to post a few recipes soon. I discovered recently that there are still a few old favorites I have not written about.
I hope you and your families all had a blessed Christmas and that 2016 will be a year of contentment and joy.