I'm more than half way back to Sanford, NC. Drove another way today after consulting with my b-i-l Tim. He said he's driven this way on a motorcycle before and it's beautiful. I am looking forward to the Smokies tomorrow. Today was an easy drive, but long, with another one hour delay. This delay was because of a five car accident. I can't complain about the delay, because I arrived safely.
Last night I stayed at Jan and Tim's because Pete was really sick and Jane suggested I move to our other sister's. I'm glad I did. He was miserable, and I'm grateful I'm healthy. Of course, Rob just told me via phone that he and Beata are sick. Maybe staying in Tennessee is the best answer. :)
Yesterday was so much fun at Joe and Cindy's. We started with the trip to the cemetary, for the drinking and celebrating with Mom and Dad. As usual, it was a special occasion. Then back to J and C's for a fantastic meal, with several soup choices and tons of desserts. That's why diets can never begin on January 1 in our family.
I gave out my Christmas presents and also gifts from Rob and Beata for people who helped with their dogs and cats earlier in the year. The gifts from Okinawa were much appreciated.
Poker was a riot, but a disaster for yours truly. As stated elsewhere in a comment, there was nothing wrong with the game, but it's just organized differently than how we do it in NC. Maybe next time, I'll be more relaxed and do better. But it doesn't really matter. I had my money's worth of fun. :)
After two poker matches, we played other games. Team "Scene It" and Catch Phrase. What a riot with 14 people playing. Loved it.
Thanks to Joe and Cindy for having us all to their home. You guys are great.