Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

It has been an epic Thanksgiving this year.  It started two weeks ago when we left home for Augusta Georgia.    It can’t be easy to have two retired elders move in for that long, but we’ve had lots of fun and everyone has made us feel as though we are a part of the family.

Kim and Marc are excellent cooks—in fact all our kids are good cooks.  We had turkey, ham, Kim’s special potatoes, sweet potatoes, Dan’s oyster casserole and brussels sprouts.

IMG_9190-1It was Kim’s the chocolate cheesecake that stole the show, though

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A few got sleepy after the big meal.

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Jojo was sure there was a squirrel for her this Thanksgiving.

IMG_9183-1 Well, here we are getting ready to load up the PW and head west.  We think we will slip through a warm spell so that we won’t need to winterize.  A big thank you to our North Carolina family for making our visit special and to our neighbors for keeping everything watered at home so we didn’t have to worry.

Happy Thanksgiving to family and friends! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Pickleball

Marc and Kim have a new Cary city park just a short walk away from their house.  It has a basketball court, playground and a Pickleball court!  The little park is very popular in the neighborhood.

So, as part of our early Christmas present to the family, we gave them enough equipment to play double Pickleball. 

Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island near Seattle Washington.  Three dads madeup the game to keep their kids occupied during the summer.  It is played with a wiffle ball and wooden paddle. 

I wondered why it is called Pickleball.  There are two theories and both are probably partly correct.  One of the wives of the founders of the game, thinking it was a combination of several sports,  thought it was like a pickleboat in crew where the rowers are drawn from extras from other boats. The other possibility is at some point one of the families got a dog and named it pickles. 

When we bought the equipment in Dicks Sporting Goods, the man at the checkout said it is becoming hugely popular in the Cary area because so many courts are being made available.  It is a fun game because it suits all ages.

Everyone is feeling better about their game.  Somehow Marc and I didn’t get a shot.

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