What remains of the Union Canal. It’s now filled in. Nothing here except the Towpath on the left.

Hello there, to all my followers. It’s a New Year now as most all of you know by now. The Holiday Season has come & gone. All the running around, decorating, dinners, and drinks are in the past now. Another Season has come and gone. I think that with the New Year here, there will be some different Posts on my blog, instead of writing & showing images of Historical places around my area. I have posted about most of them, so there is not much left. I still will Post about History here, but not as much as before. I think what I will do is say more about what I do here, what my Life has been like the past few year, and what it is now & what I can foresee in the future.

Starting with Thanksgiving this year, it was about the same as it has been except for one big change. This year my Wife and I decided not to cook a big dinner with the Turkey and all the trimmings. We have been doing cooking and having Family come over for many, many years. Now, that we have gotten older, we grew weary of all the work that goes into cooking a big meal. It’s been nice, but it has gotten to be too much, so some really good friends invited us up to their home for the meal. It was nice not to cook for the 1st time. We had more than enough to eat & drink. We left them feeling stuffed that we could hardly walk. They offered us to take home left overs for later days. We did just that.

Christmas was different. Eileen wanted to cook this time. We had bought a large Ham for Dinner. We had most of the Family here and had a full table setting. Ham, taters, corn, Eileen’s famous macaroni salad, red beets, apple pie, and some very, very hot sauce that Eileen’s oldest Son likes. Once he ate some, it made his nose run & his face got quite red! That was hot stuff! Me? I can’t eat that kind of sauce. Would tear up my stomach. Everyone left feeling full as always. Now, after everyone was gone we had to do the clean up. Getting all the dirty dishes in the washer, putting stuff back where it is stored, empty the trash can, and then relax is what will probably stop this year.

Then not soon after it was time for New Years Dinner with the traditional Pork & Sauerkraut that we have always had for years. We had bought a nice Pork roll a few weeks back and put it into the freezer for later on. This time we had 9 people over for New Years Dinner. Cooking the Pork for about 4 hrs. then tearing it into smaller pieces, is a real chore for us. Placing the Pork into a large pot with 4 bags of Sauerkraut and cook it for a number of hrs. That’s not to mention all the potatoes we had to peel & cut up for mashed potatoes. Also, can’t forget Eileen’s great macaroni salad! Everybody just loved it. I and everyone else felt so full we could take a nap! After everyone was gone we cleaned up as always. We were wore out.

Sorry, I didn’t take any images to show. Just too busy I didn’t even think of it. I get dumb & forgetful at times. The picture above is one left over from the Summer this year. So far, that was our Holiday months. More later.

Thanks for viewing.



Published by Les

I am 75 yrs. young and now retired. I worked in the Machinist Trade for 24 yrs. Served in the US Navy with a Tour of Duty in Vietnam. Being retired I do enjoy Photography with my Nikon and Pentax Camera's, snooping around in Historic and Abandoned places, using my Scroll Saw, Reading, Travel, riding a bicycle on the many Trails that are around my area, and what-ever else will interest me at the time. Come with me and see where I go, where I have been, and my Life surviving Retirement.

One thought on “IT’S A NEW YEAR!

  1. We cooked for Thanksgiving but not for Christmas or New Years. We had family over for Thanksgiving. We went to Bob’s daughters house for Christmas Eve. Rest of the holidays were quiet, just the two of us.

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