Tis the Season to be Fat and Jelly….

Posted: December 27, 2019 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Well the rest of the year is spent being Fit and Jolly so a 5 day break seems reasonable. Its a busy time of year with lots of travel but also a wonderful time to catch up with family. Now if the weather will just behave – early indications not good. CLP is house sitting in Brisvegas again this year which works out well as a good base for various day tripping apart from that one last long trip back to Maryhole. Mind you if you look up “Purgatory” in the dictionary there are only 3 words – Xmas in Maryhole. Onward and Upward.

Of course while I always head south for Xmas Jas and family head “home” to Maryhole so first up is a stop at Beachmere on the Sunday before Xmas. The pretense is to see da boys but really keen to catch up on Sparky and Candy who appear to have been very naughty elves this year with a lot of activity “off shelf” if you get my drift. With all the horror movie ideas out there two things creep me out more than anything. Little kids roaming halls with hessian bags on their heads and doll like creatures that sleep with their eyes open. The boys are certainly growing up as both have full moustaches now . Another reason to drop in off course was for some home made Rocky Road! Best thing about relationships is finding a treat you love and the CLP doesnt. A Festivus miracle perchance?

Next stop was a slight detour to Medium Level Security Twilight Home to drop off some chocolates for Mother who loves handing out gifts to anyone who comes to her unit at this time of year even if just doing their paid job! Of course pretty sure some are double dipping as well given Mums poor memory. Its not all bad of course as I got 4 boxes of chocolates and $300 in cash myself…….A disturbing message came through though while enroute. Yes, never like getting unexpected messages at this time of year especially this one. We left the Rocky Road at Beachmere! I could well starve this Xmas now

We settled in at Windsor for rest of day and tried to stay cool as was well into the mid-high 30s by now and only respite was downstairs standing 3 feet in front of AC on full blast. By now the first tease had started with predictions of rain and pleasant temperatures for Xmas day. Given how accurate these forecasts always are we all breathed a sigh of relief and went out and bought 4 umbrellas and 6 raincoats for guests. Monday dawned warm and dry but we had contingencies in place – afternoon at Jolly RoJERs new house at Camp Hill. With Pool. Also got to have a cuddle with Ruby but didnt let that interfere with my drinking of course. Its a lovely house already and they have not even started renovations yet. Time to enjoy some family time for a while

Then it was on to our AirBNB for the night at Burbank with ADJG. A few beers , some great wine and food and this LBD was ready for a lay down and a belt loosening. Just left enough room for the included hot breakfast next morning before heading back to Windsor for a couple of hours. It was then time to return to The Home to spend some time with Mum on Xmas Eve and have lunch. The choccie count was of course well reduced by now but we only have to get through Xmas! It was a very pleasant time and very passable lunch at local cafe. Jas and da boys had also visited during week so tis a pity Mum wont remember any of it. Luckily we have photos

Back to Windsor then for afternoon to prepare for Xmas day lunch. The Della Xmas gathering had already been convened so it was a more low key event with less attendees abut same amount of food. Win Win. Jolly RoJERs arrived early morning for Champers and Prawns as you do. Matt and Quinn were duly summoned and arrived nice and early for lunch – as in 930 am! Apparently Rick hates cocktail sauce with his prawns so CLP hid that for later #insidejoke. Then it was time for pressie swapping and of course we all did very well. Did I mention that the previous night weather forecast had us up at 5 am building an Ark? Of course the deluge did not eventuate but it was more pleasant although certainly not the breezy 24 predicted. More like a humid 29! Still, there was beer and wine to bring down body temp.

We bid adieu to Jolly RoJERs who had other family commitments for lunch and retreated to the AC room for a recharge. Suitably achieved we ventured back upstairs for our midday feast but first up some prawns WITH cocktail sauce . Note the subtle difference?

The buffet was then laid out and apparently we had to fill our own plates! Years of practice ensured plate was fully covered and yet aesthetically pleasing to look at ? Some more wine – the good stuff personally transported back from Coonawarra – helped to digest the food because we all knew the “Deconstructed Pavlova Train” awaited for dessert. Once more , points were awarded for presentation and imagination. I only scored 8/10 because I forgot the cocktail sauce 😦

Needless to say after that feast we didnt need dinner but we still had our traditions to follow. That can only mean one thing – Die Hard before bed . Next morning we headed to Toowoomba for catch up with other grand kiddies. RRRs came over to Tonys for morning so just for a change we decided to eat some rich food. We may not have been able to swim for an hour but we certainly could play cricket as it was Boxing Day after all! There was cricket outside and cards inside. I did receive Cards Against Humanity for Xams but didnt think that was appropriate so they stuck with Exploding Kittens instead….

Then it was time for a good old singalong. Here is one I prepared earlier.

It was then time to head back to Sunshine Coast for the night before parting ways on Friday morning for a few days . But first Tradition 2 – Love Actually on Boxing Day. I headed back to Maryhole while CLP headed back to Brisvegas. Temperature was still pleasant enough and before you could say hand me my rake was back into my routine – golf course , coffee and gym. May take a few days at the gym methinks…..

It was a wonderful time spent with all branches of family form the youngest to oldest. It is a time to celebrate family and to give and receive gifts but it is important we dont forget the real meaning of Xmas. Eating and Drinking. Also pleased to see that Tony and Leigh understand it is always the thought that counts and the kids will always have perspective

See you in 2020

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