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A Longggggg Weekend

December 1st, 2014

Thanksgiving is a long weekend for most, a very long weekend for us. The best laid plans of mice and men never seem to work out, that’s very true with us. It all started when they started calling for a nor’easter to come through on Wednesday night, the night before we planned on traveling to Ohio.
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We awoke to 12 inches of snow on Thursday morning, not exactly what you want to see when you have a 15 hour drive planned. The driveway needed plowed and our plow truck is in the shop. Mr Chiots set to work clearing the snow off the driveway with the tractor, not easy or quick, but it works. I dug out the cars, chicken coop and duck coops.
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Three hours later we started digging out the pig fences, which is quite a chore. If we weren’t leaving I would have just left them, but we wanted our house sitter to have the peace of mind that the pigs wouldn’t escape.
We finally managed to set off on our journey at 2 pm – which is way.too.late. The roads were clear and traffic was light, travel was great. At about midnight we decided it was safer to stop and get a few hours of sleep then continue on with the last five hours of our journey the next morning. We grabbed a hotel room, slept for four hours and were back on the road at 4:15 am.
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We arrived in Ohio around nine then next morning. After a cup of coffee I immediately started cooking our Thanksgiving dinner. It ended up being delicious, all around, from the smoked local turkey to the cranberry relish I brought from Maine.
turkey dinner
There was of course another Thanksgiving celebration with Brian’s family and then many more things. This week Mr Chiots is down hunting deer with my dad and I’m visiting with friends and trying to catch up on some work while visiting in Ohio. Long weekends are great, but they can be LONG when things don’t go quite as planned. Hopefully the rest of our visit is less exciting than the first two days.

Do you have t travel for holiday weekend?

4 Comments to “A Longggggg Weekend”
  1. Nebraska Dave on December 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Susy, nope no travel here. Just a turkey dinner with all the trimmings with friends and adopted family. As with your family, mine are scattered all across the country far far away. Travel during the Winter months is always risky. My Christmas season will be filled with activities from the same friends and family. Sending out the Christmas cards will be the major Christmas activity. I know that you and Brian will have a good time with family. It’s also great to get back home after it’s over. “There’s no place like home” (Wizard of Oz) even if it’s not in Kansas.

    Have a great Longgggg weekend day.

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  2. Trish on December 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

    wow, what a way to start the day! Sounds exhausting! glad you were able to find a hotel room. We drove 5 hours to spend Thanksgiving with my husbands family, and then drove 5 hours back, getting home about midnight, and I found that pretty exhausting. We have animals to get back to, so we opted not to spend the night. I envy you that you found a house sitter – they seem to be thin on the ground around here.

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  3. Lorri on December 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    We got about 8 inches in the Western Foothills. It made for a longish (but fun!) Thanksgiving day, between cooking and snow removal. I’m glad I didn’t have to drive anywhere!

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  4. Ilene on December 10, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Well I’ve been offline for awhile and now that I’m back I’m trying to catch up on your blog. When I click on the month and year under “Archives”, I only get one post. Surely it’s that I’m doing something wrong and you’re not only doing one post a month. Is there a better way to look at old posts? Loved your post about the socks though.

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