Overall I have was well prepared for Xmas. I got the prime rib for less than $6.00 a pound which I consider a good buy since many ranchers had a rough 2013 with the cost of feed, storms and drought. The rotisserie did a great job on the prime rib. If you like an easy way to cook roasts quickly, I would recommend getting a rotisserie. I got a used Ronco at one of the local thrift stores for $6.00 and it works great for cooking a small roast indoors even during the summer without heating up the kitchen or if you don’t have time or fuel for using the BBQ/Grill. Speaking of grills, I was hoping to give my old grill to a family member but they are having some issues in the marrige. I will be holding off giving the grill to the family until I see if they stay a family. Choas at Christmas seems to be normal in this family, perhaps it the stress of the holidays that causes the cracks to become huge fissures.
I worked all year getting gifts for everyone and I was darned pleased overall getting what people would want as a gift but I did give a couple of duds. One of the bigggest drawbacks on buying gifts early in the year is life changes quickly and what seemed like a good gift in April falls flat in December. Supposedly a couple of years ago the family was going to pick names and get one really good gift per person to save money since times are tough. This year nobody remembered to get the names picked and so half of the family seemed to blow off buying gifts for a few family members. My sister and I got sort of over looked as far as any siblings giving us gifts. I know times are tough but even a card would have been nice, as they say it’s the thought that counts! I’m not to surprised as they don’t have a thought to give to me and my sister as can happen with blended families. Perhaps in time me giving gifts thought I’m on disability and “poor” will have some impact on them. I’m not holding my breath, as they are quite self-absorbed. I have to say, not getting anything from the “siblings” did hurt just a bit.
Mom and Dad gave me some nice little gifts. Mom made me some slippers and Dad got me a bottle of wine that I really like a lot, plus he cut up a bunch of wood for me when my shoulder was hurting. My neighbors cleared off my sidewalks in the front and backyard and I gave them some beer. Very nice gifts that cost nothing in cash, but save me a lot of physical energy. I got a bit spoiled having Dad come over and cut up wood and had to go out today and cut up the wood myself. Over the last two dys I got the front porch somewhat organised to store both the party buckets of wood. I cut up three buckets worth of the mill ends and found out my little shoping cart/box works great for getting a load of of the apple wood to the front porch.
I hope I haven’t whined to much. I love giving gifts and enjoy it when I get the gift a person really likes and doesn’t say with the dissappointed voice “How nice”. The reason for the season is giving and it has been a “lessoned learned” for me. Just because some people are self absorb doesn’t mean I should get into a game of “Tit for Tat”.