We spent a week at the Middleboro, MA KOA Campground. It was home base for us while we visited family and friends during the Thanksgiving holidays. We delivered the Christmas Tree to the Mendes', where we spent the night and had a wonderful visit. We got a chance to see Brynn and Kyle at hockey practice - both have inherited their father's hockey gene! Nizhoni was so happy to see all of them, and especially the dogs - the only dogs she can relax with. They all have a great time playing in the Mendes' fenced yard. (She considers all other dogs to be threats to our safety and well-being!)
Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, the Mendes and Richard and I went on the Dinner Train again for our Thanksgiving dinner event. Had a delicious dinner, while we traveled up the Cape to Buzzard's Bay and back to Hyannis. The Kirkbride Clan was in the next car, too, which was reminiscent of all the great family dinners we had with them in Scituate, when all the kids were little. We only had a few minutes to visit with them before and after the train, though. Maybe we can coordinate our seating next year.
Before we visited with the Mendes', we went to John and Carol's, where we dropped off The Moth and The Rocket (our cats), who had been leading restricted and terrified lives because of Nizhoni's need to keep them herded into one small section of the house or RV. And poor Rocket had just lived through a life-threatening event where she got thread wrapped around her tongue and intestines, and almost died! She had surgery and other procedures, and was making a good recovery by the time we got there. So - they are now living a happy and peace-filled life with Fletcher (John and Carol's yellow lab), who doesn't move much :) Thank you John and Carol!!
Saturday, we all went up to West Newton to the David Boucher's for a family Thanksgiving visit. David cooked a wonderful dinner, and we all had a great visit. Jackie couldn't be with us, so we were down one, but we were glad we had seen him several times up in Bucksport. The kids are all growing like weeds, and look terrific.
Sunday we went over to Donna and Alan Rink's in Middleboro - home base for the Baystate Police and Schutzhund Club. They were having a mock Sieger trial, and we had a wonderful visit and loved watching all those beautiful dogs.
So, we had a full week of catching up and hugs and kisses and good times, which have to last us through the winter!