Labor Day was this past Monday - as if you didn't already know that - and I don't know about the rest of you, but I, for one, enjoyed having the day off. I had planned to wake up early and go for a walk, but laziness prevailed and I ended up just doing some things around the house instead. Then I put Lord of the Rings in the Blu-Ray player and ended up sleeping for the next two hours. Yes, I do love to sleep. After I woke from my nap, I restarted the disc and watched it without falling asleep.
My parents were hosting a cook-out, as they often do on holidays, and I
had made some coleslaw early that morning. I assumed it would be the
typical crowd of about 15 or so people. Imagine my surprise then, when
at 3:00 (the start time of the cookout) no one was there but my parents,
my granddad and me. Turns out my parents had invited only one couple
and they should up a few minutes after three. I didn't eat much because I
had another event to attend at 5:30 and I wanted to make sure I was
still hungry for that dinner. I visited with my parents and our friends
and then a few minutes before 5:30 I headed over to Jackie's parents'
place for dinner because not only was Monday Labor Day, but it was
Jackie's birthday as well. That lucky gal got to celebrate with a day
off from work!
Jan prepared pork chops, green beans, black-eyed peas, rolls, salad, and
sweet potatoes for dinner and there was a cookie cake for dessert. The
dinner was excellent but the fellowship was even better. In addition to
Jackie's parents and kids, there were also her cousins Scott and Little
Mickey and her aunt and uncle and also another couple, Christa and Jason
with whom we are all friends. Little Mickey being there was a surprise
to not only me, but also Jackie. We were so glad to see him as he is
always the life of the party. At one point he asked me, "Does your dad
still the Keebler man?" I said, "No, he is a preacher now." To which
Little Mickey responded, "Does he yell?" Oh, how that cracked me up.
That was not the only hilarious moment of the night, but probably my
Jackie got lots of good loot for her birthday, including cash, a
necklace from Ashlyn and an Alabama pillow with arms (I don't know what
the technical term for those are) from Troy, a Hobby Lobby gift card, an
elephant hat and season tickets to Fantasy Playhouse for her and the
kids. I think she had a good time and definitely got some good presents!
Surprisingly, we didn't end up playing any card games as is usually the
case when we get together for dinner at her parents' house. It was,
however, a school night, and we did spend a lot of time chatting and
I made it home in time to watch the new episode of Grimm, which was
great! Sadly, it's the last new episode until September 28 when Grimm
returns to Friday nights - the death slot for network television.
Seriously, what show besides Dateline NBC has ever survived on Friday
Nights - none that I know of. Oh well, I shall watch it until it is
cancelled, which will be sooner rather than later if NBC leaves it on
Anyway, it was a nice way to unofficially end the summer - if only we
could unofficially end something every Monday, or in other words - if
only we could have every Monday off. Hope you all had a nice Labor Day