Brandon came out at 7:15, to help Tony clean the dog pens while I stayed inside and cooked the 20 pounds of mixed vegetables and five dozen dinner rolls.
Kris and her husband, Jim, "The Mountain Man" Bobbitt, showed up first and then the other Jim showed up with his lovely wife Diane and her son and his two beautiful daughters. Then June and Ellen arrived with season greetings. By 8:45, Diane and Kris were cracking up eggs like professionals, while June and her sister Ellen added the stuffing, the olive oil, cheese and the garlic into the four buckets. And to say the least, everyone was pitching in and having fun.
Before Chef Tony was ready to add the steaming vegetables, Tony, Brandon, Jim's granddaughter and a few others took turns mixing up the food, with our heavy-duty drill using a long cement mixer paddle. After the peas, corn, carrots, lima beans and green beans were added to the buckets and had been mixed in—we went outside to serve our dogs their Christmas dinner which included a warmed dinner roll and one of Diane's homemade dog treats.
About thirty-minutes later, all of the dogs had eaten their delicious dinner and wanted seconds, so we served up second helpings until we ran out of food. Because everyone had Christmas plans, June and Ellen were the first to leave, but before driving away, Ellen told me that she had left her Christmas gift for me inside The Cabin and she hoped I liked it.
Then Jim and his family thanked us for letting them come out to help and then they wished us a merry Christmas and left. Kris and Jim, Brandon, Tony and I then stood outside and had a fun visit mainly talking about Jim's gluten-free, 9 grains loaf of bread that he had made for especially for us on Monday.
Because we were having so much fun, Tony and I invited everyone to come inside the trailer, so we could visit some more.
When we came inside The Cabin I saw Ellen's Christmas gift that she had left for me, so while Tony made fresh cups of Keurig coffee for our friends I opened up the pretty gift sack and pulled out a t-shirt, that made me laugh out loud. Then I turned it around and showed it to everyone which made them laugh, too. Here's a picture of the front of my new t-shirt—that I love so much and is so very true, as you well know.