Annette how was your Thanksgiving ?
(promise there are pics here )
(promise there are pics here )
Well, it started out with high hope of fun and visiting. Addison's girlfriend Lane invited us to Ruidoso to eat with her family and meet some of her family. Sounded like a great idea to us so we said yes. Vickie has a friend with a cabin there and they said we could stay there. We offered to pay but they said no way. We drove up to it, pretty area and it was called Polly's Perch. A cute catchy name for the cabin, the mother's name is Polly. It was an A-frame cabin, two bedroom with a loft and beds also there. We were suppose to wash sheets and towels before we left so I brought enough towels and sheets so we could just take home for me to wash on Monday when my 2nd new washer was delivered. Remember the original one was struck with lightening and then bought one and was returning it.
We changed sheets and got unpacked and then went to a Mexican food place and ate and visited with some of Lane's family a while then back to Polly's perch. Now remember this is in the mountains and does get a bit cold there. We thought oh they will have heaters. Ho ho , not so. There was one wood burning stove and Eldon and Vickie took turns feeding it with wood so we wouldn't freeze to death. When I was around the stove I did help feed it, so glad now that we have gas logs at our home. Addison had one bedroom and Eldon and I had another but we were fortunate to have electric blankets of sorts. Vickie and Allex slept in the loft and the heat did rise a little to much but it did rise.
When we got there I turned on a couple of lamps before we went to eat Mexican food. When we got back they were covered in flies, hundreds of flies, big noisy flies. We sucked up a lot of them with a dust buster. Poor little dust buster, it certainly got a workout that weekend. We turned off the lamps and left one on in the kitchen. Well weren't we surprised when we got up in the morning, hundreds of flies, mostly dead on the floor, so I swept them up. I got to do this little chore every morning. Nasty things. The sliding doors in the loft had hundreds of flies on the glass, just waiting to be killed. Eldon and Vickie killed and sucked them up. This was a little chore that happened several times a day while we were there. All of the windows were full of them also. A few wasps, which Vickie got stung. she said she was glad it was her and not me, I am very allergic to stings. We did have some fingernail polish remover in one of the bedrooms and she put on the bite and that took care of it. Amityville horror I believe. This was Wednesday, if we would have even thought of a possibility of getting another place to stay we would have. Especially if knew what we know now.
Thanksgiving morning about 3:30 am we heard someone throwing up and talking to the porcelain God. Loudly and many times. It was poor Allex. She had gotten hot in the loft and thought maybe she was sick from that. Oh no, tummy ache, throwing up, chills and aching body. Vickie said I will stay with her while y'all go to Lanes grandmothers house. So Vickie and I went to the store and got Gatorade and soup in case Allex felt like eating, also some pepto and Theraflu. We did go to Lanes and had a very nice meal and visit. It was good to be with a group a family at this time of year. We use to do that but our family is so small now. It snowed a little which was nice to see, if didn't stay long but was pretty. We love to see it snow, for a few minutes anyway. Eldon and I came back to the cabin and Addison stayed a while and visited with an uncle of Lanes that hunted with bows and they got to share stories. Guy things you know.
Vickie was a very good nurse and Allex was feeling some better. Just a bad 24 hour bug. Vickie had killed many many more flies. Ok, things might be calm now, maybe. We had figured the flies out, at least they didn't really buzz us and weren't interested in our food just the light I suppose to keep warm.
3:30 Friday morning, Vickie came to our bedroom door and we honestly thought she was crying out of control. I thought what in the world has happened. Has Allex died in the night and I slept in my frigid room and didn't know about it? I couldn't imagine. Well, she was laughing. She said I am calling it uncle, there is a bat flying around in there. I asked her what time is it ? she said 3:30. I told her go deal with it we are not getting up. Eldon didn't make a move to get up so why should I ? It couldn't have been to bad she was laughing. We probably couldn't have found the little thing by now anyway. The day before we were up at 3:30, we are not spring chickens we need some sleep, a little sleep to keep our wits about us to battle the flies. I am sure the little bat was hiding by now. She said I am ready to leave here this Amityville house. I couldn't imagine why, yes the flies but they were to busy with the lights and a little bat. Vickie's story about the bats---She and Allex got hot in the loft and came down to lay on the couch and Vickie in the recliner. She felt something swoop around and thought what is that ? Is it a big moth that we sometimes see? Oh no, it was a bat. Yes a bat. She said it landed on the curtain, she saw it's little hands climb up the curtain over to the other side. Then it flew to the other window and then finally up to the ceiling to the million and one flies on the ceiling. Guess it was getting it's little tummy full of flies. Now when Vickie told the owners they said oh there is a butterfly net to try to catch it. Now wouldn't you have thought that when you saw a butterfly net in the mountains? In the dead of winter? That you were suppose to catch a bat and not butterflies ?
Eldon and Addison went to see if we could get a room at the Inn of the Mountain Gods but they couldn't tell us until 9 that night so we thought ok we have roughed it this long one more night won't hurt us. Everything else was full. We had free rooms even little vouchers so they were going to take care of us. So we did survive the last night. cold but did survived it. Allex got better and we did have a good time not counting the flies and the bats and the cold. To me this was camping. Addison said no Nana we have central heating then he thought. Yep you are right we just camped didn't we? Oh, and I forgot, there were wolves howling one night. Real wolves they sounded like they were very very close. Not as close as the bat, but close. Then I thought-----oh no, when they get the wood for the stove to keep us from freezing to death, the wolves will be out there and get them and then we would be all snuggled in our freezing bedrooms. We would never know it until the next morning. My imagination did go a little wild about that . Were they really wolves or wearwolves ? I mean come on it could happen.
We loaded up, winterized the cabin and off we almost went. Seems like Allex was messing with something in Addison's pickup and the battery ran down. He had some nice jumper cables, for just in case, but he had loaned them out and the people didn't return them. Eldon went to several houses around and everyone was very helpful and friendly but no one had any cables. So off they went to the store and found some and we were good to go.
Met again at Roswell and ate together and love loved seeing those grand kids and visiting with them and Vickie.
This was Saturday when we got home. Sunday Eldon was feeling bad like the flu but not and just felt like death warmed over. A touch of "Allex " I thought hey I am ok I don't have it. HA !!!! a few more hours and I was talking to the porcelain God. Sunday was over and I just felt like a limp rag all day Monday. But Tuesday, I thought ok I am going to live. Eldon and I put the tree up and started to decorate. Well, he helps put it up and I decorate and he watches and confirms that it looks like a decorated Christmas tree.
That was our Thanksgiving. A good story certainly but the company was good and we did all suffer together. Vickie thinks -- Hell actually froze over that weekend it was so cold. She said it was all the fly wings flapping that made it so cold. We did get to give hugs to the grands and Vickie and that was worth it We are so thankful for them. We only have the two grandchildren and so blessed. You know, I think I know now why I like to stay at home during the holidays. Probably the first time in years and I mean years we have gone anywhere to spend the night and I think probably that many more years again. We love you Lane and did enjoy the family time with your family.
Eldon, Vickie, Allex and Addison, still in good mood after the weekend. Sorry crew about taking
your pics from down below. They still love me, I think .
There you go, our story for the day. Laughing tears are allowed with this story.
Love y'all more than Polly's Perch.
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