Back to Thanksgiving, fast forward to 2012. Since we no longer own our farm house, the hunters used the new shack that Bob had built for them to assure them of a place to hunt. And so began a "new" chapter for the family of deer hunters. It worked just fine and Bob would be happy to know that "The Deer Hunt Tradition" continues. We all missed him terribly, but we knew he was with us in spirit, and in our cherished memories. The hunters saw hardly any deer opening morning. Kurt got a doe and great-grandson Michael got his first deer, a nice doe. The rest of the gang saw very few deer and what they did see was too far away to shoot. This year the deer license was for bucks only, but doe tags could be purchased. They all went home after the weekend. Rob and son Bobkat came back up on the following Wednesday. They saw very few deer, but they were too far away to get a shot.
On Thanksgiving I picked up Doris, (Susie's mother-in- law) she, too, lives here in Marshfield. We drove out to Pittsville to my Church for our Thanksgiving dinner. They have been serving a turkey dinner open to the public for the past four years. It was a feast to behold. Rob and Bobkat met us there and had dinner with us. It was delicious and I enjoyed sitting and visiting with Rob, Bobkat and friends from church. But it was sure different than the Thanksgiving dinners out on the farm. Time marches on.
Rob and Bobkat continued to hunt 'til Saturday when they finally decided to pack up and head back to Madison. Those deer are safe for another year. Now that December has arrived there are lots of fun activities going on. Today at the Performing Arts Center in Pittsville, Maggie May was performing. I haven't ever heard her but every one around here really thinks she is great.
In Stratford a little town not far from Marshfield is having their annual all day Christmas parade celebration and all day affair.
And here in Marshfield for the whole month of December they have what I think they call the parade of lights in one of the parks. It is completely all lit up and is truly a sight to behold. The stringing of lights and decorations are all done by the local high school kids. We have gone for the past few years. The price to get in? Canned goods for the food pantry. I haven't gone yet this year.