Christmas Fun


Left to right, Alothina, Aries, and Apollo (“Paw Paw”) opening Christmas presents.

It was a fun Christmas day – different from those in the past but enjoyable.  In the morning I went over to my friends’ house and watched Apollo and Aries open Christmas gifts.

IMG_4941Pictured is one of their presents from me – a matching outfit of khaki cargo pants and a striped shirt for each of the boys.  They look grown up with the new clothes.  Time flies and kids grow!  They also got some Nerf rifles, too.  Kids and toy guns… I know, not politically correct… but boys will be boys.  I had candy cigarettes, cap pistols, and all that stuff, too.

I hope to teach them a little about fishing next summer…  Teach a boy to fish and he might ditch the “Xbox” or “PlayStation”…

Later on Christmas the morning, another good friend extended an invitation to a Christmas brunch in her home.  We had homemade favorites (sausage gravy over biscuits, ham, cinnamon rolls, etc.) that warmed the heart and belly.  I ate a little too much but after having received some concerning health news from the doctor (I know he timed it before Christmas), one last heavy meal was welcome.  Now it’s back to broth soups and salads.

Ralph2For all the dog lovers… The brunch friend and her husband have two adorable  canine friends, this one being “Ralph”… Somehow Ralph got her name at a very young age though I don’t know the whole story.  It was cute to see her flop down on the loveseat and throw a paw over the couch cushion.  She is very large (over 90 lbs) and if I would stare at her for more than three seconds, she would lunge and slurp my face and ears!

Bud1The other dog, Bud, was much more laid back.  Bud is a little older but very loving.  He took up a position on the couch and let me pet him for about a half hour.  I’m normally not much of a dog person but these two canines were a lot of fun!  They can tell who loves animals.

IMG_4985[1]By some miracle, Jesse James was an angel on Christmas, even letting me get him spiffed up for the occasion.  I tried to get Serena into the picture but she wasn’t too cooperative; there was hissing and paws went flying as the cats forgot about the “naughty or nice” thing…

All in all, it was a fun Christmas despite the changes this year.  Things will be okay… 2014 is going to be a good year.

I hope everyone had an awesome time with their families this holiday season!

Bradford, the “Van Trekker”

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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

6 Responses to Christmas Fun

  1. Pleinguy says:

    Looks like it was a swell Christmas for you. Hope the new year brings all good things. Take care.

  2. tinycamper says:

    Brad, I am so glad you had such a warm and loving Christmas. I loved the pictures… but I think I liked Jesse James best! 😀

    Wishing you the very happiest New Year!

    • VanTrekker says:

      Thanks! It was a lot better than expected. I’d had some bad news just prior but am really looking forward to 2014! Jesse is a sweetheart but he is so spoiled. He and Serena got a belated Christmas stocking with 11 toys – little balls and catnip things and all sorts of stuff to trip over!

  3. Todd says:

    Hey Brad,

    Thanks for sharing your journey! Starting from the beginning, I have read all your Van Trekker writings. Wow! You have given me a master-level course on how to convert a cargo van and live in it successfully. And have fun!

    Your writing is very fun to read. I imagine it takes a lot of time and effort. Thanks for putting forth the effort. Also, thanks for having your own website to share all these marvelous insights.

    I am a fellow Star Trek fan. I especially liked your “Gothic Trekker” photo.


    • VanTrekker says:

      Hi Todd. Thanks a bunch for the kind words and encouragement. It’s been a fun journey and the adventure is going to continue in 2014. I remained around here to help Dad as long as possible until he went to Heaven. Once his matters are taken care of, who knows where life will lead? It’s exciting not having plans. 🙂

      Thanks again! — Brad