Not keeping up with the Joneses

Dear Reader,

One British holiday tradition I like very much, is visiting the neighbors and having them over on or after Boxing day.

What a great idea, to just say hello, share a few drinks, nibble some food, with people coming and going all day. I love it.

We were extremely lucky, some miserable ones moved away and a great patchwork family moved in.

Daddy in his 50s with two daughters and Mommy with a daughter and a son, all from prior marriages. The six make a great family and our crowd was enriched by fun people.  Lucky for me, the guy had lived in Denver for years and in California, so we naturally became allies.
We talked, played pub quiz and had a jolly good time.

A toast to hosts and friendly neighbors,

Engine Room