The Holidays Were Very Pleasant- Just the 2 of Us

Happy New Year, gang!

Our Christmas and New Year celebrations were very low-key and quiet.  Extremely pleasant.

Christmas Eve found us eating a nice antipasto salad and French bread pizzas.

Christmas Dinner was out of this world.  I roasted a 6# Duck and served it with potato pancakes, red cabbage with brown sugar/vinegar, and a wild rice/mushroom/cranberry pilaf.  It was all yummy!  (Very German)

New Years Eve was spent watching the Twilight Zone Marathon…  a tradition for us.

Pigged out on Muffalettas!

Did our annual Pork and Sauerkraut on New Years Day.  (Along with roasted pig tails, country ribs, mashed potatoes, baked apples, and Angel Hair Pasta in the pork drippings.)  OINK OINK!


On the 23rd, I got a phone call from the American Legion saying that they had a “gift” for us and wanted to make certain that we’d be home.

I told him that we live behind a locked-gate 8/10 of a mile back in the woods and he could just leave the “gift” behind the gate.  I thought that it was a scam and wasn’t very pleasant.  I hung up the phone.

2 hours later the same fellow called.  “I hate to bother you again, Mrs. Manzo, but can you come down to your gate to get this??  I’d hate to leave a turkey and a ham out here.  I’m afraid that the local critters will snatch it!”

(Not only did they give us the turkey and ham, but a storage container packed full with a pumpkin pie, fresh fruit and all sorts of dried and canned goods

He went on to say that Sharon at the local food pantry had given them Dom’s name as a Vietnam Veteran!

I felt horrible.  I apologized to the guy and he understood completely. 

I volunteer at the local food pantry.  The American Legion and the VFW had contacted the coordinator for names of veterans.  Didn’t she give them Dom’s name with our address and phone number!!!!


The Veterans organizations story in the local paper:

Christmas baskets for local veterans

DONATION: Gilbert Pfisterer, center, received one of the food baskets delivered by two local organizations who support veterans. The donations were made possible by a number of organizations and businesses.

Veterans in Pearl River County received a gift of food for the holidays due to the efforts of local organizations.

Members of the Sons of the American Legion, McSween-Johnston Post 73, Picayune, Miss., worked with the James L. Burge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3804, to distribute more than 100 food baskets for Christmas to local veterans and other Pearl River County residents, according to the release.

The annual Christmas Basket Food Drive included contributions from Sons of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Froogle’s Cost Plus Foods in Bay St. Louis, Paul’s Pastry and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The baskets included a 12-pound turkey, an 8-pound ham, several side dishes and a pumpkin pie from Paul’s Pastry.

“The annual drive exemplifies the spirit of the season, while allowing these veterans’ organizations to further their mission of service to our community, state, and nation,” the release states.

Dominic and I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR and hope that your holidays were GREAT!