Well, we did in fact have a white Christmas down here. It was so warm that we went to the state park on the beach for a little walk with the pups.
At 7am the next day, Matt acquired this smoker and tested it out by smoking some chicken wings.
Joe and I had a little friendly competition to make sauces for the wings. I went with a garlic hot sauce and he went with a homemade barbecue sauce.
On Sunday my parents arrived after a 2 day drive from Massachusetts and they had brought my cat Molly with them! My dad was looking for a project so I told him I wanted a catitat (cat habitat). On Monday they started work on the catitat.
The design of the catitat is such that the cats will be able to enter the outdoor space via the laundry room window. The laundry room has a kitty door in it and we keep the cat food and litter boxes in there so the cats will now be able to avoid the dogs altogether if they wish by spending their time in the laundry room and catitat. Here’s the view from the laundry room window.
The structure itself is now complete and we will just need to do some interior decorating, adding lounge areas and aesthetics. I got the impression that not too many people down here are building catitats (although I did get the idea from my Aunt Jill who had one) when an old man at Lowes asked us if we were building a deck. I said, “no, we’re building a habitat for my cats” to which he replied “are you serious?”
Anyways, on Tuesday Matt smoked us some award winning ribs. Then my mom and I went to Painting with a Twist in Pensacola. We painted “Frosted Blossoms”.
Unfortunately, there has been torrential rain everyday except Tuesday since my parents arrived. On Wednesday we decided we would spend the rainy day at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola. The museum was massive and had a TON of aircraft.
Next we went to World of Beer for some beers and food.
Then we went to the Pensacola Bay Brewery for another beer, then we decided that Harry and Jaci couldn’t leave Pensacola without going to Krispy Kreme for a hot-off-the-conveyor-belt donut.
Happy New Year’s Eve to everyone! I will reflect on 2015 and set goals for 2016 in my next post! See you next year!