Thanksgiving Day dinners, 2 down – 2 to go!

We were enjoying a campfire and adult beverages on Saturday evening, with Nancy & Neil, Laurie & George, and Gerard & Lacretia when we got the BEST automated call from Amazon!  They cancelled mandatory OT for the following day – Sunday!  We supposed to be working all 50 hour weeks for the rest of our time here, so especially considering it was going to be a gorgeous day – we were thrilled!

George and Neil (taking a pic)
George and Neil (taking a pic)
Nancy (wrapped up in her blanket) and Laurie
Nancy (wrapped up in her blanket) and Laurie

Sunday was the gorgeous weather day the weatherman promised and we decided to get to one more distillery.  This one is considered a “craft” distillery, Willett.  It’s in Bardstown, right next door to a much larger, better known distillery, Heaven Hill.

The tour was ok, the young girl was very personable, but was really not educated about the whole thing.  You could tell she was just telling what she had been told to say and when asked a direct question, she kind of just made some deductions all on her own.  Stuff about why they use copper stills, why they are better, something about how the taxes are paid on different stages of the process.  For example, she said that the cost of a bottle of bourbon is determined by how much of it is left in the barrel when they drain the barrel.  That just isn’t true.  She also said the longer you leave a barrel, there will be less in it (partly true) but that one particular barrel only had enough to make 2 bottles of bourbon (out of 53 gallons!), so they didn’t even make it b/c the bottles would have had to sell for $600 a bottle, so they just gave it away.  CRAZY – never happened.  Not that way anyway.  First off, IF there was only that much left, it would be b/c there was a leak in the barrel, not all due to evaporation, which she implied.  I mean, we all love a good story as much as the next guy, but Bill just shakes his head when the tour people just say stuff and people just believe it b/c they expect it to be true, sadly, sometimes it isn’t.

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grain silos
very cool front door
very cool front door
spirit safes, receiving tanks from the pot still
spirit safes, receiving tanks from the pot still
copper pot still
copper pot still
mash
mash, which becomes distillers beer after it’s fermented
view of Heaven Hill's rickhouses
view of Heaven Hill’s rickhouses

Bill made a batch of Grandma Murrays Mac and Cheese!  He added some ham chunks into it so we can have it for our lunches!  (recipe here: Grandma Murrays Baked Mac and Cheese)

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All was good at Amazon this week.  We actually were served 2 turkey and ham dinners for Thanksgiving, one on Monday and one on Thursday.  Turkey, ham, dressing (cornbread stuffing), cranberry sauce, roll, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and choice of pecan or pumpkin pie.  We got an extra 15 minutes added to our lunch time too!  That was probably the best part!   I might add, so the title of todays post makes sense, we will be having 2 more Thanksgiving Day dinners before the season is over, on Thanksgiving Day, we are going out to dinner at a local restaurant, with 32 other Camperforce Amazonians!  And, then on Saturday the 28th, our campground is hosting a dinner, they will provide the turkey, ham, and rolls and we are asked to bring a side dish or maybe dessert to share.

Bill has still been averaging around 30,000 steps per day!  That is about 15’ish miles!  Crazy amount of walking!  Packing has been ok, a bit of female “cattiness”, which you really would hope would be long gone since we are all supposed to be adults.  Sadly, you get so many women in one place, there is bound to be an attempt at establishing the hierarchy by the long-term regular employees.  I have very little patience for that kind of crap, but when someone yells at me like I am a 5 year-old child, I have a hard time keeping my mouth shut.  I actually accomplished it by just turning my back on the woman.  Literally, just showed her my back, she just wasn’t worth it.

This week coming up starts “peak”.  A week from today is Black Friday, followed quickly by Cyber Monday.  We will be able (if we want) to work 11 hour days from Nov 27 through Dec 5.  Regular employees are required, but Camperforce people are not.  We also cannot use those extra hours toward our mandatory OT, even if we work 4 extra hours our “regular” work days, we will still be required to work our mandatory 10 hour OT day.  We have decided to play it by ear and see how we feel before deciding if we want to stay the extra hour or not.  As of today, Friday, Nov. 20, we have 24 days to work, unless (hopefully) we get out of here the 21st or 22nd of Dec.  That would be preferred over leaving on the 23rd, but at least I found out 100% today that our last day will only be a 5 hour day.  We could get out out of work at 5pm and drive a few hours if we really want to, we shall see!

Today, Nancy, Laurie and I went for pedicures!  Well deserved pedicures (and in my case way overdue!) I might add!  It was wonderful to relax in the massage chairs and get our feet all pretty!

Nancy, Laurie and I
Nancy, Laurie and I
I usually get a purple polish, but today I decided on red!
I usually get a purple polish, but today I decided on red!

While we were getting our feet taken care of, Bill and Neil went to visit Mammoth Caves, which is about an hour away.  Neil had never been there before, and they picked a tour that Bill hadn’t done so it would be new to him as well.  They brought back some pics for me to share with you!  Bill says he wishes the pics had come out better, but they do not allow flash pics in the caves.

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many miles of caves
many miles of caves
inside the visitor center
inside the visitor center
entrance to the cave
entrance to the cave
down they go
down they go

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cave crickets - UGH!
cave crickets – UGH!
Neil - after walking in the stuff to make sure you get fungus (if any) of your shoes
Neil – after walking in the stuff to make sure you get fungus (if any) of your shoes

So that wraps up another week here in Campbellsville KY!  We now have more days behind us than in front of us til we head further south (and into the WARM!) Speaking of warm, there is NONE to be seen around here, its getting into the 20’s at night for the next few nights!  WOW!