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Monday, December 12, 2022

Yerington's Small Town Christmas Parade! Rain and then snow overnight! The missing key! :(

 Spent most of the week at home other than a day visiting Total Wine and Walmart.  Ken was taking me by Ross but it was getting late in the day so there's always next week! 

Spent some time wrapping gifts as we'll be taking them over the hill on the 18th and 19th. Ken's mom turns 95 on the 18th so we can't miss that milestone 💖

Saturday morning I followed Ken on John's tractor pulling a trailer down 95A to town. It's only 7 miles but it took a good 45 minutes considering the tractor goes 10 miles an hour at its best speed. 

John's flag flying in the wind!

Following Ken down our road

95A the highway..

It was really cold so I felt sorry for him. He was pretty frozen by the time we got there. We pulled up in front of Karen's store (Not Just Candles). We parked it and headed back home to come back at 1330 for decorating. 

We did get to see an hour or so of the Army/Navy game. Sounds like quite the game too! 

We got to the store around 1330 and Ken got started putting lights on the trailer and pulling a rope for hanging of decorations. I went out to get started and whenever Karen didn't have a customer she came out and helped too. For our first year of being in the parade, it turned out pretty nice. We had predictions of rain (we were hoping for snow).  So we worked with a few raindrops here and there. 

Not Just Candles float

Our little parade had 53 floats, a few from as far as Reno! 

Ken took the tractor and trailer over to the meet up spot about 1600 or so. Karen, her mom and I followed a few minutes later. We got situated along with others from Karen's family and a few young people. We're ready to go! Then the rain comes! In buckets! Nevada never gets this much rain, but on the night of the parade we do! Cold, rainy and dark, does it get any better?!! LOL!

Karen's mom, Izzie ready to go!

I enjoyed being in the parade, but really missed seeing all the different vehicles participating. Next year might have to get to the staging area earlier and walk around to see them. Pictures were difficult to get because of the rain and darkness.

Some were just amazing! 

It was an awesome parade! We were all amazed at the people who turned out in the rain! Cars, trucks everywhere! Then there were people out in the rain everywhere, with fire pits and ez ups. Love our small town! The rain did not stop the crowd from turning out!  

We got back and everyone was was wet and cold. We headed home and ended at Karen's for Happy Hour on the back porch with propane powered heaters. 

Today we spent hours looking for John's Tractor key.  Hmmm...we still haven't found it this evening. This afternoon Ken and I went to where the tractor is parked and we were able to bring the trailer home. Wasn't easy but Ken was going to make it happen. Hopefully the key shows up soon! 

About 1600 we headed to Karen's for Happy Hour and enjoyed the evening. John's sending a key home so Ken can get another key made and get the tractor home. Things happen, but Ken feels really bad. We know it was in his pocket when we left Karen's store Saturday night. 

Sunday morning we woke up to this :) 

Our front porch view 💙

Heading into town 

Heading back home

Had a nice happy hour at Karen's and then came home and had a tasty dinner of spaghetti made with spaghetti squash noodles and lots of veggies. Perfect comfort food for a cold night and no guilt! 

Woke up this Monday morning to blue skies and temps of 24 with a feels like 19 heading to a balmy 41.  Lots of very low temps this week! Time to get this day started, as they are all going way too quickly! 

Have a great day! 


  1. Old Glory! Long may she wave!

  2. Looks like an awesome parade and week.
    Your pictures give me the shivers. Poor Ken. Too bad about the missing key. 😕

  3. I can't believe you did all this in the rain. You all have a pioneer spirit! Thank God John has a key.

    1. Yes key is coming! Rain or shine it was going on, so were we!

  4. Great pictures! Made me wish to live in a small town.
    You guys are hearty people! Merry Christmas🎄
    Linda a.

    1. Oh I'm so glad you enjoyed! Merry Christmas to you!

  5. What an amazing turn out for a small town and the weather, some definite pioneer stock there. Some umbrellas or a covered float may be in order in the future and a few blankets too. Bet the hay bales were cold. Wonderful you all get to participate in the parade.
    Too bad about the key but ask at the dealership for another, often times tractor keys are generic. My husband lost his John Deere key twice and they just gave him a couple extras, they kept a basket full at the dealership.
    Love the snow photos, very pretty but cold. I could feel that stuff melting down the back of my neck. Lol.
    Safe travels in the days ahead. Happy Birthday to Ken’s mom. That’s a big number!


    1. Deb, thank you for the comment about the keys. Ken's brother called last night with virtually the same story. Ken went to the local Kubota dealer this morning, didn't have keys except a worker gave Ken his own keys and told him one should fit. It Did! So tractor is back home now! Thank you!

  6. 53 floats ... wow!!! How fun ... except for all the rain. That does NOT sound like fun!! Hope you find the missing key at some point. On the trailer maybe?? Brrrr it looks cold!

    1. It was awesome! Actually found today in Karen's driveway, under the snow!

  7. Oh no! On both the rain and missing key. That is an awesome tractor. We woke up to about the same amount of snow this morning.

    1. It was a fun time even with the rain! John shares with us when we need, we have awesome neighbors :) And we have found the missing key :)

  8. Wish you would have had your snow for the parade which looks like a great one. Small town ones are the best. The picture with the flag in the center, pristine snow on the ground and mountains in the background is my favorite.

  9. Thank you Deb! I love that one too. Snow would have made that parade just perfect!