"No, we're only an hour away!" she said. "We left early!"
So, Reader Dear, it turned out
they (Dark-haired Daughter, the [dark-haired] Son-in-Law, along with the [dark-haired] dog) were also drawing near!
Turns out, The Small Actor and his dad were on their way to our house, too. So I lit into the mountain of food on my kitchen counter (just back from a food-procurement shopping trip),
and I did myself proud with a very tasty sausage and tomato soup (Best he ever ate, declared The Yard Man; hmm, he's prone to superlatives, Reader Dear, when he's hoping for a repeat!) And I chopped up fruit for salad (my latest binge).
Oh, Merry Holidays!