Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's almost over ... but a whole new one is just around the corner.

What a wonderful Christmas!  We had our family get-together at son Adrian's home in Michigan.  All seven of us were there.  Here's a picture from the day of Veronica hiding in one of the boxes.  Even nine-year-olds still enjoy seeing if they can fit into a big box!  She got a lot of great presents and we all enjoyed watching her open them and spoiling her.  I think her two favorites that day were the big green machine from Uncle Jeff and the harmonica from Wendell and I.  (I don't know about the popularity of that harmonica by the end of the day but WE thought it was a great gift!) 

It was such a good day!  We all enjoyed watching the new puppy, catching up on what everyone's been doing, eating too much (Gloria is a wonderful cook!), opening gifts, watching Adrian put the big green machine together in the living room, and then we ate some more.  Ahhhhhh!  

That night, after we got back to the motel and were relaxing with a cup of coffee, the power went off.  An ice storm had started about dark.  Actually as I write this some people are still without power up there and it's been a week now.  It was about 9:30 and we were tired so we just went to bed about 10-ish.  The power went out again the next a.m. as I was in the middle of a shower ... thank goodness Wendell had brought the flashlight up to the room so with it shining in the bathroom mirror, I finished showering and he got shaved without too much blood.  After a cold, dark breakfast we hit the road and by the time we were back in Indiana the roads were normal, though we did drive home in the rain.  Listening to the Colts on the radio, winning, made the trip go by quickly.  

We saw lots of utility company vehicles and highway workers removing trees from the secondary highway as we started out on in Michigan.  As we got closer to home we heard about all of the rain we had received here in southern Indiana and wondered if our road would be flooded and we would have to walk in on the RR tracks.  But all was well.  However, we were flooded in for Christmas eve and Christmas day.  We didn't want to go anywhere anyway so ...  Now everything's back to normal (whatever that is).

Here's our Christmas tree this year.  We need new lights I think.  And probably a new tree ... This area is where the gun cabinet used to be.  We took it to Adrian this Christmas.  I want to put something else here but not sure just now what it's going to be.  There is some discussion going on about that at our house ... LOL!  I'll keep you updated.

We've been having some absolutely beautiful sunrises lately.  I'm usually up for them, making coffee.  Here's the view out my kitchen window last week with the sun just getting ready to come up over Kelly's Ridge.  I wanted to share this with you.

This was one of my very favorite gifts this year.  From our newest almost-family member, Jane.  She made it; inside this flat glass ornament is our 50th Wedding Anniversary invitation in strips.  It is the neatest thing!  What a clever idea.  Thank you Jane!  She fits right in; we are blessed.
Next time I write it will probably be 2014.  So much to do and so little time.  Time -- it's flying by and I still have so much to accomplish in life.  

God bless you all.  And I wish you a very happy new year.