Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Time is Here, Happiness and Cheer…

What is it about this time of year that seems magical, even to many of us adults? For me, it may be the fact that we have had record cold temperatures this month combined with 3 snowfalls (minor, but snow, all the same) has made me think back to my Wisconsin childhood where cold and snow were synonymous with Christmas. As children and teenagers, we’d get all bundled up and go Christmas Caroling around town and out into the country. We mostly “entertained” the elderly, particularly those that were unable to get out much, if at all. When is the last time you saw a Christmas Caroler? I can’t remember. Maybe I’ll organize a campground sing-a-long :) There’s not many of us left here at Jordan Dam RV Park. Most have left for warmer climates. We, too, will be taking off in a couple weeks or so.

Things are moving along nicely for us. Rick has 6 more days of work after today. He’s anxious to get started on our adventure. We sold my Avalon last Friday to a lady he works with so we are now a one car family. The Jeep has had a base plate installed for towing and the tow bar and auxiliary brake will be ready to go after some additional wiring.

I’ve been doing some holiday baking and we’ve been doing some holiday eating :) It’s a very good thing I’ve been walking every morning. If not for that, you’d have to roll me out the door! Tonight we are invited to a holiday dinner at our neighbors. More food :)

We got a phone call from daughter, Nicole in Italy on Sunday. They are experiencing the largest snowfall Florence has seen in 50 years. Things were pretty much at a standstill just waiting for the melting. She was hoping the meltage would occur quickly as she had plans to travel to Scotland to visit friends for Christmas.  If she is unable to get out, there surely will be many others stranded in the city. It could prove to be a memorable holiday-her first away from home. Luckily, technology is wonderful and we can Skype and feel like we’re together on Christmas morning… or afternoon, as she’s 6 hours later than we are.

Thank you for stopping by and wishing you all a wonderful, warm, happy Christmas!

6 comments:

  1. Good for Rick. This last week will fly by.

    Merry Christmas and Travel Safe

    Dawn & Denise

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  2. Getting close to that all important retirement date. That will be a great Christmas present.

    Happy Holidays!

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  3. I hope there's not too much actual work involved in those last couple of days. Travel safely.

    Syl

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  4. It's here, you're leaving in just a few days. CONGRATS!!! I can't wait till you guys get on the road. Fla is nice, there's days that it's in the 20's but didn't last long. MERRY CHRISTMAS. See ya soon

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  5. Sweet, sweet retirement---then it's on the road. Enjoy

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  6. I retired a year ago on January 1st. I know just how you feel!! It's sooooo exciting. Thanks for you thoughts about Christmas.

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