Sunday, December 30, 2007

SOLD ! ! ! !

What a surprise...! Although we had someone who had been interested in the house for awhile, we didn't really expect any movement until at least spring, if then. But on Thursday we received a call that someone else wanted to see it. In a flurry, Jon arranged for his cleaning lady to give it a lick and a polish. On Saturday , Jon donned his realtor hat and showed the house. That afternoon we received an attractive offer and we accepted today. Wow.
When we first saw the house, one of the reasons we acted so quickly to purchase it was that we felt it would sell quickly if we ever wanted to do that. It has location, location, location. And it is beautifully built with many upgrades. It has always been our favorite house.
We don't have a closing date as yet but assume we will head north the end of January to pack and move.
Jon seems to think he is entitled to a 3% fee. I think we will just deduct it from what he owes know, things like orthodontia , wrecked cars, flying lessons, a protracted life at college and oh yes, let us not forget the babysitting charges....

Christmas memories

Leaving on a jet plane..........from 80 degrees to a lovely white Christmas Eve. We were excited to once again be with our Colorado family . Lizzie, Becca, Nicholas and Alex on the couch on Christmas morning, all in their new pajamas.
Lizzie modeling the latest in hand knit hat and mittens, fashioned by her very talented mom, Jenna.

During our 4 days there, 10 inches of snow on Christmas day, and another 6 inches on Thurs, did not deter anyone from going anywhere, especially when driving this. However, it was a bit of a challenge for Paul to actually get in this . Mike promises to put steps on it for the old folks.

One of our excursions took us to Tattered Cover Bookstore, Denver's most famous place to enjoy a hot drink and good book.
We laughed and played Rummykube for hours.

Roxie has mellowed a bit from the busy noisy puppy to the princess who enjoys her new bed.

After filling up on all the Christmas goodies, we still had room for a fine Mexican dinner, despite all the snow .

We reluctantly flew home to 80 degrees. It was a wonderful few days and we will remember those special moments.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wishing you all a Wonderful and Joyful Christmas

Before we fly off to Colorado tomorrow, we'd like to share this with you. Enjoy

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Good morning

We manage to get together so seldom. This was taken in early November when we gathered for Dad's memorial service. From the left, Jon, Jeff, Mike, me, Paul and Marybeth, Jon's wife. Someday soon, I hope to see us ALL together. We are so fortunate that they chose us as their parents and grandparents.

Life is quiet these days now that all the papers are signed and decisions made. I believe this is the first year I have felt none of the Christmas stress . No decorating, no baking, no shopping., well, of course I did shopping but not the frantic kind. I think everyone should take a year off every now and then. But we are SO looking forward to our trip west to celebrate with the Colorado Clan. Peace and quiet will be over and laughter and good food will prevail. We will really miss watching Andy and Mason discover Christmas morning. but I'm sure Lizzie can equal their enthusiasm. Andy said he hopes Santa brings him 'a present' but no special requests.

We enjoyed dinner last night with Ernie and Barbara after we toured the new house. They approved. In the morning, we attended a Good Golf session. A presentation on all the rules and regs of golf in The Villages. They have an automated tee-time system, accessible by phone or computer. It took one hour for someone to explain the system. They say its very equitable and Paul seems to understand it. I don't. I hope to start playing on Ladie's Day after we get back.

We attended the Inner Circle neighborhood gathering the other night. It is a very active group even tho most have only lived there a few months. We signed up for couples golf and ladies golf. We met most of our next door neighbors and liked them all. There are about 100+ homes included. They meet monthly. I don't think they give you much time to be the new kid on the block.
The Villages is made up of many villages.......We will be living in the Village of Amelia . Each villages has its own pool and mail center and several villages share a Recreation Center where there is usually a family pool, huge center with meeting rooms, some have a fitness center. Each has a different theme. They are over-the-top decorated. Yesterday's golf meeting was at Lake Miona Center which had a nautical theme. It was quite amazing down to the smallest detail. I should have brought my camera.
Time for the morning walk.....I have new shoes so there's a spring in my step.

Monday, December 17, 2007

561 Inner Circle

It's not all signed, sealed and inspected, but this could be our new home come January 15th. Decisions to do this have not come easy and we have gone back and forth many times. The Villages makes it relatively painless to contemplate this major undertaking so we've been doubly cautious. And then there was the actual process of looking at the houses available. There were only a couple models and a couple locations that were of interest to us and after awhile they all started looking alike. Finally, this one kept coming to the forefront and started to feel right. It is smaller than some others that we saw and each house seemed to have something we either liked or disliked but none had everything. This one came closest. It is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, around 2000 sf. None of the houses are much over 2100 unless you spend the really big bucks. And it has the 2 car plus golf cart garage.
This is the view from the front door into the great room. The kitchen is a reasonable size with very pretty granite, stainless appliances and bisque colored cabinets which appealed to me. This area is all tile, set on the diagonal and bedrooms are carpeted.

View from kitchen, across great room to french doors going out to lanai. Note the fireplace on the right, which has a window on each side. Very similar to the arrangement in our Pa. house. The cabinets look white in the picture but really are a very rich cream or bisque. And the walls are similar to the color at home also. Maybe that's why this house felt right. Our reaction to a fireplace in Fl was similar to the one we had when we saw the fireplace in the RV. But we quickly learned to enjoy that one.

Lanai with wet bar. Some have a grill built in but guess that's just something to break. This has a small refrig and sink. The other door goes into the master bedroom.View from the golf course. There is no landscaping in back and there is room for expansion should we ever want to put in that large pool !!!!! (don't think so)
View from across the golf course. Our house is to the right of center with all the palm trees.

Today we signed papers and such and they actually gave us a garage opener so we can go in anytime we want. He said to bring a lawn chair and stay awhile.!! Tomorrow evening is a neighborhood block party . We seem to arrive at the right time. So we'll get to meet our neighbors and hopefully find some golf partners.

Cold day today, low of 36 and high's in the 50's. But the rest of the week will be typical.

Anyone want to buy a house in Pennsylvania???

Friday, December 14, 2007

Counting Sheep

It is late as I start this entry. I was asleep and then I wasn't. The brain became awake and started firing across those synapses and before long, I was in the middle of solving the mysteries of life (or at least trying to figure out why I can't do Sudoko). So I had to get up, check my email to see if any of you had written, checked the headlines to see if the world was still there, considered my knitting, thought about a snack , didn't want TV on and haven't started any good books lately. Sooooo, that just left the blog.

Congratulations to Dean and Diane and the arrival of granddaughter Jacqueline. I can't imagine doing this and I would be expected to know what I was doing....sort of. Good work Diane.

It has been pretty warm these days with slightly increasing humidity. Chance of rain for the weekend and I won't mind it. I've been procrastinating the whole shopping and holiday thing. I guess if we were home, it would be different, but to me it feels like May or something. The Christmas decorations seem odd down here. They don't seem to fit in. They don't seem genuine. Not that we have always had snow up north but the glow of lights combined with a nip in the air seems right. Don't get me wrong, I don't miss all the snow they are getting. We will be flying to Colorado this year to spend the Christmas Days with Mike and Jenna and Nicholas, Becca, Alex and Lizzie.....and assorted birds and dogs. It will be very festive and winter-like and we will gladly give up our warm for a few days.

I've been getting educated on the bird life down here. The other day, these beautiful sand hill cranes came to visit. They are the most abundant cranes and are over 4 ft high at maturity.

They wandered over to where I was and did not seem at all concerned that I was there. And then quite suddenly, they began foraging in the bushes and the grasses and pulled out many wiggling geckos. It was quite a violent scene, a working model of the food chain and I found it quite disturbing and went in the house. Makes me want to build safe houses for the little things.

The other day, the local radio station hosted a NY radio personality, Joan Hamburg. For all you non-New Yorkers, she has been a fixture on WOR 710 forever, sharing her recommendations for restaurants, hotels, theatre, vacations spots and that day, she was pushing The Villages, live and on the air. So of course, I had to go down and watch. I only stayed to listen to her interview of Nancy Lopez. Nancy designed one of the Championship courses (27 holes) and has a home that she visits regularly down here. I took pictures but they aren't so good. This is a picture of the lake next to the radio station.

And so, enough of the blog, next is knitting and then maybe I'll have to give Paul's sleep tonic a try......over ice.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

And the beat goes on...

We're settling in. The weather is warmer but still extremely pleasant and addicting. I had to pick up more 'summer things'. Humidity has been low and barely noticeable.

We/ve played more golf and getting better each time (realizing that we started from square one so we have a ways to go). We played with Ernie and Barbara on Monday and felt we were almost competitive. Altho we use our golfcart, Paul is beginning to think he could walk the easier courses and use a pull cart

I tried to get a picture of Paul and the large white bird in the tree......I know that I need to be more precise on that bird description but there are a lot of different , large birds down here. The sand hill cranes were on the golf course behind the house the other day and seemed to be uninterested in the golfers trying to manuever around them. They are magnificent and large.

On a smaller scale, we frequently have these on the screen of the lanai and scurrying around the yard. I don't mind them , as long as they don't try and sell me insurance.

We stopped at Sunset Point the other night to view the glowing colors. We didn't wait long enough to get the real pinks. The golf cart next to us was equipped with a sound system and was playing very beautiful instrumentals and they were enjoying their bottle of wine. We have a ways to go in learning to live this life.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

December 8, 2007

On this day, 2 years after his rebirth, Paul T Miller played 9 holes of golf..............miraculous.
And his wife failed to record it.

Friday, December 7, 2007

LSV, block party and broccoli

Picture Alert: There are none in this blog. For those of you who only look at the pictures, tune in another day.

Today, I managed to navigate from the house to the grocery store by myself , in the golf cart...or LSV as they are sometimes referred to around here (low speed vehicle). I had to go approximately 1-1.5 miles via the transportation trail (golf cart path, jogging path, bike path, walking path). I had to find the correct tunnels that go under the main roads and avoid accidently ending up on a road. There is a reported $170 fine for going where you shouldn't go, like main roads. Well, I did Ok, got there and only had to ask for directions once. Leaving , I backed out of the parking space, (2 LSV fit in one space) and when I tried to go forward, it wouldn't go. There I was , stuck in the middle of the driving lane . Some grumpy guy (they are certainly an anomaly down here) told me I had to move it out of the way and then got in his car. I got out and started to push it and he must have rethought his behavior, and came over and pushed it and then said, " I hope you have a cell phone so you can call for help" and got in his car and left. So I did but then suddenly, it decided to drive forward. This golf car came with the rental and is a gas model. Not sure of the advantage but we are not impressed with the louder noise and the gas fumes.....and the erratic behavior.

Tonight we were invited to attend a Society Hill Circle block party. There are 63 homes on the street and I would say that maybe 40 attended. We met a great number of people and they were extremely friendly and inviting to a couple of renters. At first I was suspicious, thinking that Deb, the owner of this house, had called everyone and said "Be nice to them, and maybe they'll buy my house!" But I think it was all very genuine. One side of the street brought salads and the other dessert. And it was BYOB. We had a great time and I have to say, that it would be very easy to just live here. There are 5 houses for sale. We met people who are still working, a very nice lady from Finland, a retired United pilot, many golfers and the ages varied from younger (but not by much) and somewhat older.

Here's the recipe for the Broccoli Salad that I brought. I found it on and it is a Paula Deen creation. Her food is loaded with fat and high calories but this one was easy to modify to something healthier.

A couple bunches of broccoli. I used 2 big bunches, cut into smaller pieces. I blanched them for about 1 minute (no longer) and immediately dropped them into ice cubes to cool down. Then drain thoroughly.

Chop 1/2 red onion

Cube 8 ounces of sharp cheddar (small cubes, could use shredded)

Chopped pecans......a handful or so

6-8 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled

cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half......about a cup or so. I drained them on a paper towel to cut down on any excess liquid

Dressing. 1 cup mayonaise ... I used Smart Balance mayo which is lighter

2 tbsp white vinegar

2 tbsp Splenda or sugar

Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar well and pour over other ingredients....mix well

this can be modified many ways.....add peas, chicken, grapes instead of tomatoes etc........
It was REALLY, REALLY good and disappeared in a flash. I was hoping there would be leftovers.

It's very hard to imagine that it is cold somewhere else. Tonight we stood out in shirt sleeves and it was lovely. The afternoons are hot if you are standing still in the sun but mostly there is a pleasant breeze. I'm finding that sunscreen is a necessity tho. I burned yesterday..........yes , I feel your sympathy.
You too can enjoy it.......the guest rooms are waiting.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Too busy to blog

The daylight doesn't last long these days so we try and squeeze everything into those hours. Actually, once the sun sets this place gets pretty lively. There are two large town squares and each has nightly entertainment. Live bands play everything from lively country, oldies but goodies(of course, what would you expect in a place like this) and once we even heard a good polka band. Polka dancers really make the rest of us look like slugs. The quality is excellent and there is a lot of dancing on the square. Some nights there are vendors selling everything from personalized hats to gifts for the grandchildren. And there are two bar stands selling anything you would want to drink. I couldn't get a picture that does it justice.

We've been getting blisters on our hands from spending time at the driving range. I think there is hope for both of us. I got my clubs regripped today and am hoping it will make a BIG difference. No money back guarantee .

I've been walking in the mornings. I've found a looooong 4 mile loop. It even has two hills so that's added pain. I pass one of the many swimming pools and it is a lively place at 8 am. I assume it's water aerobics. The pools are heated. I should try it. We've investigated the fitness centers but haven't made a decision yet.

For all you botanists and gardeners out there. Society Hill was named after the plant called Society garlic. This area apparently was covered by the plant, hence the name. It is not actually garlic, but the leaves are very aromatic and smell like garlic . It is in the amaryllis family and has a lavender flower.

Here's a view from the golf cart.

And this is one thing we saw on our travels around The Villages. They actually have several buffalo herds. Not sure why but they make for a different Kodak moment.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Views on Society Hill Circle

Life is good. Clear blue skies, 80 degrees, birds chattering, glass of ice tea and view of the golf course

We started the day with breakfast on the lanai, no fancy omelets today, just good old-fashioned oatmeal.

Here's pictures of the dining room, kitchen and view thru the great room to the lanai and the golf course.

The bed is very comfortable , providing you can get up on it. The mattress surface comes to my waist and is a feat of acrobatics to climb up on it. Paul, being taller, does not seem to have a problem. The other beds in the guest rooms are also that high. So if you are short and plan on visiting, we will rent you a ladder. I'm not sure why they have to be so tall. Our bed is very comfortable but dangerous if you turn over wrong.

The golf course is one of the 18 hole Country Club courses. Everyone pays to play on them, about $20 for residents and $40 for non. Most of the courses here are Executive, or 9 hole and vary in the amount of challenge they offer. They are free to residents. There are 9 Country Club courses and 24 Executive!!! This particular course is ringed by beautiful huge live oak trees, many are covered in spanish moss.

We wandered over to the dreaded Walmart today on a mission for a wireless router. Altho not as messy as some, it was packed.
But thanks to Paul's efforts, we now enjoy wireless technology.

I'll end todays discourse with a picture of Paul and Ernie at the tree lighting last night. I should have included the tree.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

On time arrival

Short note just to say we arrived about 3 pm , got semi -settled in this quite beautiful house then went to the tree lighting ceremony at the town square, met Ernie and Barbara and stayed around to have dinner. Then to grocery store for a few necessities and off to bed. More later

Friday, November 30, 2007

Progress report

· Finished loading up the car with garbage bags.
· Final check of the house
· Forgot to empty carton of soy milk in refrig
· Headed out and began the drive south
· Forgot cell phone 10 miles back at house
· Drive back to house
· Wander around house finding other stuff ‘we needed’
· Forgot to empty carton of soy milk in refrig
· Headed out and began the drive south
· Decided we needed the road atlas
· Stopped at RV storage place and searched RV for atlas with no luck
· Continued drive south until we got to Gettysburg and stopped to buy an atlas.
· Remainder of day was uneventful
The car has behaved just fine and apparently hasn’t found a place it wants to retire to…yet.
A belated Happy Birthday to my mother who turned one year younger yesterday.
Thanks for the call Jeff and thanks to Mark and Annette for the Happy Anniversary greetings.
We made about 550 miles today and are a bit over half way , staying in Fayettsville, NC. Our anniversary dinner was a Wendy’s Taco Salad…….perfect.!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ready, Set, Go

Trash? No just creative packing. With the Explorer getting filled with bikes, golf clubs, a printer and assorted necessities, the room left for the really important things had dwindled. Ordinary luggage just wasn’t going to fit so ingenuity took over. Our clothes pack very nicely in the bags and they kindly shape to fit the space. I’m just wondering what the Florida neighbors will think when we pull up and start hauling in garbage.
We will try and leave early on Friday but I suspect we’ll have enough last minute ‘to do’s’ that it might be closer to noon. It’s 1065 miles according to mapquest. Over to Harrisburg, turn left, wander towards Baltimore and then south on I-95. Or we could stay on I 81 which is much prettier, less traffic and follows the Shenadoah Valley. I have expressed some concerns about the 2000 Ford Explorer being physically fit for this trip. It’s been going strong for over 100,000 miles so I hope it has a few more left. Paul’s theory is that if it quits on the way down, that is where we will retire. I guess it’s as good as any way to pick a new place to live. I just hope it’s someplace warm ……..
Friday we will celebrate 44 years of togetherness. From the very beginning, I knew that we were meant to be together and 2 years ago, when our world was turned upside down, I felt deep within that we would not be separated.
We'll update as we travel, providing we have internet at the hotel tomorrow.....otherwise, we'll talk on Saturday or Sunday. from The Villages in the land of sunshine and oranges.and grey hair.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Counting down with elves

Busy day. Suddenly there are only 5 days before we leave. I have won awards in procrastination and managed miracles in last minute accomplishments, so I am not worried.

Paul returned to Miami today to finish up one aspect of the simulator training. He is doing part-time work for North American Airlines as a sim instructor in the 757/767 simulators. He says part of the reason was just to see if his brain still worked (it does) but mostly I think its just to get back to flying, even if it is a box and to tip a few with a bunch of the NARPA guys(North American Retired Pilots Association). He'll be back on Thurs.

On Tuesday, I will make the long drive back to Connecticut to visit the dentist. We've been going to her for over 20 years and hope to continue for as long as we still have our teeth. I usually combine the trip with a visit with friends plus some shopping at old favorite places but this time it will be over and back. It's over 2 1/2 hours each way.

While I write this I am watching "Dancing With The Stars"..... wow, I love that show.

This posting is lacking in pictures. I had planned to show off a finished knitting project but can't find the pictures. I downloaded them yesterday then erased them off the camera and now they are nonexistent. I'm sure it wasn't anything that I did.

So in lieu of a picture, I offer this Thanks to Jenna who had nothing better to do with her morning.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Packing and Decorating

The days are drawing near when we will pack up the old Explorer and head South. Come December 1st, our new address will be The Villages, Florida. Lest you think that Paul has actually agreed to selling the homestead and moving on, I will add that this is just a temporary relocation. We will be renting a lovely home for December and January. Don't you just love those palm trees and note the golf cart garage door on the right.

In the past year, we’ve known that our time in the Pocono’s was limited. Jon and MaryBeth have made plans to return to Connecticut where she will join an OB/GYN practice and Jon can still fly out of Newark. We haven’t developed enough roots in this area to want to stay here after they leave. So the world became a potential home for us. With few limitations, we began auditioning locations. We looked in Arizona, Florida, North Carolina and California. I spent hours reading publications on the “BEST” places to retire and doing more research online. Each place had its appeal, some way more than others. Having friends in some of these places really helped. Years ago, I had been very opinionated (who me?) about never wanting to live in Florida. Suffice to say, it involved too many old people , too much humidity, bugs and no mountains. But times and situations change and all of a sudden, old people don’t look so old, humidity is better than desert air on the skin, I’m about ready to put away the skiis and ……well, bugs are bugs and still something to be considered.

So we have decided to give The Villages a try. It is VERY large and located between Ocala and Orlando, in the hill country of Florida. It is in horse country and looks very much like Lexington. We have friends there( Hi Ernie and Barbara) and when we went to check it out in July, we met many friendly , happy couples. The climate is much more temperate than farther south. We will need jackets and sweaters . We will use this blog to share the good, the bad and hopefully, there is no ugly. ( unless you consider our golf game)

So we are trying to get the house in order up here. We went ahead and put up a few paltry decorations on the outside so as not to look like the black hole in this overly decorated neighborhood. Most years we do it up proud but I do not miss freezing my fingers trying to hang lights in 30 degrees. And I hadn’t even considered doing anything down there until Deb, who owns the rental, wanted to know if we were bringing decorations with us or did we want to borrow some from her. And here I thought I was going to get away easy this year.
Well, its not the greatest shot but we have candles in the windows and a wreath on the door and on the upper bedroom window. I'm done with the decorating for this year.!!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Just Rambling Thoughts on Day Two

One thing about writing a blog is that it causes you to think about it a lot. It’s not a bad thing, but does cause one to view daily living in a slightly different way. Take for instance, breakfast…….if I decided to blog about breakfast, with pictures and maybe even a video, breakfast would have to take on a new look. No more cold cereal in the chipped hand-me-down brown bowl, big enough for the whole box and a quart of milk. No, no, no, it would require a setting right out of Martha’s kitchen;, fresh fruit, cloth napkin and a healthy egg-beaters omelet with plenty of veggies. And it would need to include the recipe for the homemade muffin filled with organic raisins. And then there's the “so what did we do today section”. Do you really want to know about the hours I spend knitting, reading, laundry and oh yeah, there’s the shopping? Probably not. You’d rather hear about our hike along the Appalachian trail, a bike ride on the Rail Trails or a synopsis and critique of the latest Broadway Show. Followed by the dinner party for 8 that utilized the hand carved salad spoons that Paul made. So, when you look and enjoy and envy our lifestyle, just remember not to believe everything you read!!!!!

I'd like to thank ALL of you that responded to our blog. We received at least 324 emails......or maybe it was 2. But we know you're out there just waiting for the next installment.

Black Friday: I’m not sure about the name, but the thought of shopping with the masses is not my idea of fun. In previous years, I shopped via the Internet and found it very convenient. This year, I’m giving in to conventional shopping and hoping to accomplish the task in a week. For a brief minute, P said that he needed to go to Walmart. Then we both looked at each other and laughed. Walmart is NOT on our list of approved big box stores, especially on the busiest day of the year. The one in our area has been the scene of mayhem and violence and is not the place to be any time of the day and especially not at night. But on our travels in the motorhome, we have actually parked overnight in the parking lot. Walmart allows such things and assumes that you will shop for supplies while camping there. The only time we tried it was this fall, returning from a trip to Asheville, NC, and all campgrounds in the area were full. We were among about 15 other Rver’s plus a few tractor trailers. Obviously , we skipped the campfire and the s’mores.

Some days, I really want a puppy. Oh wait, that’s what Andy says. Actually, he wants a puppy and an RV for Christmas and a Frisbee . But every now and then, I think having a dog would be a good addition to our lives. And then I realize that we don’t lead the kind of lifestyle that a dog fits well in. Maybe we could share one with Andy.

I'm ending today with one of the last pictures taken of my Dad. He died in October of Alzheimers.

He will be remembered for his commitment to excellence and detail , his beautiful carvings of carousel animals and his delight in babies and children. He was honored with a full military burial for service in Okinawa and China.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

We're Back.....

Due to unprecedented popular demand, phone calls in the night and extreme withdrawal symptoms by most of you, The Miller Blog has returned. But where's the "Roadblock" you might ask.? We opted to go to a different format in order not to be limited by sharing only travels. Now all of you get to peek in on our daily life, from the thrilling(??) to the mundane.

Why blog? Why put ourselves out there for all to see.? Why show how really boring we are? Why reveal our gray hair , our wrinkles and our bulging midlines? After returning from our travels last year, the "Moving Roadblock" journals afforded us a detailed look at our daily life, complete with pictures. We found it to be a good memory jogger of places and people and happenings. I thought about keeping an online journal, unpublished, but then realized how truly selfish that was. I just knew that ALL of you wanted that voyeuristic view of Paul and Sue as we really are.

This is what a forecast of " chance of flurries" looks like. We ended up with over 7" of the pretty white stuff. It was perfect for snowmen and little boys. I tried to upload pictures of Andy and Mason in the snow and a crooked snowman but couldn't get it off of Jon's Flickr page . Blogger has improved since last year and is much more user friendly but I still have a fairly long learning curve to become proficient.

Thanksgiving this year was celebrated on the 21st, combined with Mason's 2nd birthday so that Jon could join us before flying the friendly Continental skies. Then on the actual Thanksgiving day, we celebrated again with those tasty leftovers in whatever form we each preferred. I feel like we've been eating/cooking for two days. Mason enjoyed all his carefully chosen birthday gifts and even shared with Andy.

We have so much to be Thankful for and we are truly grateful for our wonderful family.

Addendum: Blogger has a few quirky features and one is that the date of the blog is when you actually started it and not when it was actually published. I have read complaints about this but no this blog took two days of frustration and is actually being published on Friday, Nov. 23rd.