Happy New Year
09 January 2010
Judy and I had an excellent Christmas season at Judy's parents' (Gerry and Eileen) in New Jersey. Recall that Judy flew up in mid December and Chopin and I drove a week later. I ran into the end of that terrible storm and the drive up was difficult but the love and affection around Judy's family quickly warmed us.
A few days later, Laura, our niece from Fredericton flew down and this was the best Christmas present Judy and I could have received. Laura is a wonderful young lady, intelligent and vivacious (like her uncle, huh?) and we had lots of fun.
Judy has a brother and two sisters who, along with their families live very close to Gerry and Eileen so there were lots of folks around and of course, lots of great meals.
Among the highlights of the season included an evening in Philadelphia with Judy's sister Cathy as our guide. We went to the light/music show at Macy's then to the fantastic audio visual display at the new Comcast Centre. Laura and I went for a five miler and while she did not pass me I expect she was feeling sorry for her poor old broken down uncle. Christmas dinner at Cathy's was an epicurean delight of lobster tails and filet mignon; not your typical Christmas meal but wonderful.
I became the chauffeur for the Wakeham family and gladly drove various to the malls, shops and other destinations. We spent time with our New Jersey nieces and nephew and various pets. They are a good brood and helped make for a pleasant holiday season.
We started to get lonely for Sea Sharp and decided to head back (Judy with me in the car for the return trip) on New Year's Eve. Weather forecasts were ominous but we figured on making it to Myrtle Beach on Dec 31, then to Stuart on Jan 1.
So while it was with somewhat mixed emotions it was not with heavy hearts that we departed on New Year's Eve to return to Sea Sharp.
2009 will be recorded in our memory banks as bitter sweet one. Our first full year of retirement was loaded with lots of great adventures; winter in the Bahamas, a busy and interesting summer at our home but also at two cottages, sailing past summer on Windward, the Tanzer loaned to us by Monte, my two challenging but rewarding consulting contracts, reunion with our family, in particular our nieces and lots more. The bitter side was the continuing sadness about our dear brother's death.
But, with the support of family and friends we are moving on and we're hopeful that 2010 will see our physical health and continued improvement in our emotional health.
And to you Dear Readers (one of my buddies hates when I use this phrase), thanks for your loyalty and feel free to send us notes, either within the blog or directly.
Happy New Year!