‘Twas the week before Christmas

While the mid-section of the country is enduring a winter storm, we’re having clouds and rain in the lower elevations and snow on Mt. Lemmon. Weather forecasters are about to have apoplexy about the “cold weather”, even though overnight lows have only dipped to freezing twice, I think, and daytime highs are in the 50s. Compared to summer temperatures above 110 degrees for long periods of time, I guess it is pretty cool!

I’ve been helping our pastor with some document formatting on Tuesdays this month and this week LeRoy was going along to work on a handyman chore. At the stop sign where we were to turn onto a main street, the car shuddered and died and refused to start again. There was no one behind us and we were able to coast back down onto a wide open area and call a tow truck. Having only one car meant that we had to rent one in order to have transportation while the mechanics tried their best to find and correct the problem. I say tried because three days later, we had to have it towed again to a dealership. The first shop could get it to start and briefly run smoothly before doing the same thing all over again. The service department at the dealership is open on Saturday and while we’d like to think they’ll be done with it today, we’re thinking it’s highly unlikely we’ll have it back before Monday. They think it is a cam sensor, but they’re also replacing smashed motor mounts to alleviate the vibration we’d been feeling. Can you say “Merry Christmas”?

Tonight we are planning to go caroling with a group from our church and tomorrow night we will have a Christmas party with the hymn sing crowd at the RV park we have used the past 3 winters. Christmas day we have invited our pastor Adam Kemper, his wife Allie and their nearly 2-year-old son Nathan here for dinner. We’ve adopted them as family, since Adam’s family have been friends of ours for decades and Adam was in our youth group at Northridge when he was in high school.

I’ll be working on a Christmas poem this afternoon, so you may be seeing more from us very soon!

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