Christmas

Christmas is a time for family and since we are not with most of our blood family, we made a family here. Ron and Carol Young had invited another RV couple for lunch on Christmas day and we joined them, too. Since Pastor Adam and Allie have a new baby as well as an active 2 year old, we thought maybe they would like to have Christmas dinner without having to cook so we invited them, too. Adam’s mom, Ruth Kemper, was here visiting from Wichita and we had a nice visit with her, too. Between all of us, we had a great meal without any one of us having to do all the cooking. Carol had prepared a very festive table for us and we had quite a spread: spiral cut ham, turkey breast, escalloped potatoes, corn casserole, green bean casserole, Watergate salad and several desserts. I’m sure I’ve left out something, but we didn’t go hungry. We have new friends who have been stuck at the hospital since mid-December, so I took a big plateful to them, as well. Hospital food being what it is, I’m sure it was a welcome reprieve!

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“Santa” was very good to us this year. LeRoy has a new pressure washer coming very soon and then he’ll have no excuse for letting the bus stay dirty! My gift was a Misfit device which tracks my activity during the day and my sleep at night. I passed my old pedometer on to Florence Marie, so we should both at least be aware of our activity or lack therof.

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Florence Marie thought it might be nice to have mini blinds instead of the burnt orange velvet curtains in her RV (can’t imagine why??) so yesterday we went shopping and then LeRoy installed them for her. Her original little electric heater had given up just as our cold weather started this week, so she found a replacement for that, too. Her son Jim’s family had sent her a new TV set and Kris’ family had given her a cover and keyboard for her iPad before she came, so she’s about set for electronics. Jim and Nancy also sent a new sweater set and some magnificent truffles that would rival any I’ve ever eaten. Yum!

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LeRoy has been feeding birds and he’s so glad Christmas is over so I could take down the stockings obscuring his view out the windshield. Most of the time all day long there are several varieties of colorful finches hanging on the thistle bags and doves and quail picking up the seed on the ground. We also have a hummingbird feeder but have yet to see more than one bird at a time on that feeder just outside the living room window.

Have a wonderful New Year’s holiday as well as a blessed year 2015!

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