Cold is relative

Cold is relative, I guess, and I think many of our relatives are REALLY cold! Yesterday and today here in Tucson have been in the 50s with light winds, so we needed long sleeves and jeans. Our family members in Kansas and Nebraska had much colder temperatures and our 5 mph winds (with gusts to 15) are a drop in the bucket for them. I think we will all have better weather this week ahead.

We’ve been playing host for a while, showing off some of our favorite things and seeing some new ones. Our friends Tom and Laurie Czoka stopped on their way to the Phoenix area. It happened to be the weekend of the 4th Avenue Street Fair, so we took them along to shop. That’s a twice a year event and we really enjoy it. After that, we went to Old Tucson movie studio, a place we’ve never visited. All the stunt performances and dance hall girls seem to have pleased them!

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We viewed it a little differently.

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We recovered quickly, though, and enjoyed a good meal at Tiny’s Bar and Grill. They are settled in their winter home at Goodyear now.

Winterhaven is an area of Tucson that is known for a fantastic Christmas light show. This year we went with Ron and Carol Young, our park neighbors from Nebraska. The “hayrides” make a nice alternative to walking and individual vehicles are only allowed the last night they are open each season.

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The light pictures just don’t show up well, so you’ll just have to come see for yourselves!

Have you ever had an invitation to a party where you were asked to bring a white elephant gift? We have attended a couple of those recently. How about this gingerbread house kit?

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Or a vase full of key rings?

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Or the answer to every mechanical problem in the world? A roll of duct tape and a can of WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn’t, duct tape is the answer. If it doesn’t move and it should, WD-40! Probably the best white elephant gift we saw this year was…a ceramic white elephant!

We’re looking forward to an event that’s never happened before this Christmas. Our daughter and family are coming to visit us here in Tucson! We’re planning places to go and foods that we must eat in the short time they will be here.

Tucson has some of the most beautiful sunsets (and sunrises, although I’ve seen fewer of them) I’ve ever seen. We always know when we see pink and gold on the mountains and clouds to the northwest that we should go look at the sunset in the west. I’ll just close with a beautiful sunset cloud formation facing east. Have a merry Christmas!

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