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Merry Christmas

Just so you know I’m still alive, here’s another post. It’s 7 in the morning, Christmas morning. Freezing cold outside. Freezing. And our ‘Nest’ energy-saving thermostat has it pretty cold INSIDE too.

Sue is making coffee. Sue is making another big feast for the second Christmas family gathering at our house this season — today it’s the Nikkel gathering. There will be a lot of cooking here today.

My desk is a mess. Papers and sticky notes everywhere. I need to clean this up. I’ve had my computer apart this past week — replaced the internal drive with a 256GB SSD drive and moved extra files to an external 2TB Passport drive. Re-installed Mountain Lion. Got my Macbook Air all cleaned up and ready to go too. And I’ve sent out most of my end-of-year invoices. Cleaning up.

Starting to think about heading south at the end of the week. Palm Desert. I’m looking forward to it. First year away since Max was born. We’ll miss him. A lot. We hope he’ll come visit us while we’re down there in California.

Maxwell James - 11-2012¬†Hey, I don’t think I’ve actually mentioned Max here on this blog. I’ll get a picture of him. That’s him there. Great photo (by David Klassen, friend of Tim and Alex). It was on the Christmas card the kids sent out. Very cute.

We had Christmas last night at Tim and Alex’s. Sue and I babysat while the kids went to church. Then we had supper and chocolates and opened gifts. Nice.

Okay, that’s the news from here. Did I say it’s cold? Yeah, it’s freezing cold. But now Sue has brought me a cup of coffee, the Byrds are playing on my itunes, and it’s time to get on with the day. Merry Christmas.

Snowy Thanksgiving Weekend

Just finished my Saturday bacon-and-eggs breakfast. Snow outside is starting to melt — it may actually all melt and allow Tim to go golfing at his scheduled 1:30pm tee time today after all. The Dehnes (the German couple we met at Peggy’s Cove this summer) were here for Friday night — and have now arrived safely in Brandon. Our first grandson has still not made his official appearance — Tim and Alex were over for supper last night and that little schnerps is really testing Alexandra’s patience. But all is well and that’s what really matters. Ed and Val are coming over for supper tonight. Now I am going to go sit down in my (new) favorite chair and read the latest David Bergen book, Hope. Maybe I’ll tackle the New York Times crossword puzzle in the weekend edition of the Free Press (if it ever arrives — it’s 9:30 and there’s still no paper!). I’ve started up iTunes and today’s playlist is already going strong.