On the first day of Christmas, my angel gave to me a lovely party at
the home of my boss, the collector of Peanuts Memorabilia.
Kathy's daughter Karen and her son Brandon
On the second day of Christmas, my angel gave to me a low key
gathering with my cousin, her husband, and other relatives. We missed Kathy, but we
enjoyed tasty foods, and the most important gift--the gift of family.
On the third day of Christmas my angel gave to me a lovely
afternoon with my mother, a delicious roast beef dinner, the funny antics of a puppy, and
the start of a great visit with Jeri.
On the fourth day of Christmas my angel gave me to me 8
hours in the car with Walt, Jeri and Dexter, lunch at the Burger Queen and part 1 of an
old Michael Connelly audio book.
On the fifth day of Christmas my angel gave to me an
evening with the Sykes family, with Tom, Laurel and Brianna, a honey-baked ham, lots of
laughs, a few gifts, and a chance to hear Jeri play the violin.
On the sixth day of Christmas my angel gave to me a low
key, laid back Christmas with Grandma Sykes, dinner at the assisted living facility, and
lots of laughs around gifts in Grandma's apartment.
On the seventh day of Christmas my angel gave to me a
chance to spend another evening with Bri and her parents.
On the eighth day of Christmas, my angel gave to me a bonus hour with
Brianna, watching her play with her new toys before we headed north.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my angel gave
to me a beautiful day of solitude. I didn't get dressed, didn't do anything but sit
and catch up on things that had been recorded on the DVR while we were gone.
On the tenth day of Christmas my angel sent
to me a package from Australia, with fun things like the tissues pictured at the right
(she finally admits it's all about me for a change!) and the calendar she's made
to raise money for the Kangaroo Rescue for which she works. It was Christmas all
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Christmas
was finally over and I will be headed back to work, reviewing Xanadu.