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Today in My History

2000:  A Day with Grandma
2001:  Happy PC Holiday to You
Faded Photographs
15 Minutes at a Time
It's the Night Before Christmas
A Lump of Coal
2006With a Song in Our Hearts

An Excess of Everything

2008:  100 More Things

2009:  The Night Before the Night Before

Our 2010 Christmas Letter

A Christmas Carol

Books Read in 2010
Updated: 12/14

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 3/17/10)


Better than TV from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

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Thanksgiving 2010

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Airy Persiflage

My Compassion Kids

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holi10-badge-holly.gif (2346 bytes)Following my friend Jim's example, I'll put in this brief introduction for people who might stumble over this jounal on Holidailies

I'm a middle-aged (if I plan to live to 134)   grandmother, retired from full time work, though working as a part-time theatre critic.  I foster dogs (usually puppies) for the SPCA and many of my entries end up being about dogs and/or puppy poop.  Walt and I raised five children and buried two of them.  Our remaining three are married to three fabulous spouses, all of whom I love a lot and we have, of course, the most beautiful grandchild in the world. 

This journal started in March of 2000 and I've pretty much updated daily, with very, very few misses, ever since then.  (I even wrote an entry on a coin-operated computer in a tiny town in England!)


24 December 2010

As I write this, it is about 11 p.m. on December 23.  My mother, who refuses adamantly all help in the kitchen, is finishing her cleaning.  Walt and Jeri have gone to bed.  I have determined that there is no internet connection to be had tonight, but I am writing this entry and will post at the first opportunity.

It's been a fun "first Christmas."  We got kind of a late start, so didn't get here until 4:30.  Ned had been here since 2, and Jeri had arrived some time after that.  They had already started on the munchies by the time we arrived.

Ned was happy to show off his new teeth, giving him, I thought, a very Anthony DiNozzo look.

Marta, who had been to a meeting in Santa Rosa, wasn't too far behind us and in short order, Ned was running a bunch of videos he had brought, videos that he's made this past year.  I am in constant awe at his composing and editing skills.  But it was a little sad, too.  The final video is one of one of Paul's monologue shows...a funny bit that had us all laughing heartily.  But it was sad for two reasons--first, of course, because it's Paul and he's not here any more, but my mother asked me three times who it was.  At first I thought she was joking but then realized that she really had no idea who that person was. Stuff like that scares me.

The dinner also made me realize that we can't do another dinner like this.  She loves to entertain, and she insists on doing all the set-up and clean-up by herself and it's just getting to be too much for her.

Next time we do this, we'll have to make other arrangements so she doesn't have to go through the confusion of making a dinner any more, no matter how much she thinks she wants to do it.  I hate to see her so exhausted, and in such physical pain at the end of the evening.

After dinner we opened a few gifts and I was able to give Ned the gift I'd been waiting for weeks to give him.

People who have been following Ned on Facebook for months will understand why this is hilarious.

He loved it and my main frustration with having no internet connection tonight is that I can't post this photo to Facebook yet!

Just before we left home, UPS showed up with a package from Bri for my mother and she and Jeri enjoyed looking at the beautiful calendar that was also a scrapbook of Bri's last year.

But now it's late and since I can't be tempted by an internet connection and can't post this, I think I'll get my book, curl up and read for awhile and then get ready to start our next Christmas, the drive down to Santa Barbara.  Maybe we can stop at an iternet cafe for lunch....



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