Badlands Storm Clouds

Badlands Storm Clouds

There must be something in the water, because after more than thirty years, babies are popping out everywhere, or at least they soon will be. Yesterday, we got a holiday card from another of Anne’s cousins announcing her impending grand-motherhood. That makes four so far this year and it is only January and three of them are due in April. We’ll be looking forward to a big baby boom this year. In other news, it is cold. How cold, you ask? Way, too cold, single digit cold and if you factor in the wind chill, negative single digit cold. I listened to Joe Biden’s press conference yesterday, all two hours of it. I think that he did pretty good with it certainly better than anything that the former guy could have done. Speaking of the former guy, it looks like they are really coming for him. Between the NY AG’s subpoenas being handed down and the Supremes siding with the J6 committee and just today the Atlanta prosecutor empaneling a grand jury, it is beginning to look like a real horse race between competing prosecutors as to whom will get to send him to jail first. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa

On Christmas morning, the picture gift was Maren and David’s way of letting us know that they are expecting a baby. Best Christmas gift ever! This will be their first child and our first grandchild. I was asked to stay mum on this blog until all of the testing came back, which it did, last week. Yesterday, they made their own social media announcements. It was hard to contain myself all of this while. The baby is due in July and not wanting to know the baby’s sex beforehand, they have taken to calling their child the Little Hatchet. In addition to being our first grandchild, this baby will also be Maren’s parents first grandbaby too. This will be my father’s first great grandchild and Anne’s father’s fourth. Three of which are due this year. I think that I can safely say that we are all joyful with this news and expect great things to come.

2021 In Review

Season’s greetings! It is that time of year to take stock of 2021. It has been pretty good year and deserves to be recounted. It started off pretty slow, but in March we got vaccinated and then it was off to the races. In that first quarter, we began weight watchers to some success. We also began a continuous Scrabble tournament, in which Anne almost always wins. Anne completed the first of two quilts, one for our bed and the other for Dave and Maren.

Once fully vaxxed, we hit the road. Heading west along Route 66, we visited many national parks and monuments. We visited Frank and Kathy up in the mountains and then Dad and Chris in Monterey. David and Maren joined us there. Last summer was spent as per usual at the cabin, where Dan and Brit sailed their new yacht and much of the family joined us there. Our usual cabin tour was interrupted by two events, a side trip to Boston for Maren and Dave’s wedding shower and Harry’s selling of his house of forty-seven years. 

In October, was the social event of the season, the marriage of Maren and David in upstate New York. This wedding was celebrated with family and friends and was a great party. Since that trip, we’ve been laying low. We got new and improved internet and I’m getting a new pair of eyes. We feel blessed with all of the good fortune that we have had and look forward to the future with optimism. Here is wishing you and yours a Happy New Year. 

Teach Peace

Teach Peace

Yesterday, we finally got around to putting up our Christmas decorations. First though, we tried to get a tree, but all of our regular favorite tree lots were bare, supply chain shortage. We also failed to find any boughs. We do have some evergreens on the front door that we snagged a week ago. We resorted to putting up a few ornaments on the mantel, over the dining table and around the living room. It still looks pretty good. Dan made it home late last night after a marathon 900-mile drive from Brooklyn. I had already gone to bed, but Anne was still up to welcome him. I had another eye doctor appointment today. Everything is going well. What used to be my bad eye, my left eye is now my best eye and has 20/20 vision. What used to be my good eye, my right eye is now no longer the best with 20/30 vision, although it might improve some more still. I’m still taking bunches of eye drops, but their numbers continue to decline. Overall, I am very satisfied with the results from my surgeries. I’ll see the surgeon once more in the new year.

Because of Omicron, we will not be going to the Saint Louis Blues hockey as originally planned. Dave had asked to go a few weeks ago, but now he and Maren don’t feel comfortable being in a crowd. I had bought the four tickets through StubHub, so I could try to sell them on that platform, but I wouldn’t get all of my money back that way. I’m hoping that the game next week gets postponed, because then I’ll get more favorable treatment. The Blues two games between now and that game have already been postponed. If in the unlikely event the game gets cancelled, I would actually make money on the deal. Something similar occurred in 2020 after I had booked camping reservations for our planned trip during that year. Because of the pandemic all my reservations got cancelled and I got a full refund, instead of the only half refund I would have gotten otherwise. I’m hoping that lightning strikes twice.

Cookie Party

Maraschino Kisses

Omicron be damned! We attended Joe’s annual Christmas cookie party last night. Compared with parties in the past, this year’s celebration was a relatively low-key affair. Anne and I made the maraschino kisses to share. They came out pretty good, if I do say so myself. I got to amaze everyone with my new eyesight and Anne got to crow about Dave’s wedding.

Today, we made like Santa’s elves, getting ready for the fast-approaching Christmas holiday. Dan is supposed to arrive tomorrow, then Dave and Maren come here mid-week and finally Brit flies in next week, landing between Christmas and New Year’s. We’ll have a full house this season.