Due to the family heading out to different destinations for Thanksgiving, Georgie and I went to the "orphans' Thanksgiving" at Lytheria, and had a really good time. There was beaucoup food, largely due to the efforts of Lee, Therese Roden, and Jennifer Newmark, but there were lots of other yummy contributions as well. Georgie's pecan pie was particularly requested and very well received.
So far in December, we've been making it to things that were washed out due to weather last year, which I choose to take as a good omen for the coming year: a friend's holiday party, held the first Saturday of December, our attendance canceled due to blizzard last year; holiday shopping trip to Madison, completed this year in fair style, severely truncated last year due to the same blizzard that K.O.'ed the party. And the December Wisconsin Cream City Chorus Concert, attended and enjoyed this year, not attended due to ice storm last year. My brother in Madison rented a conference room at the nursing home where Mom and Dad are for our use in having a Christmas dinner, and that went well, and everyone seemed to be in good spirits. So, even though the weather's still been crummy (notably unseasonably cold) this year, at least the timing's been better--.
To all who read these tidings at this celebratory season, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Joyous Yule, Good Hannukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or just to have some pleasant times with friends or family.
Most of all, I wish for all of us a safe and secure 2009: it looks like it's going to be a bumpy but hopeful year, and I hope we all get through it intact.