Friday, December 31, 2010

Truck fixed! Looks like we leave Monday!

We got our truck back today and it seems to be in great running condition again. It is raining today but supposed to be clear tomorrow so then is when we will pick up the Montana from storage and bring to the condo for loading. If all continues to go well, we shove off early Monday morning. Hopefully we will make it to Berea, KY in the afternoon to spend our first night. That will be the last of our long days driving. We don't care to drive over 200 miles or 4 hours in a day, whichever comes first. Sunshine is getting nervous because things are different daily around here with breaking down after Christmas and getting ready to travel. Once she spends her first night in the 5th wheel, she should be fine. She was last year and we only had her for three weeks before we left for the Great Southwest.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

It's been a Very Merry Christmas!

Last night, we and all of the kids and grandkids went to Richelle's for Pictionary and fellowship. Today, the mob was all at our house. Now it is nap time and then we go to Carol's brother's where we also will see two of her sisters and her soon to be 90 year old dad. Another great Christmas. It is so very great to be able to share it with so much love. Last Christmas, Sunshine had only been with us for two weeks when the whole mob came over and she spent the day hidden in her crate. This year, she showed that she is finally part of the family. She wandered around assisting all with the opening of their presents and only asked to be loved (and she was!) Merry Christmas to all!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Lunar eclipse on shortest day of the year

Today is the shortest day of the year. I had the alarm set for 1:25AM this morning so that I could see the total lunar eclipse on the shortest day of the year - something that last occurred 500 years ago. The weather forcasters were calling for clouds but this is Michigan, so who knows, right? The eclipse was to begin at 1:33AM. The first photo was taken about 1:35AM and the sky was quite clear. The second pic was taken about 1/2 hour later and the clouds were coming in. The last shot was taken about 45 minutes into the eclipse and then the clouds took over the sky. I am a sucker for this type of event. If the next eclipse will be on the shortest day of the year again it may be another 500 years and I will be ready then. Just wonder if the camera will last that long.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Time to get out of here!

Woke up this morning to about ten inches of snow and 7 degrees. Supposed to "warm up" to 11 today. Sunshine said she would rather play with her toys inside where it is warm than go out. I wanted to go out. And they call dogs "dumb animals." Christmas in less than two weeks, kids and grandkids galore - Scheduled to leave for Florida three weeks from today. I LOVE this time of year!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Yesterday, my knee was scoped and now the recovery process is on. Can finally put my full mind(?) to the process of getting ready for the holidays and heading south right after the first of the year. I continue to realize just how blessed that I am and am so grateful to be surrounded by so many friends and family. Merry Christmas, all, and now to go on and really enjoy the season!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The trip is still on!

I have been having problems with my knee for a while now and it got so bad that we were wondering if we would be able to travel south this winter. Just got back from the doctor's office with good/great news! We remembered Carol's long, painful recovery from knee replacement surgery and were concerned that this may lead to the same. Found it was "only" a shredded meniscus and am scheduled to have it "scoped" Monday. Doc says that recovery should be quick and travel first of January should be fine. FLORIDA HERE WE COME!!!!! I continue to be so blessed!