Let the New Year unfold!

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I’m not sure if I’m excited by the possibilities of the new year or if I’m unnerved by the possibilities. My state of conflictedness may have something to do with how Day #1 of 2017 started.

 

On New Year’s Day at about 7 o’clock in the morning I got a message from my neighbor with some pictures of our house attached. (We were driving home from the Georgia mountains.)

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Dietz says the back yard is more important to me than the house. That is true. This was hard.

That’s right. At about 4 o’clock that morning they woke up to strange whistling in the air and lots of debris hitting their house so they had a family meeting in the bathtub. (That’s a safe place to ride out a storm, in case you haven’t experienced this kind of event in person.)

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This and 9″ of rain in 3 days is not a good combination.

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Those little shards of glass can travel quite a distance from the blown out windows!

 

Let’s just say that the tornadic activity did not translate into good news for the old live oak trees in our yard. So the next several days have meant getting to know tree service people – and our home owners insurance people.

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For some reason the storm left this branch on the deck and snatched the cover from our grill. Go figure!

 

Looking back, I should have known that the holidays would be anything but normal when I sent to the dentist right before we left on our Christmas trip and found my dentist in strange garb. Evidently his family loves the movie The Christmas Story and designated him to wear the Ralphy costume for a day this year. THAT should have been a forewarning that unusual things were coming our way.

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He really is a good dentist. I promise you. And his family has great humor. Obviously.

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Is there a striking resemblance? you decide.

Flash forward to our return home:

When we finally faced the chaos in person, it helped me to remember the fun of the previous week when we spent Christmas in Minnesota with our daughters, son-in-law, mostly grownup grandchildren and their – ummm – friends. Should I say boyfriend/girlfriend? Love interest? Significant other? I’m never sure. I include that category because we got to go on a triple date to the movies with these fun people – such good sports!

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They promised to cover my eyes if we came to a kissing part!

As we faced the tornado cleanup, we kept our smiles in place, in part, because of the great time we had celebrating:

amazing food, fun games, Christmas eve candlelight service & family pictures

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Why does Minnesota have to be SO far away?

the white elephant gift exchange (which included one poor soul who received his own video game which had been snatched from his room with great slyness) and other delightful gifts …

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That leg happens to belong to my just-turned-eighteen-so-he-got-to-vote grandson!

decorating cookies

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She painted a VanGogh version! I barely did stripes!

and visiting my granddaughter’s favorite antique shop. I found this sweet set of hot pads which needed embroidered. That size project is great for airplane rides!

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The old stuffing had to come out before the stitching could start.

It’s probably safe to assume that the rest of the year will continue to unfold in much the same way as these last couple of weeks – hard and easy, laughter and chaos, excitement and disappointment, celebrations and surprises …. and stitching.

I’ll have to admit that I’m hoping for less of some and more of others. What are you hoping for in the coming year?

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This daughter, our first child, is an amazing woman! (I know – that’s sappy and I’m okay with it.)

PS – Thank you, Ryan & Mandy and Joby for all your work to host this celebration! And nice to meet you, Tony!

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Happiness is seeing your children smile! (Even when they are grown ups!)

 

 

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