Looking Merry

It is Christmas Day and we are attending virtual Christmas Mass. Another first for 2020. You would think that at this late date in the year that we would have exhausted all the “firsts” that the pandemic had to offer. Today is a day of joy and feasting. We are gathered but apart. I will talk to my mother and sisters. We will call family. My niece is setting up a zoom meeting where we will laugh and play games and generally be able to visit together across the miles. Later today I’ll jump onto the computer and visit with all of you. And just maybe this coming year will have more joy and less stress (and have received at least my first does of an effective vaccine).

We wish you a Merry Christmas! And as always, Peace and Joy and Love to all of you from both of us!

59 thoughts on “Looking Merry

    1. Thanks Carrie! We took the photo in a rush and I didn’t have time to change out of my “everyday” hat and put on my bear or cat hat… so I’m a bunny! It turned out and all was well. Hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright!!

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  1. What festive masks!

    I’m watching my family on their Arlo monitoring cameras. We each have one set up in our living space which allows us to look in whenever we like, just to see what’s going on. It’s especially comforting for my sister and niece who live alone.

    Merry Christmas to you and family!

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    1. Thanks Judy! Hope your day was festive and filled with warmth!! Tell me more about the Arlo monitoring cameras. I think that would be just the thing for Sparky’s parents! It would be marvelous to be able to make sure they are doing well without ringing the door bell! COVID is the pits!

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  2. Merry Christmas. I woke to the sound of my son calling this morning and the coldest weather of the year in my part of Kentucky. Even my toenails feel frozen just looking outside even though the apartment is toasty warm. No white Christmas here.

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    1. Merry Christmas Angi! I hope your heart was warmed by the call (even if your toes were froze)! We had a good 10 inches of the white stuff by noon on Christmas. None of the streets in the neighborhood were plowed until after dark but we weren’t going anywhere so it wasn’t an issue. It is supposed to warm up to a high of 39F today and maybe melt a good amount of the snow…

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    1. Thanks Kim! I hope your day was joy filled and warm (warmer than here anyway). I found a piece of art that I like from your FB page – Vincent and Georgia have a conversation (at least I think that was the title). Have you found any of my pieces that you want in trade?

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        1. Hi Kim, just send me an email. My WP is tossing a lot of the comments into spam all of a sudden. I’ve been checking it daily and have rescued several of my regulars. I didn’t see any from you but who knows where the internet sends things! My email should be visible under my avatar in the comments…

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  3. In our parish in Amiens the masses have been mutiplied for Christmas to avoid important gatherings ( three masses for one usuually ). We use a part of the bench and there was a free bench between two ones . Of course we washed our hands at the door and were wearing mask.
    At home we were only 6 adults and two young grandchildren , instead of 27 people every past year
    But the ambiance was changed at church and at home . As you say this is a first but I hope there will not be a second one !
    I like the picture of you both and hope you got despite of all a good Christmas even if it is different
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    1. Dear Michel, we had a wonderful Christmas Day. My 2 sons came over and we had breakfast and then opened gifts, then they helped me prepare the feast. We ate, had a video chat with my mother and then made the trip to Sparky’s parents house (2 blocks away). It was a full day with a board game that evening before they departed for their home. Tonight we will do a zoom meeting and hopefully everyone will be able to gather (together but also apart). Our Church had the usual 3 Masses but had the school gymnasium as an overflow seating with a second Priest having a mass there so that in total there were 6 Masses on Christmas day and 4 on Christmas Eve. I am hoping that once the vaccine is distributed we will be able to sing in Church again… I’m looking forward to this next year!!

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      1. I am so glad you have had a so complete Christmas, Val , I enjoyed to read your reply . . Yes I hope 2021 will be a better year . Hopeful the vaccine is efficient despite of possible mutation of the virus .

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  4. A very merry Christmas to you and Sparky, Val! As you reach late afternoon, I am relaxing for a couple of hours, enjoying the chilly sunlight, with laundry done, hard sauce made, stuffing made, casserole ready to put together, and a good book to settle down with! It’s another day of solitude, but one I am enjoying more than others!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too! I just devoured 2 books in as many days – I don’t know if you read any of the stories about Jeeves and Wooster by P.G. Wodehouse but Ben Schott has written 2 more in homage to P. G. Wodehouse Jeeves and the King of Clubs and Jeeves and the Leap of Faith. I couldn’t put them down!! As for the fun we had – we played games and ate lots of good food. I made an eggnog pie, an apple blueberry pie and a pumpkin bread pudding. To say that we have leftovers is an understatement! Glad you enjoyed your day. Stay safe!

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      1. That sounds like a wonderful Christmas and day after! I’ve decided to stay home next week rather than celebrating b’day and new year in Santa Barbara — it’s raining on Monday for the first time in about 6 months, and I don’t like to do the drive in first rain, when people don’t slow down and all the freeway oils come up to make the pavement slippery! I’ll be at home, though I may go out and play with my new camera if the weather is nice during the week! Stay safe, stay well!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you all as well! I was thinking of Bear yesterday as Sparky shoveled the driveway. We got 10 inches. It snowed overnight and until noon. The Golden Retriever down the street (Winston) had never seen snow before and he was having a ball. I didn’t think he could jump that high!

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    1. Merry Christmas Kimberlee! We had a wonderful day and the celebration continues with a Zoom meeting of all my side of the family tonight. It has been a year of intense change and anguish for the whole world. I’m looking forward to a new and improved 2021~ I hope your Christmas time is filled with joy and wonder!

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                1. We’ve had the emergency orders extended here too. Sadly there are still people who refuse to comply thus the numbers are no going down. We are staying out of harm’s way and trying very hard to avoid others…

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                2. We’ve had the emergency orders extended here too. Sadly there are still people who refuse to comply thus the numbers are no going down. We are staying out of harm’s way and trying very hard to avoid others…

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  5. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    The card I sent to you on the `10th of December was returned to me. I thought “Oh no, they moved and I don’t have their new address.” I looked at the address again, and on top, circled where the stamp should have been, was a message, “Return for POSTAGE!” Oh God Zakiah, you el cheapo, how could you have overlooked that? Anyway, i am returning it to you with the stamp on this time. GAH! Sorry love. Not intentional. Just that the brain was in an overdrive and inefficient mode!! Pfffttt!

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    1. No worries! We haven’t moved – That would be a BIG blog post! I can’t imagine the folderol that moving would entail. I’d probably have a half year’s worth of material not the least would include how much I DO NOT want to move! I got a Christmas card today from friends who live in town – I’m guessing it was stuck in a bin at the post office and finally found. My cards are still up and will be until after Epiphany…

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  6. I hope your Christmas was a blessed one. It is good that you are not moving-that would probably be the story of the decade! I visited with a small group of friends yesterday, speaking with Mom and my middle brother, texting sister and youngest brother-and then staying home all day today.

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    1. Yes Gary it was a great day of laughter and fun and even being in contact with family. Then Yesterday we had the BIG zoom meeting and we were able to enjoy in real time the whole of my side of the family… Even in the midst of COVID we are able to find some joy…

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