Holidays from the Tennison's here in cold, damp California. We wish you
and your family health and happiness for this Blessed Season and for the
New Year. We breezed through 1993 first planning and preparing for Bev
and Rick's wedding, and then recovering from it. These wonderful happy
events are great but they do take time. As usual, one thing led to another,
and we wound up with the back yard torn up just prior to the wedding because
we decided to remodel and re-landscape the pool and patio areas. Nothing
like Bobcats tearing up slabs of concrete less than a month before the
big event to make your blood pressure soar. With the grace of God and a
frenzy of activity, everything was complete--pool, patio, house, flowers,
bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, and even Joy's dress.
Ray managed to sneak
out of town much of the time during the activity at home--mostly on business.
He did attend a family wedding in Phoenix. He works here in our home office
when in town but must travel to clients frequently and to headquarters
in Ohio when necessary.
Since Joy's work is local
and timing quite flexible, there is plenty of time for sewing and other
activities she enjoys. Genealogical research has been at a standstill for
too long, so she plans to return to that in 1994.
A long February weekend in
San Francisco at the "Archbishop's Mansion" was a treat from Ray's company,
along with a chance to see the Broadway show Guys and Dolls. The mansion
which survived the earthquake is now an elegant B&B and was a change
from more frequent weekend getaways in the motor home to square dance.
Yes, Joy and Ray square dance
when Ray is here, attend a third Friday dance and an occasional "hoedown."
Week-end trips have been to dances in King City, in Hollister, in Chico
and in Napa. Bridge and pinochle are played monthly, dinner group bimonthly
and "annual" events, like a November trip to Calistoga, and our New Year's
eve party, keep the calendar full.
Theater was exciting this
year. Local productions included Gypsy, Candide and Carousel. And in the
San Francisco theaters, everyone enjoyed Tommy Tune Tonight. Rick's sister
was in town when we all went to see Crazy for You. Pam treated Joy to Evita
for Mother's Day; and Pam and Gail enjoyed Mom'sbirthday gift of Joseph
and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as much as she did. The family made
its annual trip to Ringling Brothers Circus in August, and Joy and Ray
cheered at the Grand National Rodeo with friends in October. Phantom has
just opened in San Francisco, and our tickets are for the end of January--can
Trips curtailed in '93
Following the wedding, Ray
and Joy visited Colorado---tea at Brown's Palace, some sightseeing and
square dancing in Denver; then on to Colorado Springs to revisit Pike's
Peak and Royal Gorge; and a drive to one of Colorado's new gambling towns
nestled in the mountains. October's trip to Chicago was devoted entirely
to visits with old friends. You know, the ones you've known forever and
you never have to "think" of something to say. It was great.
Lloyd's P&L Solutions
Lloyd continues to run his
computer sales and service business and now serves on the board of the
Chamber of Commerce here in Lafayette and on the board at the condo complex.
Add these to the number of business organizations he already belongs to,
and he seems to be attending meetings daily.
Director, Mark Tennison, Jumps from Plane
Mark's job apparently wasn't
exciting enough, so he decided to do something to add some zest to life--namely
jump out of airplanes. When he first snuck in a video tape of his first
jump, it seemed like a nice diversion, but now, only seven months later
with 140 jumps under his belt, it is obviously an avocation. The franchise
Hilton where he is Food & Beverage Director was acquired by a new company,
so he went through that career trauma. So, work, jumps and a few pleasure
trips to LA plus a business one to Scottsdale, Arizona have kept Mark occupied
Track for Pam
Pam's workload at Sonnenschein
Nath & Rosenthal has not diminished. She is currently skiing in Utah,
but other trips to Utah, LA and Chicago have been to take depositions,
for document collection or business meetings. A friend whose apartment
was burned out has been living at Pam's for a while now, but she should
be back on her own soon.
Perpetua's Church site of
and Rick's Wedding
The July 3rd Nuptial Mass was
perfect, if hot. The ensuing reception(s) made it the "social event of
the year." Well, it certainly was in our family! Rick's family came from
Chicago, San Diego and Colombia while Bev's came from Phoenix. Friends
arrived from all over and parties went on for days, culminating at the
wedding followed by a "reception" at our home for 70+ family and friends
and then an evening "PARTY" at a tropical estate for 150+ of Bev and Rick's
They enjoyed a pre-honeymoon
trip down the coast to Morro Bay, etc. following the wedding then in August
spent a couple of weeks in London and then Ireland. Rick's work as an account
engineer with HP and Intel as clients, takes him all over the world--this
year to Israel, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, etc., but this was Bev's first
trip abroad, and she's ready to remain packed for any and all future ones.
Teaching fifth grade does curtail her availability to travel. They have
skied in Colorado, visited in Chicago and are spending Christmas with Rick's
newly retired parents in Florida. If not traveling, they seem to be entertaining
either houseguests from out of town or party guests for the evening
begins 1st Grade and Gail is still all wet!
Gail and Monica are now well
settled in their home. With new furniture to sit on and a new car to drive
around in, you never know if they are coming or going. Still Director of
Aquatic Rehabilitation... Gail attended work-related seminars in both Las
Vegas and Salt Lake City, and presented information to colleagues at the
American Back Society on Aquatic Rehabilitation. She also managed to vacation
in Mexico and in Hawaii (Monica enjoyed Hawaii, too). She is still working
on her doctorate and is "about half-way finished." Before beginning first
grade this fall, Monica attended tennis camp and swimming in the spring
Tennison decides on UC Davis!
Paul says all he has done
this year is work and go to school, which is fairly accurate. He helped
us a great deal with the remodeling and landscaping; he also put a fence
on the hill which, so far, is keeping the deer out of new plantings in
the yard. With offers from both UC Berkeley and UC Davis, Paul chose to
attend Davis where he is now in the engineering program and on the quarter