Tennison 1994 Christmas News
Hearth Notes by: Joy E. Tennison, Editor
Nineteen ninety-four kept us all busy and, for the most part, healthy. No major events like last year's wedding to report. Life has been less frantic, but it seems many intended projects are still just that. In retrospect, I'm not sure what we did all year, but we were sure busy!
My work is now solely at a local law firm and keeps me occupied about one day a week, so the remainder of the time I'm free as a breeze, with just house, yard, paint stripping, redecorating, sewing, or some such activity to distract me.
Ray's job keeps him on the move much of the time. Business travels take him to corporate in Ohio, to Los Angeles and San Diego frequently, also to Portland, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix and, get this, Dallas. Yes, he still has that temporary assignment of Texas.
Theater, activities, etc...
The gourmet group, now fondly referred to as the "Meet & Eat Gang" enters it's fourteenth year in 1995. Good food and good wine have afforded us friendships rarely found in these or any times. We, indeed, have a grand gourmet group and consider ourselves very lucky to have such great companions!
Monthly bridge and pinochle continue as part of our social life along with "annual" activities that have become traditional--such as New Year's day Cioppino dinner, May Pancake Breakfast, 4th of July Barbecue, November trip to Calistoga, Hanukkah party, some Christmas dinner parties, and one special "ornament" exchange. Well, really, it's more like an ornament "grabbit" party. Of course, we end each year with our own New Year's Eve Party, which with the advancing age of our guests has grown less boisterous over the years but not less convivial.
skydiving has continued along with his skill or proficiency or whatever. He enjoys it and his friends in it. He looks forward to continuing in Bakersfield and having his skydiving friends visit him and the "jump site" down there. It is somewhat of a commute back here (about three hours), so we'll all have to adjust to that.
The National Square Dance Convention in Portland in June was four days of non-stop dancing and partying with 22,000 dancers from all over the world. We had such a great time that we already have reservations for 1995 in Birmingham, Alabama. While chatting with a Canadian caller who summers in Arizona whom we know from California dances, we met a couple from New Zealand. Subsequently, we invited them to stay with us while in the San Francisco area (there are so few Ax murders who are also square dancers). Well, they did, and the story continues later on.
More dancing over Labor Day in Chico and then a November weekend in Napa.
Honors for Paul
Trips galore in '94
Attended a family wedding in Phoenix in April, and returned for a May convention. Departed from there on a vacation through New Mexico and Arizona. But first we began planning a joint trip with Ray's brother and wife, Rich and Roswitha. We got our act together and formulated our trip "downunder."
We visited Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Alice Springs, & Ayers Rock. Snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, tramped the rainforest, visited the Opera House, swatted flies, climbed Ayers Rock (well, Ray did). We saw Aborigines, koalas, kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, crocodiles, wallabies, dingoes, tropical fish of all sorts and sheep. A shark even swam past Ray at the Reef. We rode trains, boats, camels, ferries, & planes of all sizes.
From Melbourne we flew to Auckland, New Zealand for a fascinating trip through this country of lakes, pastures, sheep, mountains, glaciers, thermal geysers, waterfalls and fjords. Here we did something more daring than before. We rented a car and drove on the left side of the road. We visited our acquaintances from Auckland and square danced to the caller who introduced us to them. All in all it was a great trip.
Ah, the pains of redecorating and remodeling. A sink clogged, a pipe broke, two exhaust fans broke, etc. etc. Pam is painting, installing shelving and room organizers. Home ownership, it does us all in! Pam enjoyed skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho and was a guest in Seattle at Boeing's unveiling of it's new plane earlier this year. Still commuting to her San Francisco law firm, someone spun out on the Bay Bridge in a recent rainstorm and hit her. No estimate yet on the damage. She is sore, but okay.
Gail's Thesis time
Second grader Monica enjoys school, swimming, and crafting. She stays with us when Mom is at school, so we can keep up with her activities. They went to Disneyland after Thanksgiving and to Oregon this summer.
They skied Colorado in March, visited Chicago for Rick's parents moving party, went to a July wedding in Pittsburgh and Bev attended a Deerfield grammar school reunion.
Bev now teaches 6th grade in a year-round school and Rick continues to travel a great deal. It has been a rough year for Bev. Two accidents being "rear-ended" totalled two cars and has her spending time in physical therapy. No skiing this season.