We send greetings to you
from our home in Arizona with
warmth and love in holiday
season. The holidays were celebrated with friends and neighbors
at our annual Christmas Open House on December 18th. We
tried a new tact this year, and instead of giving two parties - one
for Trilogy folk and one for Square Dancers - we had one grand
bash. It was a little tight at times squeezing 53 people into our
little home, but with the addition of last year’s sun room, it was
accomplished nicely. It was fun to see people interacting
instead of just visiting with friends they see frequently. The
computer people met square dancers who were likewise
computer people. The genealogists enlightened some about our
hobby, and in passing I learned our square dance caller is an avid
After the party we got ready for the arrival of family
members. Mark and Pam flew in for Christmas, and Bev and
family dropped by after skiing at Mammoth in California. Once
again our little home was full (especially the bathroom), but it
was a nice “full.” Ray’s sister, Janet, and her family were going
to join us for Christmas Day, but illness prevented that from
happening, so we had our own Merry Christmas. The day after
Christmas we were joined by Ray’s brother, Rich, and some of
his family members. The days were warm and sunny while our
refugees from rainy California were here. The day they left it
turned cold and rainy here; we were grateful for the delay.
A few days after Christmas last year our daughter, Pam, was
diagnosed with breast cancer, so much of our year was spent
with her as she fought this terrible disease. Her brothers and
sisters in California did the same. We pray daily for a full
recovery for her.
We continued intermittently with square dancing and other
activities and are now returning to a full schedule.
We did manage to squeeze in a trip to New York City in
the spring where we took in as many shows as we could. Got
tosee Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury in A Little
Night Music. I’m not a great Sondheim
fan, but the players made this an
enjoyable event. Lincoln Center’s
South Pacific didn’t have Mary Martin,
but we enjoyed it anyway. Billy Elliot
was outstanding, and we lucked out with
getting the performer who seemed to be
rated the best of the four boys playing the part. Then we took
a flyer on a new show, choreographed by Twyla Tharp to the
music of Sinatra. Fifteen dancers were on stage dancing to Ol’
Blue Eyes singing the entire time. No dialog, just terrific
dancing. Then after purchasing tickets to Million Dollar
Quartet, I got sick and Ray enjoyed that alone. C’est la vie!
Since we already had our motor home in California, it was
a short trip up the coast in September to join our friends at
Coos Bay, Oregon for our annual get-together. The fisher
people were in great form and caught 135 crabs that week. Our
Christmas Eve dinner was a great crab salad from that bounty.
We had a grand time, as always, enjoying the companionship
of good friends, and playing cards–mustn’t forget the cards!
Lloyd’s computer business keeps him as busy as always,
but his flexibility with working hours helped us through many
things this year. He is on the board at his condominium
complex as usual and meets with his dog-walking friends daily,
which gets him away from his computer–and that’s a good thing.
Mark managed to fit skydiving into
his busy schedule at the San
Francisco Omni. He visited us three
times in Arizona, and over Christmas
he didn’t even skydive. He also
attended a ceremony at Arlington
Cemetery at the end of April.
It was a ceremony to lay to rest
some WWII B-24 crew members
whose plane was shot down during
the war. A friend belonged to the
Bent Prop Project which works to
recover the remains of planes such as this one.
He said it was a very interesting experience.
Pam barely missed a day of work throughout her entire
treatment program. She scheduled treatments just before the
weekends so she would have that time to recuperate. Her
determination was fierce. She was game enough to get her
mother, sisters and niece to do a Komen walk in June. At the
end of September we walked in San Francisco at the big Komen
event there with eight family members and three additional
Gail’s hectic schedule includes frequent travels to the valley
and occasional travel to farther spots for who-knows-what. She
arranges seminars, gives presentations and manages to continue
her active social life.
Monica finished her credential program at St. Mary’s
College in Moraga, CA, and, miracle of miracles, in this
economy got a job for the fall. Our granddaughter, who still
looks sixteen, is teaching social studies to high school students.
The school is in a rather dicey district, but she seems to be
social life has
been at a
she started her
seems to be
pouring all her
energies into her
Bev and Rick are on a merry-go-round all the time. If Rick
isn’t in Singapore, Korea or India, he’s at home on the golf
course or coaching at a soccer game. With the kids in two
(actually three) different schools now, Bev has more places to be
and things to do. Girl Scout leader still, she volunteers at school,
plays tennis, belongs to a book club, a bunco club, and I’m not
sure what else. Even with car pooling, it seems she is always in
the car taking someone somewhere. But that’s good, because
that’s when she has a chance to call us.
Selina is in
at the high
in her art program
and in all her
studies. She won
awards at the end
of seventh grade.
Girl Scout camp
in the Sierras and
some additional activities this year.
Rico’s move to a school with more challenging programs
has made him a more interested student. The accelerated
classes challenge him enough to keep him engrossed. His
interest in sports is still prime. He and his father are currently
engaged in online fantasy football. Soccer, baseball and
basketball keep him busy during non-school hours.
pretty much still
year. Where did
the time go? Not
much change in
Paul’s routine. He still
works way too many hours,
leaving at the crack of dawn. Robyn teaches two classes at the
community college. Their big event this year was taking
Keegan to Disney World. They are also doing extensive house
remodeling and were without a roof for several days this
December in Michigan!
That about wraps it up
for our news of 2010.
May the blessings of the
Christ Child be yours, and
may health and happiness be
your companions in 2011.
Joy and Ray