Saturday, December 13, 2014


I've started to put my head up more than once here the past 6 weeks, but every time I can almost see over the edge of my burrow, it feels like someone takes a swing at it! Thus my reference to the arcade/midway game...

Healthwise, I'm doing OK; one small round of a bug and a different kind of round with a crown that decided it didn't like the molar it was on after 20+ years. It got pulled last week; stitch came out and all seems fine there as well.

The Christmas tree is up a bit earlier this year; though every year the promise is "smaller" the tree is once again larger-about 7' tall and about as wide, lol! It will be interesting to see Liam's face when he comes in the door and sees it...I know he already thinks we're crazy...and he's right!

We've gotten some wrapping done and the shopping is almost complete; perhaps it will really be a "soft landing" this year instead of the all night thrash it usually turns into! (Fingers crossed!!!)

I'm so saddened by much of the news of late; death in the streets everywhere, every day; men that think they have the right to rape, be it those in foreign lands or my childhood heroes...I've always been wary of idols because of the old proverb about their clay feet, but didn't really expect that one...

Then there's the old East Coast sausage grinder mincing bits of the EPA, campaign contribution laws and even part of the Apache Indian reservation (really, Mr. McCain?) to make an exotic premium variety for Wall Street. I might go figure out which den the groundhog is hiding in and wait to stick my head up again until he says there still is a sun, let alone that it might shine again someday!

Yes, I know it could be worse...I keep telling me that, yes I do! I guess that a calendar's whirl from 60 I'm just having trouble convincing me!

I am truly grateful though, to each who still find their way here! I hope the holidays find you surrounded by love and light and warmth and that the New Year brings each of you the smiles you've each brought me!

May the world be kind to each of you!



robin andrea said...

I'm feeling pretty much the same you are about the state of the world and the planet. Yes, as you say it could be worse, and sadly I think it absolutely will get worse, given the direction we are headed. Not much to do about it, but hang in there and hope for the best. Happy holidays to you and your family.

Anji Knutsen said...

But there are many, many more good people in the world.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas

Calamity Jen said...

Watching the news, it is difficult to feel positive about the world. To do so, we need to dig a little deeper to find the feel-good stories. There are many of them to warm your heart. The media know what sells ad time, though, and apparently that's catastrophes and devastation. Sometimes it's best to tune that out.

In the meantime, what warms my heart is visiting your blog and reading about your latest travels, activities or good books you've read. Your positive spirit inspires the same in me.

All the best to you and yours for Christmas and the year ahead.

ryssee said...

HI Alan-
I see you haven't been on Facebook lately so I came here to wish you a happy birthday!

Coline said...

Hi Alan. Seasons belated greetings, my orbit through blogs these days is something like a comet sweeping in and catching up before vanishing for a while. too much bad news out there and on TV so I am concentrating on the personal positive things in life.

Good to see that you too have positive things to enjoy though I feel for the loss of a tooth...

Green Tea said...

I haven't blogged for a couple years..My husband died in July 2013 and it knocked all the air out of me ..But I wanted to check in with a few I had been in contact with to see how they were doing.
I probably won't be blogging again..spend more time on Face Book now.But I will check in periodically . Stay Well Alan.