As most of you know I am home for Xmas in a new and special way. So I get to enjoy all my friends and events with a twist. I called Mary and said, “I will hold our traditional Xmas tea party at your house, ok? All you have to do is set your beautiful table and make the coffee. Oh, yeah, surely you will have the house decorated to the nines.” The last time I did this was when I asked to have my wedding on her pool side deck. So this was relatively small. We almost got a full table. Esther, whose husband, Al, married Russ and I, was able to come early for a short time. Jenean, Mary and my sister Kay sat down to incredible quiche brought by Jenean. I love these women so much and am so thankful for our many years of sharing everything. Yes, I am blessed in my relationships and am so happy to share with all of you who will receive this as my Xmas card. Russ and I spent the first of the week visiting northern CA. His sister, my dear cousin Carolyn and my nephew and his girlfriend. We were with people we love and we had the added joy of seeing geese, swans and ducks in the rice paddies of the Valley. I saw thousands jump into the sky.
In addition to being with loved ones, I got to make Mom and Grandma’s famous Christmas cookies, share the recipes with another generation and help decorate for Xmas at my sister’s.
Russ and I want to send peace, love and joy and great good health to all of you this very very special 2011 Christmas.
Here are a few more pictures of Mary’s beautiful home and my beautiful friends. Please send me some of your Xmas pictures.