December’s Midpoint

Hello readers, no I have not fallen off the face of the Earth (we believe it’s flat again, right?) It has been a busy couple of months. My friends Rick and his husband, Charles, along with another friend, John, all came out to visit the weekend before my birthday in November. Then for my birthday, Shawn and I went to one of the wine dinners hosted by the Wigwam Resort – excellent wine and meal. Thanksgiving it was quiet, only the four of us here at home. Then Rachael was done with her semester a couple weeks later and to celebrate another straight A semester, she got her wisdom teeth pulled the first day of winter break. As of today that was one week ago, and yesterday we drove over to pick Gretchen up from school. In the car, I turned to tell Rachael something and almost screamed. Her jaw had a big yellow bruise and it startled me because I couldn’t think who would have beaten her. Then I remembered she had her wisdom teeth pulled; it’s funny how I did not notice the bruising in the light of the house. It was the first time Rachael has ventured out since the procedure.

At the end of October, Rachael was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Gretchen has completed another class at EMCC through the ACE program and still has a week to go before the semester finishes at high school. Meanwhile we’ve been getting ready for Christmas. Last weekend Shawn, his mom and I went out to the German Christmas market at Frontier Town, Cave Creek. The three of us had a fun time. And yesterday I spent some time wrapping presents. Yippee my favorite chore.

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December outing
Festive family fun
Christmas lights shine bright

Wordle Me This… Vestige

Heart left cavernous
Clings to vestige of loved ones
Momento mori

The Reverie Journal Wordle Me This #3. And so it goes… We had a nice Thanksgiving. ┬áMy mother-in-law drove over from El Paso to join us and my uncle and cousin came as well. This Monday I went out and did some Christmas shopping. I can’t believe it’s December already! Rachael has been busy studying for her college finals and Gretchen did her independent book report and is practicing for the school Christmas concert. My dad will be flying in tomorrow to visit for a week. He’ll be here for the concert on Tuesday. Then my mother-in-law will be back for Christmas. Hoping 2015 will be a better year.

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

Thanksgiving Dinner 2014

Family gathers
Thankful to be with loved ones
Without your presence