That Holiday Letter

Greetings, friends and relatives!

Boy, the year has gone by so fast. It seems like just yesterday that I was sweeping pine needles off the floor and regretting the second piece of minced pie that I ate the night before. But it has been an eventful year, and I want to catch you all up on what we have been up to at our house!

My arthritis is getting worse. Some mornings, it is all I can do to muster up the strength to log on to my Twitter account and let all my followers know what I plan to eat for breakfast. I have tried Ben-Gay, that cream from Emus, and nothing seems to help. Getting old isn’t any fun, is it?  And although I have had to have two new crowns, my teeth are doing fine. I am experiencing a little problem this winter with dandruff, but I have discovered a tea tree oil shampoo that seems to be helping.

We spent a lovely weekend in the spring taking a car trip to the Kenwood Mall in Cincinnati. Along the way, we stopped at two flea markets and had lunch at The Cracker Barrel. Their catfish is pretty good, and the biscuits are light as air. The cornbread, on the other hand, is heavy and gritty. I can recommend the squash casserole.

Charlie is doing well. He spends a couple of hours a day in the basement, practicing the accordion. After fifteen years, he is able to play three songs all the way through without stopping. He is very busy, with gigs at various local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where he finds lots in common with the residents.  He has a special affinity with the Alzheimer’s patients, who find him to be a kindred spirit.

Our dog has gotten fat. We are completely mystified as to how this happened. We haven’t changed her diet or anything. Well, she does get a treat every time someone comes in the door, and what with all of the holiday shopping, I am in and out a lot. I guess I will have to look for some low calorie Snausages.

We have no grandchildren yet. But most of our friends have them. I have received many lovely Christmas cards from them with pictures of loads of children that I have never met. These children are cute. They are shown sitting in front of fireplaces with their parents (many of whom I have never met, either) and assorted Labrador retrievers. Someday, I will be able to send out these cards. I am figuring on about five to ten more years.

In other news, I am considering getting one of those self cleaning cat litter boxes. I think it would save me a lot of time. Speaking of infomercials, I was saddened to hear about the death of Billy Mays. I just love OxyClean. Sometimes, I wonder where I would be without my Swiffer. And the Dyson vacuum cleaner is TO DIE FOR. I don’t use Pledge; I think it leaves a residue on the furniture.

Oh yes. The children. They are fine. One got married in July, and the other is getting married next June. But I don’t want to bore you with all that…

Can’t wait to get your annual letter packed with news and views from the past year!


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