Since this is my first blog message for 2015, Happy New Year to everyone!
I’ve been off work since December 24; the office is closed from then until January 5, so I’m three-fourths of the way through an eleven-day vacation. The office I worked at in Connecticut three years ago ran on the same schedule, but this time it’s a paid vacation, thank goodness, and I don’t have to drive more than 800 miles to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve with my family.
From 12/23 to 12/30 my sister and her husband were in town visiting. The main event was Christmas dinner; Leive outdid herself again by cooking a bunch of dishes (Philippine as well as traditional American), and we brought it all to the retirement home where my Dad is staying so he could participate. Besides the five of us, our in-laws Gene and Rezia also showed up, and we had enough left over for Leive to give plates to three or four nurses who otherwise wouldn’t have enjoyed Christmas, because they were working that evening. So overall the party was a success.
After that I came down with a mild cold; probably picked up from the retirement home, inasmuch as many of the residents had colds or flu. It stayed with me for nearly a week; today is the first day I didn’t feel congested, so I should be all right when I go back to work.
Not that we went out much anyway, because it has been so cold. For the last week of the year, the weather has been below freezing almost every night. Still no snow yet for this winter, aside from short-lived flurries, but the temperature has gotten as low as 16 degrees. When the New Year began, scarcely a sound was heard outside here in Kentucky; obviously it was too cold for anyone to play with fireworks. How different it was from the 4th of July, or from New Year’s Eve when we lived in Florida!
That’s the way it is as 2015 begins here; now let’s see what 2015 will bring.