Wednesday, December 30, 2015


 On December 18 we went to a large Baptist church in Orlando and had a nice dinner and then saw their production of Singing Trees.
 Trees full of singers along with a nice musical about different memories of Christmas. It was a very well done production. Since we were already through Orlando we decided to head north after the show. We made it just to the Georgia line before stopping for the night.  By  Sunday morning we were sitting in our church in Lancaster for 10:00 service.
 We had a nice visit with Mystique and Eric. Of course we gave a noisy gift to Ashtyn for Christmas.We met them again the next day at Friendly's to celebrate Christmas with Eric's daughter Alivia.
 We were staying with Brian and Dorothy in their lovely old home. On Christmas Eve we had a little Christmas celebration when Mark, Danielle and her family stopped over. Chase has his foot in a cast because he broke his ankle wrestling at Thanksgiving.

 We had a fun gift swap and then a nice lasagna meal.
 Danielle and her three children, Calista, Kyla and Willie. It was nice meeting her oldest daughter. We then all went to a Christmas Eve service.
 A nice family picture in the parlor. Chase is sitting in the chair, Brady, Dorothy, Brian, Larry and me.
 I took this picture so Irina, Brady's girl friend could be in it. Also Chase has their new puppy on his lap. she is non stop movement as you can tell from the blur.
 On foggy Christmas morning we drove to Sharon Hill to celebrate Christmas with my sister and son. What  warm Christmas weather for Pennsylvania, I guess we took it up to them from Florida.
Lynda went to the butcher and had a scrumptious roast for our dinner. We had a very nice visit with all  our families and left at 7:00 Sunday night to drive home.
 Traffic was bad on I-95 in the Carolinas and our phone GPS gave us alternate routes a couple time. Unfortunately on Monday night we were on one of these alternate two lane road when a police car came straight at us, He was passing a line of traffic. It forced three of us off the road, We made it safely onto the onto the grassy shoulder, but the young girl in the car behind us went flying towards some trees. Luckily her car was stopped by the ditch full of water. She was not seriously injured but quit shaken up. We were glad we had On Star to call for help. We made it to our house Tuesday afternoon, and glad to be back home.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


A group of us went to the church on Wednesday evening for a  Thanksgiving dinner, On Thanksgiving I had two couples at the house for hors d'oeuvres. I had fun making a vegetable turkey platter and a cheese and meat turkey I found pictures for on facebook.

We got a new barbecue grill  and Larry had fun putting it together.
Then he worked on decorating the house.

The first weekend in December is Light up Clermont.  Saturday there was a good parade with
lots of dance groups, baton schools,
high school bands,
and of course Mr and Mrs. Claus.
That afternoon there was a service of Lessons and Carols by the Montverde Academy Music conservatory at the Clermont  arts center.
The choirs performed beautifully and Ben Gulley, an American operatic tenor performed with them. It was a great way to begin the Christmas season.

 The library in Clermont had instrumental programs last Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday was three flutes that played lots of Christmas music and Thursday was Lori Jean Smith who is a very talented violinist. We enjoyed her enough to buy her CD.
 Saturday evening our Boomer Sunday school class had a Christmas party.  We had lots of good food with a lasagna, salad, bread and desserts.
 We all brought a white elephant gift creatively wrapped. We had fun opening and "stealing" them from each other.
The funniest gift was the dog crate that housed a nice stuffed puppy.
 Sunday was our HOA Christmas party. Ham and turkey was provided and we brought all the trimmings. All the food that was left over was given to the fire company when they arrived.
 I took a broccoli Christmas tree decorated with little tomatoes and a yellow pepper star.
 We all donated an unwrapped gift for a child.
 The fire truck came and we passed all the gifts to them and loaded the truck. The toys go to the children in Lake County that are in need.
 Going to see the music and light show at the Citrus Tower is a tradition we enjoy. This year they even had snow for the children.
 I have three small trees decorating the house this year. The snow flake tree by the front door,
 The Santa tree in the bedroom,
and the angel tree in the living room. I really enjoyed decorating the house for Christmas, some of the decorations I haven't had out for 10 years. We will be headed north in a few days to enjoy Christmas with the families in Pennsylvania. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.