The weather guessers on TV have been predicting for the last week that we would get a major snowstorm come in last night and we would have a very rare White Christmas in our area. We did get some sleet in the wee hours of the morning that did cause some major accidents on the highways before dawn. By the time I got out and around the street crews had done their jobs and the roads were fairly clear.
Picked up my mother-in-law around 10:30 this morning and headed east to Midwest City. We spent Christmas day with my niece, and her granddaughter, Carrie. Actually it was, like last year, at the home of Carrie's in-laws, Mike and Barbara Carpenter. Barbara always has a fantastic dinner prepared for all the family and has been very gracious to include my mother-in-law and I in all their holiday activities this past year.
Carrie with her son J.J. and husband John
Before we sat down to a great meal we exchanged gifts. Carrie gave her grand mother a huge box of chocolate candy (almost five pounds worth). She gave me a fantastic print of a painting of the ship I spent two and a half years of my life, which included two tours to Vietnam, the USS Newport News. She had the picture matted and framed. This is one of the greatest presents I've ever received.
We headed back to the west side of town in the early evening so we could get back before the wet streets started freezing over. Once home I made a pot of coffee and built a good fire and am thinking about this holiday season. This year, without Joanne, has been very hard and each special occasion/holiday has not been easy. But, now instead of sitting around feeling sorry for myself I'm contemplating how lucky a person I am. This Christmas season has been good. Have spent time with all my kids and grand kids along with other members of my family. I am very blessed to have all of them to love and support me. Life is good.