Thanksgiving was marvelous….very different but wonderful. We were in Las Vegas with Sean and Carly and had dinner at Carly’s dad’s country club. Delicious food and lots of it. My favorite was the shrimp cocktail…I could have made a meal out of just that. It did take concentrated effort to keep reminding myself that if I eat to much, I pay later. I’ve gotten so used to eating small portions that I’m pretty good at it. Still, every now and then, I forget. I solved the problem but grabbing small plates and NOT going back for more. It’s been so long since I’ve had problems with my small stomach. I have no intention to start now!
Anyway, we loved being with Sean and Carly. We did a little hiking at Red Rock Canyon. Very little. Florida is so flat that even if I think I’m in shape, I’m not. Uphill walking is just plain tough. If I didn’t hate gyms so much, I’d go to the Y and use the treadmill on an incline. But I’m not all that determined to get in shape, I guess.
We took a bus trip out to Bryce Canyon. I’m not sure what it was…the time of day, the quality of the light, the lack of crowds, the stunning rock formations (hoodoos) …but it simply blew me away. I loved it far more than the Grand Canyon. I was dazzled. How on earth could something be so magnificent, so breathtakingly beautiful?
We hiked along the rim for several hours, all bundled up (it was around 35) with hats, scarves, long underwear, mittens…Our fellow travelers made fun of “the Floridians” –some of them made do with a sweatshirt–but we were just fine and plenty warm. I do want to go back and hike into the canyon, but only if I figure out a way to get in shape without going to the Y.
So now we’re home and so glad to be here. I met an old friend from high school for lunch in Sarasota today. How wonderful to see Anne again. Honestly, we had such fun catching up and reminiscing about high school back in the 60s.
We’ll be here for Christmas this year. On Christmas Eve we’re heading to Naples to celebrate with Jerry’s sister and nieces and their families. Erin and her gang are coming after Christmas but on Christmas day we’re on our own. Eileen and Jim are coming for dinner and two other couples. If there’s anyone else here who’s going to be alone and wants to come to dinner, speak up. The more the merrier. And unless it’s freezing (like 65) we can use the table on the lanai if it gets too crowded indoors.
I’ve seen a few movies lately. Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing,, Missouri. Really good but brace yourself. It is far more complex that it appears at the beginning. And violent. And funny. And sad.
Ladybird….delightful. What a good movie.
Wonder…cried all the way through it. (Thank you, Martha, for inviting me to join you and the girls!)
We discussed A Man Called Ove at Book Club. I still love that book. It still makes me howl with laughter and cry.
And I read a couple good ones recently…
The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott…Such a lovely book and the nuns in the book are just wonderful.
Tattoos on the Heart by Greg Boyle….This priest is exactly the kind of person I want to be. The book makes you laugh right out loud and takes your breath away.
To the New Owners by Madeleine Blais….Madeleine Blais lives in Amherst. She’s written several books I’ve enjoyed including one about growing up in South Hadley. This one is about her family house on Martha’s Vineyard. She’s a great writer and her family knows all sorts of interesting people.
As I write this, I’m keeping track of the fires in California. I just talked to Erin (she and her family are with Sean and Carly this week) They all reassured me that they are MILES away from the fire. It’s actually quite close to Sean’s old apartment near UCLA. I begged them to stay alert. Fire can travel fast and I’ve heard stories of people who got the word to evacuate and it was already too late. I’m assuming they’ll be smart and err on the side of caution. Wish I could just scoop them all up and move them 100 miles down the road.
Hoping you are all having a great holiday season. Enjoy every minute with the people you love. Much love to all