Friday, December 14, 2018
The Christmas Letter
Here is the challenge. My friend leads a fantastic life-- great family, great job, great vacations. It's always a struggle to craft a response. Submitted for your approval is the first draft.
Thank you for the card, letter and photo. I can't believe it's been 35 years since we graduated from college. I took a long walk around the campus in the spring. While much if it has changed physically, the memories are still there and still very much alive.
I enjoyed hearing of the adventures of you and your family. You guys get around quite a bit, and I envy that.
There are a few things new on my end. I found a web site that has fantastic quality ties at a reasonable price. I have a new favorite blanket. I helped nurse a kitten found in our driveway, apparently mauled by a dog, back to health and she's quite the active little critter.
We installed a new phone system at work and my blog celebrated its 14th anniversary last month.
I haven't used a sick day in two years.
I've been increasing the distance of my bike rides, setting a record of 31.3 miles, on a humid summer morning. I surprised myself with that one.
My camera still gives me great joy, but our weather this year has been awful-- very rainy. That severely cut back on photographic expeditions.
The major purchase of the year was a new chair for my computer desk at home. I even assembled it myself.
I reconnected with a few old friends, and it's been wonderful. One relationship in particular has brought me more joy than anyone could imagine.
I hope the holiday season and 2019 bring you exceptional joy, health and happiness.
Your friend in Pennsylvania,
AT 12:00 AM