Sunday and Monday, December 22-23—Pre-Christmas Activities

We awoke early today, Sunday, and were on the road at 5:40 AM, driving north.  The temperature in Mission was 69° as we departed.  Our drive was uneventful, except for the change in temperature near Victoria, Texas, where the thermometer showed 45°; it never got warmer, but instead continued dropping slightly as we drove north.  We switched off driving about every 3 hours, arriving in Maumelle at 7:00 PM to a great steak dinner with Karyn, Ridge, and Matt.  It was good to see everyone, but especially Ridge as he and I have a special bond.  With an early morning start, we went to bed early.

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As Kay and Karyn shopped, cooked, and visited with each other Monday, I began driving toward home, stopping to visit my sister and her family in Judsonia.  At home, I visited with neighbor Wayne and he bought my lunch, contrary to our prior agreement!  I checked on the property, exchanged some clothes, picked up some miscellaneous items, took care of some end-of-year business in town, and got a much needed haircut.  I also cut a cedar log to take back to RGV neighbors who will use it to build something in the woodworking shop at the resort.  I arrived back in central Arkansas about 6 PM to find Kay babysitting Ridge to give Karyn and Matt a much needed date night.  We all went to bed early.

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