This reporting period began with one of the most important events of the year for Kay, Book Club Christmas party. As has become typical, when Book Club meets in Hot Springs Village, most of the ladies arrive a day early and spend the evening at Oaklawn, enjoying the games of chance—some more than others! And then the big day arrives and they eat, drink, and exchange gifts; they are truly sisters from another mother. Jackie hosted this year’s Christmas Book Club meeting.
We wrapped up the remaining medical appointments for the year; I’ve been cancer free for 5 years, the cardiologist said he didn’t need to see me for another year, and Kay’s wrist has almost returned to normal from the tendonitis she’s suffered for several months—life’s good!
This time before Christmas also provided an opportunity to have breakfast with old friends, Ron and Ginger Hicks, and dinner with new friends, Mike and Susan Cigleman.
As the week before Christmas progressed, Kay had minor surgery for skin cancer, with accompanying bandages around her nose; people will think I’m an evil husband.
The Adams came to celebrate Christmas on December 23, spending the night. We had a great time with them; made fried apricot pies for Karyn, her favorite, and Ridge and Aker were full of life, having a great time at KK and DDs. Santa called Ridge, and Mrs. Claus informed him that he made the “nice” list.
He fist pumped at the news, as there was some doubt after the previous few days! Watching his reaction was priceless. On Christmas Eve we celebrated gift giving with a brunch and gift opening including Karyn, Matt, Ridge, and Aker, and Ron, Cheryl, and Kaden. It was delightful! We spent a quiet Christmas Eve afternoon, and enjoyed a packed Carols and Candlelight ceremony at church.
We awoke early Christmas morning and made the trip to Memphis to celebrate gift opening with Jenny, Harper, and Brian. And then, Jenny prepared a great dinner for us all, including her mother and her mother’s husband. A good time was had by all. We drove back to Hot Springs Village, took it easy for the evening, and said goodbye to another holiday, at least at home this time, our first in 4 years.