We returned to the island with sub-zero temperatures, blue skies and sunshine… In the four days since we have been back we have had a chorus of sea lions serenade us at the Cut and a family of killer whales swim by. We walked the beach at SoHo and gathered beach glass in the sunshine. We snuggled by the fire in our pjs with our wine and finished almost all of the Christmas chocolate. Winter and all of its rewards has arrived.
Our children gathering at my Mothers on Christmas Day was the highlight of our visit to the city. At 93, Mom held court telling stories of the fight for women’s equality in the 60’s and 70’s on the University campus. My sister slaved in the kitchen for us while we sat in awe of Moms recovery from her stroke in August.
E’s family traditionally gathers on Boxing Day. His sister and her husband were awesome hosts. My glass always filled, our plates brimming. We appreciate these times with his family. I married into a pretty great group of people….
The New Years celebration on the island will include food, karaoke and dancing. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will provide a fundraising opportunity for the fire hall. Last year we had 22 attend, this year we are expecting forty…. Everyone, it seems, loves to karaoke.. The secret, we have found is to sing in groups. When you lose your way you can smile and look like you are waiting to sing your part of the harmony.. no one the wiser.. A stiff drink helps too…
I conclude our island blog this year with a little humility and a giant hug. I am humbled that you chose to follow along. I have asked the wildlife to continue providing material for my postings. Let’s hope they keep us as entertained in 2015 as they did 2014.