Alex designed and drew this card too. Andrew wrote: Congrats Ma! YOU made it!! Now you can putz to your heart’s content! And maybe have time for all the little and big things that make life worth living!! Love Andy + Alex.
I’m just now getting around to some bits and pieces on my desk. This card was designed and drawn by Alex and Andrew wrote inside: Mom — Hope you like the card, flowers and cake. Glad we got to spend this birthday with you. Congrats on 64! Hope to be with you for many more! Love Andy + . Apparently Alex was supposed to sign it too.
We had low-key Christmas holiday these past couple of weeks. Our traditions were pretty much discarded but that was okay. Andrew drove down from Pittsburgh and stayed with us for a couple of days, then left for Atlanta to spend Christmas and New Year with Alex’s family. Clare arrived on Christmas Eve (but left a few days later to hang out with friends in New York through the New Year) and Andrew returned on January 3rd. We celebrated our family Christmas Eve that night and Christmas Day the next. Clare flew home to Olympia yesterday and Andrew drives back to Pittsburgh tomorrow. The only constant was Mingus who spent three weeks with us, loving the huge windows to the deck where he could observe squirrels feasting on peanuts I set out for him.
It was great having the new kitchen and our “lodge”. Clare adopted the lodge and made it look cozy and very Clare-like. She even slept there (on the floor) two nights, but realized her bedroom had a comfortable bed. That didn’t stop her from spending her waking hours in the lodge though. The kitchen proved to be as useful as we’d hoped and we spent lots of time as a family cooking and eating in it.
That said, it is always a bit of a disruption when everyone is here and the house usually gets very messy.
Here are a few photos of our last few weeks.