Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Aftermath

First of all, I'm sorry some of you couldn't see the photos of Gypsy. I tried uploading from Picassa for the first time and they apparently didn't come through. Can't figure out why, so if any of you know... Meanwhile, here is one...

Christmas -- boy, what a time.

On the 23rd, Kevin, Greg and Molly (Kevin's squeeze) were with us for the evening (well, till Molly left for work.

It included Scrabble games...

And our traditional Christmas Eve (OK, it was the 23rd, but they're at the age where we're starting to share their time!) cookie decorating!

The next day, Greg went with us to friend Judy's for a Christmas Eve luncheon. We feel honored that we were the only not-immediate family invited! (Although when Judy found out another friend might not have plans - after we arrived - she felt really bad.)

First up was photo shoots. Judy has a great sun room and the lighting was perfect. This was my favorite of Rick, Greg and me...

And I loved this one of me with Greg.

This is my friend Judy -- good friends, old friends. Not my "oldest" friend -- but in the top five or six of the regulars!

After that, I stopped at my only remaining direct relative on my dad's side -- his cousin Marie. When I got to her house there were many police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, a city bus and more outside.
At first, I was worried that something might be amiss with Marie, but she was right out there, checking to see what was wrong. Apparently a burglar was holed up with a weapon in the house on the next block. This went on for hours. When Rick and I drove by five hours later, they were still there, but all worked out.

Molly and Kevin returned Christmas Day for presents and dinner.

We really had a wonderful time -- down to the traditional wrapping paper cover-up!

After dinner, more Scrabble. Then things went wacky. Kevin locked Molly's keys in the car with it running and we had to have a towing service break in. And I started shaking like a leaf and freezing. You'd think when you are that cold, your temp would reflect it. Mine kept going up and up. When it didn't come down by Monday, I went to the doc. Pneumonia. I should be doing better in 48 hours, but it's no fun. As you might expect, the pet therapist is by my side.

Here's another Gypsy photo that didn't show on the other post.


  1. Get well soon! Luckily, Gypsy is on nursing duty.

  2. Sounds like you had fun until the pneumonia hit! I hope you feel much better very, very soon.

  3. Gypsy is quite handsome and an excellent nurse for you. Very sorry to hear about the pneumonia, but glad things went so well beforehand. Take care of yourself and feel better soon.

  4. Oo, I hope you feel better soon. Pneumonia - yikes! Take it easy and rest up!

  5. Great photos! So sorry to hear you are sick. Get well soon!

  6. Greg has beautiful blue eyes!!! Sorry to hear about the pneaumonia, but glad you have your excellent nurse to take care of you.....few things comfort like a cat on your bed!!

  7. That Gyp is so dashing in his Xmas decorations (and I love his "believe" blanket!) Kudos to him for being an excellent therapist when you're down and out with pnuemonia. OK, you'd better be resting and reading something really good. And resting. Did I say that already? yes!
    Love the pictures of you and friends and you and Greg - you're right about the excellent lighting, too! and such bright colors on the cookies y'all did - they're beautiful.
    The "wrap up" cracked me up. What a fun idea!

    Glad everything was OK at Marie's. Actually, except for the emergency vehicles, that was a cool, Christmas-y neighborhood picture!

    Stay warm, stay inside, enjoy some hot tea (and/or a hot toddy) and write when you feel better.
    Maybe you have an aimee leduc (correct name?) mystery to keep you entertained?


  8. You really got some good pictures and it sounds like all was good...right up to the part about you having pneumonia. I hope you are on the mend quickly.

  9. I hope you're feeling a little better today. I loved seeing all the photos. Scrabble and cookies....what a great way to spend an evening!!

  10. Fab photos of you all. Hope you're feeling a little better now and taking it easy. Best Wishes for the New Year.

  11. Happy New Year!!
    We wish you a joyful life
    full of healthy, happiness and pleasure :)

    Hugs Love Anya

    Kareltje =^.^=

    Betsie =(^.^)=

  12. Happy New Year, dear friend Jeanie! Hope you are feeling better already - my goodness, the last thing you need at the end of the year in pneumonia! Yikes.
    I hope certainly hope 2011 is a healthy, exciting, cat-heaven, Greg and family, wonderful year for you! Thank you soooo much for always being there for me in 2010 - your support is much appreciated.
    Maybe bloggy friends will really get together in 2011! I hope so.
    Peace and love to you.

  13. Loved seeing all the photos. Makes my blog seem so boring! Ron gifted me with a new digital camera for Christmas so now I have no excuses. In fact, I think I'll head out to Lake Michigan this afternoon to check out the waves.

  14. Looks like you had a great time until you got sick. I hope you're feeling much better now. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  15. The photos of Gypsy are so sweet.
    I hope you are feeling better now!

    A happy and healthy new Year to you all.

    I enjoyed visiting your blog in 2010 so much and will come back in 2011 too !!!

  16. Happy New Year

    The Creek Cats and Maggie May

  17. You all seemed to have had fun this past week! I hope you are feeling better!

  18. Wishing you a speedy recovery. May Gypsy be your inspiration and consolation. May God's angels be your healers. Happy New Year.

  19. That was an humdinger of a few days for you, Jeanie. Love the cookies and the wrapping paper burial. Glad to know that your aunt was a viewer of the troubles and not at the center of it. I can't get over Gypsy's green eyes.

    Happy New Year,

  20. i love the close up of gypsys face!

    happy new year :)

  21. Loved seeing a summary of your Christmas. The wrapping paper blanket, so cute. And the cutest of course is that cuddler, Gypsy.

  22. Christmas looked like a whirlwind of fun ~ at least until you got sick! I hope you're on the mend now, and ready to enjoy a wonderful new year!

  23. Pneumonia, oh no! You must be better, since you hosted the wine tasting. I hope so. Happy New Year!

  24. It all looks oh so wonderful, except your being sick in the thick of it (and the police in the neighborhood--eeeek). But, the pics of Gypsy are just perfect. Look at those green eyes. What a beaute!


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