The Celebration Continues

Trip Start Sep 28, 2013
Trip End Apr 26, 2014

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Things improved immensely, weather wise, once we got settled in at Lisa and Rich's.  The weather has been in the mid-thirties to lower forties and the rain has dissipated.  That's always good news.  Yesterday it was clear enough to see Mount Rainier or"The Lady", as I call it.  We've had regular walks, sometimes accompanied by Madison, the Fox Terrier, but usually not, for me.  Lynn and Lisa have taken her, for the most part.  I like to get in 3-4 miles most days and have had the opportunity each day we've been here.  The neighborhood is quiet traffic wise and interesting.  Anything helps…

Then there's the food and gifting.  We celebrated Christmas Eve by opening our gifts to one another, after Lynn and I returned from an early celebration at Holy Family Church in Auburn.  We've gone there for years, since Lisa and Rich moved to this area.  The church itself is interesting, in that the Pastor is Vietnamese.  The congregation is ethnically mixed, so to speak and friendly.  The early Mass, which we attend, embodies the Children's  Presentation.  It's always fun to watch and observe the parents and grandparents enjoying their grandkids.  This year, Father Joseph sang Silent Night in three languages, English, Vietnamese and Italian.  He said that he was "threatened" by some of the office staff that if he didn't sing, they'd change parishes.  That remark drew great laughter from the congregation.  He has a fine voice.

The presents we each received were great.  It seems that I'm the most difficult to buy for.  I can't imagine why.  I have accumulated almost "nothing" in my years. ;o)  We opened our "Christmas Stockings" on Christmas Morn.  It's something Lisa re-started when she first came home to Helena back in the 1980s.  It's great fun!

And then there's the food: in no particular order, Custom-cut Prime Rib, Clam Chowder made from wild clams dug by our hosts, Columbia River Salmon, ala Jack Cohn, aka "Dead Jack's Salmon" here in Washington and the list goes on. Lots of goodies for desserts and snacking help to make up for the walks...

Today Lisa and Lynn hit the sales early and saved enough to use up the cash they got as gifts.  Does that make sense?  Then they came back, picked me up and we went to the Commercial Costco Warehouse.  Here one can buy commercial cutlery on the cheap, as well as a whole different variety of things you may never have seen at a Costco.  They also have refurbished TVs and such.  Lots of fun, especially for a Scot like yours truly.  Lynn and I picked up a pair of small paring knives and a four pack of propane lighters for various uses at home.  

We got back early so the clam chowder could be made.  It was a fine meal and included "scratch" biscuits crafted by Lynn's able hands.  I admit that I truly do enjoy making salads, so I pitched in too.  Rich had to work today, but he and I did the clean-up.  All in all, we work well together and get the job done quickly.

Tomorrow, Friday, Lynn and I will be on our own to hit the nearby Costco and wherever else needs to be checked out.  Dog walking and such will round out the day also filled with reading, email and such.  I'm sure that you get the idea.  Picture wise, I've only taken a few with my phone, which I've posted, with updates, on Facebook.  Otherwise, the "good camera" rests.

That's about it for now.  If you have any questions or such, give a call, text or an email.  Love from us…
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Dennis on

Sounds like you are having a lot of fun. I hope 2014 is a great year for you.

Chris Stockwell on

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Ralph and Lynn!

photodon on

Sounds like you are having a great holiday with your family and that is as it should be. I sure enjoy reading of your experiences. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you & Lynn and Lisa & Rich and whoever else might be part of your family group - that would include Madison, I'm thinkin'.

Mike on

Sounds like a splendid Christmas. I like the idea of the revived stocking and may try that next year when all our family is home. It's an every other year thing now. Ah, Mt. Rainier.....a mountain that help keep my sanity while I was in Army training back in 1970....we marched alot (duh) and the sight of the mountain gave me strength....commercial Costco...I will have to remember that when I am in that area. Quinci has a cousin who lives near there that we visit almost each year. hugs...

Sus on

Hey Ralphie sounds like you guys are having a great time....the girls from Seattle got here yesterday and Kev Kel and the mt girls were all here for present opening followed by a scrumptious dinner. A fun time was had by ALL! Truly a blessed time. Enjoy the rest of your stay and look forward to seeing you guys when you get back. Love yas

Debbie Shea on

Sounds like a wonderful time, nothing like family, food and fun.

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