"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Saturday, December 21, 2013

First day of Winter


Grand Canyon sunrise

More photos like this can be found at http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/PhotoZone/Archives/2013/Winter-Photo-Gallery.aspx  Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation.

I’m sitting here on the first day of Winter, 2013  with an outdoor temperature of 75 degrees.  Watching some minor bowl game being played in a blowing snow, while tornado warnings scroll across the bottom of the t v screen. Welcome to Winter in the deep South.

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly a month since my last post. Pretty easy to surmise that not much has been happening since Thanksgiving.  Just the everyday events that make up life at home. 

We decided back in the Summer that we would like a walk-in shower in our master bath.  Found us a contractor which came highly recommended, and made an appointment for a November-December time frame.  You can probably guess when he showed up.  This past Monday morning.  Here we are in the middle of the Christmas season, with all the family coming in tomorrow, and our little house in much dis-array    And the carport is covered with demolition junk and construction materials.  Go figure.

I’ve been reading the blogs of many folks heading for what they thought would be warmer weather.  The Caves left Illinois for Texas, but have been chased by ice, rain, and cold temps.  Al and Kelly are having temps in the forty’s in Arizona, but Janna and Mike might possibly think that was a heat wave.  Mark is “stuck” in Ouray, waiting on a doctors appointment, and possibly a visit with a surgeon.  The list could go on and on, but I’ll spare you.  Just saying thanks to all these folks, and many more, which help me through  the boring times at home. 

Things ARE looking up. Though many of my close friends say I see the glass as half empty, it always looks full when it comes to travel plans.  Baring any bad news, the Egg should be posting from some new environs shortly after the New Year.

Lastly,  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.  We hope you have a fantastic holiday season.  May you be blessed with the presence of family and friends.  And, please remember the REAL “reason for the season”…..jc 


  1. I think planning to get back on the road can brighten just about any day!

  2. We can send you some snow if you'd like. :-) We're having a wonderful time with family, even if the trailer is lonely in the garage at home.

  3. Lovely picture!

    Yes, it was 69 here today but the mist and rain kept us indoors. Hoping that no tornadoes come this way...a bit worried after the weatherman gave us a 5% chance. Seemed like bad juju for him to say it wasn't going to happen.
    Also looking forward to hitting the road and praying there will be no ice west of here.
    Merry Christmas to you and Wanda. Safe travels!

  4. Merry Christmas to you two!!! You bring so much sunshine to my plate...may you be blessed in 2014!

  5. What Judy said! Aren't we lucky to be watching football in a snug environment and planning for the next roadtrip?

    Happy Holidays to the 3 of you!

  6. Didn't even think about it being the first day of winter as it was 72 today. I think we have another cool spell coming our way but I'm loving it now.

  7. Merry Christmas Jerry and Wanda, may the New Year bring you health and happiness!

  8. Wow! What a photo! The most majestic winter photo I've seen, I think.

    The timing of the shower repair is uncanny. Hope the bathroom is usable very soon!

    I agree. The glass always looks full when you are dreaming of travel plans.

    Merry Christmas, and a wonderful new year of travel, adventure and joy!

  9. Merry christmas my Friend!!!...hope this latest storm hasn’t had a negative impact on your property..keep that glass at least half full..hope to meet up with you both next year...Have a Very Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring nothing but Special Moments...Horst sends

  10. What an awesome pic! It was in the lower 70's here yesterday, but the monsoons have been here today. Just thinking about a road trip is a big plus!
    Merry Christmas to you and Wanda...may we all remember the real purpose for His birth!
    Hope to have our paths cross this coming year!


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