I feel truly blessed to have been able to spend the Christmas holiday
with my family and friends. I have much to be grateful for, and at the
top of that list is having family and friends around me who care about
others and have such positive attitudes. Their beautiful, smiling faces
lift my spirits and give me inspiration.
Most of my family gathered at my daughter Mary's house in Radford, Virginia,
for a slightly early Christmas. Even Kris Kringle himself was able to
take time from his busy schedule to pay a visit on December 22. Two
of Mary's neighbors and their small children were there, too, and the
little ones were able to tell Santa their last minute wishes. I was
so happy to be with them all. In addition to Mary and her husband Kerry
and their children Kate, Sarah, and Sean, my daughter Becky, her husband
Roberto, and their children Sofia and Michela and my daughter Ginny
and her children Picco and Chiara were there. What fun!
Pat surrounded by her children and grandchildren with special guest,
Santa. From the left, top row: Becky, Roberto, Picco, Kris Kringle,
Ginny and Pat. Second row: Chiara, Michela, Sean and Sofia. Third row:
Mary and Sarah. Front: Kate.
After Kris Kringle left us to get ready for his Christmas
Eve rounds, Becky and her family and I also departed, heading south
for St. Petersburg, Florida. We arrived Friday afternoon, and I've gone
walking every morning ever since. The mild climate ensures that I can
always find a friend to walk with. The exercise has left my muscles
a little sore, but it's a good sore!
Christmas dinner was non-traditional but very good; three different
kinds of seafood prepared by my son-in-law Roberto. Heavenly!
I consider myself in training for my 2006 gallery shows. The exercise
and the beautiful sunshine and view of Tampa Bay will recharge my batteries
and have me raring to go again. The show schedule is still being worked
out, so stay tuned for a listing of confirmed dates. The first two shows
will be with The Framery in Marietta, Georgia, on February 11 and with
Mount Gallery in Tucker, Georgia, on February 12.
I wish everyone a peaceful and prosperous 2006. Stay safe this New Year's
Eve, and give thanks to our soldiers who keep us secure.