A quiet moment

(Playing Mario Kart, the Wii generation.)

It’s been a busy holiday season here in the Bogs, leading to one of the longest breaks I’ve taken from the blog since I started it way back when (“way back when” being a euphemism for “I’m too lazy to look it up”).  Currently, Dad and M are watching the Eagles (football), the homemade chicken pot pie (which is not a pie but is cooked in a pot) is cooling, and I thought it high time I posted something.

I’m not sure busy was the correct word for this holiday season.  Full might be more appropriate.  Full of family, full of celebrations, full of love, full of all kinds of emotions, and full of a variety of weather which went from icy and snowy to a rainy warm-up and is headed back to icy and snowy again very soon.

(Maddy with her Great Grandfather.)

We’ve had the good fortune to spend two weekends in a row with our granddaughters, something I think is one of the best gifts of the season.  Of course that meant spending time with our oldest son and his wife, the wonderful parents of our marvelous granddaughters.  M the Younger and his lovely wife came in from Colorado for a brief visit.  And my father has been here since the 17th, getting through Christmas as best he can without Mom.  Having him spend Christmas with us seems to have been a good idea.  He has mentioned a few times that it would have been much harder for him at home with the ghosts (memories) of past Christmases.  Being here is something different for him.  Even so, we’ve both had moments of thinking Mom was somewhere else in the house, expecting her to be upstairs when we were downstairs or the other way around, because this is Dad’s first visit with us without Mom.

Taking out the holiday decorations was heavy with sadness for me, sorting through the decorations that Mom made for us or gave to us throughout the years.  I took a time-out, spent a few moments off on my own talking with Mom and wishing her a Merry Christmas.  It helped, a little.  I felt like she was here, in my memory and in my heart.  Maybe more than that.  Who knows?

Mostly it’s been good.  We saw the movie Avatar in 3D at an IMAX theater last Monday.  We all enjoyed it, being thoroughly entertained and marveling at the technology (especially Pop!).  We watched movies here at home on the large screen when we had some spare time.

(Sisters.)

Real bowling is harder than Wii bowling.  ~ Emma

Today we went bowling.  This was Emma’s first time at the real thing.  She did well, getting the hang of it pretty quickly.  The bumpers greatly improved my score (which would probably have been lower than Emma’s if we’d played without them!).  I’m not a good bowler, but I enjoy it in spite of my affinity for gutter balls and low scores.

I’ve been dealing with a cold that has turned into a nasty ear and sinus infection.  Two days of antibiotics have not improved things and I’m wondering if I have contracted a resistant-to-the antibiotic-I’m-on infection.  I hope not.  I’m currently mostly deaf in my right ear and have started developing pain and pressure in my left.  Hopefully the antibiotic will catch up with it soon and all will be well.

(Yesterday’s sunset view of the pond.)

That’s about it from the Bogs for now.  I hope all is well with you out there and that your holidays, whatever you may or may not be celebrating, were filled with joy.

🙂