Wednesday, December 31, 2008



Happy New Year!! I hope 2009 greets you all well. I can't believe it's the end of the year and we have been in Blythe for 2 months. My how time flys when you are having fun.

It seems most everyone is finally down here for the season. Some friends went home for Christmas but are now slowly returning. I'm hoping everyone received something from Santa. I must have been a good girl as I didn't see any coal in my stocking.

We have been keeping busy doing something every day. I'm not sure what but I'm busy. Being on the social committee down here is fun but lots of work. So far Allan and I have helped out at 2 breakfasts, a soup night, a wine & cheese - church choir and Santa visit,

Christmas Dinner and now tonight a New Year's Eve celebration. A friend (Lee) and I are co-leads on tonight's fun so today we will be busy putting decorations out, blowing up balloons, and organizing food. We have some great friends down here and everyone is pitching in and helping out. Who ever penned the phrase "many hands make light work" sure got that right. They all offer help and then are right there when it's time to do the work.

Allan has been working very hard trying to finish off our outside space. We have a lot of wind down here and it seems to come up around happy hour time and usually comes from the north making it very cold. Yes I know cold is relative - it may not be -36C but 16C is cold for down here when you have a cold drink in your hands. (Boo hoo!) Allan has built a door in our breezeway area to close it off and we purchased a heater from Keith and Lee (they purchased a bigger one). Now when we have pot lucks we do them at our place and it is nice a toasty warm for everyone.

We decided that we needed to try out some new recipes and our friends were happy to sample the treats. Now we know what food we will offer for our light dinner for new year's eve. Then Larry and Nema brought over their karoke machine and a few brave souls got up and sang a few songs.

They were actually pretty good/bad depending on your point of view. The bottom line was a good time was had by all and we were nice and toasty warm on our patio.

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