It has been a whirlwind month with new activities and family gatherings for us. The church and its music presentations have been a great boost. The friendliness and love shown by so many new friends has been overwhelming. The time with my little family was very special. I must thank my brother Steve and his wife Melanie for allowing us to stay in their home for five days while they were away. We had our little family all under one roof and enjoyed the time with them all. Everyone is back home again safe and sound and preparing for a new year and new adventures for 2017.
Our Second Christmas Beyond the Georgia Line
Our first Christmas was spent in Israel and even in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. I have an unbelievable story to tell 44 years later yet it is very true. Once upon a time a couple named Michael and Teresa made a hasty decision to retire and move to their dream location of Fernandina Beach. Teresa has always loved the beach and once they settled into their condo she commenced to decorating everything with a beach theme. Teresa has a friend that also retired and visits often and even has claimed the second bedroom as her own. On a recent visit the two of them were downtown shopping for Christmas gifts. Teresa pointed out an item she liked very much at the Cinnamon Bear to add to her kitchen. Wanda, her friend, mentions it to Michael. With no clear direction for Christmas gifting this particular year Michael goes to investigate this item. It is a ceramic canister set for the kitchen in white with starfish emblazoned on the set. Upon inquiry the salesperson was unsure of the price so she set aside the larger piece until the owner could be contacted. Michael left his name and number once the price was verified. The day arrives to go purchase the item only to discover that a teen employee had dropped the large canister and it was, well, broken. The owner offers to sell the two remaining or order a new large canister. She orders a new set and three days before Christmas calls Michael to say it has arrived and will be gift wrapped and ready for pickup. A few minutes later Michael receives a second call that the canister set they received was the wrong one. Cinnamon Bear apologizes and says to stop by for a free gift basket. A new set is ordered and should arrive soon. In the meantime, Teresa can enjoy a great basket of goodies. Merry Christmas! We ended up with a nice goodie basket and two of the three canister pieces as it was discontinued. But Teresa is very happy.
Teresa and some friends wanted to see each others Christmas decorations so they put together a progressive dinner to make it happen. I know both decor and food will be excellent not to mention the fellowship.
I went to the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Job Fair on December 8 and interviewed for a Seasonal Segway Tour Guide. I was offered the job and got my confirmation call today. This will be a couple of days a week to keep me busy and on a schedule. I have most of the month of January without work so I will be spending a lot of time on writing my book, Goose Freedom, and promoting Computers ETC for both Marc and I so can both stay busy and earn our keep too.
An Evening in December is a MUST event on Amelia Island. Amelia Baptist Church has been presenting this community event since 1996 and they say it gets better every year. A combination of great choral music, sing-a-long Christmas Carols, orchestra, drama and liturgical dance all tie together to retell the Christmas story.
I'm a wanna be writer but only dabble with personal stories and illustrations. My true joy is my relationship with God and family. Then comes the music and technology. I'm writing a children's book called Goose Freedom.