Sunday, January 5, 2014

P52 Week 49 - The Boy is Back in Town

It was difficult getting into the Christmas spirit this year. It was weird being down in Charlotte. Warm weather and no snow - NOT THAT I'M COMPLAINING! But seeing this in a local Target perked me right up.

I mean, if a pig in a scarf doesn't say Christmas, then what does?

We left the 70 degree Charlotte weather and headed back to see the family in New England. Snow and icy rain. Oh yay. What were we thinking? Stayed with my in-laws for a couple of days. Love them to pieces but they only have a dial up internet connection. (Remember those?) So I didn't bother to bring my laptop. I'm going to try this post via my iPhone. Wish me luck!
Addendum....Ok, never posted that because it just wasn't working via my phone. Page got all jumbled up...I'm back home now, so lets try this again....

I'm 4 weeks behind on my blog. So I guess I failed Project 52, but I am anal so I'll finish it up. Besides, my #1 Fan gave me permission to take some time off. I'm back now, so, on with the show.

Being away from the family is hard, but I had the Christmas week off from work, and we went back to NH. Couldn't wait to get home and see everyone. As we flew towards Manchester, the ski slopes told me that we were back! And that it was cold.

I'm used to wearing shorts these days, and couldn't let a little snow snow interfere with that, now could I? My buddies in NC would be disappointed if I dressed appropriately,

Crazy Man Making a Snow Angel
Of course, the main point of the trip was to see the family. The week was chockablock full of reunions, food, games, and quality time! We miss our kids.

With Ashley and Jordan

We also stayed a few days with my sister-in-law Sheri (aka: Sissy), and brother-in-law Jim (aka: Drinkng buddy). We were spoiled there. Delicious food and wonderful accommodations. I was going to down-grade their 5-start rating because we did not get mints on our pillows. But the White Ghiradelli hot chocolate with crushed candy canes and Peppermint Schnapps served at breakfast brought their rating over the top. Everything was perfect. So a big shout-out to Sheri and Jim! Thanks guys!

In Chef Sheri's Kitchen
I got out and about quite a bit that week and took a bunch of pics of familiar places. I'll show those in the coming weeks. One of my stops was at Lakes Region General Hospital to see a sign that they had made that included my images. Got me stoked!

Sign at LRGH
It was beautiful. Just hearing from the nurses there about how it brightens up the room and makes it cheery brought out the goosebumps on my arms. That's what it's all about. Bringing smiles and making people happy. Reminded me that I really need to get out next summer and do some Art fairs. I miss talking to the people and trying to brighten them up.

I guess that will do it for this post. Got a bunch of shots to review and football games to watch, waiting to see who the Pats will play next weekend.

 And who Carolina will play..

Happy New Year!


p.s. Stay Warm NH....