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November 30, 2009

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2006


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CHRISTMAS LETTER 2006

Each year our family contributes to the annual Christmas letter (dreaded by some persons). Tonight, to kick off this year’s Christmas season, I am posting excerpts from my section of our family’s 2006 annual Christmas letter, with a few necessary updates.   

     Year 2006 included a “maternity watch,” for grandchild Marcus, son of Nolan and Tammy, born July 8. We arrived in Cleveland right after his birth. Marcus is a happy baby, has a big smile and lots of conversation. Vince enjoys being “big brother,” accenting his job with two-year old exuberance. He attends softball games his parents play in, and his favorite toy is any kind of ball.

     The year’s events, however, began Christmas night 2005. It involved a 1971 promise my late friend Charlotte and I made to each other.

     We had adopted our girls, Sandy and Kathleen, at the same time from the same agency. They grew up as sisters. Us mothers agreed that if anything happened to one of us, the other would fill the gap. Charlotte died while running a few years ago. Christmas night 2005 Ernest passed on. Monte and I fulfilled the promise by welcoming Kathleen into our family. She has a husband, Jerry (I threaten him with a son-in-law to-do list on his visits) and three children, Lauren (6), Erik (5) and Alex (2). Alex shares my birthday. The three have called me Grandma since Charlotte’s death.

     We next sold a small house we owned in Slippery Rock (PA), a town two hours away from where we retired (east of Ligonier in Westmoreland County, PA). The process was mindful of “the good old days:” deals done on a handshake. This sale was accomplished without even the handshake, however—all the arrangements were made via telephone. We didn’t even meet the purchasers until the deal was closed at the lawyer’s office.

     Another aspect of the sale: the buyer skipped the deed search. He’d checked out our reputation and decided it was strong enough that he could take our word that it was clear when we purchased the house in 1975, and that there were no new liens.

     On a two and a half week whirlwind trip to New England we climbed Schoodic Mountain with my niece Erin and her family, then explored “The Ovens” (caves) on The Narrows side of Mt. Desert Island, Maine. They fill with water during high tide! (to read about these escapades, click on OH, TO CLIMB SCHOODIC MOUNTAIN (Maine) and THE OVENS on Mt. Desert Island, Maine)

     We also did lots of research and met people we’d only had contact with on the Internet. The surprise of the trip was meeting Sue, a family genealogist from Atlanta, Georgia. We’d never expected to meet each other in person, but she was in Portland, Maine while we were traveling the Maine coastline. Highlights of our 2006 New England trip are (now) documented at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com in the category New England.

     Visitors to our home included a former foster child we’d in Atlanta, Tanya. She and her family were returning from a vacation through Canada and New York City when their car broke down—guess where? At one of the two closest highway exits to our place! Their car was dead, and they ended up purchasing another. Needing a place to stay, we settled them into the chaos of our home (we were enroute home from our vacation when they called).

     We said a final goodbye to friends and relatives—Ernie, Monte’s nephew Ronnie, and Gladys in Vermont. Other good-bys went to some neighbors who moved away from our small community, especially my neighbor Peg. She’s in a nearby town, so we do visit with her.

     We welcomed new neighbors, one a temporary one. Her sister died while she was here. A permanent three-generation family with a daughter the age of my granddaughter, Jordan, moved into the house across the road from us..

     My photo-journalism work veered in a different direction. The newspaper section I wrote for quit being published, so I lost that job. The editor of the other newspaper section I wrote for, Jerry Storey, died October 2 while we were in New England. A former editor suggested I contact the paper he now works for, but it’s too far distant. For now, I’m content not having deadlines, which allows me to de-chaos my home. I’ve already found one magazine article assignment, something I was considering exploring and now have the opportunity to follow through on. Another advantage is the free time I’ll have in 2007 to concentrate on writing my historic romance novel.

     Last spring a friend, Debbie, and I began the Beanery Writers Group. Its unique aspect is the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (now located at www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com  ), which invites group members and visitors to post writings. Explore the site and feel free to comment on or submit items to it. Surprisingly, the site has over 7000 hits since its inception in August.

     I introduced my cartoon character, Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, but he now writes at www.carolyncholland.wordpress , my personal writing site, in the category: Cochran’s Shenanigans. He introduces himself in the post, HI! I’M COCHRAN! NICE TO MEET Y’ALL! (or https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/hi-i%e2%80%99m-cochran-nice-to-meet-y%e2%80%99all/).

     We attended the Sankta Lucia (patron saint in Sweden) celebration in Cleveland Dec. 9. Roy, a local Swede, went with us. He translates letters I get from distant family in Sweden (yes, I am part Swedish—1/4th). I’ll share more on this subject before Christmas.

     As you can see, 2006 was a busy year. I’m expecting 2007 to be equally as interesting.

     Merry Christmas from the Monte and Carolyn Holland family!    

 

 

ADDITIONAL READING:

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELVES & REINDEER WANTED: Please apply—Application #1

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED: Application #2

DEER HEAD FOUND IN MAILBOX—A GIFT?

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

(SANTA) SUED FOR NON-SUPPORT

SANTA IS DEAD!

 

 

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CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2006

Each year our family contributes to the annual Christmas letter (dreaded by some persons). Tonight, to kick off this year’s Christmas season, I am posting excerpts from my section of our family’s 2006 annual Christmas letter, with a few necessary updates.   

     Year 2006 included a “maternity watch,” for grandchild Marcus, son of Nolan and Tammy, born July 8. We arrived in Cleveland right after his birth. Marcus is a happy baby, has a big smile and lots of conversation. Vince enjoys being “big brother,” accenting his job with two-year old exuberance. He attends softball games his parents play in, and his favorite toy is any kind of ball.

     The year’s events, however, began Christmas night 2005. It involved a 1971 promise my late friend Charlotte and I made to each other.

     We had adopted our girls, Sandy and Kathleen, at the same time from the same agency. They grew up as sisters. Us mothers agreed if anything happened to one of us, the other would fill the gap. Charlotte died while running a few years ago. Christmas night 2005 Ernest passed on. Monte and I fulfilled the promise by welcoming Kathleen into our family. She has a husband, Jerry (I threaten him with a son-in-law to-do list on his visits) and three children, Lauren (6), Erik (5) and Alex (2). Alex shares my birthday. The three have called me Grandma since Charlotte’s death.

     We next sold a small house we owned in Slippery Rock (PA), a town two hours away from where we retired (east of Ligonier in Westmoreland County, PA). The process was mindful of “the good old days:” deals done on a handshake. This sale was accomplished without even the handshake, however—all the arrangements were made via telephone. We didn’t even meet the purchasers until the deal was closed at the lawyer’s office.

     Another aspect of the sale: the buyer skipped the deed search. He’d checked out our reputation and decided it was strong enough that he could take our word that it was clear when we purchased the house in 1975, and that there were no new liens.

     On a two and a half week whirlwind trip to New England we climbed Schoodic Mountain with my niece Erin and her family, then explored “The Ovens” (caves) on The Narrows side of Mt. Desert Island, Maine. They fill with water during high tide! (to read about these escapades, click on OH, TO CLIMB SCHOODIC MOUNTAIN (Maine) and THE OVENS on Mt. Desert Island, Maine)

     We also did lots of research and met people we’d only had contact with on the Internet. The surprise of the trip was meeting Sue, a family genealogist from Atlanta, Georgia. We’d never expected to meet each other in person, but she was in Portland, Maine while we were traveling the Maine coastline. Highlights of our 2006 New England trip are (now) documented at www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com in the category New England.

     Visitors to our home included a former foster child we’d in Atlanta, Tanya. She and her family were returning from a vacation through Canada and New York City when their car broke down—guess where? At one of the two closest highway exits to our place! Their car was dead, and they ended up purchasing another. Needing a place to stay, we settled them into the chaos of our home (we were enroute home from our vacation when they called).

     We said a final goodbye to friends and relatives—Ernie, Monte’s nephew Ronnie, and Gladys in Vermont. Other good-bys went to some neighbors who moved away from our small community, especially my neighbor Peg. She’s in a nearby town, so we do visit with her.

     We welcomed new neighbors, one a temporary one. Her sister died while she was here. A permanent three-generation family with a daughter the age of my granddaughter, Jordan, moved into the house across the road from us..

     My photo-journalism work veered in a different direction. The newspaper section I wrote for quit being published, so I lost that job. The editor of the other newspaper section I wrote for, Jerry Storey, died October 2 while we were in New England. A former editor suggested I contact the paper he now works for, but it’s too far distant. For now, I’m content not having deadlines, which allows me to de-chaos my home. I’ve already found one magazine article assignment, something I was considering exploring and now have the opportunity to follow through on. Another advantage is the free time I’ll have in 2007 to concentrate on writing my historic romance novel.

     Last spring a friend, Debbie, and I began the Beanery Writers Group. Its unique aspect is the Beanery Online Literary Magazine (now located at www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com  ), which invites group members and visitors to post writings. Explore the site and feel free to comment on or submit items to it. Surprisingly, the site has over 7000 hits since its inception in August.

     I introduced my cartoon character, Cochran Cornell the Cantankerous Cockroach in the Beanery Online Literary Magazine, but he now writes at www.carolyncholland.wordpress , my personal writing site, in the category: Cochran’s Shenanigans. He introduces himself in the post, HI! I’M COCHRAN! NICE TO MEET Y’ALL! (or https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/hi-i%e2%80%99m-cochran-nice-to-meet-y%e2%80%99all/).

     We attended the Sankta Lucia (patron saint in Sweden) celebration in Cleveland Dec. 9. Roy, a local Swede, went with us. He translates letters I get from distant family in Sweden (yes, I am part Swedish—1/4th). I’ll share more on this subject before Christmas.

     As you can see, 2006 was a busy year. I’m expecting 2007 to be equally as interesting.

     Merry Christmas from the Monte and Carolyn Holland family!    

 ADDITIONAL READING:

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-A

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS 2007-B

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: 2008 STYLE

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELVES & REINDEER WANTED: Please apply—Application #1

SANTAS, MRS. SANTAS, ELF and REINDEER WANTED: Application #2

DEER HEAD FOUND IN MAILBOX—A GIFT?

Dear SANTA from COCHRAN

(SANTA) SUED FOR NON-SUPPORT

SANTA IS DEAD! 

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