#blogmas Day 24

Meet Finn. He is my son and future daughter-in-law’s ten-month-old Black German Shepard. This is Finn’s first Christmas. Everything is new to this big mush of a puppy. Finn was barking at my son, Dan, as he put the Christmas tree together. You aren’t supposed to bring tree stuff in the house is what I believe Finn was telling Dan.

It will be so much fun as Finn experiences his first Christmas morning. Finn is a loving and goofy dog. I am giving Finn and my eleven-year-old Dachshund many different types of wrapped gifts. Buddy will be the old man sitting on my lap, opening a gift while we enjoy Finn experiencing gift opening for the first time. As an adult, this is the fourth puppy I will experience Christmas with for the first time.

Dogs have different personalities, just like people. Infants like the lights but don’t know what’s going on. A ten-month-old puppy has so much energy. Finn loves toys even though he may destroy some quickly. Finn doesn’t just viciously rip any toy apart. Finn gets everything out of every toy. He will be investigating everything about these new toys while enjoying them. Who knows if one may be selected as a favorite to keep safely by his bed.

A puppy adds to the joy of Christmas. The excitement in a puppy’s eyes as they rip through paper, finding an unknown surprise. A dog can’t understand the meaning of Christmas beyond that. Bringing joy and laughter to the celebration of Christmas is a gift in itself.

#blogmas Day 22

Tomorrow is Festivus. I hope everyone is ready!

I’ve been thinking of Christmas’s past. That’s the top two pictures. Our tree at home on the bottom. The middle picture is from Disneyworld’s MGM Studios. MGM part of Disneyworld has the most amazing lights. Everything lights up, blinking, or doing a light dance to music.

I’m looking forward to all the new memories that we will be making this year. The excitement really starts to build now. For some, this may be better-expressed with the word panic. Whichever group you may be in, take a breath, remember the reason for this season

#blogmas Day 20🎄

Goodwill to all who have been reading these blogs. I hope instead of getting overwhelmed as we get closer to Christmas, everyone takes a breath and remembers this is a happy celebration. So which to do. Keep in mind the reason and enjoy this particular time of year.

#Blogmas day 19

Today I said goodbye to the man who was my next-door neighbor for the first 24 years of my life. His daughter and I have been friends as long as I can remember. Frank was an amazing man. He drove a school bus until two years ago. He lived a full 82 years. He’s joined his wife Fran in heaven.

He had a stand-alone hammock he napped on in his garage regularly. Frank stopped at the local deli for coffee about three times a day. It was so sweet when a friend of his placed a styrofoam cup with lid and a hostess apple pie in his casket. Another neighbor requested Frank’s hammock. A wonderful, funny, quiet man with his very content routine left this world. He will be very missed by many.