We wish all of our friends and acquaintances a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2018. Or at least a year that doesn’t have as much dismal national news as 2017.
Georgia and I have spent the year doing the usual things that retired people do; if you follow us on Facebook, you know probably more than we remember! You can scroll down the posts here to see what some of our activities have included. I’ve been riding my bike a lot (achieving a goal of 2000 miles this year) and working with my amateur radio (my call is KØGUZ). Terry also has a ham radio license (KEØHNW) and he has had a lot of fun packing it in to mountaintops and contacting other hams, using battery power. I’m not into climbing a 14,000 foot peak, but if you can drive most of the way there, I’m game. This is me, my radio and antenna and computer, on an unnamed peak in Utah:
Georgia, with the help of friends, has learned how to quilt, use her sewing machine and play the addictive and very complex game of Mah Jong. She hosts regular games with three neighbors.
And of course we’ve spent as much time as possible with our grandchildren – three live nearby in Grand Junction, and the youngest lives near Durban, South Africa. Our oldest just started high school.
We took a couple of weeks to visit friends in North Carolina, and a week with Sue and Charlie Fienning and their friends in Pawley’s Island,
and we went to Wyoming to view the solar eclipse. Paula (Georgia’s sister) saw 90% of it from Cheyenne, but Paula’s husband Michael and I drove north about 75 miles to see the 100% eclipse. It was awesome.
Above: Michael and me just before we we were abducted by space aliens during the total eclipse.
The population of Wyoming more than doubled as hundreds of thousands of Colorado residents streamed northward to view the event. It was really worth it.
Our year is ending with a visit from our South African granddaughter and her mommy. After a couple of days here, they flew to San Diego to be with Jackie.
We hope that this is a sign that 2018 will be a good year.
Steve & Georgia
2015 was a year of memorable events. Please scroll down the blog to see what we’ve been doing. Here are a few highlights:
- Georgia had a hip replacement in late February, which was successful beyond our wildest dreams. Just a few short weeks after the operation, we took a sightseeing trip to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park:
- I crashed my motorcycle; it was totalled but I wasn’t badly hurt, and we took the insurance proceeds and bought a replacement Mazda MX5 Miata. Much safer and almost as much fun.
- I celebrated my 70th birthday:
- We flew to Gabi Papp’s wedding in Hungary then flew on to visit Felicity and her parents in Waterfall, near Durban, South Africa.
- We had visits from several friends and family, including Cathy’s husband Greg, and Mike and Carol Snyder,
- We took a trip to Oregon to visit Cathy and Greg (and her dog Sadie), and came back by way of Sacramento where we had dinner with my Aunt Mary and all but one of my cousins from my dad’s side of the family.
- Finally, at the end of the month we’re going to celebrate our (glub) 40th anniversary!
Everyone came to our house for Thanksgiving. Christi’s parents were here, but she was working with new mothers and their babies at St. Mary’s. So she was there in spirit.
We first flew to Budapest to meet with Gabi Papp, who had stayed with us years ago as a Rotary exchange student when he went to Rifle High School. The week after my niece’s wedding in Germany in June, 2006, we visited Gabi at home in Debrecen, Hungary. It was a memorable experience, and when we left we told him that we’d come back either when he was elected Prime Minister of Hungary or got married. Apparently, (and unfortunately for his country, but good for him) politics are not in his future, but Kitti Karakas was.
We arrived at the bustling and confusing Budapest airport at the same time as his younger brother Balint flew in from a trip to revisit old friends from his Rotary exchange experience in Mexico, and we connected at the baggage claim area. The Papp family first took us to their vacation villa on the beautiful Lake Balaton, then after a couple of days recovering from jet lag, and touring the wine country, several ancient and historic areas, and a mineral spa, we went to Budapest for the wedding. Which was remarkable:
We won the prize for the guests who came the farthest to attend the wedding.
Gabi, his wife, and their families could not have been more gracious, and except for the heat and humidity in Budapest, everything was perfect. We were ready to travel overnight to South Africa.
Very nearly everybody came to visit over July 4:
- Terry, Christi, Katie, Emily, Josh and their dog Bodie from Grand Junction
- Becky, Greg and Felicity from South Africa
- Jackie and Maria and their dog Wendy from Chula Vista, California
- Cathy and Greg and their dog Sadie from Salem, Oregon
- Jenny, Magdalena and Benjamin from Germany
Here are some pictures of the festivities