We are thankful for friends and family that made our holiday season delightful! It began with a cross-country trip by our next door neighbors from Florida who traveled long hours to visit for a week here in Riverside. They brought laughter and gifts reminiscent of our adopted home state. The day they left we traveled for my husband's work to San Francisco via Spirit "First Class" by chance. The best way to get there, of course. Holiday lights during visits with friends and family there made it extra special. The late night loss of the rental car in Redwood City made it an adventure. We were finally rescued by an off-duty sheriff and his family. (Who couldn't find the parking garage after several attempts, either. But, it ended well.)
Almost everyone I knew had their tree up and decorated for Christmas and my husband went out of town for another week. Our friends took me with them to get a tree, chose one on the lot, unwrapped it, tossed it in the back of their truck, stopped for a tarp for us, and set it up ... in the stand!
Christmas Eve at their annual party is always memorable for the food and company, many were there from New York.
My sister came for a long week from Texas, a comfy visit, and a huge help when most needed at the birthday party. The same night I was rescued by two chefs who cooked my main dishes when this brain shut down after days of prep.
We are done now with 2016, which usually ends for us after the birthday on the 10th. Except, last night the "pizza man" brought a birthday tomato pie and white pizza in the traditional half sheet size of Rome, New York, my husband's and his hometown.
The picture shows the contents of a shiny envelope that arrived for me from ipsy. A mysterious gift, indeed, to add to the list of thoughtfulness we were surrounded with this year.
Thank you to many friends from Florida, the Bay area, central New York transplants, and a reluctant Waco, Texas resident. Your gifts were fun and helpful. Your friendship is treasured.