Welcome to our Christmas web page 2017. Happy New Year!
Steve and I are grateful that 2017 brought us another year of abundance and happy family. We are now both officially senior citizens. For better or worse, we're signed up for Medicare.
I still find some time for painting. But recently fun things like travel, grandchild and gardening have taken up more of my time.
Steve traveled twice to Germany for work. He is working on a 3 year retirement plan with Zeiss. Hopefully this time next year he'll be working half-time.
We took a delightful trip to Scotland. We traveled around the country by train and stayed at a number of varied and interesting B and B's. All of them wonderful. We also spent a couple of days in London where our friends Sue and Stewart are exceptional hosts.
We traveled north to Yachats, Oregon twice. We saw Shakespeare in Love on stage in Ashland and celebrated our niece's wedding.
In July Ryan, Heidi, and Kasper moved to Long Beach, California. They are excited about their apartment (2 bedrooms!) and new life in southern CA. We miss having them close by and have made 3 trips to Long Beach since the move. On one of those trips we also went to Las Vegas to visit Steve's brother, Sean, and see Martin and Martin at Ceasars Palace.
Kyle is still doing research in Texas. He has also made a couple of trips to Long Beach this year. Here's a link to an article about his research in The Guardian. It's all about the sound of the bubbles. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/dec/05/sparkling-conversation-could-listening-to-champagne-reveal-its-quality
Of course our grandchild, Kasper is still our biggest joy. He's pretty sweet for a 2 1/2 year old. His vocabulary increases on a daily basis. He does come up with his own version of many words, so you have to learn his language. In early December Ryan and Heidi took advantage of very cheap airfares and went to visit a friend in Amsterdam. We were the Kasper caretakers for over a week.
For those of you who were wondering, we were in close proximity to some very big fires this year, both in northern and southern California. We were always safe. We are sad for the losses so many people suffered in those fires.
Wishing you health and happiness in 2018. Happy New Year!