Friday, January 01, 2010

Looking back at Christmas in Tulsa

A Blizzard? In Tulsa?

There's Work to be Done!

The Gifts Await!

The Stockings Were Hung . . .

The first surprise of my Christmas trip was a blizzard: the first ever to hit Tulsa, I believe. Unlike 2008. I managed to avoid airport delays. I arrived before the blizzard and left after it. As usual, the food was excellent; I gained five pounds! That was with careful eating. I can't imagine how much I would have gained if I had "pigged out."

Tulsa lacks Chicago's huge snow-clearing crew, so the side streets were never plowed. Needless to say, we stayed in a lot. It was cold, too. I read a lot and did a lot of puzzles (I never travel without those puzzle books), and I received some fine gifts, including a Flip Video Camera. Now I need to find some suitable subjects for video.

The best part of the holiday was being with family. My grandniece, Lauren, a junior at the University of Arizona, is thinking about her medical school entrance exams already. I wish her luck. Although there were some doctors on her maternal grandmother's side of the family, there have been none among the Marshalls. We seem to be descended from a long line of farmers and craftsmen. Lauren is very inteligent and a diligent scholar, so she should make it as a doctor.

Now I'm back home, and the new year has begun. Life at The Clare will soon be back to normal. My first anniversary of moving in comes in just a bit over a week. As I get older, the time seems to fly past faster and faster. I'm hoping for another great Christmas in Tulsa in 2010.

(Photos by John Marshall)

3 comments:

One Woman's Journey said...

Happy that you are safely home
Pleased that you could spend time with family.
My family visited and I baby sat with my two little ones on New Years Eve.
Best Wishes to you during the coming year.

Paul @ ET said...

Hi Marlys,

This is Paul from Elders Tribune (back in the days). Looks like you've had a great holiday! I'm just dropping by and wishing you a great 2010!

I regret failing to keep in touch with you as often as I'd like last year. So this year, one of my new resolutions is to get back in touch with the Elders Tribune crowd. I hope I'm still welcome around here! :)

I look forward to reading more of your writing!


Ever grateful of your teachings,
Paul

seniorwriter said...

Paul:
It's good to hear from you. I miss the ET. Somehow, I've been too busy--or too lazy--to write much on my blog lately. I'll try to do better.

Marlys