I’VE BEEN INVITED ! ! !
i’m sure you’ve heard!
it’s old news by now.
but i’ve been invited! and i’m so excited!
the marine has asked me to join him in going to albuquerque
to have christmas with his only son and the son’s wife and two boys.
officially . . .
that would be mike and reve ~ pronounced ruh~vay ‘ ~ meaning dream in french
and jacob and blake.
and little dog watson
and little cat max.
it’s about a 9 hour drive from where we live here in the smack middle of oklahoma.
down a long straight highway. just like a child’s drawing.
and it’s big sky country!
montana only THINKS it has that claim!
they’ll just have to admit to sharing it with
new mexico. ‘ land of enchantment! ‘
after the year i’ve had . . .
it’s going to be SO nice to get the heck outta dodge !!!!
even if i am walking like chester.
i can walk like chester out there just as well!
and anyway. yesterday i bought me a cane! i sure did old bean!
my left leg gave way the other day and i landed somehow on my knee.
i was trying to exercise my leg. didn’t think much about it at first.
cause it didn’t hurt SO bad. but now all of a sudden it’s singin’ me a tune!
it’s the same leg with the big ole blood clot. that’s sounds so YUKKY
every time i say it. i guess i’m still trying to get used to the fact of it!
and now my dang knee feels like a knife is going through it when i bend it.
good grief charlie brown! enough already!
i’m beginning to feel a bit like job. well.
i mean jobeena! LOLOL !!!
the cane will help me walk a lot easier i hope. i don’t want to be the one
you know . . . that slows everybody else down!
besides. when i’m not using it to walk . . .
jacob and i can always have really neat sword fights!
remember he is king arthur and i am ALWAYS
or . . . as jacob likes to call me . . . ROXIE !!!
as you probably know
albuquerque is nestled in a huge flat valley.
it’s high desert country.
surrounded by the ancient chain of the grand sandia mountains.
they are so beautiful! looming and protective.
in the glory of a sunset like this it almost looks more like a toy city!
but it’s not.
Kirtland AFB is there and that’s where the marine’s son is stationed.
he just made master sergeant and is over a rather large group.
he’s a flight chief.
he’s career air force. it’s something to do with the nuclear part.
all i know is he has quite heavy responsibility. he works long hours.
but i don’t know exactly what he does ! isn’t that awful?
the marine has told me until i’m too embarrassed to ask again.
whatever it is . . . he has to have some kind of top security clearance.
and i’d hate to get anything wrong on here.
i should know but i confess i don’t!
it always sounds so complicated and i can never remember exactly.
i wish i could blame that on age!
but the truth is . . . my memory for official complicated details
has NEVER been good! i liked it better when he was simply in
special security forces.
and i think that still has something to do with what he does.
good grief charlie brown!!!! LOLOL!!!
he has to be on duty over christmas ~ but has a few days off before.
so that’s why we’re going early. even then he told his dad he will be on call.
i hope we get to see a little of him at least!
i am so excited to be going. to see the marine’s family again!
they all mean the world to me.
here’s mike on the job below at another air base with a few of his men.
he’s the first one standing on the left. dark hair.
the really good lookin’ one!
and below . . . is one of my favorite pictures . . .
it’s of mike and reve just a few years back. he has a lot more stripes on his sleeve now!
they make a neat couple i think. they’re both just so darn gorgeous!
i didn’t think to get permission to put the boys’ pictures here.
and i don’t overstep those bounds.
so . . .
you’ll simply have to take my word for it . . . that . . .
jacob is an adorable 9 year old and blake is a handsome guy of 14 !
i hope jacob hasn’t grown too much.
blake was already taller than i am the last time i saw them! growing up TOO fast!
they are beautiful boys. and even better. they’re good boys.
loving and respectful. their parents are doing a great job with them.
and i’m thinking in today’s world that can’t be all that easy!
the beauty of new mexico where albuquerque is ~ is breathtaking.
but then i have always loved mountains. ANY kind of mountains!
i’ve only been to nearby taos and santa fe once before. ages ago with my bob.
they have their own special aura. so much history. rich and full.
a winter sunset on the sandias.
mike and reve and blake and jacob can see the face of the sandias
easily from their house.
mike sometimes sits on their upper deck and just watches a thunderstorm
move in across the mountains.
the marine and i were there together that first christmas.
the first one without chris ~ the marine’s wife and mike’s mother.
she died in september of that year. so you can imagine christmas was
especially hard only 3 months later.
then last year the marine went out alone to spend the second one with them.
it’s hard. but as you know. the holidays can be very hard even without such loss.
sometimes it seems like only yesterday that she was with us.
she will be with us in spirit always. because she loved christmas.
and she adored her son and those little grandsons so much!
that first year we got snowed in for two days.
the highway through the pass was eventually closed.
it looked like this!
barely beginning to snow in this picture. then it snowed and snowed and snowed!
but we finally made it home.
photo courtesy john mc cormack
how i miss mountains.
i live in the flat lands.
i love forests. i love the sea. i love mountains.
and here i am in the land locked flat lands of the great prairie! LOL!
everybody has to be somewhere!
and i try so hard to bloom where i’m planted.
but i have to tell ya . . .
the beautiful square in old town at christmas.
i hope we can go to old town this trip. i’ve only been once before and it was lovely!
yes. a little touristy perhaps. but i don’t care. i thought it was picturesque and real.
i’d like to see it this time of year with all the lights.
it’s small and quaint and historical. and so pretty.
not remotely like this!
old town is more my cup of tea than albuquerque new town!
or rather CITY!
ever notice how all cities are basically pretty much alike?
well. except my favorite city of all . . . beautiful london.
there is NO city for me that compares to london.
the marine and i walked ALL over it. memories old bean.
and since i hate shopping. and heavy traffic . . .
a big city is just not generally a destination of desire for me anyway!
we’re off tomorrow! on thursday the 19th and back on sunday the 22nd.
that is god willin’ and the creek don’t rise!
i’m grinning ear to ear here. it was a surprise invitation and i’m so happy to be going!
taking a couple pairs of jeans. two sweaters. a jacket.
and a sweat shirt and sweat pants to sleep in.
undies and socks and tooth brush and DONE!
travelling light. as always.
watson always sleeps with me whenever i visit them.
that’s a special treat in itself right there!
below is what watson looks like . . . he’s as soft as silk !!!
i’m taking treats and a stocking full of toys for him.
and kitty treats for max.
this kitty looks very much like max. I don’t have a picture of him.
he’s a loving kitty. takes many naps and is a quiet presence.
and then there is what watson here looks like! oh Watson!
talk about a presence in the house! LOLOL
he doesn’t run he bounds . . . like a little jack rabbit!
he’s a happy dog. black button eyes. and he grins.
see you soon old bean!
back here at the peanut.
maybe i’ll even have car lag!