Day 26 – Merry Christmas

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Day 26 Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all!  What an amazing 2 days!  God was good to me and I am so grateful.  I will probably sleep the next week away, but it was worth every minute.  We got up Christmas Eve about 11, well I got up, Will and Kat were ready for breakfast when I rolled out, and got ready to go to Jan’s.  The three of us signed on for cooking for 18 people.  We deep fried a 12 lb prime rib, heated a smoked brisket, and got the rest of the food ready.  So we got there about 3 to help Jan set up and get started with the food.  I was good and took every opportunity to lay on the couch.  We saw the roast idea on Facebook and decided why not.  You fry it just like a turkey and it turned out awesome.

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Carved Whale Tail

We learned some stuff and would definitely do it again.  But we had our family  and extended family and it was wonderful. The food was great, the company warm, and we sang Christmas Carols while Albert played the violin and Jessa’s Aunt played the piano.  It was one of those magical nights where everybody was thankful to be there.  It was one of those Christmas gatherings that will remain in my heart.  We finally snuck out at about 10 to come home and open presents and spend a few quiet moments together. Kathy carved me the most incredible present she carved a whale tail necklace out of bone.  She also carved one for William and they are cool.

When Kat woke up, she was greeted by our nephew Chase, who is in from Colorado.  The two of them caught up while I snoozed. William was brave and went to my nephew Will’s house for Christmas breakfast at 9!  I didn’t make it up until 12:30 but got up to a say high to Will and Finn and goodbye to Chase.

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Jan sent Finn home because they had breakfast at Will’s then were having dinner with Chaz in St Augustine and she knew we weren’t going anywhere.  It was a beautiful but chilly day.  I started a fire in the fireplace and the 3 of us hid under the blankets an watched the rest of the first season of Stranger Things.  Chase came by after that and Kathy fixed Salmon and rice for dinner and it was delicious.  I am quickly getting back my taste.

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Will, Chase and Kat

It doesn’t last long and it is not quite right, but I am thankful for anything I get right now.  It is a nice addition!  Needless to say we had a really nice quiet day.  We are back around the TV and fire, still in our pajamas from last night, waiting for Jan and Albert to get here so we can go back to bed.  I thank God that I got to have such wonderful Christmas.  It may not have been much but I was surrounded by family and bathed in love.  It has been a pleasure to have William home, we have really enjoyed our time with him, and to have Jan and Albert and the boys was something that hasn’t happened in a while.  If we had just have had Mom, Joe and the Louisville crowd it would have been perfect. But I am not complaining I am so blessed to be where I am today as healthy and cared for as I am.  Merry Christmas!


LESSON OF THE DAY – 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.   Luke 2: 6 – 11

Author: Don

Hi my name is Don Penny I am a professional woodturner in Jacksonville, FL. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic squamous cell carcinoma in 3 lymph nodes and the base of the tongue and this is my story of day to day life while fighting cancer.

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