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A Story of My Life Part 12: Christmas

Updated on October 25, 2011

I had a wonderful time over the Christmas holidays. I had relatives from New York City, Ohio and New Mexico come to visit and it was so great to see everyone, and wonderful of my people to make the trip in the dead of winter, to the frozen North. My two nieces (my deceased brother Jerry's children) Leslie and Jenia and my nephew Michael (also my eldest brother Jerry's child) came.

We had a terrific grand dinner at a very good Italian restaurant called Mario's. It was terrific. The cousins got to see each other who never meet under ordinary circumstances. The table was set with ivory and red, and it was so pretty that Jenia got a picture of it with her IPhone. I hope she remembers to email me the pics from the party. I'll post them if she remembers to send them, later on.

We spent some time together and got to play games and eat pistachios and talk up a storm! Mom's little apartment was packed with people for a couple of days.

Jenia and her man Jim come from New Mexico. They have a pistachio plantation nearby, over 200 acres of pistachio trees. So they had sent Mom a gift basket of pistachios earlier, for a Christmas gift, and everyone had fun digging into the pistachios; cracking them and eating the nut. Pistachio shells EVERYWHERE! I think it gave everyone something to do with our hands as we all chattered away, catching up with everyone.

Leslie and her two children, Libby and Hannah, came from Ohio. They set up a game which was kind of like Monopoly only a green version. You could buy a rain forest, and a waterfall for hydroelectric power, and got "carbon credits" and things like that. It was fun. I can't remember the name of the game and they took it with them, or I'd tell you! Like Monopoly, it seemed to go on forever, but hey--it kept the kids entertained. I just looked it up on the Net--it's called "NEW Earth-Opoly MONOPOLY Earth Go Eco Green Board Game". Earth-opoly. Soy ink, made from recycled cardboard, and all the game pieces are natural objects. Cool.

Michael and his wife, Yuki, had recently moved from Seattle to New York City, where Yuki is now a professor at NYC of Japanese literature. Michael, a classical guitarist who won a world contest in Greece, and has recorded some of the most excellent music I've ever heard, is looking around for work in New York. I'm sure there's lots of oppotunitites there--they are still settling in.

It was unsettling to hear that Michael's former music studio in Seattle was recently firebombed by an insane homeless person. The insane person had a grudge against Starbucks, and so firebombed the whole street of little businesses, among them Michael's former studio. It almost seems they will be safer in New York. Michael and Yuki both say New York City is cleaned up now and it's safe to walk. They live right in Manhattan (Washington Square) and have no problem with walking here and there, both day and night.

I ended up sick in bed for a week after the holidays. I'm not sure why. I think it might have been because I gave away my coat to someone who needed it more than I, and ended up scraping off my car to get some of my people to the train station with just a warm sweater and jeans to protect me from the ice and cold and snow.

I ended up with a bad cold. The cold and winter snow has set in for real, here in upstate New York. We've had temperatures in the teens for a couple of weeks now, and heaps of snow.

That's partly a reason and partly an excuse why I haven't kept up with my weekly hubs over the holidays. I've still enjoyed very much reading other people's work, and it gave me such a good occupation and amusement, in between blowing my nose! Thank you, my fellow hubbers, for making my sick time much more "bear"-able!

One of my New Year's resolutions was to resume the series of the stories of my life. This is a start. It reads a little flat, and I can tell I'm out of practice with writing, but it's a start.

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    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, yeah, and we're planning a summer reunion, too!

    • Internetwriter62 profile image

      Internetwriter62 

      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      I'm glad your family is still close and you enjoyed a lovely Christmas dining together and sharing pistachios. That was very kind of you to give your coat to keep someone else warm, I'm sorry it meant getting a cold yourself.

      Thanks for a lovely hub.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Jen! I think I like the next one the best of all of them so far, so enjoy!

    • Jen's Solitude profile image

      Jen's Solitude 

      8 years ago from Delaware

      One positive aspect of finding these hubs so late is that I don't have to wait to read more, I get to move on to the next in the series. Glad for that! (-;

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks so much, Catherine R, and it's good to hear from you again. So good!

    • Catherine R profile image

      Catherine R 

      8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Good to hear about your Christmas. Your family is so interesting. Don't give up on your story - lots of fans out here!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hey Duchess, how ya doing??? I've actually been quite remiss myself, having been very sick, on again and off again...weirdly enough I had a dream, and this is my last year on Earth...who knows??? Maybe just superstition. Let's hope.

      Don't sweat the small stuff, Duchess, you got around and I'm always glad to see you.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Hey Paradise. As you know, I am almost always the last person to read anything. I so hate that they have not fixed my email issue yet. Because I keep forgetting to check everyone on my follower list! I do eventually get here, and I am happy to see that you are planning on continuing your story. I look forward to them.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thanks, Tattoo Guy, and thanks for visiting. I love your tat hubs, they're terrific, and I love your writing voice. It gets stronger, funnier, and cheekier every time!

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      TattoGuy 

      8 years ago

      I love reading these sort of hubs about peoples personal lives, I guess I am a nosey git lol. I won a holiday in New York in Jan 96 and got stranded an extra 3 days in the blizzard.

      My fav actor Matt Dillon is a New Yorker, if ya ever see him get me his autograph as I worship the guy. Big thanks for reading my hubs, yer a lil star, enjoy yer weekend and deff keep writing these ok !

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, RM. I missed you, too. Those pistachios. And your Turkish family. It's funny the threads we weave together thoughout the course of life.

      I will talk about my mom as a grandmother. She really got the opportunity to be a better grandmother than she did to mother us. It's all in the future, for now.

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      rmcrayne 

      8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      I definitely missed you. I've checked every week, but figured you were enjoying the holidays with family. Pistachios bring back great memories of "my Turkish family". Boy did I mail kilos and kilos of pistachios to the US for family. We all liked the giant pistachios- more nut with less work! I'm really curious about your mom as a grandmother. That must be very different than her as a mother. I hope you'll write about that at some point.

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you Micky Dee. Am looking forward to visiting your hubs.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for the hub. Get well and continue. Thanks

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you advisor. Get well soon!!!

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      advisor4qb 

      8 years ago from On New Footing

      Nice to see you are feeling better. Obviously, the person who lost the studio is now meant to move on to other things. As I am always saying now, sometimes, one door must close before another can open. Although it may not feel like divine guidance at the moment, it will allow for other things in this person's life.

      I am sick with a cold right now. I hate being sick!

    • Paradise7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Paradise7 

      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you so much, Veronica and Dohn for your comments. You guys do so fine, I'm sure your New Year will have all the success and happiness in the world which you both well deserve!

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      dohn121 

      8 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Of course I look forward to reading more from you, Paradise. I appreciate the fact that you were able to come over and get "Revenge," lol. I hope you're better now and are warmer with a new coat! It's great to hear that your family visited and that you had a wonderful time with them. Here's to 2010!

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      It's just so good to have you back with us Paradise7. I did wonder where you had strayed off to. I'm glad your visit with your family went so well, and I'm glad you're feeling better. I can't wait to see what you have in store for us.

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