Holiday greetings! And welcome to my annual year end wrap-up inspired by the classic poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” – here we go!
As the year and the decade both come to a close,
I’m opting for poetry over plain prose!
Looking back, ’twas an eventful annum of fun –
With traditions continued and ones just begun!
Seems ages ago but when this year was new,
We had a sweet meet with one niece and her crew!
For the second year running, we had pizza lunch –
And I got this t-shirt which I love a bunch!
Now flash forward next to a summery scene –
Where my niece’s eldest had her Sweet 16!
She’s growing up quickly as kids have a way;
With our whole family there, it was one special day!
Since there’s wanderlust deep in my bones and my sinew,
Took old trips and new ones I hope to continue!
LAST year for the third time, I’d trekked to the Lair
Where smoke from close fires hung thick in the air…
THIS August, the landscape was beautifully clear;
And I loved every moment – can’t wait for next year!
Hit Big Bear again for its Oktoberfest;
Strolled the sparkling lake at its pre-winter best!
A highlight was my first trip to New York City,
Where in brisk February, ’twas remarkably pretty!
Twixt punishing storms, caught a mild-weather spike.
NYC in the winter? Hey, what’s not to like?!
From historic, artistic, to resilient from tragic,
Lin-Manuel might be right – there was all-around magic!
While in the Big Apple, I caught a Kings game;
And I’m planning next year to do the very same!
Colorado’s the site – if it snows, rains or pours –
Where we’ll watch my Kings play in the great (cold) outdoors!
That’s a road trip for hockey two years in a row!
A new Kings tradition? I truly hope so!
And speaking of hockey (as often I do!),
There was plenty this year, and that was nice too!
Got Mum to some games – we just can’t get our fill!
Caught warm-ups from the glass which was quite a big thrill!
The Kings hosted a night for adoption of pets
Right where Mummy lives – ’twas as fun as fun gets!
They interviewed Mum about her hockey past –
I think she charmed Bailey and all the Kings cast!
(Here’s a link to the video of Mum’s interview on LA Kings Weekly [she’s about two minutes in!].)
Though I used to love skating, it had been many years
Since I’d taken the ice – and I’d grown full of fears…
Bought a new pair of skates, my excitement renewed –
Then nine months drifted by while I angsted and stewed…
But I finally went out again just days ago.
Would my limbs stay beneath me? I sure didn’t know.
By a quake in the knees, my cool smile was belied –
But the spirit returned almost with every stride!
And back came the joy of a flight round the rink –
What was lost for a time rushed back all in a wink!
Being wonderfully blessed with the most lovely friends,
Away – or at home – the fun just never ends!
We revel each year as the fireworks fly,
Viewed with dear Burbank friends on the 4th of July!
Near my home, beer’s available right at its source;
Took a brewery tour – and got samples, of course!
Saw Yankees and Dodgers (who won in the clutch)!
A World Series match-up? Um, not quite so much…
Got a now yearly fix of my much beloved Bard!
Right in Griffith Park – practically my backyard!
A very much cherished, repeated refrain
Is a monthly lunch date with the Family McCain!
Vets were honored where they and Mum jointly reside;
We remembered Dad’s service with love and with pride!
It’s become a tradition to share a warm toast
With Mum for her birthday on a tour up the coast!
Santa Barbara was lovely – a beautiful view!
And its history is rich so we checked that out too!
To see Cambria once more, we are always elated –
Though we’d been many times, new surprises awaited!
We met zebras and rainbows through rain’s fits and starts,
And kind birthday wishers who much warmed our hearts!
Now my thoughts turn to holidays, feasting and song!
I always feel ready – then find out I’m wrong…
With such a great wealth of good folks I call “friend”,
There’s always one more gift or card I should send.
Still I’ll do my best to try and keep in touch
With all the great peeps who to me mean so much!
And if distance or time hold my dear ones apart,
I’m certain they’ll always remain in my heart!
Sending wishes for peace, health and gladness aplenty –
Happy Holidays to all, and a swell 2020!