Season’s Greetings

Laughter was the first thing I heard when I woke up this morning, and it made me smile. The sound was coming from the living room of the Venice Beach cottage we’ve rented for a week. Judy was out there with our two sons, Daniel and David, and David’s friend Meredith.

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Back garden of the cottage where we are staying. 

Judy and I got here on Thursday, and a good thing, too. We had a pretty painless flight from Chicago to LAX. The other three came in last night, much the worse for wear.

It rained all day here yesterday, with especially heavy rain last night. This was good for drought stricken Los Angeles, but threw LAX (and the surrounding roadways) into chaos.

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And here’s the front. 

The kids’ flights came in two or three hours late, around midnight Midwest time. Between the delays and lengthy periods of air turbulence they were pretty frazzled when we picked them up.

All that is forgotten this morning, though. There are blue skies and a bright sun. Everyone woke up refreshed after a good night’s sleep. We are looking forward to a week of lolling, reading, cooking, eating, beach walking, and garden visiting. (Well, Judy and I are looking forward to visiting some gardens, we hope to bludgeon the kids into coming along.)

Despite what goes on in the larger world, our family has so much to be grateful for. I hope that yours can say the same. Season’s greetings to you.

37 Comments on “Season’s Greetings

  1. One year my son got stuck at Ohare and never got here. Two years later he was iced in in Dallas. Now he will not come up here for Christmas. I’m thinking we should all go to Texas. If we could get out of Detroit. Have a great holiday with your family.

  2. Your holiday vacation sounds so relaxing. Wishing you the very best!

  3. Welcome to California! You’re just a stones throw from me in Santa Monica. Perfect timing with the weather now. Who said it never rains in Southern California! Have a wonderful stay in Venice. If you get a chance visit the Venice boardwalk. You’ll have fun there. Happy holidays!

  4. Enjoy your holiday with your family, & I absolutely agree we have a lot to be grateful for. We are with family in Sydney but so far the kids are not volunteering to visit gardens with us …they don’t know what they are missing!

  5. Wo you guys really know how to do a holiday up right! That place looks a little large for just Andrew and I, but still…. I’d like to get the details from you. Have fun!

  6. A serene little cottage and the kind of activities you have planned should go a long way to ease the stress 2016 brought into all our lives. Best to all of you!

  7. Oh, how wonderful having the family together for a holiday. Ouch re the kids flight though, turbulence always terrifies me. Have a lovely time and calm flights home.xxx

  8. Merry Christmas to you and your family too, Jason. It must be strange having Christmas in such a warm place compared to the heaped snow you left behind.

  9. Seasons Greetings to you too, Jason! Cold and wet here in Oregon at the moment, but each season has its own particular beauty, wherever one is. All the best to you and your family!

  10. Happy Holidays to you, too, Jason! I’ve been taking a blogging break, but plan to get back into it soon. I hope you and your family enjoy a relaxing holiday vacation!

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