An Update and Greeting

Christmas Eve Morning we find ourselves once more in Portland, Oregon at our youngest daughter's house where I am using her strange little lap top.  The keyboard is made for miniature fingers and some of the buttons can do strange and improbable tasks.  If only one could make me 36 once more.

I slept (not) to the stereo qualitity of two snoring men.  It is a small apartment and the things that happen in the apartment upstairs are no secret either.  Even Curlymop, the 5 year old granddaughter, was awake until 11 p.m. as the result of sipping someone's Thai Tea.  That could have been part of my wakeful problem, too.  I actually blamed it on the salad;  I crashed and burned on a whole chili that I misidentified as a dark peanut.

When I did nod away, I dreamed that I didn't get any Christmas Cards.  That has been on my mind because I didn't send any this year, or for several years past.  It has to be very much like blogging.  If you don't leave your "comment card" at your friends blogs, eventually they'll quit commenting , too.

Tomorrow is a day spent with this daughter and our other daughter Karmyn and families.  It will be a light hearted day as the result of Jammin getting a clean result on his biopsy.  Strange how it is with pathology reports; positive is negative; negative is positive.  We are so very grateful, but incomplete without our middle daughter and her family.  Jen is an ER nurse in central California who is sceduled to work on Christmas Day.  Fortunately her kids will be spending the day with their dads exetended families.

This morning we are taking my husbands sister for a consult with a Cardio-Thoracic surgeon.  Two weeks ago a softball size mass was discovered in her chest next to her heart.  She has been complaining of pain for some time now.  The radiologist and her new physician believe it is a cyst -  and that should keep it from falling into that insidious category about which we refuse to speak.

We traversed the Columbia River Gorge yesterday where the air was crisp, the water still, and the sky was blue.  I was at the wheel when I became aware of little ice rainbows in the sky.  They would last anywhere from seconds to maybe a minute.  This was taken seconds before one disappeared and is hardly visible.  I downloaded ithe following photos directly from my camera.


I woke my husband and he drove the rest of the way.  I took a few photos from the moving car,  I am never bored of the beauty of that stretch of highway.  This is Mout Hood and a bank of fog through our dirty windshield.

Another shot at sunset through the dirty glass.  I wish I had used my Canon Rebel and done the vibrant colors more justice.

The last hour was foggy and I was glad that my man was at the wheel and I could relax.

We  send our greetings to all of you -- whether you celebrate Christmas or another calendar event.  We are blessed to have you in our circle of friends.

Love, Pamela


Kim said…
Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2010.
Beckie said…
Merry Christmas to you!
Kila said…
Beautiful photos. Have a Merry Christmas with your family!
Janis said…
You n your family Have a Merry Little Christmas and a safe trip back home. Great photos. Enjoy!
Connie said…
Yeah, ya gotta watch those chilis masquerading as nuts, chick! I know that well. I also love the drive through the Columbia Gorge. Just beautiful.
xoxo and Merry Christmas,
Sandy said…
Merry Christmas, Pamela. I actually just bought my Christmas cards yesterday and plan to address them this weekend. I'm not sure if I'm lazy or if I just want to make it all last just a little longer.

I am so glad that your Christmas will be merry.
storyteller said…
What amazing photos you've captured and shared on your Christmas travels. Alas, I've created but not yet sent Christmas cards due to printer problems. Guess I'll revise them to be New Year's cards and send them out when the printer issues are resolved. Sounds like you're having a great time. I'll be praying for your husband's sister. Wishing you and yours a Joyous Christmas!
Hugs and blessings,
Small Reflections

"May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, and the warmth of Christmas grant you love."
laurie said…
Merry Christmas! i hope your sister in law is fine.
lovely pictures.
ChrisB said…
I'm actually reading this a day late so for us Christmas Day is well under way in fact it's early evening. Embee's sister has gone home my mother is resting, himself is reading some of his new books and it's very quiet. Have a wonderful day with your family and I hope your SIL gets good news.
ChrisB said…
Forgot to say I love those photos.
12ontheinside said…
Merry Christmas - loved your photos.
Carla said…
Merry Christmas and wish you and your family all the best in the New Year.
C said…
Great photos! Glad to hear that Jammin' has a clean pathology report. :)
Merry Christmas Pamela and all the best in 2010!

Loved the photos!
Hi Pam, What a relief to hear the Jammin is negative..Thank you Jesus!! I have been worried about him and his Mother..and Grandma too..not easy..but now it is over. Will they ever figure out why it happened or what caused it?
I Loved you little rainbow of color photos..and Mount make me miss my brother..but he is coming here for a visit next month!! You are very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the USA! :)
Jenni said…
I'm so glad to hear your grandson's good news. What a wonderful Christmas present for his family. I hope your SIL's will good as well.

Gorgeous photos. It's amazing what you can sometimes get through a dirty windshield.
Sayre said…
In spite of the missing ER nurse daughter, this has to be one of the best Christmases ever for you. Jammin's results and the cyst as opposed to the other c-word result make for a very thankful holiday. I hope you had a lovely day and that you will continue to be blessed in the coming year.
kailani said…
I love Oregon! Mainly because there's no tax there. hee hee

Hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family.

PS - you did get my Christmas card, right? :-)
tlawwife said…
Merry Christmas time to you too. Pictures are fabulous. I am thankful to those who are willing to work to care for others on the holidays.
Hayden said…
Happy holidays, Pamela... all of the best to you and yours.

that first photo is fascinating... your description, more so.

that's something I'd like to have seen.
Intense Guy said…
I hope you had a Merry Christmas!

I love the Cascade Mountains... Mount Hood is looking really good.
Desert Songbird said…
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
Moi said…
ooh, those are gorgeous, even through dirty glass!!
Jennifer said…
I hate it when I am felled by a chili masquerading as a peanut!!
Peter said…
I didn't realise how far I had gotten behind in blog reading.... Must do better!!!!
dawn said…
Beautiful photos despite the lack of the better camera at the time. Sorry to hear about your husbands sister; I hope all turns out okay. Glad you could spend Christmas with some of your family.

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