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Our first full-timing white Christmas

This is the first White Christmas since 1947 for Kannapolis, NC.  Forecasters predicted the snowfall duration and start time much earlier in the day.  A few skeptics in our house held out until the last, denying this was likely to happen.

History supported them well — many times the weather guessers predict snow that doesn’t fall.  If a little is good, a lot is better.  We’re facing an all-day snow today.  And we wouldn’t mind if it piled on big time.  Can’t play tennis on wet courts anyway, much less on snow-covered ones.

We wouldn’t have expected, as a couple of full-timers, to find ourselves in an all-day snowfall.  But why not?  This past May 2010 we awoke to an inch of snow in the NPS campground at Grand Canyon’s North Rim.  This Christmas we flew out of Phoenix AZ direct to Charlotte NC.  It was 81 degrees in Phoenix when we left, and we arrived to the coldest night (13 degrees) for December 14 in Charlotte’s history.

Tennis racquets and warm fleeces all are in our luggage.  And all have been in very good use.  I guess we expected we would play tennis.  And didn’t expect snow so much as cold temperatures.  This has been a great treat for us and for our granddaughter, Eleanor.  The snow is beautiful.  Later today Eleanor and her dad will probably make a snow person.  Until then, we have these snow pictures.

Dogwood tree delicately frosted with fresh snow

Muscadine grape supports snowy burden

Next year's Christmas Card

Don't let it STOP!

It’s 09:30 Sunday morning, the day after Christmas.  Snow is still falling, adding to the more than 12 hours snowfall we’ve already had.  This isn’t creating a large accumulation.  A lot of excitement it is creating, though.

See you down the snow-covered road!

Jim and Debbie
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Holiday Surprises and Delights

This is the season for surprises and delights. Hopefully, the holiday is filled with delight and joy for all of us. We’re glad to be in North Carolina amongst our family during this season.

Monday we spent the day running errands in Charlotte. We had our semi-annual teeth cleaning and check-up, visited our financial advisor, picked up some needed items from a few local stores, and had a great lunch visit to Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream and Drive-In. We didn’t get the ice cream — we always have a Mr. K burger with chili, slaw, and mustard, with some fries. Yum!

Tuesday we made a couple of holiday visits and spent a half-hour at our little storage unit. We dropped off a few things, like our backpacking gear and goose-down sleeping bags we won’t need in south Florida. We exchanged a few clothes (to freshen up our wardrobe), and picked up some things we’d been missing awhile like a few of our music CDs.

Our biggest surprise was to find things in our storage unit we didn’t remember storing. How did these things end up here? We spent a little longer than we expected as we peered into a couple of the boxes. Sometime in the next year or two we’re going to need an entire day to go through everything and thin it out.

Christmas visit with Chas

Christmas visit with Chas

Wednesday we had a short day trip to Asheville, NC, to visit Charles, Jim’s son. Asheville is 140 miles west of Kannapolis. Each mile westward we saw a little more snow and a little cooler temperatures so, by the time we arrived in Asheville, we found snow everywhere. Charles had a little time before going to work so we had a nice brunch and opened presents with him. It was great to see him again.

Snowy Western NC

Snowy Western NC

Western North Carolina received 12 – 18 inches of snow last Friday and we saw plenty of evidence of it during our drive. We thought you who may be in non-snowing climates might enjoy a couple of pictures. The pictures are probably a lot easier to manage than the roads, driveways, trees, gutters and other things subject to damage from snow and ice. Enjoy!

Christmas iHouse

Christmas iHouse

How can this keep happening? First we saw an iHouse in Everett, Washington. A few months later we were surprised and delighted to find an open model on display in Mesa, Arizona. We saw the iHouse on display in Austin, Texas, on our way across the states last week. And today we stumbled upon our fourth iHouse by Clayton Homes, on I-40 in Statesville, on our way home from Asheville to Kannapolis. This model unit hasn’t been announced or officially opened, but the nice folks at Clayton Homes in Statesville, NC, allowed us a long visit.

This visit we noticed one big difference — the North Carolina version of the iHouse has twelve inch, instead of no, roof overhangs on the long sides. Each time we visit one we figure out another thing about the house, and we find ourselves liking it even more. We could live in one of these. But we still know neither where we would want to put it, nor when.

The weather outside is frightful

The weather outside is frightful

The weather in Kannapolis is still cold. We are so ready to be in warm weather again. We miss playing tennis. We miss being warm (whoops, did we already say that?). But there’s a time and place for everything. There are things we need to do in this home territory, like our dental visit, a little truck service, banking, and the storage unit. And we’re glad we’re with family for Christmas.

We’ll see lots more family Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day, between Debbie’s family in Kannapolis and Jim’s family in Charlotte. We’re excited to see them all, it’s been many months since our last visit with many of them. The biggest surprises and delights are yet to come for us and for you. Be careful, be good, and be joyous. We’ll write again after Christmas, perhaps from sunny (and warm) south Florida.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you from both of us.

Jim and Debbie
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