This is the real Christmas letter that I send to our friends and family – enjoy!


The title is deceptive – it was just to lure you in.  The truth is that not much has changed from last year.  Here are the best bits

  • Andy turned 60 years old in April. He is just as grumpy and annoying as I thought he would be.
  • I am horribly hormonal and bark orders at my poor senior spouse. Zits and wrinkles. Piss and vinegar.
  • We went to Mobile, Alabama, to celebrate the above senior’s birthday and it was wonderful despite back seat driving.
  • We are both working – enough said.
  • Andy traveled to California, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Kerry went to Mexico, Nevada and Arizona.  I ticked the Grand Canyon off my list and it was the trip from hell.
  • WE GOT A NEW REFRIGERATOR IN BLACK STAINLESS STEEL. So much anticipation and excitement only to find it just keeps food cold.
  • There were no hurricanes in Houston. There was a tropical storm on one of my VERY LONG work trips across the south of Texas.
  • MILLENNIALS! That references the previous point.  There are no Starbucks in rural Texas; deal with it.
  • Andy is about to exhibit some of his wonderful photographs on stretched canvas.
  • Kerry still writes nonsense on her blog and this year the fairy stories were popular but her fashion blogs even more so. Que?
  • We both had new DNA tests to clear up some anomalies. Andy has found some biological relatives in – wait for it – PETERHEAD!!  I am still Mexican and Irish.  I like Tequila and potatoes.
  • Kerry reduced Andy’s blood sugar levels – YAY! Some of this involved barking orders about food choices but now he is no longer pre-diabetic.
  • We watched a lot of Netflix.

Here we are in Brenham just after Thanksgiving this November.  One of the benefits of living in Texas is that it is warm in the winter time.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

From Kerry and Andy xxx

Toffee says Howdy!


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Kerry’s hormones have balanced somewhat and I have stopped barking orders at Andy… ❤  We had a lovely evening showcasing Andy’s photos that we would like to exhibit in 2019.  Andy has been successful at selling some photos through Getty Images over the last few years, so this is a fun new adventure.

Andy is standing next to his piece de resistance, a 12 image composite of Arches, a natural rock formation, in Utah.  It is taken without a tripod – the composites are both horizontal and vertical.  Doesn’t he look slim and handsome for a 60 year old senior; all that hormonal barking has paid off? 🐕

One of the images is Kerry’s; the crow in silhouette at the Western Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  This was on the aforementioned trip from hell to Grand Canyon.  At least I got a good photograph out of it and potentially funny blogs in the future.  I have taken a break from the blog but hope to get back to it soon.


This is just for Leah – our forests look exactly the same.  This was taken at Lake Bedias in Texas just after Thanksgiving.  The sign at the start of the forest tells us to watch out for snakes, alligators, bobcats, coyotes (but no lions, tigers or bears…oh my!)


42 thoughts on “SEASONAL SOLILOQUY

    • Thank you so much, Marianne. We all miss you on a Sunday but especially me. We got an email saying exactly what sort of Christmas hat to wear…so I went straight out and bought something against the rules. It will go with my elf tights!! Merry Christmas my dear friend.


  1. Wonderful pics – including those of the two very glam photographers. The Arches photo looks like some giant has evaporated from his jeans in mid-stride. Abducted by aliens?

    All the best to you both (and Toffee, of course).

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  2. Kerry, thank you so much! For the entire post, but especially for adding that last picture for me! That is an absolutely beautiful stream and it does indeed look so much like the streams we have here. Likely at or near the same latitude, and almost the same time of year; my pics were taken mostly on Nov. 3, and later on Nov. 18. There is so much natural beauty in the southeastern US and I so hope we will be able to preserve it. It’s almost time for the winter solstice at 4:23 and I’m going to stand outside for awhile but not try to go to the creek as it is too rainy and wet, but I will be thinking of creeks, Kerry, and several other friends who are also going to stand outside.

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    • I went outside too – the solstice is my favorite part of this holiday season. I love knowing that our ancestors whether they be Maya or Celtic or European all celebrated on the shortest day of the year. This particular part of indigenous forest is preserved but so much of it has disappeared, We aren’t allowed to hunt any animal in our township and fireworks are strictly prohibited. Hope you had a serene Solstice. 🦌🌲🌲

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  3. Nice update Kerry. Have a wonderful holiday and looking forward to you blogging again soon I have had a lot of unforeseen health issues last few months. Not been fun. Too lengthy to describe here, but they’re on my blog when you get the chance. Hopefully 2019 will be better, but not holding my breath!

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  4. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy New Year with lots of joy and fun, Kerry!! 😄😍 The photos on stretched canvas are awesome and I look forward to read more of your stories and fashions blogs this year! 😄

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      • Aww- thanks, Kerry, what a lovely expression! You know, I’m very fond of Scottish accents and the Gaelic – much to the annoyment of my very English aunt. 😉 Have a lovely weekend, and Lang may your lum reek, too! xxx

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  5. I also celebrated 60 last October and we had a big fun get together with friends complete with flamingos on the lawn! 2018 was a survival year and we did. My Mom passed and I had to return to dialysis after kidney failure. 2019 has arrived and we are practicing gratitude as we look forward to hopefully a new transplant for me and hopefully travel to tropical shores in the future.

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  6. I wish you all the best for 2019 and may it be a better year in every way. My condolences on the loss of your mom, mine died in January 2012 and I still dream of her most nights. I am sending you positive sub tropical thoughts from Texas. Remember that there are lots of REALLY hot places in the states!!


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