Monday, January 05, 2009

Snowy weather...

Tom just got back from running errands in the snow. It is only 1 below. So it's not that cold. But, there are about 8 inches of snow on the ground!

Over the holiday I lost a filling. Everything that I have read online says this is not an emergency... although it does make eating uncomfortable. We called a dental office this morning but they are closed for the holidays. Christmas here in Russia is Wednesday so I will have to tough it out for a few more days.

Having the AA group over on New Year's went well. Tom got a call from his friend V. who said that everyone had a great time! V came with his entire family. He brought his wife, two daughters and his granddaughter. Two single gals, E and T, who would have been alone otherwise also came. For several of our guests it was their first time in an American home. We made every effort to follow as many Russian traditions as possible.

We had the table set holiday style with New Year's presents for everyone. We watched President Mevedev on tv to bring in the New Year. Prior to his address to the nation we toasted the old year. Everyone had an opportunity to say what they had learned or what they were grateful for and we raised our glasses of 7-up, juice and non alcoholic champagne and joyfully clicked them together after each person shared! Following Medvedev's address the fireworks started on the street. We watched from our balcony and saw a great display from various points around the city! We laughed together, watched the fireworks and then went back to the table to eat some more and toast the new year! Dinner began at 11 pm and our guests left together in V's van at 2 am!!

During the evening, T, one of the single gals, got a phone call from a woman who had been invited but chose not to come... she was drunk. Another guy who could not make it sent Tom a text message saying that he had 5 months of sobriety that day and that is the longest stretch that he has gone so far!

Tom has suggested this gathering every year for the past 4 years and this was the first time that we had people actually agree to come over. We were glad that it was a success and we pray that it will become a new tradition!!


  1. It is so wonderful to have a place to keep fellowship. It is a wonderful gift you give.

  2. What a bittersweet evening. Mostly sweet though. You are a tremendous woman and you have a tremendous family. The ups and downs that you go through can only be faintly imagined in my mind. Keep up the good work!

  3. You said it's ONLY 1 degree below. That's extremely cold to me!! burrrrr