Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Christmas Letter for the Gleaner Readers

Christmas 2016 and we’re still here

Waking up every day and seeing I am still here is not yet a surprise…but …. You know.  Peggy and I are well.. as can be expected.  We are working very hard. I didn’t think we would be toting that barge and lifting that bale at this time in our lives.  But in the last year I have conducted appraisals and valuations in Gainesville FL, Portland OR, Boise ID, Near Lewiston ID, and Near Ashville NC.  Along the way I was instrumental in putting up for sale and selling a sizeable nursery in Cobden IL (southern IL).  All in all a busy and profitable year;  AND I’m still working.  I enjoy the expert work and while I have no projects on the docket right now..   the phone still works.

The Nursery itself did well.  It helps to have some good people in place.  BUT  I am still in search of a successor or buyer.  I know the day will come when it will go from a blessing to a burden.  It’s a good little business and makes money.. but it needs to find home. 

Peggy and I got a chance to freshen up our tans in Florida - bit at Ormand Beach and then later in the summer at Mexico Beach which is Becoming one of my favorite places.  Still primitive.  Not overdeveloped.. yet.  It’s pretty with it’s Dolphins in the morning and the little sting rays in mating season.  On Ormand we saw a crab trying to eat a baby turtle. I rescued it.  There is a very angry crab in Florida.  Florida is a tradition now.  On  the last trip we stopped at the Fountain of Youth in St Augustine.  We both took a big drink from the fountain.  I’m pretty sure we are good for another 50.

We were there this spring to get some trucks loaded out of a growers operation in North Florida.  Peggy played the role of counting plants as they were loaded, but she insisted on getting up in the truck and helping to load.  I kept yelling .. GET OFF THAT TRUCK! She’s something.

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary this year.  Tim, Raquella and Kevin put together a wonderful celebration party in West Fargo.   We are more appreciative than you can know.  She is as beautiful as she ever was and looking at the wonderful photo album Raquella put together Peggy looking at it couldn’t figure out for a second who that pretty lady was.  It was wonderful to see so many cousins.
I hadn’t seen some of them in years.  Jim, Elaine and Wally.

                 Of course we had to visit our “Summer Home”
                 Asheville NC.  The Biltmore. 
                They let us rent it (a tiny piece) for 50 bucks a day.   

    Tim, Raquella and the Four Grands are doing great in
    West Fargo ND.  Tim’s construction business is booming. 
    They makes us proud. Nearly all photos here by Raquella.

Kevin is in Dallas and is about  to move to a new restaurant
location downtown.  He does everything but wash the windows. 
He owns one condo and is in the process of buying another. Kevin also is my extant technical consultant on EXCEL issues.  Proud of his exceptional ability

Peggy’s Mom has moved to a new place with more security.  Living alone without Ben had become difficult and she is over 9 decades of age.  Peggy, to help make the move work, roared back and forth to Oakes in the little Mercedes till the tires nearly wore off.  Then we went for Thanksgiving.  We are going no where this winter.  Did you know there can be snow on the roads?  Speaking of snow on the road, we made a trip on the road to Oakes to celebrate Mom’s 100th Birthday (Ruth Redlin) in February.   That only comes round once a century.  She’s doing well enough for a centenarian.  Well attended and well deserved.

In Church News… we have joined ourselves to a small church in Oswego IL.  Good preaching and it’s coming along.  Great things are in store. I still, when I am able, try to be part of Crusaders in the city. The drive is a bit difficult… but worth it. The impact network is restarting next year.   I’ll be part of it. 

                                  Peggy has the house decorated inside and out full on old school
for Christmas.  If there is a flat surface  it now jingles with bells. 
            It’s cheerful and wonderful. I “supervised” a bit. 
We bought our Christmas present to each other.  The Old Panasonic Twin Power Microwave we have had since 1977 finally gave up after moving with us to 5 different residences in which have lived the last 40 years.  We now have a brand new Breville.   I don’t know if we will see it last 40 years.

This last year has been one of great change ..  mostly for the better.  I think the changes we see in our nation bode well. 

Make Your Christmas GREAT AGAIN..  And the New Year GREATER

Gene and Peggy Redlin
Established July 16, 1966

1 comment:

denise gansmann said...

Make your Christmas great again. What a great simple word.