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My cousin and family are here for a visit

Greetings, readers. I got a call this past Monday, letting me know that my cousin Ed and his wife Patty will be here this week. They arrived yesterday for the Paul McCartney concert at the Bryce Jordan Center, and are going to a Penn State hockey game this evening. It is only a few times a year I see my cousin. I am very much looking forward to tonight.

My girlfriend Traci will be accompanying me and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the family. She is excited as well. About an hour or so after the work day is over, Traci and I will be picked up and we’ll go for an early supper. After that, I’ve asked Ed to drop us off at Denny’s so that later we can meet my friend Jim. Yes, it will be a full evening of plans ahead.

On average, Ed comes down three or four times a year, usually during football season. Lately though he has gotten into Penn State hockey. The team is on the rise. I’ve only gone to one hockey game with Ed and it was the Penn State woman’s team. It was most enjoyable and boy did they play hard. I remember that particular year, the ladies squad wasn’t very good record wise, because it was only their second year in existence. I know from Penn State football, it takes time to recruit and to play well together as a unit.

I’m not certain rather Ed and family will go back to New York tonight or in the morning, but this will be our meeting for this time. It is about a four-hour ride and if I were a betting man, I’d say they would leave in the morning.

I found out that my cousin Maria, their daughter, will be joining us for dinner tonight. This will be the first time I’ve seen Maria since she began her college semester here. I’m most definitely looking forward to asking her what she thinks of Penn State.

As the weekend approaches, I’m going to take a couple of days to do some apartment cleaning, nap [because of my new pill], and watch some football. Go Penn State Nittany Lions tomorrow night! We’re playing Ohio State, the #1 team in the country, in their yard. It is going to be a daunting task. It’s on at 8:00 and I plan on watching it.

Well, I’m off to feed Keekee before we edit and publish this entry. Here’s wishing everyone a good weekend. Keekee says, “Meow.” Stay safe and happy reading.

Top ten list of favorite holidays

Greetings, readers. Today’s top ten list, as you can see by the title, is my favorite holidays. So here they are and one through five are in order.

#10. Valentine’s Day [I used to love this holiday, but with my luck with the opposite gender not being so good, this holiday has slipped way down on my list.]

#9. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day [When Mom and Dad were alive, I would get them nice gifts and sometimes I would buy Mom flowers. Now that they are both gone, I visit their gravesites on those days.]

#8. Memorial Day [As a kid I loved Memorial Day for on that weekend the Indianapolis 500 race would be on TV. It is one of my favorite sporting events. Also this holiday meant the end of the school year was soon approaching and summer time would soon begin.]

#7. Labor Day [This is the day where the workers of the United States are honored, and when I was a kid it meant the end of summer and school would begin the next day.]

#6. St. Patrick’s Day [It is an Irish holiday and the tradition is that everyone should dress up with some green in their outfit. I always enjoyed doing this. A couple of years ago I plumb forgot and was teased, though in fun, by my friends at Panera Cafe. I also enjoy the holiday because green just happens to be one of my favorite colors.]

#5. 4th of July [When I was living at home, I would always watch the New York Macy’s 4th of July fireworks, which was shown on a New York TV station that our cable company picked up. I watched it for at least a decade before they went with alternate programing. Now, kitty cat Keekee and I watch our local fireworks from the living room window on the top floor of my apartment building. The window faces Beaver Stadium where the fireworks are shown.]

#4. Easter [In my youth I enjoyed getting all dressed up in my Sunday best for church. Later when I officially became Catholic, I enjoyed getting palms on Palm Sunday and attending midnight Mass on Easter Eve. Many good memories with Mom and Dad over those years.]

#3. Thanksgiving [Another one of my biggies. As a family oriented person, I always enjoyed holidays such as Thanksgiving where the family got together, watched parades, football, and eat that delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. This year I am going to watch my parade as usual and partake of the Thanksgiving meal served at one of the local diners. I did that last year and found the day quite satisfying.]

#2. New Year’s Day [New Year’s Eve and Day go together for me. I would always watch Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, drink some champagne with Mom and Dad on the stroke of midnight. On the day itself, one of my favorite things to do was watch the Cotton bowl game on New Year’s morning. After a day of football and making New Year’s resolutions, the holiday season draws to a close.]

#1. Christmas [My all time favorite holiday. Even as a small child, I knew Mom and Dad bought the presents but I still believed in Santa Claus. I always enjoyed watching Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a wonderful story told be Burl Ives in that version. In recent years, I concentrate more on the meaning of Christmas, buying myself only a small present perhaps, but I do decorate my tiny apartment. Watching such classics as A Christmas Carol, and TV channel 11’s Yule Log, are must dos, along with plenty of egg nog in between Christmas and New Year’s Day.]

Well, there they are. Most of them are in order. As always please feel free to chime in with your list. Add it on Facebook if you wish. I know that people of other faiths and in other countries celebrate different holidays, and feel free to share about those too.

As always, have a good day and weekend, take care, and happy reading.