Christmas greetings to all my friends and readers ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Sorry I can’t send you a printed card through the postal service, but the one to the left will have to do. If you follow this site then you know I live on a tropical island. The Gulf of Mexico is steps from my front door. So I think a tropical-themed card is in order this year. I hope you like it.

I spent Christmas Eve with an old friend last night. We planned to buy takeout from our favorite Greek restaurant, but disaster struck. They were closed. 🙁 So was every other place we called. We got in my car and drove around, looking for some place that was open. Turned out the only place that was doing business was McDonald’s, so I had a double cheeseburger and fries for my Christmas Eve dinner. 🙁 Next year I’ll prepare food in advance that we can warm up in the microwave. No more McDonald’s for Martin on Christmas Eve (or any other day, honestly).

It’s a picture perfect day, here on the island. The sun is shining, there’s no wind, and the temperature’s about 70 degrees F. After I enjoy a simple lunch I’ll take a three-mile walk on the beach for some exercise.

Around 4:30 PM my neighbor and I will host a gathering for ourselves and four other people. My neighbor’s making a shrimp dish and I’m preparing a large salad and garlic bread. Our guests will bring snacks and dessert. We plan to dine outdoors since the weather’s so nice. My neighbor’s home is directly on the Intracoastal Waterway so we’ll have a million dollar view while we enjoy our meal. What could be better?

Have a Merry Christmas, friends.


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