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DECEMBER - Wishing you all
Here we are at the annual December
Luncheon for the ExxonMobil Retiree Club. Jo is the Treasurer
(10 years now) and John keeps everone in touch through the
Newsletter where he is Editor at Large. The Mother-ship still
supports our lunches - one of the last to do so.
NOVEMBER - Thanksgiving
Once again the turkey is in the trunk for
the drive over the river and through the woods to Jo's brother's home in
Woodside. it came out beautiful. Here Sam makes sure Uncle Peter
is doing the carving in a caring manner.
OCTOBER - Short Cruise on the Bay
Jo-Ann loves the Blue Angels Navy
Flight Demonstration Team. So we elected to once again take
BART to the City and go out to see them up close near the Golden
Gate Bridge. Woops, we forgot our camera, but the Cruise
provider had one at the ready. Woops, we forgot ear plugs too!
SEPTEMBER - Maui Vacation
A bunch of doing nothing is a vacation.
Turns out with all the volunteer demands on us this year, we really
needed a vacation - just like the old days when we had actual paid work
nipping at our heels. And what better place
to just enjoy the ocean and great weather - Maui!
AUGUST - Church Search Committee
John gets fully involved leading the
Grace Church Rector Search Committee. This turns out to be a
lot of work in August and October to define who we are and what we want as a congregation.
But is is a very caring group all of whom are committed to doing the
best job possible. That's why we have been there almost 40
JULY - Another Birthday Party - #6
opportunity for an almost complete family picture. We are blessed
to have the opportunity to open our home for the day so that almost 90
friends and family and join in celebrating the births of Sam and
JUNE - Habitat Build-a-thon
Five days of the month are taken up
with John volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity Build-a-thon in
Martinez. Not much framing or truss rolling, but he helps by
keeping the multitude of volunteers away from the forklift. Can you
MAY - Mexico
Although Mexico is not high on our list of
destinations, Jo-Ann could not resist spending time with Catharine and
Krystol in Puerto Vallarta. They had a great beach condo,
met many new friends and did not suffer from Montezuma's revenge.
APRIL - Happy Anniversary
Off to San Francisco for a 12th
Anniversary Party for Peter and Zia. We are so pleased to have
been so close for so many years. Many of their friends have
children around 6 so that it was impossible to capture San and
Lillian for inclusion in this family photo. Everyone had a
MARCH - Tax Time
For about the 10th year now, John
volunteers to help people with taxes. The AARP Foundation sponsors
Tax Centers all across the USA. These are the volunteers at the
Pittsburg Senior Center. A bit of a trek over the hills, but the
people here really can't afford paid help.
FEBRUARY - Visitors from Monterey
A longtime friend dating back to the
1980's stops by for a most pleasant visit. Here is a photo of Jo-Ann
and Joyce with her daughter and two grandchildren. Our last
visit was the occasion of our 40th Anniversary party - too long a
time between visits.
JANUARY - Visitors from Bethlehem
Catharine and Krystol planned a trip in
December but had to defer it until January. We are happy to see them
anytime. They were hoping for warm weather, but it is cold and
rainy. John gets to proudly wear his Christmas present from his