Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday, December 24th - Seattle, Washington

Happy Christmas to all. Tommy and I are in Seattle with my family enjoying the holiday amongst my nearest and dearest. The whole Duxbury clan is in town this year so we're spending time catching up. It's a bit bittersweet as my parents have made the decision to sell the family home and move into retirement living. They signed the papers this week and have been downsizing like crazy. I am doing my part in giving homes to various books and various other family curiosities. Life is change and this is one more. It's a change that they are making in their own way and on their own schedule and having vetted the facility and the people running it, I think they will do well. It's one of the few upscale senior facilities I've seen where it's possible to walk to shopping, restaurants, movies, and public transportation downtown so you aren't trapped if you stop driving.

The weather is gray and cold and wet. Very Seattle in winter. Everyone seems to be in good health and my nieces are both growing up quickly. Maybe too quickly as it wasn't that long ago that I was holding them as babies. Time marches on and the story continues.

We return home next Wednesday, just in time to get our annual holiday open house organized. It's on Sunday the 2nd this year. After that, we head into a month of intensive rehearsal for 'Faust' which plays the 28th and 30th. I have the music down but have a lot of lyric memorizing still to do.