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*this* John W. Hays' take on things and experiences

Morning Night

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Yesterday I woke up in the morning surrounded by crunchy snow and went to sleep last night among palm trees.

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In a very hush, hush operation, Cyndie and I flew to Florida to surprise her father for the weekend to celebrate the occasion of his 80th birthday. I texted Elysa when we arrived last night to let her know we were gone from home. I told very few people about it in order to avoid leaking the secret and spoiling the surprise.

George and Anneliese are running the ranch in Wisconsin while we are gone.

Oddly enough, the weather at home is predicted to be unusually warm while we are down here. Almost defeats the purpose of traveling to Florida. Good thing we came down to be with family, not just to get away from the cold and snow.

You know me. I LOVE snow! That doesn’t mean I won’t enjoy the predicted sunshine and 80° while we’re here, though.

Cyndie’s brother, Barry and husband, Carlos, arrived just an hour before us last night. Marie told Fred she needed to go to the store so she could pick us all up at the airport. She pulled off the surprise wonderfully and we made a grand entrance to greet Fred at the house.

Marie served a late meal on the lanai and we sat around the table in the warm (and humid, relative to up north right now) night air reminiscing about many entertaining memories of the properties that Fred and Marie have purchased over the years.

Not a single one of them turned out wrong. They’ve had this place for 16 years now, and it feels natural to be here again. I remember what a surprise it seemed back then, when I first heard they bought the house.

It’s a real honor being here with them all to make the milestone of 80 years a special family event.

No snow pictures for a few days now. Hope you don’t mind.

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Written by johnwhays

January 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

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  1. Have Fun. 🙂

    George

    January 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm


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