Rounding Out 2017

The good news is we made it (nearly) through another year. The bad news is we didn’t get to see all our great friends during 2017. People have gone to the many winds, and we haven’t been keeping up. Hopefully that will change in 2018. Here’s what happened.

Come last January, and we were done with the cold weather. We took a few days and went to Florida. We stayed a few days in Miami Beach, which we had never visited before. Big mistake was staying right on the ocean front. Learned too late that place is for the party crowd, which we are not. But we did take the bus out to Key West to stay a few days.

Sister Betty turned 80 in April, and John traveled up to Ohio to participate in a surprise party. Got to meet more descendants of John Freeman Blanton than we have seen in decades. She’s doing well.

By then it was time to do some home repairs. The house now has a new coat of paint, and also a new lintel over the garage door. Barbara has been critical about the original wood work since a year after we moved in.

Still in April it was the 70th anniversary of the horrendous Texas City disaster, and John had a hankering to take some photos. We spent a few days in Galveston after getting the photos. And that was about it for the year.

Until September.

John previously worked for a French company, and we went over to Paris a few times. We decided it was time to see something besides Paris, so Barbara worked out a plan to stay a few days in Paris and more days in some distant towns. We got to know the France train system quite well.

Back home in October, and we found neighbors on both sides had their houses up for sale. Both homes sold this autumn, and the first week in December families moved in on both sides of us.

Came early December, and San Antonio got some overnight snow. That was cool. Not so cool for the 20 vehicles involved in a pileup on I-410. The snow needs to come on a weekly basis or else stay away completely.

The grandson (the only one) is growing huge. He’s going to vote in the next presidential election.

We look forward to seeing everybody next year. Happy holidays!

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About John Blanton

I'm a retired engineer living in San Antonio, Texas. I have served in the Navy, raced motorcycles, taken scads of photos and am usually a nice guy. I have political and religious opinions, and these opinions tend to be driven by an excess of observed stupidity. Gross stupidity is the supposed target of many of my posts.
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