Archive for December, 2008

Christmas morning

Thursday, December 25th, 2008



Christmas tree

Originally uploaded by Allen Gathman.


Merry Christmas to everyone, and a happy new year to come. As usual, we’re experiencing wretched excess here. All three daughters are home, everyone is reasonably healthy, and we all get along most of the time. Hope that the same can be said for all 6 of my readers out there.

On the road

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008



On the road

Originally uploaded by Allen Gathman.


A lovely ride on the shortest day of the year. Now all three girls are home, and I’ve put the lights on the tree. Sophie just got up, so soon we’ll start hanging ornaments.

Sophie’s car

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Sophie’s car

Originally uploaded by Allen Gathman.


Sophie hit an ice patch on Highway C on Tuesday and went down a hill and into this tree. While I wouldn’t invoke divine intervention, I am very glad that she was lucky enough not to get hurt. The car, on the other hand, is toast. Sadly, certain idiots (me) didn’t make sure that she had comprehensive auto insurance, so it’s a total loss. Aargh.

It was so far off the road that the tow truck couldn’t get it out. I just went down this morning with Larry Leimbach, who owns the land, and he pulled it up close to the road with his tractor. A very nice guy. On Monday I’m going to get it towed to the junkyard. Sigh.

Nevertheless, she’s fine, we’re fine, Cabell just got home for Christmas, and Hannah is supposed to get in tomorrow.