2005 Christmas Letter

Dear Friends,

Wow!  2005 is almost over.  

In our tradition of taking great vacations, we went to Wales in May.  We stayed in a cottage in the charming village of Beddgelert (pronounced Beth Gel Ert) in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.  We saw six fabulous castles in three days (we had a three day pass), had numerous fantastic and scenic hikes/hill walks, more sightseeing, and saw lots of sheep, including “leaping lambies.”  There are 3 photos at the top of this letter and you can see more photos on our web site.  The vacation kept on living as Alan turned producer afterwards, producing a DVD including menus, background music, a movie, and four slideshows.  All thanks to digital video and still cameras, and Apple’s suite of iLife software.

We try to stay in good shape with our almost daily exercising.  Alan runs, Cheryl walks, and we both use the gym regularly.  Alan now only runs only every other day, doing gym workouts on alternate days. Cheryl stays on a similar schedule.  (A note on the aging process.  Alan’s 10K run strategy used to be “Pick up the pace in the second half of the race.”  Then it changed to “Try not to slow down”.  Now it’s “Try not to come to a dead stop”.)  Cheryl has had her share of annoying, age-related, health issues in 2005, including two cataract surgeries.  

Cheryl still performs, teaches, and, of course, knits.  She did a “Great American Songbook” concert to a sold-out venue in Torrance, California in May, singing and accompanying herself on piano.  The CD will be coming soon; check her website if you want one.  Her first CD, “In the Mornin’,” is still available from her or on Amazon.

Alan is still a software architect at Northrop Grumman (now for 27 1/2 years).  He recently turned 55, which is a major milestone in that he is now eligible for early retirement.  The plan is to work for 5 more years.  (Alan tells Cheryl that he has to work another 5 years so that we can travel as much as she wants to when he does.)  But it is nice to have options and the job has less and less stress and more and more satisfaction as a result. 

Our church, Riviera United Methodist in Redondo Beach is, and continues to be, a very important part of our lives.  We love it and the people there and are very involved in lots of activities.  Our friends there are our extended family.

We count ourselves as blessed by our love for each other and all the people that have touched our lives.

Merry Christmas and God bless you!



Cheryl and Alan