Martin’s off to his fishing camp early tomorrow ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Tomorrow morning, around eight AM, I will drive 80 miles north of here to visit my fishing camp. It is located within a national wildlife preserve, where a river flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

I have to leave early because water levels in the river are quite low at this time of year, so I must depart the marina where I keep my boat when the tide is highest. My Element is already packed for the trip, save for the ice coolers.

I won’t have Internet access for purposes of posting on this blog, so you won’t hear from me again until Saturday afternoon, when I return. Once again, Merry Christmas everyone. 🙂

Merry Christmas, friends; nice day ahead for Martin ….

Hi, friends and readers:

Do you like the Christmas card I’m posting here this morning? As a tropical island dweller, I think it’s close to perfect, so I hope you’ll all enjoy it.

I am single and I live alone, but I’m not the least bit lonely this Christmas season. I put up a live tree, decorated my fireplace mantel, put up my exterior lights, and baked Christmas cookies for my neighbors. I’ve attended several holiday gatherings in my neighborhood, and last night I enjoyed a very nice evening at a friend’s home where six of us gathered for Christmas Eve dinner. I brought wine and a fresh asparagus dish that turned out really well. The wine flowed and the food was excellent. The weather was so nice our host had the windows open. I got home around nine PM, and I spent an hour or so in my living room, listening to Christmas music and enjoying my beautiful Christmas tree.

Oh, it wouldn’t be Christmas without me posting one of my favorite Tom Daley photos, one where Tom’s getting his Christmas spirit on. Tom, you’re such a cutie. How I’d love to snuggle with you on my sofa this morning. 😉

For some reason, I slept in late this morning, so now I’m enjoying a cup of coffee while I write these words. Outside, the sun is shining and it’s around 72 degrees F. Best of all, no wind is blowing. What perfect Christmas weather. 🙂

Tomorrow morning, I depart quite early, for a three-day stay at my fishing camp, about 80 miles north of here. One of my oldest friends will be up there with his nephew. We’ll do some fishing and certainly some drinking, and we’ll enjoy this beautiful winter weather. At this time of year, the water level in the river can be rather low, so I have to time my arrival at the marina to take advantage of high tide. So, I will pack up my Honda Element this afternoon, so I can leave quickly tomorrow morning.

Around five PM today, I’ll drive into the city with wine, garlic bread and a casserole I will prepare later today. I’ll spend the evening with my oldest friend, who is making an elegant salad, and I think we’ll be hosting a few friends. It should be a fun evening, with a fire blazing in the fire pit, and ideal weather conditions. Of course, we’ll have holiday music playing on the outdoor sound system, so things will be festive.

All right, everyone, I need to get busy, so I will wish each of you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you will spend yours with loved ones and friends, they are the greatest gift we have in life. And keep smiling, it’s important.