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Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

We spent a lovely Christmas at the home of our daughter, SueEllen, and son-in-law, Mike. Our son, Mark, also traveled here from Omaha. Sadly, there were several empty spaces at the table since our son, Gene, and his family moved to North Carolina this year and were not able to travel back to Illinois for Christmas. But thank goodness for technology! Gene used FaceTime to call us and I was able to spend some time with the whole family both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. How this works, I can’t begin to fathom; I will just enjoy the benefits of someone’s genius! Luckily, we were able to spend some time with daughter, Kelly, and her family in Maryland earlier this month while we were there for Tyler’s Eagle Scout ceremony. And we are anxiously awaiting seeing son, David, when we arrive in Florida next week.

Part of the excitement of the day was the drawing of names for Semper Fi Christmas presents. And the winners are: 1) Megan E   2) Maureen J   3) Amy S   4) Jamie P   5) Sandi R   6) Erin C

Thank you all for participating. It was a so nice to hear from you!


Received a few more photos of our Semper Fi Siberians during the last few days.

Lulu, age 6 months

Lulu, age 6 months


Abby, will be 3 in January)

Abby, will be 3 in January


Sasha, age 20 months

Sasha, age 20 months

And Nikki sent some fun photos of Niko (age 16 months) and Samara (age 11 months)




We have been busy this week saying good-bye to our 12 kittens.  As soon as the last one leaves, we load all the mamas, Mr. Silver and the two dogs into our motor home and off to Florida we go!  Stay tuned for the adventures of the Cat House on Wheels!

How many of you remember a song that was popular in 1988 — Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin?  He was absolutely correct: “In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy!” Happy New Year from Jim and I!

I am confident 2017 will be a fabulous year for each of you, so Don’t Worry, Be Happy!



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