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    Posted on December 28th, 2012 cwmoore No comments

    Christmas Letter 2012

    image004This is the second try at the Christmas letter.  I am embarrassed to say that the first disappeared somehow? That said, I have to say that this was a very good year. This chronological tale, for the most part honest-to-goodness truths, may bore you to tears and may arrive late for those receiving them by snail mail. The Charles W Moore family (Sharon, Abby, Chuck) here in Pleasant Lake have embraced the internet, Facebook, web sites and all the technology that goes with it.  Most of our mail is email and Facebook these days but the www.charleswmoore.org website is still up and the blog is added to occasionally.

    The winter of this year was spent in St. Petersburg, FL at Martha Pokrajac’s house.  We had a great time cleaning gutters, tending the swimming pool, fixing a whole bunch of stuff and pruning Bougainvillea.  I must say we cursed the Bougainvillea more than once as those spikes penetrated the image001soles of our clogs and sandals.  Martha has a LOT of them in her back yard that have needed attention for several years.  I think we have them under control but constant attention is needed. Each 10’ branch needs to be cut into 12” pieces and carefully transported to the garbage can – I have many scratches that prove I was not sufficiently careful.

    In addition to the yard work, we attended Sun Coast AG Church and volunteered with Tampa Bay Watch plus attended social events with friends from Bradenton, FL.  .  Our Bradenton friends are nautical types so we spend time with them on Wednesday sushi night and sometimes a Saturday, or other day, river cruise.

    Sun Coast is a big AG church and the grounds need a lot of person power to keep them up, so, again we did a lot of yard work with the organized “work day” crews – it was fun, hard work.

    Tampa Bay Watch is an organization who is a nonprofit stewardship program dedicated exclusively to the protection and restoration of the marine and wetland environments of the Tampa Bay estuary through scientific and educational programs.  We made eco-concrete oyster domes and cleaned beaches and did other healthy outdoors stuff all for the benefit of future generations We left Florida in April and drove up I-95 to New Bern, NC to look at a boat on the way to brother Andy’s  house for Easter family reunion.

    We purchased a truck camper in May and almost immediately headed for Texas to attend our Moore grandchildren’s graduation from high school.   Marc had a perfect place to camp next to his house with power and water.  We enjoyed the visit of several days.

    I started a summer routine that was pretty lazy. Well, not quite, as I did manage to design and install a campus wide wireless network with a wireless bridge between buildings for our church in Angola .  As a result, I commandeered a small room to use as the network control point and that has been my hangout ever since.  Also, we made a trip with our camper,  pulling the Honda Civic, to Lake Champlain, NY to look at a boat – I was ready to buy but SAM was not – where we enjoyed our lakes edge view camping spot.  What a marvelous place up-state NY is to be. We visited several Plattsburg historic sites and museums from War of 1812.

    image006Sharon was quite a bit more enterprising and started a garden in a modest way.  This is to be expanded four fold in the 2013 season.  SAM has been food experimenting:  There has been quite good sauerkraut, whole bunches of fermented veggies in all kinds of forms – most were very good – and various smoothies of fruit/vegetable variations.  SAM kept busy all summer.

    Summer came and went too quickly. Fall rolled around – one day it was nice and warm and the next leaves had turned and were falling to the ground in their peculiar fashion.  Due to kind winds and great days we had our whole yard cleaned of leaves with only 10 loads (these are heavy 25 cubic feet of mulched and diced leaves per load).  We deposit them at lakes edge to keep erosion down.  Just after the first hard frost SAM cleaned out the garden and sister Ann’s too and made some new concoctions to keep us healthy well into the winter.

    Now, as I write this missive near  the Christmas Season Winter is hard upon us and we received the first sticking snow a couple of days ago.  We end with some additional notes.  We visited daughter Beth and her husband Ingo Stadter down in Pendleton, IN and it was fun to be with the young image007grandchildren. In addition, we helped daughter Jessica move her apartment in Chicago (Lincoln Park) yet again and I am sure it is not the last since Jessica has made application for the Peace Corps.   May the Lord bless and keep you and yours throughout 2013.

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