always wanted to write a newsletter at Christmas time and
finally made myself do it! As you all know, this has
been a very difficult year for us. After losing
Geordie, I lost my mother and my Dad's dog, Sarah, who
lived with us.
Richie Summer 2007
I wanted to reach out to
all the friends and family who reached out to us and sent
us their comforting thoughts and prayers in our darkest
hours. It truly helped us to carry on knowing that
people cared for us so much.
My Dad is taking our family
on a cruise over Christmas. His birthday is
Christmas Eve. He always reminds us that he has the
initials, J.C., and is therefore more than spoiled.
We hope to go sailing on one of the ship's excursions.
Over the summer, Richie and
his friend, Luke, took a sailing course through Eckerd
College (see pictures). Maybe Richie takes after his
Dad and his brother, John -- two great sailors.
We recently acquired a new
dog which we named "Jack." My Dad never did have any
grandchildren named after him, but he does have a
grand-dog now. Jack is very bright and little
vindictive. He already chewed up the remote, my
diaries and the vinyl cover on Richard's truck. I
thought that might be the last we would see of Jack, but
Sunday he got into a fight with Alymer, a silver dog that
looks like a pit bull. Richard got right in the
middle of two dogs and pulled Alymer away. It was
very scary, but I think Jack and Richard have bonded.
We are still nursing puncture wounds on Jack's legs and
throat. Anyway, as I write this, I'm feeling very
much alike a redneck Floridian!
Jack is good company for
me. Every day he comes with me to the barn where my
Richie & Luke Sailing
Meeka, is recovering from a ligament injury.
His injury requires stall rest with me walking and grazing
him daily for 4 weeks, then riding at the walk only for 6
months. Today he had to be drugged because he was
bucking in his stall. It was cool outside and he
wanted to run with the other horses and couldn't. We have
a barking macaw at the barn. She mimics every dog's
bark and when she does Sarah's it makes me sad.
We had a good summer.
Richie brought a friend, Sebastian, with him and they
enjoyed riding our new Seadoo (which we share with my
brother) and visiting with his cousins in Canada. We
also visited Richie's 90 year old grandmother, Ruth.
We had a beautiful ceremony for Geordie with a bag piper
at sunset. We threw flowers into the river and then
visited with friends and family.
Richie has returned to his
motorcross riding and has been riding at Sunshine/St. Pete
with his friends Joe, Luke, and Greg. And Richard is still
golfing with the Beavers -- a lovely bunch of old farts!
He is also spending time working on and enjoying Geordie's
We hope you and your family
have a joyous Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank
you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers.
Terry, Richard and Richie