Note:  there are many photos in this posting.  To see one enlarged, click on the photo.

We didn’t get to dance much this season due to Ron’s foot problems.  This photo is  from one of the few dances we attended.

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Ron turned 70 the first week of December.  He insisted on not having a big celebration, so we gathered with a few friends for lunch at Golden Corral.

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2011-12-07 - AZ, Yuma - Golden Corral - Ron's Birthday  (3)

Our Christmas Employee Party at Cactus Gardens is always a blast, and this year was no exception.

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We don’t often get rain in Yuma, but this December was an exception.  A record rainfall on December 12 left water standing near our site.  It doesn’t take much rain to create standing water on the rock hard sand/stone ground here.  The 1.12 inches broke a record for the date set in

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2012-12-13 - AZ, Yuma - Rainbow after the Storm

Ron taught a class in solving Sudoku puzzles for several weeks.

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We started a cards night this season with fellow square dance friends, Bunny and Wes, Jim and Myra and Hoyt and Bernice.   Each time we met,  Jim taught us a new card game for an evening of fun.

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A highlight of the month occurred when Bernice and I were invited to give a tatting demonstration at the Quartermaster Depot’s Annual Christmas Village.

2011-12-20 - AZ, Yuma - Tatting Demo at Quartermaster Depot Christmas Village (7)

A write up of this event can be viewed on my craft blog “Spare Moment Stitching”.

Part of the December ritual each year is to see the lights on 55th Street.  The residents on 55th Street in the Foothills probably have more Christmas lights than most whole communities.  It’s always a treat to make the trip down to view the lights, and of course, it has to be followed with treats from Dairy Queen.

This year, we happened to go on the starting night of the annual Foothills Parade.  The first 3 pictures are from it.

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This was our favorite entry in the parade with a working model train.

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55th Street:

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We have our own Christmas Parade in the park.  Lois, Kathy and I rode in one of the golf carts.  I had lots of comments on my “Rudolph” look.

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We do a little Christmas Decorating of our own.  This is what we did for this year:

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and our Christmas tree inside.

2011-12-22 - AZ, Yuma - Cactus Gardens, Our Christmas Decorations (1)

Christmas without family is pretty low key for us.  We attended Worship Service and then shared dinner at a local restaurant with friends, Jim and Myra Kemper, Don and Pat Wheeler, Rudy Myhedyn and Hoyt and Bernice Odom.

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We were even paid a visit by Santa.

2011-12-25 - AZ, Yuma - Christmas Dinner with Friends (4)

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