Happy New Year

As we ring in 2010  – I have to be reminded of all that I am grateful in 2009.  Definitely my clients that sent business my way in this ugly economy. I was pleased to say that it was enough money to keep my head above water and for that I am so grateful.  Then I got to spend a lot of time with daddy this year before he passed on the 19 of December.  I do miss him already and realize being the head of the estate is a lot of job responsibility that one can never be prepared for.  I have a long long road ahead of me.  Then of course my amazing friends in Western, PA.  there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for you.  I am so blessed with great people.

My father passed away 2 weeks ago today at 6:15 pm.  He was at home with family around him. Dad loved life and wasn’t happy at all that G-d pegged him to join him in heaven.  It was a snowy day in Western, PA.  Here are some pictures I took outside the house that afternoon.

Dec 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm outside my home

Dec 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm outside my home

Dad's house Dec. 19, 2009 the snowy yard

Dad's house Dec. 19, 2009 the snowy yard

 

Snowy road in front of my fathers house

Snowy road in front of my fathers house

Last night went to 2 parties for New Year’s Eve.  Both were a bit on the mellow side but I certainly enjoyed myself at both as it is a great opportunity to see your friends.  I stayed last night with going to my friend Ed’s house.  He has a cute home that I truly adore in downtown Kittanning. I am assuming it was built in the 50’s and even in 2010 it still pulls off the 50’s enhancements very well.  I realy like it.  Then I went to my BFF’s house Brenda and she had her annual party. People seem a little low key but we still enjoyed seeing one another.

Jan 1, 2010 at 8:00 am you can see every year the Kittanning Polar Bear Club taking a dip in the Allegheny River all in the spirit of stopping cancer.  I never went down to this but this year I thought with dad just passing of cancer I would go down and enjoy the festivities – as a by stander not as a participant.  The whole activity takes 10 minutes.  The one thing they do right before everyone jumps into the water is the local priest says a prayer to all of those that have died of cancer and to those who have it may they recover.  It is very heartfelt and quite pretty.  Just what you would expect from a small town community.

Enjoy the pictures from the 2010 Polar Bear Club Dip

2010 Polar Bear Dip in Kittanning - Safety First

2010 Polar Bear Dip in Kittanning - Safety First

This lady serves as the marker of how far people have to run into the river

This lady serves as the marker of how far people have to run into the river

Crowds starting to gather

Crowds starting to gather

My friend Janine and her daughter's boyfriend Adam - it is his 2nd year going in.

My friend Janine and her daughter's boyfriend Adam - it is his 2nd year going in.

More crowds gather getting ready

More crowds gather getting ready

View across the river

View across the river

This is a group of people hanging out prior to taking their swim.  The girl in the swimsuite with BLACK HIGH HEELS..get's The Claire R. Gould Fabulous award!

This is a group of people hanging out prior to taking their swim. The girl in the swimsuite with BLACK HIGH HEELS..get's The Claire R. Gould Fabulous award!

This to me was also fabulous

This to me was also fabulous

Prayer before taking the running leap into the water the tall guy is Adam

Prayer before taking the running leap into the water the tall guy is Adam

Cold Cold Cold

Cold Cold Cold

People who can't get out fast enough

People who can't get out fast enough

The last 3 out of the water wondering what all the hubbubb is about

The last 3 out of the water wondering what all the hubbubb is about

 

Well folks as I am starting the first day of the new year – sadly missing my father, insecure of the large job ahead of me of exectrix of the estate – but my friends can call me Trixie – will surely need the help of her amazing friends.

This is my story for now – and i will be sticking to it.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Claire

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