Saturday, December 23, 2023


I know I grump about snow all the time but out for a short Jeep ride with Pheebs to Bayfield and back I thought to myself how nice this dreary, drab, dismally damp, cold rainy depressing morning would be if all this rain coming down would be a gentle snowfall.  How much nicer things would have looked and how much better I would have felt.  It's pretty hard to come up with any kind of Christmas spirit on a cold rainy day.  Christmas memories for me take me back to a quieter time when I was a small boy.  Oh, how I would like to return to the delights and wonderments of the happy youthful feeling and child-like innocence of those excitingly magical days.........................

Facebook threw me this pre-Christmas RV memory today when we were boondocked west of Yuma Arizona on this date in 2008.....A Windy Pajama Scramble In The Late Night Desert  

Al's Music Box:))  Driving Home For Christmas is a Christmas song written and composed by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea.  Rea said he wrote "Driving Home for Christmas" many years before its first recording in 1978 when Rea needed to get home to Middlesbrough from Abbey Road Studios in London.  His wife had come down to drive him home in her Austin Mini to save money because it was cheaper to drive than travel by train. Rea was recently out of contract and the record company was unwilling to pay for the rail ticket. The inspiration for the song came as they were getting stuck in heavy traffic, while the snow was falling. He started looking at the other motorists, who "all looked so miserable. Jokingly, I started singing: "We're driving home for Christmas..." Then, whenever the streetlights shone inside the car, I started writing down lyrics". Rea never planned to write a Christmas song. It was several years later that while testing pianos with keyboard player Max Middleton he found a tune that fitted the lyrics. Middleton played the distinctive jazzy intro, and together they produced a typical 1950s Christmas carol-type arrangement......(Ever since I first heard this song years ago I have added it to my blog each year at's my fav)   Al:))

GROANER'S CORNER:((  The physician writing out a prescription for his hypertensive cardiac patient: Diazepam 5mg (tranquilizer) TDS".  The patient's wife asks, "Doctor, when is he to take these medicines?"  "Not him ma'am, These are to be taken by you.........He needs the rest!!"

- I’m not bossy, I simply know exactly what you should be doing.

I would like to thank my arms for always being by my side, my legs for always supporting me, and my fingers, because I can always count on them.




  1. Al, Be careful what you wish for. It's posiable older age might do that for you. :O)

  2. It rained last night here in "the tropics" but today out running errands, I didn't need a coat, it was 58°. I remember it like this in 2015 when Winston hurt his back. Merry Christmas to you, Kelly and Pheebs.

  3. Merry Christmas, Bayfield Bunch!

  4. Nice blog tonight and yes a "little" snow sometimes is better than rain. We have just over 2 inches of rain this week and it was needed - what is not needed is 12 feet of snow like earlier this year. Merry Christmas Bayfield Bunch.

  5. Arizona is so incredibly dry--the rain that fell on Friday was awesome--almost two inches. We are at North Ranch in Congress. Merry Christmas Al and Kelly!

  6. I read your blog from 2008.
    In 2018 we arrived at Pilot Knob. The next day I went to Yuma to have lunch with friends. When I got there they had already eaten! I was so confused. Then I remembered I was still on CA time. That changed very quickly. Merry Christmas. May 2024 be the year of physical healing for both of you. God bless!

  7. Your blog is a treasure. Thank you.