That Time of Year Again

Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year.

Thanksgiving has come and gone
and all that is left to carry on
with Christmas next on the list
when everyone is supposed to wish
Good Health and Happiness to one and all
and to the religious to heed the call
be nice to your neighbor and wish them well
and keep to yourself no secrets to tell
it matters not who sings the song
all that is left is to carry on.
go to the store and spoil the kids
and get them whatever  they wish
for kids they will not be for long
and before you know it big and strong
as people with their own family
inviting you to their Christmas Tree
and you will sit at their table of food
before long with grand kids to add to the brood
and then you will say “What a wonderful day”
as your life if finally slipping away
and old you will be as you look at the tree
and remember back at what you see
all those many years ago
when the kids were young and you put on a show
exactly like the one today
only fifty years later as you say
“Where did the time go I’m too old to play”
as you sit in the chair with your Grand Kids today
and remember those Christmases of years gone by
the time that has passed you understand why
it has nothing to do with the time of year
the Family together bringing good cheer
its the warmth and love that a family brings
to an old man and his wife the Mother of all things.

Written 11/25/2018

Austin Pond Society Christmas Dinner

The folks who attended

The folks who attended

The last meeting of the year for the Austin Pond Society was their Christmas Dinner held in the usual confines of the Zilker Gardens Meeting Rooms this past November 19. This was a pot luck as they usually are but with Roast Beef, Chicken Skewers and Salmon provided by the Pond Society and cooked by Sonya O’Sullivan who is our new Hospitality person.

There were about 45 members present all of whom brought some sort of dish so there was lots of food and drink to go round. I personally held it down a little as regards the size of my plate but it sure was a big temptation to go back for seconds and maybe thirds. The choice of deserts was out of this world and very tempting.

APS Board Members

APS Board Members

We had very little business except to vote in the members who will make up the new board. As this was done by acclamation, we got it done very quickly. The members are very grateful for those who are stepping down for the work they have done this past year. Most meeting groups are only as good as the volunteers who take the time to serve in different capacities on the board and we were lucky as we had a fantastic group.


Decorating the Christmas Tree

Several of the members were decorating a Christmas tree in competition with other organizations that are associated with Zilker Gardens. Sad to say, we were not among the prize winners.

Jeannie Ferrier had a game prepared for everyone to join in. It consisted of a sheet of paper on which were a list of questions and the goal was to get other members to provide you with an answer. You were supposed to introduce yourself prior to asking the member if they could help you. B.J. turned in the winning sheet getting all of her questions answered in record time. Me, I think I may have gotten three answered in the time allotted. Oh well, guess I am not the game type…Of course, I was busy taking pictures or at least that is my excuse.

With business out-of-the-way, Bill gave the order to get in line which as you can see by the pictures below were quickly followed by everyone except myself and Glen Hubenthal as we were busy taking pictures. We both got to eat a little later and did not miss out.

Everyone brought a gift which were placed together and then names were drawn. When you won, you had your choice of selecting any of the gifts from the table. Everyone had their name drawn at least once with some lucky people, twice.

All in all, it was a fun time and everyone got to enjoy, good companionship and good food. Our next meeting will be held next year on January 21, 2013. Hope to see you all there and maybe if you know of other Pond owners, you can drag them along. I’m sorry, I mean encourage them to come and join in the fun.

Oh yes, Happy Holidays to one and all and be careful out there. See you all next year.