Silicon Valley Christmas

We had a pleasant Christmas at home with family this year. My parents adopted two young Siamese cats. My daughter Jessica came home from Carnegie Mellon University for three weeks. My two brothers and their families visited for almost a week. We drove north to San Francisco several times: to sing Christmas carols on the cable car and see the city lights, go to the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, gather for a family dinner at the Beach Chalet, and just visit.

We hosted three parties (Christmas, Jessica’s 20th birthday, and New Year’s). Unfortunately, our family photo server got sick and eventually died, so I am just now able to post this blog entry…

John and Jessica and I went to San Francisco Federal District Court on 19 December 2008 to hear attorney Victoria Hall present to Judge Jeffrey S. White on behalf of  Dr. Bob Jacobsen the latest on  JMRI and the KAM Open Source dispute.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church had a children’s Christmas pagent, and the craft fundraiser for SAMA (St.
Andrew’s Medical Assistance).  Sun Labs held its Holiday Cookie Exchange (to which John Plocher sent his famous peanut butter K Bars).

On our evening walks around our Willow Glen neighborhood, John and I admired the Christmas lights. One neighbor programmed a wonderful yard display that lit up different parts of their house as well as trees, bushes, and figures (candy canes, a seal, snowman, bear, and igloo) exactly timed to the movements of Christmas tunes. My favorite music was the Vince Guaraldi theme from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. John and I stood in the rain the hear it twice.

We finally finished glazing and firing all of the ceramics we brought home from camp in August, including three tea cups by Jessica. My best Christmas present was one of a set of three beautiful and
well crafted ceramic cups my son Paul made at school: one each for John, Jessica, and me.

Borte and Khan

Borte and Khan, Siamese kittens photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Laura and Borte

Laura and Borte the Siamese kitten photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

19 Dec JMRI Hearing, Federal Court

JMRI, 19 December Hearing, Federal District Court, Victoria Hall, Dr. Bob Jacobsen, Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Katy Dickinson photo: copyright 2008 John Plocher

Sun Labs Cookie Exchange

Sun Labs Cookie Exchange photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

sheep practice

St. Andrew's Christmas pagent sheep practice photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

angel practice

St. Andrew's Christmas pagent angel practice photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

St. Andrew’s cross

St. Andrew's cross with 3 Christmas trees photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

St. Andrew’s pagent

St. Andrew's children's pagent photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

St. Andrew’s children’s pagent

St. Andrew's children's pagent photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

SAMA craft sale

SAMA craft sale photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

SAMA craft sale

SAMA craft sale - embroidered purse photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Cuthbert’s Tea Shoppe

Dickens Fair

Tea at the Dickens Fair, Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Matthew Holmes, Eleanor Dickinson photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Pirates of Penzance

Dickens Fair

Pirates of Penzance, Dickens Fair photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Ladies’ Oratorical & Recreational

Society at Mad Sal’s, Dickens Fair

Ladies' Oratorical and Recreational Society, Mad Sal's, Dickens Fair photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

SF Cable Car Carols

San Francisco Cable Car Carols, Eleanor Dickinson photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Seeing the SF Hyatt’s decorations

Seeing the San Francisco Hyatt's decorations, Eleanor Dickinson, Jessica Dickinson Goodman, Matthew Holmes, Paul Dickinson Goodman, Wade Dickinson photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Jessica and Paul

Jessica and Paul, San Francisco Hyatt photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Hyatt lights, elevators

San Francisco Hyatt lights and elevators photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

decorating our tree

Jessica and Paul decorate our tree photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

giving tree advice

John Plocher giving tree advice photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Jessica, Paul, tree

Jessica, Paul with tree photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Willow Glen lights

Willow Glen Christmas lights photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Paul’s mugs

3 mugs by Paul Dickinson Goodman photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Jessica’s mugs

Jessica's mugs photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Jessica’s 20th

Jessica's 20th birthday party photo: copyright 2008 Katy Dickinson

Images Copyright 2008 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher

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