2019 Life Logs, Day 359: Merry Christmas
Date: Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 43, Low 32 degrees
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA

Jed got home from his trip to the veterinarian in Weymouth at 2 am. A decision was made to bring Zuzu home, keep him quiet and in a box separate from the other two guinea pigs for a week and then assess what should be done. It will depend on how much functionality he regains. But he isn’t in pain for now and since the vet was not able to give an absolute prognosis, it seemed best to give him time to see how he does. Ollie is handling this in his Ollie Lama way, Jonah is very sad, but Sam is having the most difficulty. Christmas morning started with Heather giving the boys the update on Zuzu. They said good morning to him and then they came downstairs to enjoy Christmas. Last year Santa granted Jonah’s wish for a snowboard. That was such a success that this year Santa brought snowboards for Sam and Ollie and Jonah got a snow tube. They will be spending three days at a ski resort at the end of the visit in Maine and will get to try out the new equipment. Heather and Jed got Sam high hat cymbals for his new drum set and I got him a cajon which is a wooden rhythm box. Jonah’s presents were soccer related from both Heather and Jed and from me and Ollie got Gravitraxs from Heather and Jed and an Ollie app-controlled robot from me. We all got a chuckle when the boys opened their gifts from Ziggy and Coco. They each got a balaclava animal mask. Sam got a fox, Ollie a Siberian Husky, and Jonah a cat. They should be a big hit on the ski trail! Jo sent me a photo of Coco with the electric ukulele I sent her, and later in the morning Justin sent a photo of Ziggy starting to assemble the Lego Millennium Falcon I sent to him. It was a wonderful Christmas and before dinner we had a Skype video call with Justin, Jo, Ziggy, and Coco and shared some of the excitement with each other.

After lighting the Menorah candles, which as they melted looked like a work of art, we enjoyed a dinner centered around individual Rock Cornish hens, asparagus, and corn-on-the-cob. We then ended our evening by watching the last half of White Christmas. We weren’t sure that we could enjoy it since it was during that movie on Christmas Eve that Zuzu jumped out of Heather’s arms and was nearly fatally injured. But for now, Zuzu is holding his own and we managed to enjoy the movie. When the movie was over, Shadow and I said our farewells and headed home. Tomorrow the Goldstones head to Maine to spend a few days with Jed’s mother and then go snowboarding for three days before heading home. The kids don’t go back to school until Monday, January 6th, so they won’t return until the weekend just prior. I will really miss them, but I have wonderful memories of our Christmas together to keep me going until they return. And I have my cuddly, new best buddy, Mr. Moonshadow.

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