Safari is home for the holidays!

This is the first December in seven years that we have not taken our Airstream Safari out to the Anza-Borrego Desert to bask in the sun and celebrate the holidays.  Last month our Corgi, Tasha, suffered a ruptured spinal disc necessitating an emergency hemilaminectomy and a prescribed period of rest.  She is now making a remarkable recovery, walking well, and gradually increasing her daily activities as she follows the activity progression protocol set up by the Veterinary Specialty Hospital.*  According to her Discharge Instructions, she can return to her normal routine and activities after the post-op 6th week (on Christmas Day), which is really all I want for Christmas!*

DSC_0315 Tasha Post-op Day 31

Our Safari is our home when we are away from home and it’s so nice when we’re all home for the holidays!*  (We appreciate having the trailer refrigerator nearby to store the holiday food.)

DSC_0297 Home for the Holidays '13

Being home for the holidays also gives us a chance to enjoy time in our backyard patio and work on projects, such as a deck for the gas grill.

DSC_0330 Larry works on grill deck

DSC_0383 New gas grill deck

While Larry was working on the deck, I was writing this post while savoring the aroma of simmering Christmas potpourri* as Larry’s no-knead ciabatta (Italian slipper bread)* was baking nearby.

DSC_0352 Homemade ciabatta

Larry set up and decorated our multi-use bamboo easel as a Christmas tree on the patio.  It made its debut last December in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

DSC_0356 Patio Christmas display

DSC_0311 Merry Christmas 2013!

We have so much to celebrate and be thankful for during this magical holiday season!

DSC_0372 The nutcracker and bell

Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.“*  (The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg)

*This is a link to a YouTube video.


  1. Insightout says

    Three questions; (1) how has Mac reacted to the attention lavished on Cheese (Tasha), (2) a future description of the ink on Larry’s right deltoid, (3) the garland surrounding you in the photo spells the word ‘MoM’…by design or a curious coincidence?

    Enjoy that holiday spirit in SoCal. We’re under a 9″ blanket of snow and counting…..those days before we head to AZ

  2. Beverly Knauer says

    Another great post, Bill! For some reason, your posts always make me hungry. I am so glad Tasha is doing so well. Looks like you are all ready for a cozy Christmas. Happy holidays to you.

  3. says

    Thanks, Insightout, for your comments. Three answers: (1) Mac has been a true gentleman and a good sport (and of course, we try to disperse our attentions equally), (2) It’s a Chinese 3-toed dragon symbolizing strength and good luck and chases the flaming pearl of knowledge (mine is seen in the Fall 2007 Issue of Airstream Life), (3) The garland started as vertical, safety reminders to us (especially at night) to not trip on the newly placed wire deck gate that redirects the Corgis to use the ramp, which makes it easier on their backs. The garland then “magically” formed the word “Mom”!

    Happy Holidays to you and family!

  4. says

    Thanks, Beverly, for your comments.

    Yes, the ciabatta bread is delicious, especially when toasted and spread with butter!

    Happy Holidays!