Winter Solstice Get Together with Friends



As the days have gradually been getting shorter and now the days are beginning to once again get a little bit longer so comes and so goes the “Winter Solstice”.  My Mom and I were fortunate to once again have had the opportunity to share our friendship with others in the local Cocoa Beach/Melbourne, Florida community.

We were invited on this past Thursday evening to a really nice “Winter Solstice” party at the home of Stan who is one of my good friends in one of the meetup groups that I have joined since moving to Cocoa Beach.  The attendance at the party was over 80 folks !

We had a wonderful time.  Stan has a very nice condo in Melbourne Beach with a large balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to take any photos from his balcony that evening because I got pre-occupied socializing with friends upon our arrival and before you knew it was already dark outside (remember– this was the shortest day of the year, so the early darkness creeped up).  I however, am including a bunch of photos from within the condo, of folks just having a good time socializing with one another during the event.

This was really the last social group event that my mother will be attending with me during her 4 week visit to Cocoa Beach.  On Friday, my younger brother Randy from the Fort Walton beach area arrived for a short one day visit to see the new environment in which I now live and after a really nice lunch (will send a separate post) the 3 of us (and of course Roxy too) were off to Orlando (about a 1 hour, 15 minutes drive) to my older brother Jan and sister-in-law Gail’s house.  This is where we will be spending the Christmas Holidays together.  Around December 27th, Roxy and I will return to Cocoa Beach and my Mom and my younger brother Randy will drive back north to the Fort Walton Beach, Florida area.


It was really nice having my mother visiting with me these past 4 weeks to spend some quality time together  As I think back we did so much during her visit:  4 Friday Night Happy hours at the Marina; one day of cruising on the casino boat out of Cape Canaveral; one night of Kareoking; attending a Christmas Hayride; 5-8 dinners out with friends; attending a member appreciation holiday event with a beautiful spread of food at the Marina, to be following just a week later by a Air Force Base Christmas Carnival and then to be followed one again just a few days later by nice Christmas luncheon at the Tides club put on by the outdoor recreation department of Patrick Air Force Base for all guests residing in the RV Park; two indoor Christmas symphony’s to be following by one outdoor Christmas concert; a couple of evening parties at the RV homes of other people within the park; four Thursday morning coffee and donut socials in the clubhouse; one visit with me to the Orlando VA for a medical appointment; one day of traveling by bus to the Weeki Watchee Park (about 3 hours away and north of Tampa) to see the mermaid show, a wild life show and to take a boat ride on the river to see the manatees; and of course 2 or 3 chance to get out there to dance the night away (even with Santa!).  I am sure I left something out here, but all in all I took some great pictures and videos of my Mom just having fun during her visit.  These will be nice memories that I will cherish for years to come.

Luv, Gary


12 thoughts on “Winter Solstice Get Together with Friends

  1. You showed your mom such a wonderful time – and I know it was perfect timing for you too – to keep yourself busy and enjoying her during your grief. I hope January isn’t too hard on you, but if it is, allow yourself the privilege of grieving if you need. Remember it is not a bad thing to be sad and miss someone – it means you loved them greatly. And you will heal – little by little – and life goes on. Nobody ever said it would be easy. But I’m so glad you had your mom for a month and have found friends through meetups. You are doing it right buddy. Merry Christmas Gary! xo


  2. Your mum and you have really had such a wonderful opportunity to spend good time together …. much needed for you both after the loss of Terry. You will leave her feeling enriched and she will feel better knowing that you are in one piece even though she knows it is devastatingly difficult for you and will be for a time to come. Terry flitted in a few times – black bird Terry was his little joke I think and Frog Terry was watching you too. Have a wonderful time at Christmas and I wish you all peace in the upcoming year. And a lot of Joy. YOu, Gary, of all people deserve the best of everything x


  3. Hi Gary, My apologies for not “liking” or commenting on your wonderful posts over the last few months but I have been keeping up reading them it’s just that I’m not on that much so it’s a bit of a pain to like and comment.
    I’m so glad that you and your mom have just had such a great, fun-filled four weeks together. Indeed memories of treasure.
    Here’s wishing you a lovely Christmas and happy New Year!
    Amanda (a long-time friend/follower of Terrys and the Spearfruit blog))


  4. I am so glad you had an opportunity to spend quality time with your mom! Your photos, videos, and wonderful memories will stay with you after she leaves. Enjoy the rest of her visit, as well as your brother’s visit!


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