December Christmas Letter 2013

Merry Christmas, Dear Loved Ones,

Thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, phone calls, IM’s, Facebook messages, letters and notes over the past fantastic year!  It has been great to hear from so many friends! As many of you know, this seems to have been yet another year spent planning and then trying to implement those plans - just like every year, but more intense.

The first 6 months where devoted to planning the final details of the Keaney Clan Global Reunion, which took place in Boston, MA at the end of June.  We had 156 from around the world - and we all were very pleased with the entire shindig!

Of course we got to slowly slide into the reunion by being part of the fabulous four-day wedding celebration of Dan Fehlig & Ian Humphrey, in mid June. Followed by a (MM bucket list) 4 day stay in fabulous Newport, RI.

Another bucket list item was removed when our 6 card playing pals joined us in an overnight in Palm Springs to see the Fabulous Follies.  “Yowsa” -  we had us some fun!

In May I was in St. Louis for my niece Allie’s graduation from a doctorate program in PT. I was back in St. Louis again in Oct for my 50th grade school reunion and again,  2 weeks later, to present my sister Cecilia with the St. Jane de Chantal Award from our high school.

Tom took a month’s solo vacation to Virginia in October, seeing family & friends; I took the opportunity to start decorating for Christmas. I’m so proud of the final effort (guided by friend Tim); I feel like enclosing house photos instead of ours.

All my siblings and niece Celia came for our big Christmas Open House, but mainly to celebrate a milestone birthday for Jeanne.  I spent about 3 months researching, writing and editing a book on our Dad, as her gift from the sibs. Tom saved the day by formatting and printing the 130 page effort - six copies, CDs for each, filmed the opening of the gift, the hours of Dad stories & took 250 stills.  

My turning 65 didn’t just mean Medicare, but suddenly I had a whole lot of pension and health insurance decisions to make.  Some of that is still pending.

Tom has continued his chronic pain support groups.  It is beginning to morph into more one -on-ones, and phone support. He is also back to daily Mass and devoting Wednesday as a volunteer at the Parish Center.  Honestly they couldn’t afford his skill set, so it’s a win-win for all.

Family and friends helped us celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in May as they witnessed the renewing of our vows at a home Mass officiated by the cherished, Michael V. Tueth, S.J.   

We went through 128 days of plumbing hell - too long a story to tell, much less live through - and managed to finally put a fireplace in our master bedroom.  That’s been on the house reno list for more than 20 years!

This is my 40th year in show biz and work continues. Sitcoms: Maron, Mike & Molly, The Millers & Instant Mom. Features: How to Make Love Like an Englishman & Damn Foreigners, Webisode pilot: On the Market, Commercial: Webers BBQ Sauce. Shooting a pilot in  2014 called The Rich & the Ruthless, a send-up of daytime soaps.

The only other major news is that Tom has decided to let his hair grow. My sister commented that he is beginning to look like a Muellerleile.  We don’t know if that is a complement or not.

Many blessings,

Marianne & Tom

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