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Dec 21 2007

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It Happened On December 21st

Posted at 7:03 am under Family

But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

    On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

    Happy Birthday Dad!

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    WillThink4Wine » It Happened On December 21st

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    It Happened On December 21st

    Posted at 7:03 am under Birthday, Dad, Family, On This Day

    But the most important thing that happened on this day *drum roll*

      On this day in 1928, my Dad was born.

      Happy Birthday Dad!

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      WillThink4Wine » I Know Who She Is

      Dec 20 2007

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      I Know Who She Is

      Posted at 11:34 am under Aging Gracefully, Simple Pleasures

      As a follow up to yesterday’s post (The Perfect Man) I want to share a story I read on USURP – This exemplifies my definition of The Perfect Man :-)

      I Know Who She Is

      It was a busy morning, approximately 8:30 am, when an elderly gentleman, in his 80’s, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated that he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am.

      I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, knowing it would be over an hour before someone would to able to see him. I saw him looking at his watch and decided, since I was not busy with another patient, I would evaluate his wound.

      On exam it was well healed, so I talked to one of the doctors, got the needed supplies to remove his sutures and redress his wound.

      While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor’s appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife.

      I then inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. As we talked, and I finished dressing his wound, I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now.

      I was surprised, and asked him. “And you still go every morning, even though she doesn’t know who you are?”

      He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

      I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, “That is the kind of love I want in my life.” True love is neither physical, nor romantic. True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.

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      1. gmcountrymamaon 20 Dec 2007 at 2:17 pm 1

        Now I have tears in my eyes!
        How come it took me so long to find your blog? I’ll be adding you to my reader.
        Hey, I am also reading The Lord of the Rings, the secong book, now. It is my first time however.

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      WillThink4Wine » 104,018 miles

      Dec 20 2007

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      104,018 miles

      Posted at 4:10 pm under Thought for the Day

      Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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      WillThink4Wine » 104,018 miles

      Dec 20 2007

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      104,018 miles

      Posted at 4:10 pm under Oil Change, Transmission Fluid

      Today my oil & transmission fluid was changed and my odometer reads 104,018. I’ll never remember, so I’ll blog it. God, I’m lazy organized.

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      WillThink4Wine » Pastor’s Cat

      Dec 18 2007

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      Pastor’s Cat

      Posted at 7:18 am under Cats

      Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

      “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

      “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

      ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

      http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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      WillThink4Wine » Pastor’s Cat

      Dec 18 2007

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      Pastor’s Cat

      Posted at 7:18 am under Cats, Christmas

      Barbara Gregg tells us the Christmas story of the “pastor’s cat.”

      “Seems just before Christmas, a pastor’s kitten had climbed up into a tree and was afraid to come down. He tried to coax it down with food and warm milk, but, no dice. The tree was too frail to climb, so the pastor decided to rope it and pull it down closer with his car, thinking the cat would jump off when it neared the ground. But, as he moved the car forward, the rope snapped, the tree went ‘boing,’ and the kitten sailed out of sight. The pastor felt terrible, but figured the Lord would care for it somehow.

      “A few days later, he was in the supermarket, when he came upon one of his parishioners, who hated cats, with a basketful of cat food. Being curious, he asked her why she was buying cat food when she disliked cats so much. She said, ‘You won’t believe this, but my little girl had been begging me for a cat for Christmas, so I told her if God wants her to have a cat, I would let her keep it. I watched her go into our yard, kneel down, and pray for a kitty. No sooner had she finished, a kitten flew out of the sky and landed in front of her. I know, Pastor, because I was there when it happened.’

      ‘Amen,’ smiled the pastor knowingly, as he thanked God for the ‘Christmas gift.’”

      http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20071218/OPINION/262349717

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      WillThink4Wine » Reminiscing

      Dec 15 2007

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      Reminiscing

      Posted at 6:53 am under Family, Simple Pleasures

      Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

      Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

      Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

      For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

      My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

      What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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      Dec 15 2007

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      Reminiscing

      Posted at 6:53 am under Family, Simple Pleasures

      Last night I sat on the patio with my Dad reminiscing about Christmases past. I listened as he recalled days of sledding, skating, and Christmas Parades with Santa and his sleigh actually stopping in front of our house on Christmas Eve! One story leading to another and another.

      Having my parents living with me during the autumn of their lives has been both an enlightening and wonderful experience for me. My parents are part of my memories as well as keepers of my memories. As we discuss different events of my childhood, differences in perceptions and recollections are almost always revealed. How could they not be different?

      Listening to my parents recall events from the years they were raising their family, me and my seven siblings, has brought a whole new enrichment to my life.

      For example, I remember the big 3-day blackout in the 60’s as being a great adventure for me and my sister as we waited for Dad to ‘rescue’ us in the eves of the 3rd floor in our house. To this day that house is still my favorite. The house itself was huge! It had a full basement, 2 floors and a finished attic. It had tons of cubby holes and hiding places. We even discovered a ’secret room’ in the attic which could only be accessed from the kitchen pantry. We wondered endlessly what purpose that room was intended for, and why it was hidden. The house also had 4 fireplaces, a library, a basement toilet that flushed up and a gigantic framed window overlooking the bay and the Boston skyline. For a time, we had three generations living in that house.

      My Dad remembers that the house was painted all one dark dreary grey color so that it looked like a haunted house and that he dreaded the thought of repainting it, and that he had serious issues with the furnaces and trouble keeping the house heated. He told me some of the history of the house, recalling old photographs of young girls in parasols on the front lawn at the turn of the century, that it was once a hotel affiliated with the yacht club.

      What we agreed on is that the times we shared in that house were wonderful. It was simply marvelous!

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      WillThink4Wine » Holiday Tips

      Dec 14 2007

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      Holiday Tips

      Posted at 10:31 am under Holidays

      No clue where this list originated so I can’t give credit, but it’s hysterical.

      1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they’re serving rum balls.
      2. Drink as much eggnog as you can and quickly. You can’t find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It’s not as if you’re going to turn into an ‘eggnog-aholic’ or something. It’s a treat. Enjoy it! Have one for me. Have two. It’s later than you think.
      3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That’s the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand-alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat.
      4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they’re made with skim milk or whole milk. If it’s skim, pass. Why bother? It’s like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.
      5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people’s food for free. Lots of it. Hello?
      6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year’s. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you’ll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.
      7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don’t budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They’re like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you’re never going to see them again.
      8. Same for pies. Apple, pumpkin and mincemeat – have a slice of each. Or, if you don’t like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert — Labor Day?
      9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it’s loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. I am a firm believer that there is only one fruitcake in the world and it just keeps going around and around by mail.
      10. One final tip: If you don’t feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven’t been paying attention. Reread tips.

      Start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner. Remember: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body. But rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ‘YEE-HAWWWWWW! what a ride!”

      Merry Christmas!

      Cheers to you, whoever wrote this!

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      WillThink4Wine » Old Friends and Cups

      Dec 12 2007

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      Old Friends and Cups

      Posted at 5:27 am under Friends, Simple Pleasures

      I got an email from some very dear friends this morning. What a lovely way to start my day, simply to know that someone has me in their prayers, every day.

      I also got this from another friend which reminded me to keep my eye on what’s really important as we go about our busy lives. Let me share it with you:


      Cups

      A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor. The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general.

      Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal – some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite. Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee.

      When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering… ”You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones. While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems.”

      He continued…”Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee. In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink. What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups… Then you began eyeing each other’s cups.”

      “Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups. They are just tools to shape and contain Life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us… God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups. Enjoy your coffee!”

      The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. So please remember: Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave The Rest To God.

      Never Judge
      another person or compare them to someone else.

      And remember – the richest person is not the one who has the
      most, but the one who needs the least.

      Life is
      short, the older you get the more you realize it.

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      WillThink4Wine » Crazy Christmas

      Dec 12 2007

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      Crazy Christmas

      Posted at 9:34 pm under Autism, Bipolar, Holidays, Panic Attacks

      Got this in an email today. I don’t know who wrote it, but I believe they may know a number of my family members…

      • Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are
      • Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas
      • Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
      • Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..
      • Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me
      • Borderline Personality Disorder —Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
      • Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why
      • Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle,Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

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      1. Sydon 02 Jan 2008 at 8:10 pm 1

        This is absolutely hilarious!

        I followed the link from your comment at my blog back to yours and I’m so glad I did. I love your sense of humor and I’m just beginning to acquire a taste for wine. I’ve added you to my blogroll and look forward to sharing the New Year with you!

        Best wishes,
        Syd at Bipolarity

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      WillThink4Wine » Crazy Christmas

      Dec 12 2007

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      Crazy Christmas

      Posted at 9:34 pm under Autism, Bipolar, Christmas, Holidays, Panic Attacks

      Got this in an email today. I don’t know who wrote it, but I believe they may know a number of my family members…

      • Schizophrenia — Do You Hear What I Hear?
      • Multiple Personality Disorder — We Three Kings Disoriented Are
      • Dementia — I Think I’ll be Home for Christmas
      • Narcissistic — Hark the Herald Angels Sing About Me
      • Manic — Deck the Halls and Walls and House and Lawn and Streets and Stores and Office and Town and Cars and Buses and Trucks and Trees and…..
      • Paranoid — Santa Claus is Coming to Town to Get Me
      • Borderline Personality Disorder —Thoughts of Roasting on an Open Fire
      • Personality Disorder — You Better Watch Out, I’m Gonna Cry, I’m Gonna Pout, Maybe I’ll Tell You Why
      • Attention Deficit Disorder — Silent night, Holy oooh look at the Froggy – can I have a chocolate, why is France so far away?
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder — Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle,Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,

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      1. Sydon 02 Jan 2008 at 8:10 pm 1

        This is absolutely hilarious!

        I followed the link from your comment at my blog back to yours and I’m so glad I did. I love your sense of humor and I’m just beginning to acquire a taste for wine. I’ve added you to my blogroll and look forward to sharing the New Year with you!

        Best wishes,
        Syd at Bipolarity

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      WillThink4Wine » Dignity

      Dec 10 2007

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      Dignity

      Posted at 3:36 pm under Work

      Come, Monday.

      It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

      W. Somerset Maugham, ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915, English dramatist & novelist (1874 – 1965)

      Amen, brother. I just looked at my P & L… Success had better find me soon.

      A few bright spots:

      • I have completed Phase I of the major overhaul to my business web site. Whew! I shall reward myself with an entire 24 hours abstinence from any web site-related work… before I begin Phase II.
      • My mother called this morning to tell me not to stop for wine on my way home from the office as she has already done so. I love my mother.
      • A nice check arrived in today’s mail. I love when that happens, don’t you?

      Now if I could just get someone to run my other errands.

      Cheers.

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      Dec 10 2007

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      Dignity

      Posted at 3:36 pm under Work

      Come, Monday.

      It is not wealth one asks for, but just enough to preserve one’s dignity, to work unhampered, to be generous, frank and independent.

      W. Somerset Maugham, ‘Of Human Bondage’, 1915, English dramatist & novelist (1874 – 1965)

      Amen, brother. I just looked at my P & L… Success had better find me soon.

      A few bright spots:

      • I have completed Phase I of the major overhaul to my business web site. Whew! I shall reward myself with an entire 24 hours abstinence from any web site-related work… before I begin Phase II.
      • My mother called this morning to tell me not to stop for wine on my way home from the office as she has already done so. I love my mother.
      • A nice check arrived in today’s mail. I love when that happens, don’t you?

      Now if I could just get someone to run my other errands.

      Cheers.

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      WillThink4Wine » Chaos Theory

      Dec 09 2007

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      Chaos Theory

      Posted at 8:14 pm under Work

      Well, another week ends. Another list of ‘did not do’, and another list of ‘did, but wasn’t expecting to do’. As I have so often said,

      It is good to have a plan, just be prepared to modify it

      This weekend I did not accomplish a single of my major goals. A few minor changes which I made to my business web site changed the course of the weekend entirely. What should have taken 15 minutes has, so far, taken 20 hours and I’m not done ‘undoing’. Good grief.

      The upside is that my error has revealed a new avenue of income. I’m never ashamed to admit an error because there is always a lesson to be learned. One could argue that mistakes are the greatest teachers. A lesson learned the hard way is nonetheless learned.

      So, at the end of the day I am weary, but wiser. A nice glass of Chianti is in order! Then I’m off to sleep. It was a good week.

      Cheers.

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      Dec 09 2007

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      Chaos Theory

      Posted at 8:14 pm under Work

      Well, another week ends. Another list of ‘did not do’, and another list of ‘did, but wasn’t expecting to do’. As I have so often said,

      It is good to have a plan, just be prepared to modify it

      This weekend I did not accomplish a single of my major goals. A few minor changes which I made to my business web site changed the course of the weekend entirely. What should have taken 15 minutes has, so far, taken 20 hours and I’m not done ‘undoing’. Good grief.

      The upside is that my error has revealed a new avenue of income. I’m never ashamed to admit an error because there is always a lesson to be learned. One could argue that mistakes are the greatest teachers. A lesson learned the hard way is nonetheless learned.

      So, at the end of the day I am weary, but wiser. A nice glass of Chianti is in order! Then I’m off to sleep. It was a good week.

      Cheers.

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      WillThink4Wine » Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

      Dec 08 2007

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      Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

      Posted at 7:39 pm under Bipolar, Simple Pleasures, Sisters, Wine

      It was 82 here today.. how the heck can you get in the mood to put ornaments on the tree in 82 degree weather? What happened to that nice cold front that we had all week when I couldn’t decorate because I had to work? It was 32 at night and only in the 50’s-60’s during the day. I was so looking forward to a nice cozy fire, Christmas music and wine. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.

      My niece is on the warpath again; another manic phase coinciding with the end of the semester and the Christmas holidays. Now you know this can not be good. *sigh* And yet her mother, my sister the saint, is still in a festive, happy mood. I truly cannot imagine how she does it. God must have given her a double dose of patience and understanding. A mother’s love would not suffice.

      My cats sat under the tree ALL day today while the squirrels collected pecans for the winter. They lay there just waiting. Never moving for hour after hour. Alas; not a single squirrel fell into their clever trap.

      Well, tomorrow is another day.

      Cheers.

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      WillThink4Wine » Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

      Dec 08 2007

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      Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown

      Posted at 7:39 pm under Bipolar, Christmas, Simple Pleasures, Sisters, Wine

      It was 82 here today.. how the heck can you get in the mood to put ornaments on the tree in 82 degree weather? What happened to that nice cold front that we had all week when I couldn’t decorate because I had to work? It was 32 at night and only in the 50’s-60’s during the day. I was so looking forward to a nice cozy fire, Christmas music and wine. Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown.

      My niece is on the warpath again; another manic phase coinciding with the end of the semester and the Christmas holidays. Now you know this can not be good. *sigh* And yet her mother, my sister the saint, is still in a festive, happy mood. I truly cannot imagine how she does it. God must have given her a double dose of patience and understanding. A mother’s love would not suffice.

      My cats sat under the tree ALL day today while the squirrels collected pecans for the winter. They lay there just waiting. Never moving for hour after hour. Alas; not a single squirrel fell into their clever trap.

      Well, tomorrow is another day.

      Cheers.

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      WillThink4Wine » Infamy

      Dec 07 2007

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      Infamy

      Posted at 5:13 am under Pearl Harbor

      Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live on in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

      Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941, 32nd president of US (1882 – 1945)

      Attack on Pearl Harbor

      Pear Harbor Memorial

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      WillThink4Wine » My sister, the Nurse

      Dec 06 2007

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      My sister, the Nurse

      Posted at 11:51 am under Sisters, Work

      One of my incredibly amazing sisters just finished college with a BA in Nursing! Hooray for SisterDear2! She had her final last night and did very well! She takes her Medical Boards in January. We have an RN in the family! You go girl!

      SisterDear2 waited to go to college until her hubby and sons all finished college, which made her the oldest in her class. She was also one of the best in her class. But I have always known this :-)

      It makes me wish that I had taken this last year, which I had off, and gone back to school as well. I’ll need to do some pretty fancy work to keep up with her!

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      WillThink4Wine » Simple pre-Christmas Pleasures

      Dec 03 2007

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      Simple pre-Christmas Pleasures

      I have been inspired by a young girl. I found her blog yesterday but I can not find it today! I cleared my cache! And I cleared my History. If anybody reading this knows which blog I’m talking about, please leave me a comment!

      Arggg!!

      OK, I’m better now. Anyway, she’s about 10 years old and has decided to countdown the 25 days to Christmas by doing things to help other people. Not necessarily big things, but simple things… small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Well, I missed days 1 & 2 but I am dedicated to the remaining 23 days. I am looking for my first opportunity.

      This whole idea appeals to me on so many levels, not the least of which is that (IMHO) the true meaning of Christmas is not just blurred, it’s mostly obliterated. Christmas is no longer about Christ. It is all about the big money-making-commercialism ‘thing’ which now starts just before Halloween and ends with the January after-Christmas sales. And every year it seems the retailers continue to broaden the ’season’ of spending. People spend more of what they do not have to give more of what they do not need.

      I don’t know how we (me and my seven siblings) managed to grow up without:

      • a TV in our bedroom
      • a DVD player and every DVD ever made
      • a portable DVD player (?)
      • an ipod
      • a Wii
      • an xbox
      • a cell phone
      • a computer
      • every video game every made
      • and $100 jeans

      In fact, the collective wardrobe of me and my three sisters probably cost less than just one pair of jeans that the kids wear today. Why do their parents actually buy them?

      My brothers and sisters all got:

      • new pajamas on Christmas Eve
      • a stocking to open
      • some little trinkets from Santa
      • the occassional new coat, shoes and school clothes when hand-me-downs no longer fit any of us

      Christmas morning we went to church. Then we came home to a house full of multi-generations of our family for Christmas dinner. It was marvelous!

      I am off now to finish fluffing my Christmas tree so that I can begin hanging my treasured ornaments that I have been collecting for most of my life. In fact, ornaments are my very favorite gift, both to give and to receive. I put in some of my favorite Christmas CDs and as I unwrap each special ornament, I OOOH and AHHH over each and every one of them. I pause to remember which special person in my life gave it to me and when. This process takes hours. I look forward to it every year. My three sisters have the same tradition in their homes. It’s truly one of my life’s Simple Pleasures.

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      WillThink4Wine » Simple pre-Christmas Pleasures

      Dec 03 2007

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      Simple pre-Christmas Pleasures

      I have been inspired by a young girl. I found her blog yesterday but I can not find it today! I cleared my cache! And I cleared my History. If anybody reading this knows which blog I’m talking about, please leave me a comment!

      Arggg!!

      OK, I’m better now. Anyway, she’s about 10 years old and has decided to countdown the 25 days to Christmas by doing things to help other people. Not necessarily big things, but simple things… small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness. Well, I missed days 1 & 2 but I am dedicated to the remaining 23 days. I am looking for my first opportunity.

      This whole idea appeals to me on so many levels, not the least of which is that (IMHO) the true meaning of Christmas is not just blurred, it’s mostly obliterated. Christmas is no longer about Christ. It is all about the big money-making-commercialism ‘thing’ which now starts just before Halloween and ends with the January after-Christmas sales. And every year it seems the retailers continue to broaden the ’season’ of spending. People spend more of what they do not have to give more of what they do not need.

      I don’t know how we (me and my seven siblings) managed to grow up without:

      • a TV in our bedroom
      • a DVD player and every DVD ever made
      • a portable DVD player (?)
      • an ipod
      • a Wii
      • an xbox
      • a cell phone
      • a computer
      • every video game every made
      • and $100 jeans

      In fact, the collective wardrobe of me and my three sisters probably cost less than just one pair of jeans that the kids wear today. Why do their parents actually buy them?

      My brothers and sisters all got:

      • new pajamas on Christmas Eve
      • a stocking to open
      • some little trinkets from Santa
      • the occassional new coat, shoes and school clothes when hand-me-downs no longer fit any of us

      Christmas morning we went to church. Then we came home to a house full of multi-generations of our family for Christmas dinner. It was marvelous!

      I am off now to finish fluffing my Christmas tree so that I can begin hanging my treasured ornaments that I have been collecting for most of my life. In fact, ornaments are my very favorite gift, both to give and to receive. I put in some of my favorite Christmas CDs and as I unwrap each special ornament, I OOOH and AHHH over each and every one of them. I pause to remember which special person in my life gave it to me and when. This process takes hours. I look forward to it every year. My three sisters have the same tradition in their homes. It’s truly one of my life’s Simple Pleasures.

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      WillThink4Wine » Caption Contest

      Dec 03 2007

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      Caption Contest

      Posted at 3:22 pm under Caption Contest, Hee Haw

      I loved Hee Haw. Whatever happened to just plain funny? Cornfield Joke:

      I see by the papers up in New York there’s a man gets hit by a car every 30 minutes.

      I bet he’s gettin’ tired of that by now.

      What’s your caption?

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      WillThink4Wine » Simple Pleasures & Gatherings

      Dec 01 2007

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      Simple Pleasures & Gatherings

      Posted at 11:32 am under Cats, Gatherings, Simple Pleasures, Sisters, Wine

      I have always looked for any excuse to have Gatherings. I want to gather together all the people and things that I love into one place at the same time. Small World? I certainly don’t think so. I think it’s much too big. We’re scattered here, there and everywhere. Our schedules make it nearly impossible to gather. Someone always has to work, is studying for a Mid-term, will be out of town, or their child is sick, has a Soccer game, dance class or football practice… You see my point. We’re too busy.

      I have 3 sisters who live very close to each other. I live 1,220.2 miles from them. While we do speak to each other almost daily, my sisters rarely get together except when I make my annual trek ”home”. I find this incredibly sad. I long for simple things, such as stopping by for a cup of tea or coffee together on my way home after an errand. Simple things that far too many people take for granted. So, that’s what this Blog is about…. Simple things. Simple pleasures. Family. Friends. Cats. Gatherings. Food. Wine.

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