Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Star Trek Tree

A few years wonderful collection of Star Trek ship ornaments was banished to a separate tree. They now orbit independent of the other ornaments. At least the Borg can't assimilate Santa Claus. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 27, 2006


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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Moose

This is from our tree two years ago....please note the moose. This year...Jess managed to get an actualt tree-topper so the moose were relegated to a lower position on the tree.

Also, the Star Trek ornaments no longer go on the primary tree. I have a 3-foot tree that I use for all the sci-fi ornaments. Photos soon. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

I'll simply repeat my message from last year:

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Please take a moment to reflect on your blessings, those less fortunate, and our troops overseas.


Now to help get into the spirit of the holidays...

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot Chocolate

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree? Wrapped unless an odd shape or left in the back yard (that bike when I was 7). When I was younger he delivered them by bus from St. Louis (oddly that's where Grandma lives).

3. Multi-colored lights on tree/house or clear? Historically - multi-colored. Currently - clear.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? Not so much...never had difficulty getting kisses...

5. When do you put your decorations up? Historically - first weekend in Dec. This year - weekend after Thanksgiving (cause I love my wife).

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? None - I don't have food associations with Christmas.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Driving to Kansas City from Conway, AR one year in college. The night was crystal clear, the moon was out, and there was no traffic at all. It was also the last Christmas with Mom and Dad before they separated.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? Don't remember. I think it was something to do with Cub Scouts when I lived in Salt Lake City.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No. I'm against it. The Eve is all about the anticipation. What is there to look forward to on Christmas morning...if not the gift exchange.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Ornaments, tinsel, there's a moose involved. I have a separate tree for Star Trek ornaments. My mother, ever the planner, gave me a unique ornament (or collection of ornaments) each year through college. She (and dad) did this so that when I was on my own I would be able to easily decorate a tree and have memories of family. It worked.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? I'm from upstate NY...where the Golden Snowball is as a matter of pride (and fun)...LOVE IT.

12. Can you ice skate? Yes. Played hockey one year as a very small child.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Oxford English Dictionary from Jess; the right gift, at the right time, from the right person.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you? Time spent with friends and away from work.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin cookies.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? Nothing specific...

17. What tops your tree? I mentioned the moose earlier...will take a photo of the moose and post it. It's best not to anger the moose so he stays on top.

18. Which do you prefer giving or receiving? I know it's not cool...but receiving.

19. What are your favorite Christmas songs? John Lennon - Happy Christmas (The War Is Over), Snoopy's Christmas (you know...the one with the Royal Guardsmen and the Red Baron), Christmas music from Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, and Bing Crosby. Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? Yum.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

So Cool

I love things like this.

A "lost" pair of masterpieces from Renaissance master Fra Angelico found behind a door. Providence is an amazing thing.

Stories such as this give hope that there are more lost works of art or manuscripts that can (and will) be found. It's even better when things turn up and no one even knew they were missing.

Good stuff.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Friday, November 10, 2006

Another view of a tree at 102 Nolan in F'ville, AR. (2002) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Sorry it's been so long between posts...busy getting ready for the adoption homestudy on Wed.
This was our first home in F'ville - Oct. 2002. Loved the trees...hated gathering the leaves. Posted by Picasa