Here's Donna's Christmas Village up on the entertainment unit. Actually, there were a few more pieces we couldn't fit, plus the 'skating ring' set.
If you go over to Shot's Shack you'll see a few more Christmas pictures there.
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Donna and I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
It's a bit overcast, but will be in the 70s here today. We're having dinner with Kristina, Michael and Merissa at Merissa's parents. That will be about a two hour drive north of here, but should be a nice day overall.
I'll try to fill you in on everything tomorrow.
The weather here has been beautiful the last couple of days, cool in the evenings and short sleeve during the day. The Saddleback Range looks like it may have some snow on the very top peaks, at least from where we view it.
We are heading out to a Chili Cookoff tomorrow, which supports some animal shelter & rescue groups in the area. I'm really curious to see, smell & taste some of the entries, as I'm a big chili lover. Now that I know that this event is held I'm tempted to see if I might sign up to compete next year. I make a dynamite chili, which is actually a slightly different version of a recipe I was given years ago by Babs Prisco. I still call it Bab's Chili in my recipe file.
I was going to get into some political stuff, but decided at the last minute that other blogs and the talking-heads on TV have pretty much drained the life from the Mark Foley story. Heck, even Court TV is getting into the act so you know things are bad! To be honest, it doesn't seem that Foley broke any existing laws or actually had physical contact with underage boys, but the whole thing is pretty sleazy. The GOP isn't doing themselves any favors by attempting to shift the blame unto the Dems by saying it is all political. The House GOP leadership brought this on by not acting appropriately months (if not years ago).
Here's a photo from the 'active adult community' where we'll be living shortly. Hard to believe that in only a little over two weeks, Donna and I actually be there.
When we were in California a few weeks ago we saw a lot of places from Long Beach to West Hollywood and places in between. For a while it seemed we were going to be taking a place a few miles away, but financially this place worked out.
If I get a chance I'll try to post a few shots we took, but I wanted to give you an idea.
I expect all of you to do your best in preventing WWIII breaking out while I'm in California. I'll happily deal with the fires, earthquakes and mudslides if you'll keep atomic warfare from ruining my vacation.
Since I may not be able to post for the next week I wanted to share the Los Angeles skyline with you. Got no clue when this may have been taken, but it certainly must have been an unbelievably clear day, huh?
With any luck I'll have some news to report when I get back.
On June 30, 1986 I was hired as a Librarian Trainee by the Brooklyn Public Library. After spending most of the day at Grand Army Plaza filling out forms and getting a brief indoctrination, I found myself at the Sunset Park branch of the library meeting Susan Raboy & Made Kiner, who would shepherd me through my first six months.
I can't begin to tell you the things that have happened over those twenty years. Good and bad, but leading me to where I am today for better or worse. :-)
Hats off to Ms. Raboy & Kiner for the friendship and guidance through everything that has happened.
Shots from our pier in St. Thomas, including one of the U.S. Coast Guard craft which escorted us in and out.
Neither Donna or myself remember seeing these craft present on our past cruises, but the last time we were in St. Thomas our cabin was pier side so we might not have seen them.
We're off on our cruise later today, so I won't be blogging or reading anything for the next 8 to 9 days. Wanted to give you something to stare out for a while and nothing brings to mind cruising like the towel animals the cabin stewards create almost every evening.
I'll be honest. I was so used to seeing them on the bed or nightstand that the 'monkey' hanging from the mirror actually scared me at first. Of course, the several drinks I had before hand didn't help I suppose!
Take care and have a great Memorial Day, if I don't get back here before then.
I'm going to continue to send out resumes to California libraries, perhaps widening my geographical search. After all, I know that I'll have to drive no matter where I end up, so anything in the Los Angeles or San Diego area should be okay. I'll be using the Laguna Woods/Rancho Santa Margarita area as a point of reference, since that is the area we'd like to settle in.
If you check out the links over on the Left you'll notice that I'm cutting some. Nothing negative about the sites, but it is getting a bit out of hand and I rarely check many of them out anymore. I also want to refrain from having too many dupes on my two blogs.