The Magic of Christmas?

It does take the magic out of it, doesn’t it?


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Poor Turkey

I burst out lahghing when I saw this cartoon. Does anyone else think it’s funny?


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Wind and Weather

We had another casualty from the wind — the TV antenna on the roof of our building blew over so we have no TV reception. It isn’t a big deal for us because we can stream the three short bits we watch — the weather forecast for Andy and the late night jokes by Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers for me.

The new management doesn’t include the antennas as part of their maintenance, but Andy will see if they will approve us hiring someone to fix the problem. As I said, it’s not a big problem for us, but the fellow in the adjoining apartment watches TV a lot, so I’m guessing he will be interested.

In the meantime Andy is getting the roads ready for plowing. He’s been working on that about an hour or so a day and should be done in a couple more days — assuming there isn’t another windstorm, of course!


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Not everyone likes Thanksgiving, but if you celebrate the day, I hope yours is a great one!


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Snoopy’s Was Better

I like Snoopy’s approach better. Just because the world is falling apart doesn’t mean life isn’t still worth living.


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Yay, Snoopy!
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The quality of our lives depends on how we focus our energy and our attention.

The world would be a happier place if more people followed Snoopy’s example.


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More Fallen Trees

Andy didn’t get up to the land until about 1 PM Saturday because of the dozen or so trees across the road. He carefully cleared the first one off:

But he did just enough on the others to be able to continue driving. He spent a little more than an hour clearing this mess Sunday.


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Smart Pup!

I cheerfully admit, it wouldn’t be fair to the pup if I had one. I’m too much of a sucker for soulful eyes, and it wouldn’t be healthy for the pup to be in charge.


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Bertrand Russell

Man is a rational animal. So at least we have been told. Throughout a long life I have searched diligently for evidence in favor of this statement. So far, I have not had the good fortune to come across it.
—Bertrand Russell

Russell was one of my favorite authors when I was in high school. He still is.


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Falling Trees

Mike has recently written Precautionary Tree Removal, about his plans to remove some trees around his house for safety reasons. Smart fellow! Around here, of course, the big danger is falling trees killed by the 2011 fire.

One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument’s backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead. She looked up and then very quickly sprang to the other side of the creek, just as a burned Ponderosa pine fell right where she had been sitting, crushing her backpack but very narrowly missing her. She came back shaken and scratched, but her swift realization of the situation and fast reaction kept her from serious injuries.
The Jemez Post

Bandelier is warning people:

Hikers, and even those driving through burned areas with dead trees, need to be alert and plan ahead. Don’t choose those places to hike or drive on windy days, and seriously consider turning back if it becomes windy or a storm approaches. Listen for the sound of breaking trunks or branches, and stay out of the reach of nearby dead trees. Besides personal danger, there is the possibility that the road could be blocked by down trees.

As you know, we do know about fallen trees blocking roads, and destroying fences!


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