Kicked to the curb..

Not me, nor any of my children!  Nor my DW for that matter. The subject is the Christmas tree. Yesterday, New Years Eve, my next door neighbor had their tree out at the curb. The town will pick the Christmas tree’s up with a special truck and grind them for mulch.  Not this week, though. Our tree is still up. I think it is coming down this weekend. In two weeks we head to Florida for some time and the tree won’t last until we get back. My next door neighbors have four children and may have put their tree up closer to Thanksgiving than we did. I guess four or five weeks in the house might be the average lifespan of the tree.

My DW is participating in the Lesley Sansone’s Walk a Mile a Day for a Year Challenge.  Click here.  My DW found the walking videos on You Tube. She does them two or three times a week when the house is quiet and she has some free time. Today, to kick off the challenge, my DW and did our mile walking around the neighborhood. I, of course, brought my camera. The subject of the pictures was to be Christmas trees already kicked to the curb.  I also shot some pictures of the furry (and not) animals that were eating at the buffet in the backyard this morning.

Kids, DS2 is at home. He went to a New Years Eve party with some friends from high school. He had a good time. DS1 was in Hudson, Ohio with some WJU lacrosse buddies celebrating the new year.  We traded texts this evening, he is headed back to Pittsburgh tonight and is a little bit (a lot, maybe) hung over from last night. DS3 is still out on Long Island with a girl that he goes to university with. We spoke last night after midnight. He sounded like he was enjoying himself.

Last night, low-key for the parents. Veal for dinner, LSU (they lost) football on the tv. We had out midnight champagne toast and blew off some fireworks.  We were in bed by 1:30 am.

Here are some pictures from our walk around the block today.  The Drop Box of the pictures can be found here. Enjoy!


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Day 191, the Shearing..

Finally Friday, which follows Thirsty Thursday and Hump Day Wednesday.. Today is Friday, January 6, 2012. In one week it will be the first Friday the Thirteenth of 2012. Oooooo. If that sort of thing bothers you. Things were quiet here. I worked from home. While watching files transfer from one computer to another I put some of the cellar back together and did a few more loads of laundry. We are pretty caught up in that department.

This evening the four men in the house all went for haircuts. Two of us went at 4:30 and two of us went at 5:30. The same lady that cut our hair tonight has been cutting our hair forever. She has watched the kids grow up in her chair. She is also a Parrot Head (Jimmy Buffett fan). We attended several concerts with her and some of her friends in the early 2000’s.  She is now a grandma and has custody of her two grand children. Her daughter and the father of the children have substance problems.  I get to hear at each visit how the kids are doing. She never thought she was going to be raising children, again.

Tonight’s going to be a little short due to the writer feeling under the weather. Hopefully I can get outside in the sunshine tomorrow. These three pictures are from DS3’s Facebook page. Back on January 1, I wrote about he and his girlfriend dressing up like tigers for New Years Eve. Here are the pictures. They are cute!  Enjoy.



Day 186 tastes like chicken..

Happy New Years Day to everyone. Last night we (DW and DS2) celebrated the arrival of the new year together. Our celebration was mellow. DW and I did the hot tub hop from 10 pm to 11 pm. Then we channel surfed the various New Years Eve offerings. At midnight I shot the champagne cork across the back yard. The children who were out of the house for the night texted at midnight. Our neighborhood was lit up by private firework demonstrations. I think there were more rockets this year, almost of commercial (professional) grade. It was fun to watch. We (the old folks) went to bed by 1 am. I don’t know what time DS2 called it a night.

DS1 came home from Philadelphia this afternoon seemingly no worse for the wear and tear. He had some interesting stories from his night. Nothing to crazy, just a couple of 23 year olds out on the town.  DS1 may have a job offer this week. That certainly would be good news for his parents. DS3 has been quiet again today. I texted him while writing this. He had a really good night last night. That is nice to hear. He is supposed to be coming home tomorrow night.

Today was low-key for us. We slept in, had pancakes for breakfast. Grocery shopping for the week and fried bologna for lunch. Football for some of the afternoon and fish and chips for dinner. Tomorrow nobody is scheduled to work. Both of the parents return to work Tuesday morning. Tuesday for my DW is the day that the new software goes live in her hospital. They have been practicing for the last ten days, but I think her work week will be chaotic at best.

Tonight’s picture comes from October 2006. My DW was sitting in the stands at the local high school football game. I was on the sidelines taking pictures.  Enjoy!


DW - October 2006


Off to see the wizard for post 185..

Wouldnt you like to have written a timeless story like the Wizard of Oz?  Where do the ideas come from? Skip the money, the royalties, the fame. How about just creating something that lasts forever? Big thoughts for any night. Maybe that is why we have children. To create something that lasts forever. Tonight is New Years Eve 2011.  Happy New Years to you and your family. Here is a toast to our health and happiness for 2012.

DS3 has been visiting with his girlfriend for a few days now. He has rarely communicated with us during this time. I guess he is enjoying his vacation from school and parents. After several texts asking/prompting for a picture, DS3 sent this one of him and his girlfriend.

DS3 and girl friend New Years Eve 2011

They both look very happy. He is staying over until Monday night when her father will be driving him back to New Jersey.  DS1 left this afternoon to stay with his friend in Philadelphia. They have VIP tickets to the Manayunk Brewery’s New Years Eve party. Thankfully the party is a short walk from the apartment where his is spending the night.  Ds2 is spending New Years Eve with his parents. We have a nice bottle of French Champagne to open at midnight.

Last night DS1 built a fire in the outdoor fireplace in the back yard. We shared a few beers and some laughs while tending the fire.  He got hired to deliver pizzas part-time today. While this is not a career move (I don’t think), he will now at least have a source for money besides his parents. 

Today in New Jersey it got to 60 degrees. Not bad for the last day of 2011. I would rather see 60 degrees than the 10 degrees that we will see on Wednesday. I went down to the high school and played “wall ball” for about 45 minutes. Wall ball is when you take your lacrosse stick and a ball and throw the ball against the wall working on your eye – hand coordination. Boring, but important.  After I was done with that my DW and I took a walk around the park near our home. It was just that nice out today.

Dinner was marinated flank steak on the grill. Yum!  Mashed potatoes and garlic bread. I got a nice bottle of Cabernet as a Christmas present, we are enjoying it tonight. DS2 had a beer with dinner tonight. This is a first for him. He will be 21 in May. Good for him, as we told him, all things in moderation. Why good for him? Well, alcohol is prevalent on college campuses (duh). Learning about having a beer or two at home is better than having your first beer at school with everybody watching you. His campus is dry. He tells us that occasionally the campus gets “damp”.

My last picture of the year comes from 2005 when DS3 graduated from 6 th grade. When they go into 7 th grade they leave the township schools and attend the regional school.

This writing every night has been really fun. See you next year.


DS3 6 th grade graduation 2005