A Politically Correct
Best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most joyous traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, but with respect for the religious persuasion of others who choose to practice their own religion as well as those who choose not to practice a religion at all;
a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2016 AD, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions have helped make our society great, without regard to the race, creed, color, religious, or sexual preferences of the wishees.
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Seriously though…happy holidays to everybody from our winter home. I’m sure that all of you (well, at least some of you I guess) are having a white Christmas complete with gently falling snow, Frosty the Snowman, sleigh rides and all that jazz. Meanwhile…down here in southwest Florida we’re having to suffer through warm weather…heck, we even had to put the A/C on this week as it’s just too hot to do our preferred natural ventilation thing.
We had a nice time yesterday at midnight Mass…which is actually celebrated at 1600 here due to all of the old people that live in Florida…they have a hard time staying awake that late and don’t drive in the dark anyway. Connie’s choir had a nice concert for 30 minutes before Mass started, the church was packed, then we came home and Neil made a nice plate of linguini, Italian sausage and tomato sauce for us for dinner…pretty yum. She’s off this morning again to sing at the 0800 Mass and while she’s gone Neil will whip up a batch of Blueberry Crisp for dessert today…dinner today will be Honey Baked Ham with Neil’s mom’s brown sugar mustard sauce, baked sweet potatoes, and corn/chili casserole. We’ll wash it down with a nice bottle (well, a cheap bottle anyway…it’s Barefoot which is an Australian winery but it’s actually pretty good and only 10.49 for a 1.75 liter double size bottle) of Pinot Noir.
We had a nice FaceTime phone call with Alex, Jen and Bryan yesterday evening…so Connie got her grand baby fix for the holiday…the little guy is walking pretty much normally now and they’ve found out that babies are a lot faster than ya think once they start walking.
I can report that we have Eagle Eggs in the nest…Harriet laid 1 each on December 19 and 20 in the late afternoon. Incubation period for bald eagles is 34-36 days so we’ll expect hatching about January 24 or so. I’ll send Neil down there today or tomorrow and try to get some pictures for ya.
Everybody needs a little humor today…so here’s a couple of contributions for ya’. I have a really good one about a wrapped vacuum cleaner…but this is a PG rated blog so I had to leave it off:-)
And I know you’ve all been wondering about this for years…maybe decades even…so here’s your answer. Our great national national nightmare is over…bears do ^%#&%^#% in the woods.
For our RVing friends who worry about things like low overpasses and such…no you don’t.
Merry Christmas ya’ll. Don’t ferget to watch the College Football Playoffs on New Year’s Eve…Alabama and Michigan State. Roll Tide!!.