Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

December 25, 2011

A Quiet Christmas Day, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A QUIET CHRISTMAS DAY, 2011

    Last evening Monte, my daughter Sandy and her husband Michael, and I attended Christmas Eve services at Heritage United Methodist Church in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

     Today was a quiet day. A nice respite after the hectic preparations for the season, and the hectic activities of 2011.

     My husband and I awoke, read the newspaper, opened our gifts. He went to church while I lounged about at home, relishing the quiet. In the afternoon we walked to our daughter’s house to watch our granddaughter open her gifts, and ate dinner there. It was just the five of us. A ham dinner. Quite good.

     Christmas isn’t about hectic activity, although it seems to be that way for most of us. It’s about peaceful relationships between persons who love each other, and love for those we don’t feel a likeness for, and for those who are less fortunate than we are.

     I hope all you you had a joyful holiday.

     Our son from Cleveland didn’t arrive today, but will probably come tomorrow. I’d best get some rest before they arrive…

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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December 22, 2011

My Homegrown Santa

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MY HOMEGROWN SANTA

     I kept hearing my husband say he was tired of shaving.

     “So don’t,” I said. “Grow a beard.”

     He wasn’t so anxious to do so, but in mid-summer the straggly growth began. By October he was being asked if he planned on portraying Santa Claus this Christmas.

     His beard is full-grown now, and has been barber-shop shaped for the holidays. And yes, I like it. He’s sometimes hesitant, but I hope he keeps it after the season.

     Then he won’t have to shave and I won’t hear his complaints.
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 ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 21, 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SNOWFLAKE UNIQUENESS

with Monte W. Holland

 Earth has hosted more than seven billion persons…

Earth has been decorated by an uncountable number of snowflakes…

Only God could create each uniquely.

Each year since 1972 I our family has substituted a handcrafted ornament for a Christmas card. This year, 2011, I chose a snowflake cutout for a theme (it truly is truth that all we need to know we learn in kindergarten…so true, I thought, as I cut out paper folded snowflakes).

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     The snowflake is noted for its uniqueness. Each of us is made in the image of God, but are still quite unique. As startling as the similarities of appearance of Darlene to her newly discovered family members, these folks are distinctly different. You all know how different Carolyn and I are. And we are enriched by differences. When it comes to hockey, don’t expect to converse with Carolyn. I have to talk to my friend Lois. When it comes to writing, Carolyn can count on conversing with a number of friends. And yet in spite of our differences we never lose sight of the fact that we are created in God’s image and called to live responsible lives. If we celebrate Christmas, we acknowledge that Jesus came in the flesh and made all the difference in the world for us and all of humanity.

May you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHRISTMAS LETTER 2008

Christmas Letter 2009

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

December 20, 2011

Journal: December 20, 2011

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

JOURNAL: DECEMBER 20, 2011

     Today began slowly, since I woke up three times last night. My plans for the day included picking up a book I’d ordered—a neighbor’s brother wrote it, she picked it up from him, and it will be a Christmas present for my son-in-law. Then I planned on heading to a drugstore in Latrobe where they have a print sale, fifty pictures for $5.99. It works well with my Christmas gift for the grandsons. I had run through seven years of their pictures last night, and before I left this morning I weaned them down to twenty five photos each. The  album I purchased for them holds ten, so each will have fifteen more for another small album after choosing which ones they would like to speak to in the gift album (it has the capability to speak into it, recording a story for each photo).

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     Arriving at the drugstore, I positioned myself at the kiosk, slipped my flash drive in, and discovered that the machine didn’t consider folders. The pictures were jumbled with a great many more on the drive, and it was impossible to sort through them. This, after I had carefully sorted what I needed to print into neat folders (the drugstore I usually use will present pictures by folders, but it didn’t have the great sale price and it was much further away).

     Perhaps due to the great number of pictures on my flash the kiosk crashed. It had to be turned off and rebooted. Meanwhile, I renumbered the fifty pictures so I could identify them in the masses of other pictures.

     I removed the flash drive and attempted to drop the unneeded pictures onto my laptop, but the laptop is full. No room for the pictures.

     After the machine rebooted I tried again.  The kiosk crashed again, so I pulled out the flash drive and thought of another way to accomplish my goal. Meanwhile, before the busy store clerk could reboot again, the kiosk set itself back to the beginning step.

     I pulled out another flash drive. I was lucky. It had lots of space so I dumped the pictures I wanted onto it, and removed the few pictures it contained onto the original flash. Then I chose the particular pictures, edited them, and ordered them.

     The kiosk wasn’t printing the pictures. Help, I notified the clerk. She reassured me that they were being printed in the back of the photo area, not on the kiosk up front. It would take a half hour or forty-five minutes.

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     I decided to go to the Chinese restaurant several stores down from the drugstore. The Goldenwok (in the Latrobe 30 Plaza) treated me very well, even when I said I just needed a place to relax, and perhaps to write, while I waited for the pictures. I ordered a pot of tea and an egg roll, with apologies, and then discovered my phone was dead, so I couldn’t call Monte. I took it to the car to charge it and returned to the Goldenwok.

      The egg roll was delicious, just the touch I needed for comfort eating. The atmosphere was calming and pleasant.

     As I readied to leave the Goldenwok the waitress presented me with a fortune cookie, which I didn’t expect because I wasn’t behaving like a regular customer, but someone who just needed a place to crash for almost an hour.

     I spent my time in the restaurant writing this post.

     I left, picked up my pictures and went on my way.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

JANUARY DAYS OF CELEBRATION: Part 1

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December 18, 2011

Birthday Dinner at Mountain Palace in Bolivar, PA

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

BIRTHDAY DINNER AT

MOUNTAIN PALACE, IN BOLIVAR, PA.

 

     A light snow fell as we traveled to Bolivar, Pennsylvania, about a twenty minute drive from our Laurel Mountain foothills home. My husband Monte suggested we have dinner there because the weekend of my birthday was filled with meetings and engagements, thus we couldn’t fit it in.

     The Mountain Palace is a new Chinese restaurant hidden in the rural region about an hour southeast of Pittsburgh. Located in a former home, it specializes in Northern Chinese cuisine. The house also contains a small Chinese art museum.

     While we were eating a young couple entered, bearing a large Christmas stocking filled with gifts for the mother of owner Lacy Cai, M. D., Ph. D. I was able to capture the event on camera:

     I hope to do a post on the restaurant later, on my regular writing blog site, but for now I wanted to share the happy occasion.

 

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ADDITIONAL READING:

Christmas. Whose Season Is It?

Christmas Memories

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday

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December 17, 2011

Sam McDowell and Cheers Character Sam Malone

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SAM McDOWELL AND

CHEERS CHARACTER SAM MALONE

     I don’t know why, but I enjoy the television sitcom Cheers. Its characters and introductory song appeal to me. A somewhat different appeal is its setting—Boston—although other shows are set there and I do not watch them.

     What I didn’t know is that the character Sam Malone is based on a real life person, Sam McDowell, a six-foot five-inch man having a sixteen-year Major League Baseball career.

    He pitched his first game for the (more…)

December 10, 2011

Santa’s Birthday Elf

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

SANTA’S BIRTHDAY ELF

     What does an eccentric old lady do on a birthday that falls smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season?

      Why…play elf for Santa.

     And so Elf Carolyn was reborn. Reborn, because when my children were little I assisted… (to continue reading click on Playing Santa’s Elf on My Birthday ).

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ADDITIONAL READING: 

A BROKEN LEG FOR CHRISTMAS

ROBERT MENDLER: IN MEMORY December 10, 2009

CAROLYN

My December Birthday: Reflections on Fifty Years of Bonus Life

December 8, 2011

A Birthday Gift for Grandson Alex

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

A BIRTHDAY GIFT FOR GRANDSON ALEX

     December 10 is not only my birthday, but the birthday of my grandson Alex, the son of my second daughter Kathleen and her husband, Jerry. He will be six years old.

     I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. He said a spy gear set, with a remote screen.

     Huh?

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     I have no expertise in today’s toys, so I went to the toy store. Yes, they did have spy gear. I checked it out. Instructions on the box of one in particular that I liked said that a spy watch must be purchased separately. The store didn’t carry the spy watch. I put the toy back on the pegboard hook and chose something else. I felt like I was (more…)

December 1, 2011

Christmas Holiday Decorating

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY DECORATING

 

     And the weather outside is delightful…

     Every year we’ve lived here I’ve envisioned the numerous pines, rhododentrums, and mountain laurel trimmed with bright Christmas bulbs and other outside decorations. I also dreamed of decorated wreathes and garlands on the house.

     Each year I’ve waited until after Thanksgiving to do the trimming. And each year I ran into two roadblocks: cold (more…)

November 25, 2011

Free Energy on Saturdays

CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

FREE ENERGY ON SATURDAYS

     There is a new energy plan available.

     Direct Energy competes for customers with Duquesne Light’s service area

     It offers customers free electricity every Saturday. All they must do is reschedule high-energy activities to Saturdays. The result: they can save.

     Free Power Saturday is a twelve month product with no cancellation fee. It is designed to encourage customers to reduce electricity consumption during higher-priced weekly peak hours.

     Example: to dry two loads of laundry on Saturday, using an electric dryer, will save about $50 over one year.

     Consider that the average American family washes 400 loads of laundry per year, according to government research.*

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     I’ve got them beat: to dry two loads of laundry—on any day of the week—costs me nothing if I use Mother Nature’s dryer, the sun.

     However, many housing developments have housing association rules that prohibit the tool of sun drying (the clothesline). For them and others who routinely use a mechanical dryer, details on Free Power Saturday are available at bit.ly/FreePowerSaturday71 (the address is case sensitive).

SOURCE

Power Supplier won’t charge for Saturdays, Greensburg Tribune-Review, October 11, 2011, pp B9

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