Published on December 24 2006

 

Kidbrudder forwarded a letter from daughter-in-law Brooke (Hi Brooke and Mark!!); who included a couple of pictures from her recent musical evening with Darryl Worley and Mark Wills (although both of these pics are of Worley, I think--not being a country fan myself, I had to go googling!)

 

 

Here are some pics from the other night. They had a concert and Mark Wills and Darryl Worely were here. I got autographs and got to meet them. Mark Wills made me come behind the table (where I wan't supposed to be) and gave me the biggest hug and kissed me on my cheek! I'm so special! :) Anyways... I had a great time and just wanted to share a couple of the pictures with ya'll! I love ya'll! Merry Christmas....
Well, almost!

All my Love,
Brooke

Merry Christmas, Brooke--we'll be thinking of you and of all the others so far away from home this holiday.

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Published on December 23 2006

That kiss on the cheek I gave Santa while sitting on his knee must have been what did it..... Xmas present for ME!! I forsee people running in terror at my approach--not because of the usual reasons, but because I TAKE PICTURES OF EVERYTHING. Canon Digital Rebel XTi Oh dear.... 10, count 'em, TEN megapixels.....this is going to be great to finally get some resolution. We could all use a little resolution. The info display on the back is just awesome, and I have found an adapter so that I can use my collection of prehistoric and pre-autofocus FD lenses. Being able to use those lenses tipped me to the Canon, 'cause the Nikon D's were awfully tempting. And at waaaaaaay less than half retail price (grin, grin) -- only caveat, gotta wait two weeks for delivery. (grumble, grumble) TOLD ya all the shopping was done!!

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Published on December 23 2006

 

(*tgid= "Thank God it's DONE")

skinnyThe best thing---nay, the ONLY good thing about Christmas shopping on the VERY LAST SHOPPING DAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY is the Chinese Buffet at the end. I had my shoes off underneath the table....ahhhhhh, heaven.....

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Santa's Helpers....Mr. Indiana and Ms. Michigan. Yes. We *are* Midwesterners. How did you guess?dinnnnner

            

 

Mom says:

"Mushrooms and Noodles are GOOD for you. Kwitcherbitchen and EAT YOUR 'SHROOMS."

 

 

And knowing that ALL the Christmas shopping is done is even BETTER.

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Published on December 22 2006

Was out to the folks' house a couple of days ago. Dad had some papers to show me, something we have been seeking for a very long time. My great-grandparents on my mother's side emigrated from Germany, arriving in Wisconsin around 1885. I have an oak kitchen table which was one of their first purchases here in the States as they were setting up their household in their new country. My parents gave it to me for my birthday a few years ago, and it's one of my treasured possessions (I'm kinda weird about family heirlooms. I'd rather have a beatup rocking chair that's been in the family for a hundred years than a new La-Z-boy ANY day). Anyway, that's all we really knew about them. My mother describes her grandparents as somewhat close-mouthed, never discussing Germany. Family lore has it that Great-Grandpa Christoph had to leave Germany because he killed a man, but nobody really knows. All we knew is that they corresponded with relatives in Berlin during WW2, and lost contact with them after the War. I had always wondered if, knowing the family story about leaving Germany the way he did, my great-grandfather may have changed his name upon arriving in this country. Maybe that's why we could never find their name on any ship's records or immigration lists. We never knew exactly when they left, when they got here, or HOW they got here. We know now. closeup.jpg This is a jpeg of a list of immigrants arriving at New York ( not through Ellis Island, which didn't open for business until 1892) on July 25th, 1885. The Stelter family, which included Christoph, wife Elina (known as Lena), and children Emma and Ernst; departed from the port of Stettin, Germany (now a part of Poland, and I'm not even going to *try* to spell the name!) on the ship "Katie". No, my grandfather Otto is not listed there, as he was born a year or two after their arrival in 'sconsin. Got 'em.

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Published on December 21 2006

Over All Worst To Best Driver’s Astrological Signs For Tickets & Accidents Never thought the Cable News Network would have such a slow news day that it had to examine the relationship between astrological signs and driving habits. What next, the Astrology News Network? The Horoscope Channel? [Reminds me, I haven't gotten or posted a good horrorscope lately. I'm still waiting for that "tall, dark, and handsome" I was promised a couple weeks back!]
Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of accidents, from worst to best. Number 1 Worst : Libra - Sept. 23 to Oct. 22 Libra is the "sign of the scales", it craves balance and consensus. Libra doesn’t like to make snap decisions. But rush hour traffic is not a time for seeking driver approval, or for being indecisive.
Hey!! Wait just a minute here--that can't be right. I'm a Libra! Okay, I had one teensy little fender-bender in 1985 in my Fiero, but that's it--and it was the other guy's fault anyway! I demand a recount! The worst driver honoree should be Taurus; they're all bull-headed anyway! Oh....hi, Kidbrudder! Have you been here long? Oh. Yeah...."bull-headed"....um....did I say that out loud? :O Let's take a peek at the "best driver" according to the stars, shall we? (how's that for a quick change of subject?)
Number 1 Best : Leo - Jul. 23 to Aug. 22 Leo is generous, and comfortable in sharing the roadway. They‘re known for having a huge ego, which is their driving force to be the best.
Hmmmmm.... I know a couple of Leos, and while they are generous to a fault, "comfortable sharing the roadway" isn't one of the qualities I would have cited. Then we get to the relationship between astrological signs and the number of tickets. I can definitely say, as far as this household is concerned, the chart is absolutely 100% completely true. *I* have never had a ticket in my life, while the soon-to-be-ex....well, let's just say that othere have been a few a lot numerous long roadside chats with friendly officers over the years. As well as a couple with not-so-friendly officers.
Here are the Astrological Signs that had the most influence over drivers, causing them to have the greatest number of tickets, from worst to best. 1. Pisces – Worst 2. Aries 3. Aquarius 4. Capricorn 5. Libra 6. Taurus 7. Scorpio 8. Leo 9. Cancer 10. Virgo 11. Sagittarius 12. Gemini – Best

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Published on December 17 2006

The crewdudes and I decided that it's pretty bad when the "best prime rib I ever had" were the ones we smoked at work for our (early) Christmas dinner.
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Published on December 16 2006

It just feels like a Pink Floyd Moment. Heh.

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Published on December 15 2006

Wisconsin Man Runs Over, Eats Seven-Legged Transgendered Deer
FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Rick Lisko hunts deer with a bow, but got his most unusual one driving his truck down his mile-long driveway. The young buck had nub antlers — and seven legs. Lisko said it also had both male and female reproductive organs. "It was definitely a freak of nature," Lisko said. "I guess it's a real rarity." John Hoffman of Eden Meat Market skinned the deer for Lisko, who wasn't going to waste the venison from the animal. "And by the way, I did eat it," Lisko said. "It was tasty."
Only in 'sconsin.

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Published on December 13 2006

Staff: Senator hospitalized with stroke-like symptoms - CNN.com
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Tim Johnson, D-South Dakota, was hospitalized Wednesday after he suffered stroke-like symptoms in his Washington office, his staff said. Johnson, who turns 60 on December 28, was taken to George Washington University Hospital by ambulance about 11:30 a.m., sources in his office said..... .....Should Johnson not be able to complete his term, which ends in 2008, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds, a Republican, could appoint his replacement, which could shift the balance of power in the Senate.
And yes, I know I have been absent lately....it's just been a busy week here in the freezing/raining/snowy/sunny/warm north. (Take your pick on the weather; we've had at least one day of each this week)

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Published on December 9 2006

 

My "Grandson", Adrian Abyss. The first boy child in our family. Isn't he just adorable? Such a sweet little guy... hey, I'm allowed to get googly over my grandson, right?

He's only here for the weekend, but he is making his presence....umm...known. Yes, "Baby think it over" is making us do just that.

 

 

 

 

He slept all night last night. I don't think she is getting the true experience of being a mother yet, but we still have two more nights.

I have visions of the Health teacher at home, smiling evilly as she punches in the code that gives the baby a fierce case of colic which can only be relieved by a drive in the car at 3 am.

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