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Dec
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The power of a side comment made to me: When I was in my 20’s, I was at a friend’s house, finishing a glass of water. I was just about to rinse out the glass at the sink when my friend’s mother said, “I don’t understand why people rinse a glass without scrubbing the rim […]

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Dec
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My former BSF teaching leader Dottie liked to use the word perservere. I didn’t understand why she said it so often. Perserverance is not a word you think about or define. It’s a concept you have to experience. My children are teaching me what it looks like. Elliot is right now working on my website. […]

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Dec
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On Christmas day, I set the alarm for Amy at 6:50am. The alarm was for her because she would be motivated enough not to go back to sleep. She woke everyone up and we had fun open our presents one by one. Hightlights: Elliot gave everyone a souvenir USC sugar packet; probably the last year […]

22
Dec
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You hear people say the Bible is full of contradictions. As I was washing dishes, a thought came to me. We live with contradictions all the time. I tell my children, “Do not talk to strangers.” Next thing you know, I am telling them to go ask the store clerk for something. Isn’t the store […]

20
Dec

We were playing Cranium. I am doing the charade type of clue under the catagory of Star Performer. The word is gravity. I act it out by dropping a pen and pointing downwards. Elliot’s guess: Isaac Newton! Why did he guess Isaac Newton and not gravity???

19
Dec

This weekend, we enjoyed a couple of nice Christmas activities. First, on Saturday, we had our annual office Christmas dinner. This year was at the Porterhouse Bistro in Beverly Hills! Delicious! The thick Porterhouse steak and the rich custard dessert probably took 10 years off my life, but it was worth it! Two drinks were […]

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Dec
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What I want for Christmas, what money can’t buy: LOTS of hugs and kisses EVERYDAY from my family and friends all the stuff in the house instantly organized neatly and methodically someone who would volunteer to take over the children’s ministry with great love and passion for the children taking down Christmas decorations happily instead […]

14
Dec

One never has the time to do something unless one makes the time. I find that posting daily on a blog is possible, but not probable. First, the time factor. Sure, it takes less than 15 minutes to type it out, but the thought process takes longer than I’d expect. Second, there is inspiration. I […]

09
Dec

One of Audrey’s braces brackets came off her tooth. I called the orthodontist. She said it was ok, she can wait for her January appointment to put it back. That’s interesting. I thought it was urgent. My mother-in-law left for Hong Kong for a visit there, as she does nearly every year. I kind of […]

Here’s catching up on Christmas tidbits: True or False: The popular Christmas carol, “O Come, All Ye Faithful” was originally written in Latin by an Englishman. True. I couldn’t make that up! This is my favorite carol; it is a beautiful hymn. The words are attributed to John Wade. The music was composed by another […]

06
Dec
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Nineteen days to Christmas. I think we will go get our real Christmas tree today. For twenty years, since we were married, we have the tradition of every year going to a tree lot to pick a tree. In recent years, we’ve gone to Home Depot. They seem to have the best prices. I don’t […]

I missed posting about Christmas yesterday because I spent almost all day at church. A few of us were decorating the church for Christmas. It was a lot of fun. I mainly “supervised” because I have neither the muscles to do the heavy task of putting up the trees (we had 3), nor the artistic […]

03
Dec
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My friend Pat keeps 3-4 emus in her backyard. She brought over scrambled emu eggs for me this morning. Each egg probably equals to about 3-4 chicken eggs. I don’t have very distinguishing taste buds, so they taste the same to me, maybe with a little more of the yolk taste.

03
Dec
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True or False: The mistletoe, a well-known symbol of love at Christmas, is poisonous. Answer: True. According to Dictionary.com, it is “a European semiparasitic green shrub (Viscum album) having somewhat poisonous leaves, stems, and waxy-white glutinous berries that have been used in folk medicine.” Custom has it that at Christmas time, you would hang a […]

How much are you willing to spend to save a dog’s life? We justified a $4000 expenditure to save 5-year-old Chocolate. He should have a good 5-10 years of life in him. Even ordinary average human compassion could not let a little dog die when you know treatment is within reach, wouldn’t you do the […]

02
Dec
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If a White Christmas is what puts you in the mood for the holidays, do not come to Southern California. It’s over 70 degrees today, even decidious trees are still green (wait, is that possible?) This started as a draft yesterday, December 1st, but I didn’t have time to finish it. So here it is, […]

01
Dec

One morning, Chocolate, Audrey’s dog, wouldn’t get out of bed. As the week progressed, he seemed more and more unable to move. He looked pained, his back was sometimes arched, and he began tripping over his hind legs. A visit to the vet diagnosed him with a possible slipped disc. After a week of anti-inflammatory […]