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When we were looking for houses to move into I had a check list of things that I really wanted in the house. I got just about all of those things except that I didn’t get my fireplace. So now I am perusing the Internet looking at all of the fireplaces that are available and I have to tell you that I had no idea of the variety of modern fireplaces that folks have come up with to replace the standard old fashioned brick ones that we have all become accustomed to.

I’ve heard of and can understand the ventless fireplace, but I had not heard or seen the gel fuel fireplaces that I found at If I had a more modern type furnished and decorated home I would love to have something like this one that is pictured on their homepage. Wicked looking isn’t it?

For my home I think I will need to go with a wall mounted fireplace. I am making up my wish list for next year’s tax return and a fireplace is right on top of that list since I don’t think I would be receiving something like this for a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas present.

I have always enjoyed tree houses. My dad built me and my brothers one of the best tree houses in the neighborhood and I would love to do the same one day for my kids, if that were to ever happen. Today when I signed onto the Internet this story and picture popped up and I couldn’t help checking it out further. This is one serious tree house my friends.

“Everything will reflect in this — the trees, the birds, the clouds, the sun, everything. So it should be invisible nearly in the forest.”

But the architects built it, one of six units in a “Treehotel,” which recently opened 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden”

My closest cousin, who lives in Fort Worth, is considering having a home security system installed in her newly purchased home. There has been a rash of home break ins the last year and she is getting a bit nervous. We are all hearing how the declining economy is making people turn to desperate measures and robberies are a desperate measure for a lot of folks. Drug and alcohol abuse is on the rise due to the stress of this economic mess that our government has gotten us all into. We are all just a mess these days.

She has joined their local neighborhood watch and gotten to know some their neighbors a bit better. They have two large dogs that have been making them feel a bit better but the situation has declined so much that they are a bit leary with leaving it all up to the dogs.

The neighborhood watch  have a good relationship with the Fort Worth, PD and they have provided all the members with police security tips to review, and utilize which is a good idea. But she is still worried and in the market for a good quality but affordable home security system. She has reviewed the ADT Home Security System Authorized Dealers site. ADT is a reputable company and has some good packages to choose from. My cousin tells me that they have 130 years experience is the security business. There is something to be said about a company that has been around for that long.

Just the thought of setting foot out my door on Black Friday is a scary thought. I do everything that I can to stay home on the famous shopping day, the Friday after Thanksgiving. I mean really, with the Internet who the heck needs to go out anyway. I have managed to get a good amount of my Christmas shopping done all ready, 99% of it has been done online.

This Friday I will order the mtd bass guitar that I found on sale online. I use my PayPal card with most of my online purchases and I always look for free shipping options. And the fact that my orders arrive at my door is just the cherry on top of doing all the holiday shopping chores online.


Yet again, we decided to take one “final” trip to the St. Paul Como Park Zoo before the weather gets too cold to be outside. Of course, we say that exact same thing every weekend, so I doubt this will be the last you’ll hear of our zoological excursions!

I don’t think we could have picked a better day than today. The weather was exceptionally sunny, and a brisk Fall day was on tap. When we arrived at the zoo, Angelia, Emmett, Kylie, and me headed straight for the Polar Bear exhibit; definitely our favorite exhibit of them all! After a long gander at those burly creatures, we headed to take a peek at some of the animals of a “safari” variety including the zebras, lions, giraffes, and orangutans.

Believe it or not, no matter how many trips we take to this zoo, I promise you we never grow tired of the natural wonders you can find in your own backyard, so-to-speak.

Now, we’re home. As you might expect, we’re extremely tired and the thought of sleep – or a large cat nap – can’t come quick enough.

On a side note, I am able to report that we FINALLY remembered to set our home security alarm before we left this morning. Truly, this has been a day of accomplishments for the McGraw family!