Memories of Christmas and The Family Music Celebration

Each Christmas brings back a flood of memories of many of the holidays during my childhood. The one thing that I miss the most is the family music that was always made and played at my great aunt and uncle’s house. Coming from an extremely musical family it only made sense to celebrate with music. Just about everyone played at least one musical instrument and if they didn’t they surely had a great singing voice. If by chance you couldn’t do either you were kept busy in the kitchen and the dining room making sure that there was a steady flow of food and drink ready during the entire celebration. Since I can’t play any instrument or carry a tune, I can only thank goodness I was a kid and didn’t have to partake in that. I was too busy running around the house, the yard and digging the music being played in the living room.

Uncle Earl was my favorite (for a variety of reasons) I can still see him playing one of his many beautiful gently used saxophones that he was so proud of. I could never understand how a person could play one of these saxophones. It requires so much breath, surely one could possibly pass out from the lack of oxygen being passed through the body. Actually most of the windwind and basswind instruments require such a talent, a talent that just leaves this person breathless.

baritone sax

StandardYamaha Saxophone

My Crock Pot Put to Use

I don’t know what I would do with out my slow cooking Crock Pot, now that I have figured out so many ways to use it, I find myself pulling it out from under the counter more and more as time goes by. Today was a perfect day to put it to use, they way it spills the aroma all through out the house is just wonderful and keeps everyone from wondering too far from the house come dinner time, that puts a smile on my face.

Love My Crock Pot

Crock Pot

TWINS!

My favorite team is the Minnesota Twins, not because they are a good team that cannot beat the Yankees under any circumstances. Not because they have an exciting young catcher whose greatness is only surpassed by his inability to hit against the Yankees. No, I am a fan of the Twins because of their ineluctable ability to hit into double plays, of which they led the league in this year. Part of the credit goes to their innate powers to get on base, but not to hit extra base hits. After all, you can’t hit into double plays without getting on first. Once somebody is on base, the next part requires being extremely slow.

The Twins are full of players who have absolutely no speed, but yet still love to hit ground balls. If you have a guy on first who is as fast as a turtle with a limp, and you have a batter who is of equal portliness and like to swing at pitches that sink, then you have the perfect recipe for a double play. It is the most ballet like play in all of baseball, and I am a huge fan of the arts and dance, with their wonderful music, especially the trumpets. This is why watching the Minnesota Twins play is a must for me, and why I catch them every night on my satellite tv package.

Magicard

Years ago I worked at a school for the mentally challenged, in the HR Department, I was a recruiter that was kept very busy each and every day with the high turn over rate of employees that would come and go as fast as I could find them, interview them, process them, train them and on the job in the quickest amount of time possible.

It was crazy but I learned a lot from the experience and I still keep in touch with several of the folks that I worked with there back then. Once in a while I’ll stop in and see who is still there and catch up with what’s going on and with who. I’ve been told that I would be welcomed back with open arms if I ever find myself looking for a job, which is good to know in these uncertain times.

Some things have stayed the same, but a lot of changes have occurred since I left the place. Technology is a wonderful thing and it keeps producing products that make life easier each and every day. I usually get the nickel tour of the place each time I stop by and the last time I visited they were proud to point out their new ID Card Printer and Badge Printer System that they ordered from ultramagicard dot com. I would have loved to have had that puppy back when I was working there, the one I was stuck with was ancient and was nothing buy trouble most of the time we tried to use it.

They tell me that at ultramagicard dot com you can get all the latest equipment for all your badge and I.D. needs. They have  MA100K,  MA100YMCKO and  MA250YMCKO  which are ribbons for Enduro series of ID card printers. This ribbon has a yield of 250 full-color images which is a good amount of images. They offer just about anything else that you would need in a environment that depends on systems that are now available like these.

Gîte – A French Holiday Home That is Available For Rent

I got an email from Larry, an old class mate of mine from back in our middle school days, telling me that that he and his new wife are taking a nice long two week vacation in March, which is a great time to get away from all of the cold weather and the wet snow that we usually get that time of year. They are first going to England, then Spain and then on to France. Sounds good to me, I’m so very envious of them. I wish that I could spend some time over seas. I’ve always wanted to fly over to England and then travel all over Europe seeing and experiencing all the wonderful things and places that we’ve always heard so much about. Maybe one day I’ll have enough cash to do just that. I’d like to locate and rent one of top notch ski apartments that are so popular for people that enjoy snow skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling and all other outside winter activities. There are a lot of snowboard tips and snowboard tricks that are being offered for snowboard for beginners like myself, these days.

In Larry’s email he states that they are taking their time in looking for one of the nicer gites in France, which led me to the dictionary. I had no idea what the definition of gîte was so I wanted to see what the dictionary had to say about it. Apparently a gîte is a French holiday home that is available for rent and comes fully furnished and equipped for self-catering. The Internet will certainly be a useful tool in finding the perfect accommodations for them. No longer do you have to find yourself traveling blindly and hoping for the best when you get there. We have all heard horror stories of such tragedies.

I emailed Larry back and encouraged him to send me a post card and to have a wonderful time and to take plenty of pictures that he can post on Face book for all of us to see and enjoy along with them upon their return.