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Christmas Decorating

December 20, 2016
As I noted in the last installment a little bit of Christmas activity has been rolling through the house. Initially the tree was assembled and a string of lights was hung on the porch. Since then more lights have been added to the porch, bows have been hung and a wreath placed on the front door. The new Christmas tree hasn't escaped notice either. Ornaments and candy canes have been strewn about the branches giving it a Happy Holiday look.
As the days have gone by Linda and I have been out buying gifts for friends and family. The stores have been crowded and the cash registers humming. We try to get out early to beat the crowds but some places fill up quickly, especially this close to Christmas.
This past weekend had the added inconvenience of a small winter storm bringing six inches of white stuff to cover the landscape. It adds to the Holiday feeling but is a pain in the neck to remove from the driveway and front walk. I had bought a brand new snow blower last year but never even assembled it. The weather was that nice. This past summer Linda and I put it together but never even gassed it up. We brought it here in the minivan and it's a good thing. A little gas, a few pulls on the rope starter and off it went. It cleaned the driveway quite handily and was worlds easier than shoveling. I'm hoping I don't use it often but it's there when I need it. Happy Holidays to all of you and I'll let you know how the day went for us next time.
 

Christmas Is Coming

December 7, 2016
As most of you are aware Christmas is just around the corner. Linda is a true fan of the day and has begun to pull out decorations to spruce the place up for the Holidays. Down in the basement are several tubs of wreaths, bows, lights and ornaments. I went out last week to a local Nursery to purchase twenty-five yards of pine roping that is now wrapped around the railing on our front porch. Lights, a wreath and bows will follow.
Ironically, we went to KMart last night to purchase a new, pre-li...
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Thanksgiving

November 28, 2016
I hope everyone had as good a Thanksgiving as Linda and I did. For the first time in a long time I was part of a team effort to entertain family on this festive day. We stocked up on necessary items for the gala the weekend before with a heavy hitting trip to ShopRite and other stores. We cleaned the house and Linda dusted. The night before Linda peeled potatoes and I mopped the kitchen. Clutter was put in order and the turkey was stuffed.
Thanksgiving day saw her son Tim and family arrive wit...
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A Blessed Event

November 15, 2016
Last week I got to see the fruition of the old adage, "Good Things Happen to Good People". If you watched my wedding video, above, you came away knowing that the Minister, my Daughter-in-Law Erin, was pregnant. Without going into way too much detail Erin and husband Michael have worked very hard to have a child. At the wedding Erin was several weeks away from delivering but everyone was holding their breath. Last week she had her baby, Cora Rosina, who is just perfect.
The little girl has brig...
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Today

November 8, 2016
Yes, it's election day. I'm going out on a limb here but I won't be forced into endorsing a candidate, per se. Only offering an observation.
I have advocated one, simple fact relevant to this election. To be President you have to be qualified. A background in Law, Legislative Processes, Diplomacy and how the workings of the economy operate are paramount. Popularity or appealing to anger, rage and unreasoning discontent doesn't make you qualified. Even the third party candidates are more qualif...
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The Trophy

November 1, 2016

I think everyone has a small item that reminds them of one, shining moment. I know my wedding picture to Linda in my cover photo on Facebook will always be one, but I have one I've been dragging around for 36 years. It's a motorcycle trophy I received from the Cross Island Motorcycle Club in 1980. Of the few bike trophies I have received it's probably the most ornate and fraught with meaning.



A little too big, but what the heck.

Every year Cross Island had an event called a Field Meet. It ...


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Organizing The Garage

October 21, 2016
I finally started a chore I've been ignoring for far too long yesterday and the results so far are impressive. When I began to transfer tools, motorcycles and equipment from my garage in Deposit to the new home in Hyde Park I just placed them on the floor however they landed. Recently I brought shelves and lost the excuse to leave the place in that manner. I also promised Linda that she would have a place to park her car indoors. Since she is still working Linda deserves to have a nice, dry, ...
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Number Five Arrives!

October 10, 2016

I was told the other day that some of my motorcycle moves hadn't been documented here. Let me relate briefly the runs. First came the big scooter, my CF Moto 250cc. It is the only one that has the ability to make the trip on one tank of gas and I did the ride non-stop. Since I had so much practice with it the trip was a breeze. Next up came the original Honda Rebel we bought in 2008. It was set up perfectly for the trip but I had to make one stop for gas for it to get here. Linda and I stopp...


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The Herd

October 4, 2016
I added another motorcycle to my garage this past weekend in the form of my Daughter's Honda Rebel. I didn't note the last addition either, my 1983 Kawasaki 750. It has begun to cause a traffic jam in my garage on one side with all four motorcycles lined up. The funny thing is that people would look and ask, "What is it with you and Black motorcycles?". So far the only ones in there are Black with some other highlights, mostly gray.

I have them lined up by brand. The two on the left are Honda ...
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Life Continues

September 27, 2016
After a glorious Honeymoon it was time to get back to real life. On the Monday after the vacation I had to kiss my Bride goodbye early in the morning as she drove off to work. My task at that point was to retrieve the dogs from the kennel where they boarded for the week. The tail wagging and panting was about as intense as I've ever seen and the race from the car to the front door rivaled the Kentucky Derby. The relief on their faces to be home again was palpable.
After a "Normal" week of livi...
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Jim Zeiser If you wish to comment my e-mail address is h1500e@hotmail.com. I'd like to hear anything-good or bad-that anyone would like to say. As they said in college, we're all lifelong learners.

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