Sunday, November 25, 2018

Cleared For Landing...

...on runway 36 right...this year the Jolly Old Elf Himself landed on the north end of the house...mainly because we decided the manger scene should be in front of the south wall.

Note the green and red landing lights...replacing the standard issue white lights until January 1st.

And as predicted, Christmas did indeed blow into the Hare residence this weekend...
...courtesy of Hurricane Karen...more of her handiwork...




...and my paltry contribution...
no mcm Christmas is complete without an aluminum tree and color wheel...

When the clock struck midnight and she was finally ready to knock off for the day Karen looked around at all she had accomplished and allowed, "Well, at least it's a start..."

This would probably be an excellent time to run...
I didn't have a dog in the hunt, but for U of M fans, today is a very sad day...as the #4 ranked Wolverines were crushed  by the Buckeyes of Ohio State...thus ending Michigan's hope of a Big 10 championship along with any chance of a national championship.

Break out the crying towels...
...I watched a little bit of the game now and then but every time I looked things were going from bad to worse...sucks to be Jim Harbaugh right now...

MSU fared better, but still struggled with 1 and 10 Rutgers, eventually pulling out a 4th quarter win, 14-10.

Not exactly a glorious accounting for major college football here in the "pleasant peninsula"...
Tomorrow's the big day at work as we fly into the teeth of the cyber Monday storm...
...so far all has been well and hoping for more of the same tomorrow and the rest of the week.

At my age I typically don't like to wish the time away, but I am looking forward to being on the other side of the upcoming week...

And that just about does it for this edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe...

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Friday, November 23, 2018

The Big Day...

...has once again come and gone...and here we are on the day after already...hope your feast with friends and family was filled with gratitude, good times and laughter.

We ended up with a houseful eventually...12 of us altogether, which I know pales in comparison to some family gatherings I hear about...but for us, that's twice as many as the year before.

And Karen did a masterful job of preparing and presenting the meal...


...she's such a great cook and so very gracious...truly was a wonderful day.

Here are few happy faces from my side of the fence...
....but what can you expect when you're watching yet another Lion's loss on Thanksgiving Day...
apparently that's from 2009 but 9 years later the tradition continues...
In spite of the inevitable in Detroit, a good time was had by all here in our neck of the woods.

And speaking of woods...
...that's a friend's blind out in the woods...did you spot it on the right?  He's up north this weekend hunting Bambi's Dad and celebrating Thanksgiving with his family...and this is what he drove in to...
...I'm sorry, but snow in November is just too early...at least they were kind enough to keep most of it up north...here's Larry and his family doing the traditional Happy Thanksgiving selfie...
Larry, his brother, Dad and Mom...

Well, even though it's only November 23rd, I guess we have officially started the Christmas season...Karen's been itching to start decking the halls but I insisted we wait until Thanksgiving is over..so...here we go, up on the roof top click click click 'cause I gotta put up Old St. Nick...and his reindeer...and all the other stuff out in front of our home...and inside.

I expect by Sunday Christmas will have arrived in grand fashion..
...if Karen has anything to say about it...and of course she does.

Updates to follow...until then...

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Welkom Op...

...de Kerstmarkt...Welcome to the Christmas Market...an outdoor, European style market...it's similar to the farmer's market that operates here in Holland over the summer and into the fall, but it has a shorter duration...now through early December...and of course its focus is Christmas.

They even have a warming hut...
...where I bumped into a beautiful blonde...shhh...don't tell Karen...besides the tree and the delightful fire they've got a little boombox playing Christmas carols...how fun...

And at night they light up the downtown for all the Christmas carolers...
...and holiday crowds...
We even caught a glimpse of the Jolly Old Elf himself...
...and at least one of his reindeer...
...plus we once again spent some time by a warming fire...
...where once again I bumped into that beautiful blonde...must have been my lucky night.

Hafta hand it to my adopted hometown...they know how to do things right around here...and you gotta love small town America.

And yes, it's a little early for all this Christmas stuff...haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet...
there it is...Thanksgiving on the hoof...or on the claw...
...on the other hand, it's beginning to look a lot like...
...and if you can't beat 'em, join 'em I guess...

Once again I'm feeling a little bit at loose ends...always happens when I finish a writing project and haven't latched on to my next one yet...casting about for something to grab my interest and fire my creative instincts.

Since I'm back into the Papa's Model T series again I could move onto number 7...it's amazing how rich the 1920's were with significant historical events...lots of fertile ground there.






I'll figure it out eventually...

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Papa's Model T...

...The Amateur...finally complete.

Hope so, anyway...just published both the paperback and e-book but I'll probably find a few typos in the days ahead.

Gotta give a shout out to Bryson here.  I had more or less shelved this series and was on to other projects, but his request that I write another one lit a fire under me...and I feel pretty good about how this story came out.

May have to plan PMT 7 here pretty soon.

This is one of those years when Thanksgiving is as early as it can be...the 1st day of November was a Thursday, so Thanksgiving is on the 22nd...a week away...yikes...but Karen has done a nice job of decorating...
...we've got some Native Americans, some Pilgrims and a cornucopia...
...that complement a nice centerpiece in the kitchen...
...to go along with our pheasant and turkey by the fireplace...

Not sure who will be sharing the meal with us next Thursday, but I think Micah and a couple of his sons will be...maybe Ryan...maybe a couple of Karen's kids...but whoever is here will join with Karen and me as we bow our heads and give thanks to God in heaven for his abundant blessings and grace.

And then of course we'll be off to the races in hot anticipation of the arrival of the Jolly Old Elf himself...
...yeah, that guy...should be fun...

So far November has been very gloomy...something like 9 days out of the last 13 have had no sunshine at all...with temps averaging 10 degrees colder than normal and several dustings of snow...it seems my dreams of hickory golf are fading fast...but even though there's snow in the backyard...
...I still get out there and swing my hickories when I can...
...but it would be nice to jump on the California Zephyr...
...or the City of New Orleans...
...and head someplace warm...like maybe...
...but this is what's known as a pipe dream...just too much going on at work for that...heavy sigh...

I have recently talked to a couple of folks who are just a few years older than me and they do travel pretty regularly...around the US, to Europe, the Caribbean...don't know, somehow I missed that bus...somewhere along the way I turned left at the light when I should have gone right I guess.

Not that big a fan of traveling anyway, but it would be nice to escape the frozen arctic for a few weeks in the dead of winter.

Maybe I can convince a few million people to buy Papa's Model T: The Amateur...

Something for the bucket list...

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