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Today in My History

2000:  Santa Needs a New Elf
2001:  Christmas Tree Letter
Christmas Time, Around the World
15 Minutes at a Time
The Prancing and Pawing of Each Little Hoof
And They Lived Happily Ever After
2006Egg Nog Galas Revisited
2007:  Christmas Cookies

2008:  Visions of Sugarplums
2009:  The Christmas Miracle

Our 2010 Christmas Letter

A Christmas Carol

Books Read in 2010
Updated: 12/14

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(updated 3/17/10)


Better than TV from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

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Thanksgiving 2010

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My Compassion Kids

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holi10-badge-holly.gif (2346 bytes)Following my friend Jim's example, I'll put in this brief introduction for people who might stumble over this jounal on Holidailies

I'm a middle-aged (if I plan to live to 134)   grandmother, retired from full time work, though working as a part-time theatre critic.  I foster dogs (usually puppies) for the SPCA and many of my entries end up being about dogs and/or puppy poop.  Walt and I raised five children and buried two of them.  Our remaining three are married to three fabulous spouses, all of whom I love a lot and we have, of course, the most beautiful grandchild in the world. 

This journal started in March of 2000 and I've pretty much updated daily, with very, very few misses, ever since then.  (I even wrote an entry on a coin-operated computer in a tiny town in England!)


23 December 2010

My entry a year ago is called "The Christmas Miracle," referring to the fact that I seemed to have gotten over a cold overnight, and would not be spoiling Christmas. 

There was another miracle on this date this year, only a very different one.  Mid-morning, two trucks pulled up across the street...

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It was the AT&T guys showing up, after nearly a week, to finally bury the electric wires in our neighbor's driveway.  They were here a couple of hours and when they finished, they asked me to check to see if everything worked.  It did.

Several hours later, it still works.  Be still my heart.

The other miracle of the day was watching President Obama sign the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't tell.  As emotional a ceremony as that was, it didn't affect me as much as this video shows.

I was wiping away tears as Harry Reid returned Choi's West Point ring to him.  God, let's hope this whole thing is behind us now!

The only problem with today was that Walt and I had forgotten to coordinate.  When he went off to work I thought he would be on his bike like every other day, but he was going to the post office and it was a grey day, threatening rain (which hasn't arrived yet) and so he took the car.

My plan for the day had been to do some baking.  I'm bringing dessert to my mother's tomorrow's early Christmas dinner, and pumpkin pies to Walt's sister's house in Santa Barbara for Christmas.  I also wanted to do some baking to leave goodies for Ashley, who will be staying here while we are gone.

But with no car, there was no way to get to the store to buy all the stuff I needed to do.

I did get something baked for Ashley, and wrapped all of the Christmas presents.  I finally got to the store at 7 p.m., after watching Jeopardy.    So as I write this, there is a pumpkin cheesecake baking and when it is finished, I can get some sleep so we can start our multi-day Christmas festivities.

I will have the laptop with me, but wifi is iffy at my mother's, so I don't know if I will post an entry tomorrow night or now.  I will WRITE one and then see if it can be posted.

Puppy Update:  I swear I weighed these puppies 3 days ago and Max was about 10-1/2 lbs.  Today he is THIRTEEN pounds!  He's getting too heavy to lift over the fence in the doggie yard!


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Walt has a chat with Max


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