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I had someone the other day say, “have a Happy Holiday”.  Made me think why don’t they just say, “have a Merry Christmas”?  Well, I believe its because the stores have trained people that you shouldn’t say “Christmas”.  All the stores are wanting to be so politically correct that they don’t dare say “Christmas”.  They love the fact that we will spend 450 BILLION (thats the real number, not an exaggerated one) this year on buying gifts for the 25th day of December- Christmas!  They play “Christmas” music in the stores. They decorate for Christmas with Christmas trees. They hang Christmas lights.  The run sales and ads up until Christmas.  They have specials on shipping, that if ordered by a certain day, you will have it in time for Christmas! Yet, they want to change the name to Holidays?  Holidays (plural) would refer to Christmas and New years day right?  Whens the last time you got a gift for “Happy New years day” under your “Happy new years day tree”?

It just drives me nuts.  I will say Merry Christmas, and when I do, I mean that I hope you have a great Christmas day celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Oops, I said it, the word “Jesus”.  That is whole new topic and blog post for another day! 🙂

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I thought I would throw up some pics of a Hiking Stick/Mono-pod I made for my mom.  This summer she had back surgery, and that is when this all got started.  I thought it would help her get around once she was up and around, but thankfully she was up and around VERY quick.  Now she is doing great and has no need for a “cane”, but she is a photographer, and does need a mono-pod for her camera in the great outdoors.    I ended up finishing it Christmas eve morning and gave it to her for Christmas.  Here are some pics:

Here is a pic showing the adjustable hand lanyard.  It adjust up and down and the loop itself can be made bigger or smaller.  It consist of 3 complex knots.

Here is a pic showing the adjustable hand lanyard. It adjust up and down and the loop itself can be made bigger or smaller. It consist of 3 complex knots. The knot holding to the Hiking stick will slide up and down by hand, but will NOT move by pulling down on the lanyard if your hand is in it! There is a guy on the web selling a lanyard exactly like these for $25 PLUS shipping!! I of course made this on my own.

This shoes my art-inability of what is supposed to be a horse shoe (my mom has and loves horses).  The top section screws off to reveal the threaded camera mount.

This shows my art-inability of what is supposed to be a horse shoe (my mom has and loves horses). The top section screws off to reveal the threaded camera mount.

Here is where the camera screws on.

Here is where the camera screws on.

Here is a pic with my old camera on it....

Here is a pic with my old camera on it....

Here is pic of the top with a high end liquid filled compass.

Here is pic of the top with a high end liquid filled compass embedded down in the top section.

Please leave comments if you have any!

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OK, for the next five days(starting today December 20th, 2008), I am going to try and post on this blog what I read to my kids every year the 5 days leading up to Christmas and then we end on the morning of Christmas.  This is going to be copy and paste from the NLT (New Living Translation), with LOTS of text missing… I am only selecting the text I read to the kids for THIS story..  Here goes:

Starting in Luke 1:5b ending with Luke 1:25

Zechariah was a member of the priestly order of Abijah.   Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes.  He was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary and burn incense in the Lord’s presence.  While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying.   Zechariah was in the sanctuary when an angel of the Lord appeared,  Zechariah was overwhelmed with fear.   But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah!  For God has heard your prayer, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son!  And you are to name him John.  He must never touch wine or hard liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth.   He will precede the coming of the Lord, preparing the people for his arrival.” Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know this will happen?  I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.” Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God.  And now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you won’t be able to speak until the child is born.” Soon afterward his wife, Elizabeth, became pregnant and went into seclusion for five months.  “How kind the Lord is!” she exclaimed. “He has taken away my disgrace of having no children!”

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So, I have an awesome boss.  Gary got us a LCD TV for Christmas!  It is a 40″ LCD Samsung.  It rocks, and most importantly Lisa loves it…  for real, I hardly ever watch TV. I am WAY more likely to be found wasting time on the web.  Our old TV was slowly dying (anybody want a FREE 35″ TV that works most of the time and some of the time is black and white?)  The only real problem was we could not find a new TV stand…. even the ones we did not like were several hundred bucks, AND were fake wood.  So whats a man to do?  Bust out the CHAINSAW!

OLD Tv Cabinet

OLD Tv Cabinet

Above is what the old $olid oak tv cabinet looked like before being chopped….

After the saw...

After the saw...

OK, really I didn’t chainsaw it… I called the master wood worker in the area… Jay Glon.  He picked it up on Monday night and had it back here on Thursday.  Now that is service… and as total bonus, Jay is to nice to charge what he should of, so he only wanted $50, but  Lisa wouldn’t let him leave without less than $60!  It looks better than any cabinet we saw, and its real wood!  The TV looks sort of smallish in this pic, but it really fits our living room nice.

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Big day today, Rob and Brian came over (they do all the service work at Sherlock Homes) and we knocked out a huge honey do list that I made for myself.  These guys are efficient! Here are a few highlights of things we did: Laid carpet pad in most of the basement (from the flood), re-stretched said carpet, fixed a bunch of trim, replaced the sump pump (that was a much bigger job than anticipated), replaced the kitchen faucet, fixed 3 non working fluorescent lights, Insulated 80′ of pipe so it would stop the condensation, spread a little drywall spackle  and some other misc odd jobs.

On a totally different note , here is a guy that must not have anything around his house that needs done.  Monica Lamb e-mailed it to me.  I didn’t really “catch on” until about half way through.  I am very proud of myself, as today I finally figured out how to post a video IN my blog, instead of having a clickable link.  (it was very easy actually) and I added snow!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “200712_casa-iluminada-musica-navidad3…“, posted with vodpod

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Christmas…

OK, I don’t wanna “copy” off a buds blog, but I did take this from Stevan Sheets blog.  It is a video, that pretty well sums up my feelings at the beginning and end of every Christmas season…. but I somehow lose track of it in the inbetween.  Click Here to watch 2:39 video.

From the web page of www.adventconspiracy.org

Please leave comments on what you think of video!

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