It's My Birthday (Almost) And I'll Cry If I Want To 12/15/2011 (A Day Early)
We Started At Old Ranch
We are doing are celebration today(the 15th) because on the 16th is the Topper's Formal Christmas Ball and a chance to play golf!
'twas a story day... We played 14 holes as the temperatire was 54.6 when we decided a fire and a glass of wine was needed
We thought James was dancing... HE was trying to make a putt
We Headed For Home And Then Immediately To Roger's Gardens
Just 10 minutes away from The Five Crowns
Del examines the eye and also sports a new scarf knitted by his daughter
The glassware sparkeled in the light
Neat candle ornaments
The chandaliers were bright tonight
All us dancers spotted this poster a mile away
Drink up (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Del and Carri are doing serious shopping
The clock tree (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Dusk makes the tree lights standout
Using the tripod seems to have worked
Did You Know? - A tripod is a portable three-legged frame, used as a platform for supporting the weight and maintaining the stability of some other object. The word comes from the Greek tripous, meaning "three feet". A tripod provides stability against downward forces, horizontal forces and moments about the vertical axis.
A nice lady photographer came by and set us up for a group shot
Del, Paul and Greg - The Garden Gnomes
Did You Know? - A gnome /ˈnoʊm/ is a diminutive spirit in Renaissance magic and alchemy, first introduced by Paracelsus and later adopted by more recent authors including those of modern fantasy literature. Its characteristics have been reinterpreted to suit the needs of various story-tellers, but it is typically said to be a small, humanoid creature that lives underground.
Here comes the train
Did You Know? - The name for O gauge and O scale is derived from "0 [zero] gauge" or "Gauge 0", because it was smaller than Gauge 1 and the other existing standards. It was created in part because manufacturers realized their best selling trains were the smaller scales.
In the United States, manufacturers such as the Ives Manufacturing Company, American Flyer, and Lionel Corporation used O gauge for their budget line, marketing either Gauge 1 or Wide gauge (also known as standard gauge) as their premium trains. One of the Lionel Corporation's most popular trains, the 203 Armoured Locomotive, was O gauge and ran on tracks with rails spaced 1 1⁄4 inches apart. The Great Depression wiped out demand for the expensive larger trains, and by 1932, O gauge was the standard, almost by default.
The Rogers Garden lighting is spectacular
Time to move on....
The Five Crowns Corona Del Mar
Bust Thrusday evening
The Linds gave Paul a gardening coat complete with special tools (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
We be here
Paul does his rendition of Reb-A-Dub-Dub (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Greg and Carri
Greg regails us with some selections form Shakespeare
Giggles and giggles as we get "regaled" by Greg
Luisa is getting a quick dose of culture from Greg
"So Greg... How do you remember all this stuff??"
Notice Santa's hat... It is now a hand warmer
What is this man thinking???
How Much things cost in 1944
Average Cost of new house $3,450.00
Average wages per year $2,400.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 15 cents
Average Cost for house rent $50.00 per month
Loaf of Bread 10 cents
Old Spice Shaving Soap $1.00
What Events Happened in 1944In Britain the Education Act lifts the ban on women teachers marrying. U.S.
Franklin D. Roosevelt becomes the only U.S. president to be elected to a fourth term. U.S.
The Government gives back railroads to companies after labor disputes are settled U.S.
The GI Bill of Rights is passed U.S.
A 5.9 earthquake hits Central New York U.S.
Meat Rationing Ended in USA U.S.
The CIA is Formed Argentina
Earthquake in San Juan, Argentina, kills 8000-10000 people
Inventions Invented by Inventors and Country ( or attributed to First Use ) 1944
Kidney Dialysis Netherlands by Willem Kolff
Sunscreen USA by Benjamin Green ( he was trying to invent something to protect soldiers in the Second World War from Sunburn ). He then went on to create the Coppertone Company and the rest as they say is history
The Carrollers arrive
"M -m-m-m-m-m Should I join in and sing with them???" (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Did You Know? - The tradition of Wassailing falls into two distinct categories: The House-Visiting wassail and the Orchard-Visiting wassail. House-Visiting wassail, very much similar to caroling, is the practice of people going door-to-door singing Christmas carols. The Orchard-Visiting wassail refers to the practice of singing to trees in apple orchards in cider-producing regions of England to promote a good ha corvest for theming year.
The word carol is derived from the Old French word carole, a circle dance accompanied by singers (in turn derived from the Latin choraula). Carols were very popular as dance songs from the 1150s to the 1350s, after which their use expanded as processional songs sung during festivals, while others were written to accompany religious mystery plays (such as the Coventry Carol, written in 1591).
Greg is thinking... oh oh!
Time to sing (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Paul explains the "oh" sound with his hands (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
A little Hawaiian hand movement for good measure (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Closing one's eyes and seeing snowfall is only natural
JAmes and Linda are also about to sing.... (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Oh oh.... He is thinking up something??
She is making him PROMISE not to in in and sing....
Happy Birthday.... A diet cake
"Hey... the cake and me are bot lit up!!"
OK, so I have a few bad teeth and a gigantic appetite
OK windy.. blow it out
Hey dummy... I said do NOT eat it when the flame is still burning
But sweetheart... There are not calories in a flame
The Carollers Return And Paul Will Assist Them
Guess who made the prettier sound???
"He did it!"
Hey, maybe Mitch will join in... That would be freightening
Scarf twirling out to be a new Olympic Sport
James is glad he and Linda are at the opposite end of the table
Black & White
Paul singing put Becca to sleep... and gave Zack a head ache (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Becca and Zack... Becca just got her Comsmetology Certificate from the State....
Carri with Vicky and Del
The teens are at it again... Texting the evening away
James is awaiting dessert
No Vicky, you cannot take him home... The waiter
Vicky is so helpful
Oops... I spoke too soon
Hear no, See no, Speak no.... EVIL (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
Speak, hear, see EVIL... Which one? (Courtesy of the VickyCam)
What is Greg doing????
Racing to the car...
Mitch does his famous reindeer imitation (Courtesy of the VickyCam)