There are times when I find several things that I want to share, but I don’t want to devote an entire blog entry to the topic. That’s when I do my random blogs, which is like a buffet with a little of this and a little of that. This is my tenth one this year. At the end of the year, I’ll make it easy for you to check them out in case you missed them earlier in the year.
CHRISTMAS IS JUST TEN DAYS AWAY
I hope you’re making progress on your shopping and getting those Christmas cookies, cakes, and breads baked. I did some baking earlier this week and that will be the topic of tomorrow’s blog. Are you curious now what it is? All I’ll say is that it might just be fit for a king! (Hint! Hint!)
Two of my dear friends, Jim & Sue Williams, dropped by Thursday and brought us some delicious baked goodies and an antique Christmas ornament that belonged to her grandmother!
Sue did this last year, too, and treated Miss ABBA to her own homemade puppy cookies.
Sue & Jim, thank you. It was a pleasure finally meeting you! The treats were just icing on the cookies! 🙂
When you’re on Facebook, you see some really crazy things and some of them are really funny. Here are some that made me smile or laugh. And, with Sue’s treats and the cruise coming up, I’ll pretend that this first one is true. 🙂
CHEERS TO THE HAPPY COUPLES
Voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington made marriage equality a reality in the November elections. Now, their states are the seventh, eighth, and ninth (along with the District of Columbia) in the country to allow same-sex marriage. Those are the first three states to actually vote marriage equality into law. The tide is turning!
Pete-e Peterson, 85, and Jane Abbott Lighty, 77, became the first couple in Washington state to pick up marriage licenses December 6, 2012. They were married three days later (there is a three-day waiting period). The couple have been together for 35 years after meeting on a blind date back in 1977.
56-year-old Larry Duncan (left) and 48-year-old Randy Shepherd, who have been together for 11 years, also got married last Sunday in Washington.
Congratulations! I wish you many more years of happiness.
Same-sex couples in Maine will be able to get married on December 29th and in Maryland on January 1, 2013.
While marriage equality is not recognized federally, more and more people now oppose the “Defense of Marriage Act” and hopefully that will go the way of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and be history soon!
WHY CAN’T HUMANS LOVE SO FREELY?
WHO NEEDS A FLASH MOB WHEN YOU HAVE THIS YOUNG MAN?
IF YOU MISSED THE CHRISTMAS EPISODE OF “THE NEW NORMAL”
I agree with the networks for altering programming around Halloween because of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. However, I really want NBC to air the Halloween episode of “The New Normal” that was preempted. I don’t care if it’s in January. The images I’ve seen look funny.
THIS REALLY TICKS ME OFF
I came across this picture in an October 2011 “Time” magazine.
I admit that I don’t understand or know a lot about some customs around the world. But, this picture shows Tripoli residents gathering around a camel that will be slaughtered to honor Libyan rebels who died in the struggle against former leader Muammar Gaddafi. Seriously, that poor creature had to die as a form of celebration?
I know we sacrifice turkeys at Thanksgiving, but we eat them!
Why can’t they just have a service or a wake????
A “WHITE CHRISTMAS” THIS YEAR SOUNDS GOOD TO ME!
YOU THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO TALK WEATHER… OKAY, I WILL
I hope you’re enjoying the rainy weather today. We’re expecting about .50″ -.75″ of rain. If you used the 10:1 ratio, if it had been cold enough today for this to be snow, we’d be talking about 5-8″ of snow! But, that isn’t the case.
As of yesterday, we’ve gone 285 days with no measurable snow in the Quad Cities. Our last measurable snow (0.9″) was March 4, 2012. This marks the second longest stretch between measurable snows on record. The record in the Quad Cities is 290 days and that was back in 1908!
Additionally, the winter of 2012-2013 is now in the Top Ten for the latest first measurable snow of the season. Right now, we’re in eighth place. This means that there have only been seven other winters since records have been kept (beginning in the 1870s) that it was later in winter before we saw the first measurable snow. The record is January 7, 1940.
This is the Climate Prediction Center’s temperature forecast for December 21-27, 2012. It shows much of the central United States experiencing above average temperatures. Remember, this is just a forecast and sometimes it changes.
If you’re really wanting snow, there is an interesting storm coming in late Wednesday and Thursday that, depending on the track and intensity, could bring an accumulating snow to the Midwest, including the Quad Cities. This is the forecast map for 9 a.m. Thursday, 12/20/12, and this would be snow if it happens this way!
If this doesn’t pan out, the long term computer models do show the potential for another big snowstorm AFTER Christmas.
COLD WEATHER & OUR FISH POND
Back on November 27th, it dropped to 13° in the Quad Cities and Tuesday morning, we were down to 19° for the low temperature. So far, it appears the de-icer that we bought for the fish pond appears to be working.
While there was a little ice on the water lettuce, the fountain was still pumping water and the water temperatures was around 47°. Below the de-icer (the black circular device), you could see the fish close to the bottom of the pond.
So, I guess they can handle the frosty mornings.
“DEXTER” CHRISTMAS HUMOR
HUMOR FOR THOSE WITH A DIRTY MIND — CHRISTMAS SHOPPING MADE EASY
A DIFFERENT “12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”
Janice Dickinson’s take on the holiday classics is a must-see for me each holiday season!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who needs five golden rings when you can have her version???
And, finally “Twas The Night Before Christmas” needs to be rewritten! I know there are more obese people in the U.S. than even before, but after seeing this, the whole thing about Santa being “chubby and plump” doesn’t exactly work for me! 🙂