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Our Christmas tree

I am not a fan of the cold, and thus winter is not my favorite season.  The big exception to this though is the fact that Christmas falls during this time and I love the Christmas season.  A big reason why I love Christmas is the tree.  I have to admit that in years past I have not been the most excited person about decorating the Christmas tree, because we have so many ornaments that it it seemed to take forever to put them all on.  This year though I was struck by all the memories that came flooding back with each ornament we added to the tree. 

We have been celebrating Christmas with decorating trees together since 1999, and have collected a wide range of ornaments in that time. Some we have purchased, others gifted and many family hand-me-downs.


A little explanation on the duck.  My wife wanted a platypus ornament, unfortunately that is not the easiest to find, so we had to make our own. 

More on the rest of our holiday decorations to come, but for now enjoy your week world. 

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What’s been going on

 Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. Well let’s see what’s been going on around the homestead.  Fall is fully upon us and the brown and gold colors have surrounded us.   
River has been surveying her kingdom from the porch, probably because that is also where the treat jar is. 

Most of what was going on was the cutting down and splitting of the fire wood that we had delivered.  The wood I got was 18 inches long but the opening of our wood stove is only able to take a piece about 10 inches. That means a lot of little cuts.

The other thing that has taken up a bunch of my time in the past few weeks was the fact I finished two books.  The first one I finished was “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg.  I started this book because I know I am a man that is driven by habits and the fact that it could help me understand how they affect me and how I could use them in business was a bonus.

The second book “Ready Player One” by Ernst Cline was a great fast read.  The book has a ton of references to the glory days of the 1980’s, and was a great quick read. Apparently it may be more of a young adult book, but when you have a low maturity like myself it fit perfectly.

Life goes on.  Enjoy the rest of your week world. 


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A fine day

It’s a beautiful November day with temperatures in the mid-70’s.  There are plenty of things to be done but today just feels like one of those days to stop and appreciate life, and the place I now call home.   
Although they normally don’t seem to care what I’m doing, the ducks decided today to come visit as I walked beside the pond.


As I continued around the pond I came across a present left by one of my web footed friends. 

Or perhaps the Easter bunny is out here practicing for next year.