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Woo Hoo! Holiday!!

This is to  advise you that President Bush signed an Executive Order on December 12, 2008,  providing Executive branch employees with a holiday on Friday, December 26,  2008. This applies to all employees except those who, in the judgment of  management, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or  other essential public business.  The Executive order provides that  December 26, 2008, is to be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes as  follows.....

How are those apples, bunny rabbit??!!  Did Rush have something to say about this too??


Today a coworker told me that Tweeter was going out of business. 

I said -- Oh no!  I have a couple friends (bunnicula38 and blue_eye) addicted to it. 

He sad -- Tweeter.  Not Twitter.

Writer's Block: Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Thanksgiving is almost here in the U.S., heralding the start of the holiday season and the first of many meals where you might be confronted with a traditional dish that you happen to find disgusting. What holiday food do you hate to see on the table?
I'm not a picky eater, so there aren't too many foods I find disgusting.  Poorly prepared food is a different story.  One time a friend's mother made a dish with asparagus out of a can....ugh.  It took years before Mitchell could bring himself to eat it again.  That is, until I prepared it fresh.


Our Wildflower and Wildcat

One of our vacation days we drove a couple hours south to Asheville to hang out with our niece Rachel who we have nicknamed Wildflower.  She's working her way through college there working at an organic food store.  It was the first time we've had one on one time with her, and she's opening up more with us as she grows up and becomes her own person.

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On our drive back to our cabin we spotted a bobcat on the road side around feeding time. I got out of the car and got a closer look at him, and he was a little larger than Spunky who's 20 lbs.  I thought this was a large orange tabby feral cat until I saw the spots and the short tail.  It was one of my favorite wildlife sightings yet -- although I would love to see an eagle and a moose in the wild.  This completed a great day!  Be sure to enlarge the photo so you can see him running away.WildcatCollapse )

More Mountain Vacation Photos

We typically spent our mornings lounging around drinking coffee and reading and then mid-day headed out for a late breakfast at one of the "breakfast served all day" restaurants.  We would putz around until 4 when we would head back to the cabin to relax some more and have some wine then dinner.

This outdoor vacation was different from our others where we usually spend a few hours a day hiking and walking.  Our bodies were recovering from an injury (me) and a medical procedure (Mitchell), so the most we did was one day take a walk around a lake.  These photos showed how we spent most afternoons -- leisurely taking in the scenery.CountrysideCollapse )

Our Vacation to the NC Mountains

We spent last week on vacation in a cabin in the mountains close to Boone and Valle Crucis, NC.  Just around the corner from us was Grandfather Moutain.  From our cabin, we could see the mountain but not the "face" that's pictured below.

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Here are a couple Christmas cards I created over the weekend and a gift card.  I used white ink on dark blue paper.The cardsCollapse )

The inside of the card and back side of the gift card...The greetingCollapse )