All but one checkout counter was fully functional. Though the lines were not yet long, there was a customer at every counter. I was down there promptly at 7 am to get molasses for gingerbread. I was certainly surprised so see the place so active, but I found out that the store had actually opened at 6 am each morning this week. The checkout lady told me there'd been a line this morning waiting for the doors to open!
With reduced frig space during the holiday season, it is always nice when it's cold enough outside to keep cold drinks. But you do have to watch the thermometer so this doesn't happen. (I actually heard the explosions the previous night but could not pin point where the sound was coming from....)
Joanne Fontaine, my mother's care manager, organized a pizza and cake birthday party for her last week. Laurie and I attended, as did a few of the women who alternate providing care for her for a few hours each day. She received gifts and cards, and Richard and Lee Ellyn sent flowers. She seemed to have a very enjoyable time.
We went down to Fort Benning Georgia last week for Reed's graduation from the United States Army Infantry School.
Shown below, you will see him being awarded (the sole recipient in his Company) the Army Achievement Metal and Certificate of Achievement during the Friday graduation ceremony. He also received the Soldier of the Cycle award and plaque "for outstanding leadership and dedication to duty" at the Turning Blue Ceremony the day before.
Here is a sequence of shots from Graduation, at about 9:15 am on the frosty morning of December 3. It is hard to see Reed in the first and second picture, but he is marching with the color guard. In picture #3 Reed is the fourth soldier in from the right.
The first picture is from Heath's Bridge in Concord, looking upstream at about 4 pm this afternoon. I took the second picture 30 seconds later from the same location. All I had to do is look up about 45 degrees.
Laurie and I were walking in the center of Concord and saw some leaves from large trees planted there that weren't recognizable to us. This view below is taken before turning right into town as if you were walking from the Colonial Inn. Vanderhoofs would be a couple doors down after you round the corner here. And the First Parish Church would be straight ahead. And the flagpole on the center green would be just to the left. These are the trees from which these leaves fell. Any idea what they are? Laurie and I would be interested.
Here are two pictures I was pleased with, and entered them in my club's November competition. Both received 28 of 30 points. The Aspens shot is being printed at 12" x 18" and I plan to frame it and put it on my office wall. I would love to say that I hiked miles through the woods and scaled a big cliff to get the image of the Bald Eagle, but no.... I took it in Rhode Island at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.
Reed was able to get time away from the base this past weekend and Amy flew down to be with him. Here's a nice picture of the two of them which I "borrowed" from his facebook page. (Hope that's okay, Reed.)
Here are two flower photos that I recently submitted for photo club competition. The tulip, seemingly only minutes away from popping, was taken a year ago along our house foundation. The lady slipper was growing wild in the woods near an old railroad trail within walking distance of the house. (Scores were 29 and 27, out of a possible 30).
This afternoon a weather front came through our area bringing rain and very dark clouds. As I was driving home at 4 pm traveling west, the front moved east past me, leaving blue sky overhead.
Looking for a nice picture, this is the best I could find (below). I drove a slight detour to Great Brook Farm in Carlisle and took this picture facing east toward the farm. You can see the storm front in the distance, as it was moving away from me.
In the basement, I just re-discovered my old ski cribbage board, pictured below. I lost track of it when we moved five years ago, but found it in one of the many boxes still to be unpacked. (Too much stuff?)
The story behind this is that my brother build at least two of these out of a broken K2 Competition ski, sometime back in the early 1970's when we were both working part-time at Edelweiss Ski Shop (no longer in operation) in Reading, Mass.
K2 skis were built originally in Washington state by the K2 Ski Company which was founded by two brothers in the early 1960's. Along with the French company Rossignol, K2 built some of the earliest skiable fiberglass skis. I never owned a pair and instead developed a fondness for Rossignol skis. In fact, until I bought a pair of Volkl skis last season, I had been skiing Rossignols since 1970.
Rich will correct me if I am wrong, but I think he was able to use the shop's drill-press to make the perfect holes. And each hole is counter-sunk to make the entry points for the pegs smooth.
I think Rich should start a cottage business. He could call it The Old Ski Cribbage Board Company.
Well, the fishing wasn't too good last Sunday. One little fish. Basically a minnow. The leaves were turning, however, though a bit behind schedule based on past years' fishing days over the Columbus Day Weekend.
Below is the leaf covered pathway I use to get to one of my "spots" in the town of Miller's Falls. This is just before the river, flowing west, enters the Connecticut River. The other two shots were taken in two spots upriver, the first in an area called Farley Flats in the town of Erving and the second in an area called Orcut Pool in the town of Wendell.