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Still Wondering

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saw a real live SWAT team, or as close to it as I've ever been, in action today, but I don't know what was going on.... maybe will find out on the news tonight...

Flashing lighted police cars blockaded I-35 as headed south through our town today, and they had pulled over a tractor-trailer rig (just the cab, there was no trailer attached), and uniformed personnel had one perp kneeling on the road while other officers sneaked around furtively while carrying machine guns at the ready...there was a mixture of law enforcement entities, and a mixture of weapons as well.

I was in a vehicle on the feeder road and wondered if I was going to become a surprise statistic of the day. We don't have that kind of excitement very often where I live.

Very odd...

  
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IMPROVINGME 12/17/2014 11:18PM

    Hmmm. I missed the first part of the 10:00 news tonight, and didn't hear anything else later.
Scary to be so near something like that!

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DOILIEQUEEN 12/17/2014 11:17PM

    That would be scary! I've seen a drug bust on the side of the I-40 one time.

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JAMBABY0 12/17/2014 11:09PM

    Awhile back my kids witnessed swat running by our house with there uniforms, shields, weapons and ammo. It was late at night and they were running down our street in a crouched position. 3 days later on the news it was reported that the house at the end of our street there were 6 meth labs!

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JAMER123 12/17/2014 11:09PM

    I saw a 10 sec. comment on a shooting near Waco of a news meteorologist. They shut down I-35 for an interval in the Waco area.
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Luncheon, then Other Activities

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My beloved buddies from our Craft Play Day group decided to go out to lunch today, rather than actually doing some crafts...I am so grateful to have friends who accept me the way I am... it was a good time, and even though we DID have a hot spinach-artichoke appetizer, I ate less than half my delicious pork tenderloin with peach sauce, and brought the rest home for another meal...

Especially at holiday times, I consider "If you HALVE it, you can HAVE it!" as a maxim that I can live with.

Hanging in there....

  
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IMPROVINGME 12/17/2014 11:17PM

    I enjoyed our time together, too!
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REXTINE1 12/17/2014 1:46PM

    I'll try that during the next two (hard) weeks.

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JAMER123 12/17/2014 12:40AM

    Great way to think about holiday eating!! Thanks for sharing!
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HOTDEENOW 12/17/2014 12:11AM

    I like that! :)

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Yikes! Mom is Coming!

Monday, December 15, 2014

I have one week to get ready for my mother and her best friend coming to spend the night for two nights!

If I become scarce around SP, it's for a good reason!

  
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REXTINE1 12/16/2014 2:46PM

    I hope you all have a great time. emoticon

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JAMER123 12/15/2014 11:07PM

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! And have a wonderful Christmas time together!!
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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/15/2014 9:22PM

  Good luck getting ready! Have fun during the visit!

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'Tis the Season!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Went to a Christmas program at a big Baptist church here in Houston this afternoon, with a full choir (probably about 200 voices, and a full orchestra, though there was no harp, but they DID have timpani!!!), and it was perfectly wonderful! The orchestra sounded fabulous and the choir was out of this world!

I've decided that if I ever get the chance, I would LOVE to try to play some timpani sometime... the percussionist playing them today looked like a normal person, not too high brow, and he looked like he was having a grand time...

In fact, everybody looked like they were having an excellent time.

It's that time of year, after all...

  
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REXTINE1 12/15/2014 10:49AM

    A 200 person choir and full orchestra sounds like a much, much larger church than any I have ever been in. It must have been overwhelming. emoticon

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 12/15/2014 10:42AM

    Sounds like a wonderful time!

Maybe you could take some online timpani classes if you cannot find any locally :)

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/15/2014 9:07AM

    Sounds wonderful! Glad you enjoyed! emoticon

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JAMER123 12/15/2014 1:07AM

    The tympani is a fun instrument and not that difficult except the tuning and changes of chords which takes a little training. otherwise easy. Go for it!!
We are going to a Christmas concert by the McAllen Symphony orchestra on Tues. evening. Looking forward to it.
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Along for the Ride

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My older brother was driving today (in Houston) in his new car, a fancy one with all sorts of fancy special features, as we were trying to get to the Houston Museum of Natural Science... He dictated the address and the super smart GPS guided us through the typical Houston Christmas traffic, and when we had arrived at the absolute worst area ever, the GPS announced that we had arrived at our destination...

Needless to say, there was no museum, no Herrmann Park, no anything that looked familiar... we finally decided that, in a supreme act of unwarranted confidence he had given the GPS the wrong address, juxtaposing a few of the numbers and winding up in a very DIFFERENT part of Houston...

Having figured out the problem, it was with great relief that we changed our course and wound up with a lovely and fun day in the Right Place.

It was only after the museum that he discovered what he called an "idiot light" glowing on his driver's array... we weren't sure exactly what it was, or what it meant, but we wound up at the Lexus dealership, just having passed 500 miles on the odometer.....yes, they said, it meant that a tire was losing pressure, and they would take a look at it....

It was a nail.... a little nail stuck in the tire!

And they could repair it right then! All that driving around in some rather bad traffic, and some not so nice neighborhoods, and we had no problems, until just when we were in a position to do something about it!

I know that I was really just along for the ride, but I feel like I had an adventure!

  
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USMAWIFE 12/14/2014 7:58PM

    You just got to love the GPS system. not perfect at all and takes you round and round and round usually to end up in the wrong place

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REXTINE1 12/14/2014 10:37AM

    I think it was an adventure too. All cars for the past few years have had that feature because it is required by the government, and I think it's something definitely worth-while. My car shows a sagging tire cross section for a low pressure warning, and I never want to see it.

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JAMER123 12/14/2014 12:31AM

    I believe that was an adventure too. In all our travels we seem to have had similar situations. One situation this fall as we traveled to the RGV was going to a Corp of Engineer campground via GPS and this wonderful tracking system took us (with our camper) down a narrow gravel road (not unusual) and to an elevated railroad track!! (very unusual). We had to stop and evaluate if the stabilizer jacks would clear the tracks. Suddenly found ourselves surrounded with vehicles. The guy behind got out and helped us, we cleared and were on the back road into the campground where that guy was camping as well. He now knows he can cross there too.
There are lovely people out there!!
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