December 26, 2010 – How to Make a Boy and Girl Happy

Martin brought me the nicest moment of the Christmas season.  He had his mind on earning a Mindstorms robot like they use in First Lego League.  He had proven it was no flash in the pan by his practices with the team multiple times a week before and after school.  We had made an agreement that if he could save half the money, we’d chip in the other half.  We figured by summer, he’d have his share saved up.

Well, he had this nice Christmas surprise.  About five minutes later he disappears and comes back and slaps a wad of crinkly bills in my hand.  I ask him what it was for, and he said it was to help pay for the robot with the $50 he had saved up so far.  I explained that this was a gift and he could use his money for something else.

Emma had also proved herself worthy of a flute the next step up for her hard work and devotion in mastering the flute.

one year ago…”New Kitchen Floor”

December 25, 2010 – Christmas Deck Rescue

What says Christmas like shoveling off a deck?  The deck at Nana’s place needed to be shoveled off  according to homeowner’s association rules.  There were only a few problems.  The door opened out to the deck and snow blocked it, the screen door did not have a removable window, and there are not stairs from the outside up to the deck.

Here Claire psychs up Martin to ready him for his journey out the kitchen window above the kitchen sink!

Martin gets the heave out the window.

The shovel shortly followed and Martin was able to get enough snow off the deck to open the door and get more help in shoveling the snow off the deck.

one year ago…”Merry Christmas 2009″

December 22, 2010 – Finding a Home for the Trees

Now that Christmas is almost upon us, I have about 10 trees that remain unsold.  Most people preferred to cut their own tree, even when they cost $15 more.

I contacted the Salvation Army and listed them on Freecycle, with no takers. I finally contacted a church in town and they were thrilled to take them to give to folks who couldn’t afford a tree this year.

one year ago…”Ice Luminary”