This Holiday Season was particularly enjoyable. We had a great time with family – both here and in Kansas City. Good food + Loved Ones = Perfection!
On July 4, Jim and I spent the day with family – Mark and Julie Geraghty – at their home on Lake Tapawingo. We had a great time and a really fun boat ride on the lake. The weather was a little rainy but that also kept the temperature really pleasant – an unusual occurrence on the Fourth of July!
Thanks Mark and Julie for a wonderful Holiday!
We had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed celebrating the season. We decided to put up a cat-proof tree this year… a real tree with nothing “breaky” on it. The smell of the real tree permeated the house – something we’ve not enjoyed for years – so at least there was an olfactory silver lining to our visually unimpressive decoration.
We had some time to kill on New Year’s Eve in Kansas City. We drove from the Plaza to downtown and back. Along the way, around the Brookside neighborhood, we encountered a brief but magical snow shower. The temperature was about 40 degrees and the snowflakes were wet and huge!
Happy 2019 and hope you enjoy!
We have many things to be thankful for in 2018. Jim and Sissie are both winning their battles with cancer. Mom is doing well. The rest of us are all in reasonably decent health… all things considered. The most important thing I can think of to be thankful for is that we all love one another and wish only the best for each other. That’s what family is all about!
This was the first time in 13 years that Jim has been with his family on Thanksgiving Day. We’ve gone to Saint Louis or Kansas City many times on various Thanksgiving weekends… but not on the day itself until now. I feel really bad about that. Time races along faster and faster. The years stack up before you realize it – or before I did at least. I will see to it that it doesn’t happen again!
Below is a video of all our fun and togetherness with those we dearly love. What a lucky guy I am to have such a wonderful family!
This past Friday, we got together at Mom’s to wish our dear Betty the happiest of birthdays. We love her with all our hearts and so appreciate how she holds us all together as a family.
Happy birthday dear Betty…
Happy Birthday to You!
And many moooooooooore.
If you’re a space geek like me, you might find this interesting. Below is a table showing upcoming Internationak Space Station (ISS) viewing opportunities for the Joplin area in Southwest Missouri.
The widget below shows the next upcoming sighting. After you read the next two paragraphs, click on “more sightings” to see a table with more upcoming opportunities.
Be sure to understand what you’re seeing in the table that comes up after you click “more sightings” below. There’s a column that shows the direction and elevation above the horizon where the ISS will first appear. The next door column shows the direction and elevation above the horizon where it will disappear again. The station will track in a curved arc (but you can think of it as more or less a straight line) from where it appears to where it’s supposed to disappear. Imagine standing in your back yard looking at the sky and draw that line in your mind’s eye. You’ll get an idea if it’s going to be a good or a poor opportunity to get a good view of the ISS.
The “sighting duration” column is also a good clue. Longer sighting duration means longer arc in the sky means likely higher arc in the sky.
Check it out:
You can get information for any spot by visiting this NASA web site.