Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Tuesday, December 6 – Well the darn cold air from California has hit us. It is suppose to get down to 38 tonight.

As you can see, it is cold in places where it should be warm and warm in some places that shouldn't be enjoying our warmth.

We spent Marsha's last Saturday here with our daughter, Carrie. The girls spent a couple of hours decorating the house. Carrie has a HUGE Christmas Extravaganza this coming Saturday.


Two of Carrie's Christmas packages were too big for Marsha to take back to Ohio, so we celebrated an abbreviated "gift opening" celebration. Boy was Carrie surprised this year. Her first gift was from Paul.


What is that she is holding? A Virginia Tech Hokie Bird. It is a wind spinner. Here is a close up.


Her second gift was a real surprise to her.


She has asked several times for a Kitchen Aid mixer but knew it was too expensive a gift. BUT…when we were in Foley, AL, they have a great outlet mall. One of the stores is Kitchen Collection. They carry Kitchen Aid refurbished commercial mixers. They were only used once in a kitchen demonstration and then sent back to the factory for refurbishing.  Well, if we were ever going to get one for her, it had to be now. The price was very good; the result PRICELESS!

Saturday evening we watched the Hokies play one of the most miserable games we have ever seen them play. Oh how painful it was to watch Clemson run all over them. VT was differently out coached!

After the loss, VT dropped from 5th to 11th in the BSC standing. Now here is the BIGGEST shocker of them all. Virginia Tech was picked to play in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan on January 3. When they made the announcement on ESPN, needless to say, a couple of the announcers were not very happy. Several higher ranked teams were overlooked. We can only speculate why they got chosen, but we are thrilled they did. They better not blow it this time!

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see ya'll back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Absolutely love the gifts!! Fry's Electronics also carries Kitchen Aid factory refurbished mixers.

    Love the wind spinner. Paul is so talented!! You really should be in "Q" and put up a table. You'd be on your way to your first million. Or, is it the second?

  2. The weather is crazy every where,it's good your house has wheels.

    Go VT!!

  3. Gotta love a Kitchen Aid. I have one but left it with older daughter to use while we travel. (younger daughter, a trained pastry chef, has one). They are just TOO heavy to carry in our fiver and take up so much room. There would be so few times I would use it.

    Yea, the weather up here seems to be nicer than what you are having. Although it has been raining constantly last few days. That you could use down there too.

  4. A stand mixer is an awesome gift. We have one back home (Kitchen Aid) that my wife received as a gift well, many years ago (don't remember). It was also a pre-Christmas gift, since that's when she'd be doing all the baking.
    There was no point bringing it to Europe, and I only learned after our move of a place in the States where you can order Kitchen Aids suitable for 220. We have a transformer, but I know it's not producing a proper sine wave, so anything with electronics in it isn't going to be happy. I'd sooner do without than ruin our Kitchen Aid.
    I'm sure Carrie will enjoy her Kitchen Aid for many years.

  5. There's just nothing like a Kitchen Aide mixer...I'm sure you're looking forward to some goodies coming from Carrie! How thrilled she must be! Of course, it doesn't hold a candle to that Hokie wind spinner! Will look forward to the Sugar Bowl this year.

  6. love the spinner..and I'm sure Carrie will love her kitchen aid...we got our son one last year..he is a certified chef and has always wanted one..even tho his career is in banking..his smile was like Carrie's from ear to ear..:)

  7. that is like late Jan or early Feb cold in that part of the state....

  8. Great Photos! Im not a fan of Blue Flame heaters as its like turning on your Oven. But we have a brick propane heater and like you run it on low pressue propane. In the future I want to replace with a two bricker with a T Stat. At the moment we have a Mr Heater Buddy with 4,8 ot 18k BTU's. Keep our roof vent cracked for better air circ. Having only one slide now coach heats up quickly. I have a electric heater for use at night as were off the road for winter. Marry Christmas and thanks for your great photos. Been busy so not much on my blog. Like you dont run the heat pumps and Yuma gets in the low 40'sat night. Ken in Yuma.


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