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Lani and Ann are the Weaver sisters!

Lani's household consists of Steve, the long-suffering coding genius and computer security guru; Jim, Lani's tall, red-headed and handsome son, currently finishing his second year of college; Hunter, Jasmine, Himari, Chenault, the miraculous Onyx and the even more miraculous Resk, undisputed feline rulers of the house; and Jesse, the man-hating green-cheeked conure.

Ann's household consists of Don, who is not just a computer genius but a pilot, a builder, and a damn good father; their son Steve, the marathon-running, college-bound, funniest teenager I know; and wonder dog Tater.

Other family members are Laurie, Lani's beautiful daughter who teaches at elementary levels; her handsome son Alex, aka Alexander the Great; Mary and Bo, a/k/a Mom and Dad, and Bud and Ann, Steve's patient and wonderful parents.

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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Happy New Year! (posted by Ann)

Don and I were glad to see the last of 2010. It wasn't a particularly good year for any of us, but we have high hopes for 2011. We have done what we could to get it started right - Hoppin' John - check. Collard Greens - check. Spending the first day of 2011 with friends and family - check.

Over the holidays I bought myself a heated bird bath, and have been seeing all sorts of new birds. These are insectivores that don't come to my feeders, but will come to the only source of unfrozen water around. Look at this Eastern Bluebird - he looks twice his normal size because it was so cold out. He's hiding behind the goldfinch.

And, of course, the Red-Bellied Woodpecker who loves the peanut feeder and defends it from all other birds. He looks pretty fearsome when he's running off the starlings. We call them the biker birds since they come in a gang.

I went to Las Vegas this week for two nights to go to a conference, which turned out to be very interesting. It was about telematics, which is all the technology they are putting in cars today to do navigation, satellite radio, even Internet connectivity. I met a bunch of people and got some good ideas, and then it was time to come home.
When I have been to Las Vegas in the past the security lines have been unbelievable. One time Don and I thought we would miss our flight, we were in line for well over an hour. So I take no chances when I am there. So, even after two nights of not much sleep, I dragged myself out of bed this morning to make sure I didn't miss my flight. And, of course, when I got there fully two hours before my flight time this is what the security line looked like.

Right. No one was there. I know that somewhere there was someone laughing, but I assure you it wasn't me.

2 Comments:

At 6:28 PM, Blogger Lani said...

HA, I got a heated birdbath too, as a Christmas present from Steve! The birds LOVE the thing, love love love it. I'll have to try to get some good pictures this weekend.

Security lines, I firmly believe, are sentient and malevolent beings. If you are late, they will be long and snarled and filled with people who apparently haven't traveled since the Stone Age and are totally unfamiliar with all those newfangled TSA regulations. If you're unbearably early, they will be completely empty and you'll sail through into an empty terminal with no open restaurants or coffee shops or bars. Just bring knitting. It's your only defense.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger Kathy said...

Ann

I am delighted you want to join the swap. It is shaping up really nicely. I need your Barrington Address and email address. Please get bac k to me ASAP at harpnut@gmail.com. I am trying to get the box out and in its route today...

 

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