Clothes make the man.The naked people have little or no influence
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sweetness must I fight, lest I be enthralled by it. Thus I carry
on a daily war by fasting, constantly bringing my body into
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ENTRY 1205 | DECEMBER
apologize for not yet having a follow-up Jonal on my Thanksgiving
blog. The "discussion" has been so sparse that there
has been little incentive, but more importantly I've been caught in
a "time sink" of buying, trying out, learning to use, and
in some instances returning new equipment. Some of that even requires
a rearrangement of my living space, so I've been too distracted to
write, or at least that's the story I'm going to stick to. Besides,
I have a backlog of two dozen-plus episodes of The Waltons
to catch up with and the list gets no shorter.
family comes first, so since I spent Saturday with son Mike and his
family looking for and acquiring a Christmas tree, I'm getting the
season rolling, at least, and, as this requires little cogitation
(unlike our theological discussion that awaits) I'm sharing the video
I took that day. It begins with a few seconds of grand-daughter Evelyn
showing her temporary shyness toward the O'Pa she seldom sees. Then
we stop at the neighborhood Starbucks to imbibe a little energy, and
are then off into the Santa Cruz Mountains for a yule tree.
"A" on the map below
marks the Crest Ranch, which we reached by driving from the Seven
Trees section of San Jose south on Highway 17 to Scotts Valley, then
west to Ben Lomond and then up to the crest and Crest Ranch.
The ranch claims to be California's oldest choose-and-cut Christmas
tree farm. Doing it that way is not only more time-consuming, it is
no less costly than buying a tree at a local lot or Home Depot or
Lowe's (and may even cost more). But it's a family Christmas tradition
for Mike, Tracy, and Evy, which I was privileged to share.
When Mike and
Kevin and Chris were young we often also went to the mountains to
cut our own trees.