Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mont Del Annual Ladies Cookie Exchange

It's time for the annual cookie exchange!

The gracious host of the annual Mont Del Ladies Cookie, Alice, invites all the ladies of Mont Del to come share some cookies, stories, and good times at her house this coming Saturday.  This is an excellent way to meet some of the wonderful neighbors we have in our community.  My personal favorites are simple chocolate chip, and peanut butter, so please don't be afraid to make some of those.  I will also help with baking some cookies for the exchange.

Here is a message from Alice:

Never Been To A Cookie Exchange?
It’s simple! You bring cookies, you take cookies home.  If you bring one dozen, you take one dozen home.  Want more? Bring more!
(DON’T FORGET A CONTAINER TO TAKE YOUR COOKIES HOME IN)

TOO BUSY TO BAKE? JUST COME AND VISIT WITH THE OTHER LADIES (refreshments served!)   

25 Mont Del Drive
2:00-4:00 PM (Saturday Dec. 5)

(if you anticipate difficulty getting up the stairs, there is room for a few cars at the top of the driveway.  Let me know and you can enter through the garage)

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Turkey day is right around the corner.  Whether you're having a huge family get together, or a small personal affair, we wish all of our neighbors the very best Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is uniquely American, but is also spreading around the world.  Some traditions are worth spreading.  I, personally, love Thanksgiving.  This was one of the few times during the year that my parents would actually take the time to make mashed potatoes from scratch.  Also, after the meal, everyone would gather in the living room to watch a movie with a fire raging in the fireplace.  Sometimes it's the simple things that create the fondest memories.  This year, I am thankful to have such a supportive wife, an enjoyable job that pays the bills, and to live in such a great neighborhood.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day!

To all those who served, at home and abroad, during wartime and peacetime, Thank You for your service.

As veterans, we all have stories of our time in The Service.  Civilians will never understand how to properly make a bed or clean brass door plates until they shine like gold.  They will never understand the phrases, "I love it when it sucks." or what "Five days and a wake up" will mean.  They will never understand the importance of learning to "adapt and overcome" or how to "push through the suck."  Most importantly, they will never understand how those, for most of us, were some of the best of days of our lives. 

Thanking a veteran for their time is all well and good, but there are those that gave far more than a few years of their time.  Consider a donation to:

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
http://iava.org/

In my opinion, the most American way to celebrate today (and everyday), is to do whatever it is that makes you happy.  Enjoy your freedom to choose, and do what you want.  We maintain These Armed Services to ensure despots and fanatics don't tell us what to do.  Go out into the world, and give your opinion, on anything.  Go to a shooting range and shoot your guns.  Go through the Bill of Rights and perform each item down the list.

Happy Veterans Day, friends.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Shorter Days and Longer Nights

Now that winter is approaching and we are no longer on daylight savings time, CARPE NOCTEM!

But be safe at the same time.  Here is a message from a neighbor:

Hello,

We are new to the neighborhood but have noticed something multiple times recently.  As autumn is upon us, the days are getting shorter; it stays dark later in the morning and gets dark earlier in the evening.  The Mont Del community does not have street lights.  It is very difficult to see people out walking during these times, especially as we’ve seen several people dressed in all dark colored clothing.  It would be nice to remind the residents of the following for their safety:

  1. If you are a walker during times that it may be dark outside:  please do not wear dark clothing.  Wear bright colors and, preferably, something reflective.  Maybe carry a flashlight as well.  Be aware that you need to be seen in the dark.
  2. If you are a driver during times that it may be dark outside:  drive slowly and cautiously.  Pay attention.  Look for people who may be out and about.  It is the driver's responsibility to be aware.


No one wants an unfortunate and preventable accident to occur.  

Thank you - have a great day,
Josh & Stephanie


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Successful Halloween

We had a successful Halloween this year!  I don't know about you all, but we had many more trick-or-treaters this year than last year.  Let's hope next year is even better.