Monday, December 24, 2012

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Surgery last week

I had surgery this past week.  It was scheduled and did not come as a surprise.  I had a rapid recovery.  It was done on an outpatient basis. 
The year is winding down to a close.  The world did not end on December 21, although for some 150,000 people on the planet it did end.  That was the day of their death.  150,000 is the approximate number of deaths that occur each day.

Looking back on 2012, I see that I met my goal of reading 15 books (from cover to cover) during  the year.  In fact, I read 17.  My favorite book was George Lakoff's The Little Blue Book.

I walked 426 miles during the year.  That is dedicated walking.  It does not include the everyday walking one does.

I lost about 15 pounds during the year.

For 2013 I will strive to read 15 books, walk 365 miles, and lose another 15 pounds.  The most difficult of these goals to achieve will be the weight loss, I suspect.  I am now at 215 pounds.

Saturday, December 15, 2012


We have come to regard ourselves — and the world has come to regard us — as a country that’s so gun happy that the right to traffic freely in the most obscene quantities of weapons is regarded as far more precious than an American’s right to health care or a good education.
                                                        --Gail Collins

Friday, December 14, 2012

A trip to Springfield

Last Tuesday we drove to Springfield to see if we could be of any help to my parents.  I drove my father around to accomplish some errands.  We went to Walgreen's and then on to Harter House.  Both are on Republic Road and are close to where my parents live.   We also picked up my sister Paula and took her to a few places she needed to go.

Driving to Springfield, I almost hit a deer.  It jumped in front of the car, but just as quickly did a 180 degree turn and got out of my way.  Looking in the rear view mirror, I saw it cross the road behind me.

On this trip I did not visit a music store.  Lately I have been printing a lot of sheet music from the website  They have quite a selection of sheet music which you can print for free.

On the way home, we stopped in Joplin at the Red Lobster for lunch.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Getting ready for Christmas

Earlier this week I took a box of Christmas gifts to the post office and mailed them to Houston for my cousin Vicki.  A few days later I went out and completed shopping for my spouse.  Tonight we attended a Christmas play at the Methodist Church in Sand Springs in which Ayla had the lead role.  Afterwards we all went downstairs for cake and punch.  Gail showed up to give her support for Ayla.

The tree is up along with all 36 ornaments.  Each year we buy a Hallmark ornament for Christmas.  The tree is now heavily laden with ornaments.

My favorite aspect of Christmas is the music.  As a subscriber to BBC Music Magazine, I receive a CD each month along with the magazine.  This month is the Christmas issue, and the accompanying CD is of Christmas choral music.  I am listening to it now as I type this posting.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

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Monday, December 03, 2012

Back to the blog

It has been a couple of weeks since I last posted anything here.  I guess we have been too busy.

We hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for family members.  We had to start several days before Thanksgiving to get everything in place for the event.

Saturday was Movie Night at the Bradleys.  We watched Zeitgeist.  It is a dense movie.  By that, I mean the claims made in this film come so thick and fast you can't evalute them on the spot.  The film is available for viewing on YouTube.  I hope to rewatch it sometime and read more about the claims made in the movie.  The film runs for two hours.  I would be interested in hearing from any of my readers as to what they think about the film.

Gail and I played duets at church last Sunday.  We played "Jingle Bells" and "Still, Still, Still."  We had to cancel our practice today.  Church activities will be at a minimum for the remainder of the year.