Monthly Archives: December 2015

Happy New Year!

I am totally being an old man tonight and going straight home after work. I will either watch the ball drop on PBS or watch a local station to see the acorn drop.

Raleigh is called The City of Oaks and the oak tree silouette and acorns are on everything! The downtown street lights are shaped like acorns, the oak tree is on many city buildings and stationary, and on New Years Eve a large copper acorn is dropped at midnight!


We walked around downtown last night and Fayetteville Street had been closed off and the amusement rides set up! Things are ready to go!

As it began to rain we stopped in to The Mecca for a bite to eat.

Of course, the night began at The Borough after work, as usual!

But it is raining! Another reason to stay home!


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Christmas on a 77f day!

I traveled down to the coast for Christmas Eve after work. It’s so warm it didn’t feel like Christmas. 77f!

My family has always opened Christmas present on Christmas Eve and eat plenty of food. It’s the usual stuff of ham, turkey, cranberry salsa, and many cakes and sweets!

There is usually seafood, too! Usually something like oyster stuffing and some other fish or shrimp is included.

I came back late Christmas Day. It’s was still in the 70s so, of course, I had to visit the public gardens around Raleigh and see what is blooming!

The J C Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University was my first stop after Cup A Joe.


Japanese winter flowering almond- prunus mume 


Winter flowering iris

And I’m my garden-

Hellebore – many colors.

It’s has been in the 60s and 70s the past few days and even the bananas have grown new leaves.

It’s very strange weather. 

I guess the republicans are when they say there is no global warming! Ha! 😜



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It’s been quiet here so enjoy this…

Perfect response by Campbell Soup customer service!


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