Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Laura Jean

November 4, 2015

Good morning.  The sun is shining, and it's going to be another fabulous day.  Right now, it's 56F, and headed towards the low 60's.  Tomorrow will be the warmest day with temps in the low 70's.  I love it!! 

Today my youngest child turns fifty.  Laura Jean, I hope your special day is filled with warm sunshine and music.  (she loves music)  We all love you very much.  As for me, well I got a little bit older too.  I just had an awful thought.  In four years, I'll arrive at another big "0" year.  groan, groan.

On the news this morning, they are showing a picture of the train that is carrying the White House Christmas Tree from Alaska to Washington D.C.  The tree is inside a whole train car.  The newscasters, along with many other folks, think that this is just wonderful. 

I guess what I don't understand is just what makes this wonderful?  They have cut down a beautiful, healthy tree two months before Christmas, and they will ship it all the way across the country to the Capitol, where it will be adorned with tens of thousands of lights.  Folks, I find this a major waste of resources.  First the tree, and then the huge amount of energy and money it will take transport it and keep it lit up. 

I love Christmas and all its beautiful decorations, but I think killing and decorating these huge trees is just too much.  What's wrong with a much smaller tree?  Even better, why not plant a tree on the White House lawn, and decorate it every year for the Holidays?   Certainly large retailers could do this too. 

Enough of my banter.  I want to share something that was in yesterday's newspaper.  The headline reads:  "Teen works for NASA, flies planes and has published two books."  Wow!!  Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees and flies airplanes, but he is too young to vote or drive a car alone.  He graduated from community college at age 11, and four years later he had a bachelor's degree in math from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Currently, he is studying for a degree in cybersecurity through the Boston area's Brandeis University.  However, he has put it on hold for a couple of terms while he helps NASA develop surveillance technology for airplanes and drones.  His goal is to eventually start his own cybersecurity company.  For now though, he is counting down the days until his 18th birthday, when he'll be able to get a full drivers license (California law). 

Wow!  Wow Wow and Wow!!   What an awesome young man!  The only part of all of this that bothers me is the childhood that this amazing young man has not had time to enjoy.  He doesn't seem to miss it, but I feel that the toys and playing parts of youth are important.  Either way, he is an amazing young man.

Today I will start working on a freebie to post in the Worldwide Christmas Scrapbooking  blog train.  This will start on December 1st and be available for the whole month of December.  I'll post more information in a few weeks. 

For today, I have an Autumn QP for you.   I just love the colors for this season.  The oranges and the golds are the colors of a gorgeous sunset.  I hope you can use it.

Here is your download link:

Last night, I finished the second light raspberry neck warmer and started on another pale plum one.  I have a few more of these that I want to make, then I'll get back to my baby projects and the lapghans.  I probably could have finished the new warmer, but alas I fell asleep early.

This evening, Deanne, Eddie and their children are taking me out to dinner.  Pogo cannot go with us, so I'm making him a nice steak dinner to make up for it.  I went through my old photos and found this one of me to share.  It was taken fifty eight years ago at my high school prom.  This handsome young man was the love of my life.  (Love can be fickle.  He later married someone else.)

Ah well, memories - I have lots of them.  For now though, I'm going to play with Pogo for a while.  He's been crawling all over me while I'm typing, and trying to coax me into a cuddle game.  He's a smushy little fellow.  So, till tomorrow, Y'all have a fantabulous day.

Hugs, Edna B.


Nani said...

Happy Birthday to Laura Jean and to her wonderful Mom!

Don't worry about another "0" in a few years! 0s are good things; they mean you're still moving forward and still adding to the wealth that is you! For every year you gain, we all gain another year of you too; Thank you! {{birthday hugs}}

The prom picture is great and I absolutely LOVE your dress! :)

Enjoy dinner tonight and I hope Pogo enjoys his steaky piece of your birthday cake!

Hugs, Nani

Stacey said...

what a beautiful photo. wow how time flies. Happy Birthday to Laura! Next year will be my big 5-0, but I'll wait! thanks for another beautiful qp. I hope you enjoy dinner with your family!

smiekeltje said...

Glad I was in time with my birthdaywishes, only sorry I forgot the one of your daughter. Hope she had a lovely day too!
It is a pity that every year a fantastic, mature tree has to be cut for Christmas( in fact it is a pity for all trees, but now there are special nurseries, and in a way that is better). But yes, why not a) plant a tree in front of the White House or b) use an artificial one.
OOOHHH, you look absolutely amazing on your proms photo! And yes, the dress is fabulous!
Have a fantastic day,