holidays: Are you ready for 2014? - 12/29/13 10:41 AM
Every year at this time we enter that doldrum drift between Christmas and New Years where the week does not seem quite back to normal, and the days are never typical.  Sometimes there are large periods of activity, and other years there are long spans of inactivity.  Whatever the case, and however you spend it, remember there is a new year ahead.  Take some time to jot down a few goals and plans for the coming year, and make sure those plans include creating some happy memories with the ones you love.
Are you ready for the 2014 New Year? It's … (4 comments)

holidays: Sheep ready for Winter - 12/16/13 07:44 AM
A few weeks ago before the heavy snow started falling, I stopped by a field and took this photo of some sheep in a field.  Now that we are into the holiday season, it seems appropriate to share on my blog.  They always remind me of the story of the manger in Bethlahem... Happy holidays!

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holidays: Snow Falling in December - 12/09/13 08:01 AM
Well it is that time of year again.  Snow has begun to fall all over the country, even as far South as Texas.  For some reason this year mother nature decided that our side of Michigan would be spared for a few days, while the rest of the country got dumped on.  Finally, our luck ran out last night and by this morning we have about 6-10 inches on the ground.  More is falling.  
What is December without a snowfall?  It kind of chimes in the holiday spirit, and makes the season seem right.  I can remember Decembers where there … (4 comments)

holidays: Happy Thanksgiving Snowfall! - 11/28/13 08:13 AM
Today is Thanksgiving!  At this time of year it is usual to think and ponder about what one is thankful for.  As a youth I always thought in terms of material items and other forms of similar comfort.  As I get older with each year I have come to realize that none of these things are important.  
What I am most thankful for on this holiday could span many subjects.  I could say I am thankful for my own good health, and the good health of my family.  I am thankful for having made it through another challenging year, with … (3 comments)

holidays: Monday Morning Official - 01/07/13 05:30 AM
Yes, it is now officially Monday morning.  Officially after the holiday-made short weeks, and disjointed schedules.  Welcome back to Monday morning at its regularly scheduled time!
I was talking to a colleague last week about how today, this Monday, actually represented closure for the holidays for me.  It seems that everyone who was on 'vacation' will now be back.  Kids will be back in school.  The wrapping paper, empty New Years champaigne bottles and whatnot will find its way officially to the trash can on the curb, if it has not already done so.  This chapter is done, close the … (4 comments)

holidays: New Years Eve Wishes - 12/31/12 12:47 PM
I hope everyone out there in the ActiveRain universe has a safe and happy New Years Eve!  Look after your family, make sure you remember and toast all the good things this past year, and forget about any of the not so good things. Celebrate the freshness of a new calendar on your wall, and say goodbye to your old friend 2012!
The New Year is coming, like it not.  So you might as well like it, because not liking it is never much fun anyways.  Goodbye old... Hello new!

 
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holidays: December Halfway Over - MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! (Before I miss it!) - 12/14/12 06:51 AM
Every year I seem to feel that of all months in the year, it is December that seems to pass by fastest.  Perhaps it iw the holidays, and the hustle and bustle of all the holiday activities, etc. Perhaps it is the colder weather, so people seem to shuffle from their car to indoors as soon as possible.  Or maybe it is just because it is the last month of the year, and like any last item on the list in life, it gets processed very quickly. 
Whatever the case may be, I sit here on December 14th, writing my first … (4 comments)

holidays: Seasonal Reflections - 11/20/12 06:48 AM
Taking some time to look at all the wonder around you is something my mother always told me I should do.  As an adult, I often am reminded of this lesson that I blatantly ignored when I was growing up.  I think it is interesting to look back on the lessons you thought you were ignoring when you were a child, and reflect on then from the perspective of being an adult. 
Perhaps this is what the true meaning of the holidays is.  A time to remember your travels, and the road and people you met along the way.  My mother … (0 comments)

holidays: Puzzles Around the Holidays - 01/03/12 10:13 PM
Every year between Christmas and New Years, my wife and I have a tradition where we complete a puzzle together.  Last year I selected this incredibly complicated puzzle that took us the full week to complete, and we ended up finishing it a few hours after the new year celebration.  This year, she chose the puzzle.  It was a Norman Rockwell theme, and much more fun and interesting.  It took us only three days, mostly in the evenings to complete it.  It is our quiet time to do something together, and we enjoy it each year.  It is our common period … (6 comments)

holidays: Reflections on the 'Moments' of 2011 - 12/17/11 07:29 PM
As we approach the end of 2011, and arrive at the holidays I find myself looking back at how fast time flies once again.  This year as a Realtor was probably my busiest of all.  I was not only busy with my own clients and sales, but I also served as the President for the local Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors (BCAAR). 
 
My duties as President were fun, and offered a chance to make some progressive changes for my board.  During my term as President, I helped establish a social media presence for the association that was not … (1 comments)

holidays: Finding Christmas All Around You - 12/16/11 12:06 PM
As you get older in life one finds that each Christmas is different.  Some times it is more challenging for me in certain years to capture that feeling I had about the holiday when I was a kid.  However, occasionally you stumble upon something that just puts you in the spirit, at least for a little while.
Recently I was having an impromptu lunch with my wife at a local restaurant called 'Finleys' in Battle Creek, Michigan.  She often has a very busy schedule with her work, that does not align with mine too often, so it infrequent we can get together … (7 comments)

holidays: Happy Thanksgiving! - 11/24/11 10:54 AM
To all my friends at Activerain and around the internet, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving today with your family and friends.  It is a wonderful time to sit down and re-connect with people you don't see as much as you should, and share some stories, as well as create some new wonderful memories!  Enjoy this holiday, and I hope you have the best time no matter how you decide to spend it.  This year I am traveling to Miami.  Never done the turkey day there before.  Wishing you all the best!

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holidays: A Puzzling Tradition - 03/08/11 10:00 PM
The last several years around the holidays, my wife and I started our own tradition.  Every Christmas, we make sure one of us gives the other a puzzle.  Then we spend our evenings during the week between Christmas and New Year's putting the puzzle together.  Every year it becomes more challenging, as we seem to get harder and harder puzzles to tackle. 
That week between Christmas and New Years tends to be more of a family time, and so we have found that puzzles are a fun way to enjoy some creative time.  When I was a child, my father used … (8 comments)

holidays: A Homemade Donkey & Lamb... Express... - 12/31/10 03:41 PM
Last Christmas my wife and I had gotten our daughter who lives out West a stuffed lamb that she had mentioned to us she had seen in a store.   She was on the road a lot and took her lamb with her as she traveled from city to city on business. 
Sadly, she forgot it behind in a hotel room when she was traveling, so she lost her lamb.  This year my wife and I tried to go get her a new one and the store no longer carried it. 
So, my wife decided to make one herself.  She not only … (14 comments)

holidays: Ice Sculptures in Downtown Battle Creek - 12/25/10 10:48 AM
Every holiday season, in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan our community generally hosts a festival of lights which includes a parade.  Also included each year are ice sculptures that are carved by local artists in Mill Race Park.  The ice sculptures in downtown Battle Creek are more than just a tradition they are a symbol to many that the holidays are here. 
Thus, as you can see many of the carvings are Christmas theme related in some fashion.  This year was no exception.  I went downtown yesterday on Christmas Eve to take these photos, and although there were fewer this year than … (5 comments)

holidays: A Home for the Holidays - 11/28/10 11:59 AM
While the winter months are often considered perfect for spending time with loved ones, they could also be an excellent time to buy a home. You can get yourself a home for the holidays.
There is a general perception that real estate activity typically slows down a bit during colder months. Many people don't find the idea of house hunting in the cold very appealing. Also, many families are focused on the school year and their holiday shopping - which tends not to include shopping for a house. This reduced competition can work to a buyer's advantage.
With fewer people searching … (6 comments)

 
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