Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Tomorrow no one will deny the beginning of the Holiday season. December is a busy month and sometimes it is nice to have a brief distraction. I am posting a link to some pictures that are truly fascinating and beautiful. Perfect for a Holiday break.

Chip, his wife and family, vacationed in the Kenai Penninsula or the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. They were fly fishing on the Russian River where the Red Salmon were spawning. While there, Chip was able to spend considerable time observing and taking pictures of the Russian River brown bear.

According to reports eleven bears were observed using the river to catch salmon and eat parts of fish that had been caught and dressed. While Chip and his party were there, a large female mother bear was shot by a careless individual. They were then able to witness the motherless family begin to take care of themselves.

If you have had enough of Care Bears, Teddy Bears, Barenstein Bears, or even the Chicago Bears for that matter, click on the following link and enjoy fabulous scenery and beautiful animals.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


First, the Postal Service’s goal is for each carrier to be 100 percent perfect in delivery of mail each day.  That means there should be no misdeliveries—period.  

Having said that, I will tell about Monday (yesterday).   For the most part, Mondays are a “heavy mail day” meaning a lot of mail.  Yesterday was no exception.  As is my routine, I jumped in and kept on task.  I was ready to leave on the route much later than usual and I had lots of parcels.  

Despite everything, the delivery part of my day went well.  No radio, no mental distractions, just concentration and delivery.  It snowed off and on and by 5:00 the roads were starting to get slick.  By 5:15, I needed to use my interior light to see the mail I was putting in the boxes.  It was getting harder to make time, but I finished.  

The concern as I started the route today was whether, in my haste yesterday, I had made mistakes.   For me, haste makes errors.  However, believe it or not, I was nearly at the end of the route and had not found one mistake.  I was already patting myself on the back and feeling good about my ability to be an accurate carrier.

Wait, right at the end.  I had delivered over two thousand pieces of mail accurately, but at the very end, when it was dark, I made a mistake.   The point of this story is that no matter how hard you work, how hard you try to be productive, one mistake—no matter how small—will ruin a perfect day.

Wait, are we talking about mail delivery or football or…..

Monday, November 28, 2005

Christmas cards

I made my own Christmas cards this year. This was a picture I took last winter. Actually, I think I posted it at the time.

Originally, I added two birds with holly in their mouths that I downloaded off Microsoft clipart. Feeling pretty good about my creation, I showed it to Dan. He said it was nice, except he wondered if I knew that the two birds were seagulls. ( They looked like pigeons to me) I am glad he told me because how crazy would it have been to have seagulls standing on snow.

I settled on the mailbox even though it is fake looking. I needed a little color. My goal is to prepare five cards each evening. Maybe I'll actually get cards sent earlier than the week of Christmas this year.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Tornado warnings, hail and thunderstorms

I don't know when we have seen a severe storm this late in November. I do remember there was a tornado in Topeka the day Kim was born but that was early in the month and 35 years ago.

Thankfully, all we received was wind and small hail. The weather radio has sounded all afternoon. There have been numerous storms moving through the area.

It moved out as the sun set.