Friday, December 9, 2016

A Great Friday Bit o'News

Gentle Friends, as you know I was doing the Jury Selection thing off and on this week,...  and it started off with me going in on Monday... after hearing all about serving on a Jury and how things work in the courtroom the Judge lets us know that this case could drag on in late February.... you read that right, February!! or even into march!  So when she asked about "hardship" issues that we potential jurors might have and who couldn't serve, about 80% of the folks raised their hands. 

I didn't because I didn't have any "legitimate" hardship issues as spelled out by her Worship.  She let us go telling everyone that was leaving without hardship issues to return on Thursday Morning at 9:30.

So I trot back to the Court yesterday and we stand around in the Hall in front of the Courtroom waiting until after 10:00.... eventually we all file back into the courtroom, find seats and have roll call taken.  Next enters the Judge.... she explains that the hardship cases from Monday have been dealt with and now there is good news and bad news......  the bad news is that she was letting us go in a few minutes and we would need to return at 1:30 in the afternoon, the good news was that the lawyers and what-not associated with the case are coming together and are near to resolving the case......

Flash forward to 1:30 pm and once again we are all gathered and waiting in the hall in front of the court room.  Time passes and it gets to be 2:00... a few minutes later we are let into the court, we all find seats and roll call is taken once again......  with quite a few folks missing, which I found odd.  Enter the judge and again good news, bad news.... the bad news was that they had not reached a resolution.....  good news... they were super close so she asked us to sit still for about 15 minutes at which time things could go either way, either a resolution or starting Jury selection........ so we're all sitting there just waiting and watching the bench...  after  a few minutes out comes the judge from her chambers and it's only good news this time - a resolution!! As soon as she released us, which took about 2 minutes I was headed back to work.  So I've served my Jury Duty for 12 months!!!  Woo Hooo  

The week ended on a .....

High Note!!!!
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That's about all there is sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!  Have a great weekend!!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, December 8, 2016

"English for Beginners".....

Gentle Friends, every year somewhere, somehow some marketing person just gets it right... and puts together a super commercial.  Now, you all know my disdain for commercials....... but this one's a doozy.....  from Poland....


.....  funny and heart warming...
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Not much else but Jury selection going on....

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A Little Christmas Cheer

Gentle Friends, Saturday evening was the annual Christmas party we go to and i have posted about in the past.... as usual, it was a lovely evening.... 

... we started off with some friends that were going at Super Duper Burger for dinner....
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 ... and after dinner, we headed over to Alamo Square and a warm welcome....

 ... the front hall...


... the dining room...

.. the back parlour...


... looking omnto the front parlour ....

... and the candle-laden tree....
... this great party really gets me in the Christmas spirit!!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar


Monday, December 5, 2016

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, I'm still plugging away at the border on Sarah....
... as you can see I've been stitching the berries in all the shades of pink, there are three basic pinks, a light, medium and a dark....
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That's about it for today sports fans, I've got Jury Duty this week,so I'm not sure when I'll get to posting about the weekend.... but I'll try.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Few Fun Things

Gentle Friends, wrapping up the last of my trip  I mentioned I would take a snap of the things I bought - now you must remember I usually don't buy much when I travel, mostly just small trinkets that can work as Christmas ornaments.....

I found the matching pair of Adirondack frames in North Carolina at a small antique shop.  They came with prints - that I left in NC - next, there is the early 19th-century transferware plate, a great piece of "Wild Rose" - which is a pattern I collect, also from an Antique Mall near New Bern, NC....

 ... I picked up these three ornaments in Washington, the little plate, and teapot came from Mt Vernon, the plate is a reproduction from a gift of hard paste porcelain tableware in 1782 to George Washington from the Comte de Custine who owned the Niederviller Factory in Strasbourg, the gifted porcelain featured Washington's initials on a cloud crown by roses, the little green chicken came from the Museum of the American Indian and was carved by a Navajo, and the little pink transferware teapot features the colonnaded front of Mt Vernon...

... this Christmas Chihuahua came from a great Christmas Shop in Greenville, NC...

and this little kit came from Mt Vernon, they had quite a selection and I thought this would work up nicely as anther little ornament... and there you go.
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by, do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Little Update...

Gentle friends,  while we were over at Alcatraz I had my sister take some new snaps of Rico and me.... and so I've updated my "About Me" snaperoo in the right-hand column.... here tis...

... I had my Santa hat  just for the occasion and Rico had the crazy antlers on....  yup, we're nuts!!

Have a great evening!!
edgar

A Thanksgiving Weekend - Lots of Photo's

Gentle Friends...  our Thanksgiving weekend started off with us heading over to Pier 39... 

... to meet up with Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher!!  
She was out here visiting her brother and his family for Thanksgiving.

... we had a lovely long lunch ... and I knew from our years of cyber-friendship, she was a delight!!!
... here we are in front of the giant tree ... Rico , Vonna and me.
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My sister, BiL and niece were all in attendance for Thanksgiving......
... my annual shot of us sitting down to dinner,....  the menu : 

Rosemary Roasted Turkey & Gravy
Cornbread & Sausage Stuffing
Triple Cranberry Sauce
Dinner Rolls
Watermelon Pickle
Sweet Potato Casserole
Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Green Bean Casserole

Marionberry Pie
Peach Pie
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Cream Puffs
Christmas Cookies
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On Friday we headed to Alcatraz, my sister had gotten tickets a few weeks before... you get catch the ferry to Alcatraz at Pier 33....


... the gun to the left in the picture is a replica Model 1861 10 inch Rodman Cannon since Alcatraz began as a US Army Fort it was designed to defend San Francisco Bay from enemy attack.  at the height, of the Civil Was, there were more than 100 heavy cannon the island.  The Rodman Cannon ranged in size from 8-inch caliber guns up through 15-inch caliber models - the largest could weigh in at nearly 50,000 lbs.  by 1869 the US Army had shipped 39 Rodmans to the island.  The last of the cannons were donated to a scrap drive in 1943.  This replica weighs in at about 20,000 lbs, could fire a solid 128 lb cannon ball, with a range of 2.75 miles... 

before getting on the boat we had our picture taken....

 ... although I took this shot as we were leaving this is where you land on the "The Rock."



... there are still signs of the Native occupation - 1969-71.

... a cell block...

.. a typical cell...


... the is one of the cells in "the Hole" - or solitary confinement....
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 ... the views from the island are spectacular......






.... the approach to the island has this sign  for all who came here when it was a prison....

leaving the island....

... and returning to the city...
...  it was a really fun trip and one I had been looking forward to.  I've lived here more than 20 years and have never visited...  it was so worth a visit, my only recommendation is to get tickets before you visit, as they sell out early .
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That's about it for today sports fans, thanks for stopping by dos stop again!!

Take care
edgar

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Fun Lunch

Gentle Friends, here's a post I meant to get up last week......better late than never.......

  ...it was a wet and stormy Saturday here in the City by the Bay.....we had been running around and instead of heading home for lunch we headed to 24th street to my favorite pizza place......I drive, so I get to choose the place - it's one of the few things I get my way.... hee hee!!  We found some sweet parking - just across the street and ran through the raindrops into the restaurant... Patxi's Pizza...

...the place was almost empty so we got sat right away...we decided on a thin crust...

...with pepperoni, sausage, and green pepper.... I had a delicious Italian beer while Rico had a soda ...

... we gobbled up that sucker!!!

... on the table with the other condiments was some honey, we were told that it was for the crusts, we tried some and found it to be a nice sweet ending to the pizza slice.
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,
edgar

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Little Stitchin'

Gentle Friends, over the weekend I made a little headway on the border and have gone with mixing the light and dark pinks for the berries...... here's a snaperoo....

... this is a great border as it sort of meanders along and I really like the purple (Elegant Eggplant) I choose for the grapes or poke berries or whatever they could be.....
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There you go sports fans, thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

take care,
edgar

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Very Happy Thanksgiving...

Gentle Friends,
Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!!!  

Remember....



... I'll be back next week, have a super weekend!!!!

Take care,
edgar