Different cultures have different ways of displaying the birth of Our Savior.
Before disposing of a computer, it is wise to erase all the data. Simply pressing “delete” isn’t good enough. All that does is change one bit, which, in effect, makes that “space available”. The data remains until over written by something. My method is more dramatic and more fun.
The railroad bridge crossing the Ohio near Monaca, PA. The fourth photo is of the Shell Cracker Plant being built near Beaver, PA.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Two Turtle Doves
Three French Hens
Four Calling Birds
Five Gold Rings
Six Geese a Laying
Seven Swans a Swimming
Eight Maids a Milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords a Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming
Are you ready for the Big Freeze?
Probably not but are you mostly ready. Have you done those things that are simple to do?
For instance: Have you secured your outside faucets. Most Pennsylvania outside faucets are not protected against freezing.
First—Disconnect the garden hose, the one that’s been sitting there since summer. The hose could prevent water from draining from the faucet which will lead to problems in freezing weather.
Second—turn off any valves inside the house that lead exclusively to an outside faucet—then go outside and open that faucet and leave it open all winter.
If you can’t find a shut off valve, you might want to get a water faucet cover. They are cheap and can save you hundreds of dollars.
This is also the best time to inspect the house for cracks and gaps around door and windows and loose or missing shingles.
What about the Car? Is it ready?
The first item is the window scraper—but you’ve probably already had to use it.
This might be a good time to check the condition of tires, fluids, etc. In winter, a disabled car is not just inconvenient but can become a life-threatening situation.
Do you have a good battery? A typical car battery last 5 years. Batteries lose their strength in cold weather and if your battery is 4 years old, you might want to consider replacing it.
Each vehicle should have two emergency kits. One for the car and one for the passengers.
Beware of the First Snow
I was at a restaurant in Wyoming during the first real snowfall. A person in the next booth looked out at the snow and said, “Money in my pocket.” He shook his head. “I know what is going to happen. First snow and people keep driving like it is summer.”
This was Wyoming and people drive on hard packed snow for two or three months each year. They know how to do it safely, but during the summer, they get out of the habit. They must relearn their skill.
He was a guy who ran a body shop and he made his living by repairing dented and broken vehicles.
“Money in my pocket. I don’t wish it on anyone, but I know it will happen.”
I draw picture because I can’t take the photos I want to take. Here is a representation of when I worked in a television station. Working under hot lights is uncomfortable and the newsmen would do what they could to stay cool.