Saturday, January 13, 2018

Week of January 8th Plus Meet Annika Sorenstam at World Golf Hall of Fame

Our week began warmer, back into shorts and skorts for two days, then it turned cold again and rain the rest of the week.
AA had her last Robotics Club meeting on Monday; it will reconvene in February.
Monday was the first day with no SJRPP employees at work. Nothing left but to begin the demolition. So quiet at the plant.
We lost a co-worker on Christmas day, Mike McGuire. I attended his funeral on Saturday, and briefly spoke to widow and former co-worker Pennie. I did visit some with Carol S., Reid's, Kevin T., Bob S. Chris D., Bill H., Lassie, Nancy, many mechanics: Jr, Frank B., Dave G., Tom G., Tony C., too many to name.
On Friday, we lost Donna C. G.'s daughter to cancer; Donna is a cancer survivor herself and to see her daughter not beat this disease, so very sad.
AA's golf mentor, Ms. Penny invited AA and Ford to the WGV on Saturday for the meet and greet with Annika Sorenstam.
As advertised: Join us at the Hall of Fame for a special Speaker Series featuring 72-time LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam. Annika will share some of her greatest career moments and discuss her motivation behind the ANNIKA Foundation and the ANNIKA Invitational tournament, which is being held at the World Golf Village’s Slammer and Squire golf course January 12-15. Check out artifacts from her illustrious career and enjoy an autograph signing with Annika after the event. The event will begin on Saturday, January 13th at 2PM. The event is included in Museum admission. 
Penny and Ford took three pictures, all a bit out of focus:

Saturday, we went to the River House, I made a Mexican seven-layer dip to share with Kathy, Maureen and Hugh. It was good, the salsa I used was a bit spicy.
Tomorrow, Sunday, the 14th is the Jaguar game against the Steelers and AA's NFJG tournament on Monday, a holiday from school.

Monday, January 08, 2018

NFJG Amelia River Win! Sunday January 7th Plus Baking, Jam and Ginger!

Another FREEZING day! AA had a pretty good round, ran into trouble on the first hole and 10th hole (off near a bunker, recovering into fairway, lost a few strokes then four putted). She beat the competition of the day which is what each golfer hopes to do. Play your best, against yourself and hope it is good enough to place high. It was a good day in two ways as the JAGUARS won their first playoff game in 18 years!! 

Very cold - Photo from #NFJG:
Ford took this picture; AA comes home very tired - between the competition, stress of playing, cold weather and wind, she gets a well deserved quiet evening!
Scoreboard:
The top three: AA won by 7 strokes.
From Jack's Newsletter:
I hope the year is starting off in fine fashion for you. It looks like the start of the New Year for the Jaguars was a pretty good one as well. A nail bitter I know, but we’re headed to Pittsburgh to give them all we’ve got and hopefully come back with a nice victory. It goes to show you good defenses is a good offence and can win ball games. Well while the Jags were toughening things out, so were 23 of our toughest NFJG TOUR superstars, as they all battled some chilly weather while playing the “Amelia River Classic” in Fernandina Beach. Although it was cold and a bit breezy it didn’t stop the stars from shining.
Cody Tucker Would shoot 82 to claim victory to the Boys 10-12 Division and Alyzabeth Morgan from the Foundation Elite Division would take home her fifth champions award of the Fall Tournament Series. Morgan shot a very sporty 84 to take a seven shot victory over Ryan Houck who shot 91. Trevor Challice at 95 would take the Bronze to add to his collection of medals.
While AA and her Daddy Caddie were at the tournament, I did many chores (dishes, cooking, laundry, ironing, cleaning, walking dog, etc), baked a new muffin recipe that says tastes just like cinnamon doughnuts. Not really. But still good to eat! I plated four and took to neighbor Nancy.
Recipe:
We have been enjoying the "blueberry jam" that tastes just like "blueberry pie filling", cousin Carolyn made from her Mom's jam recipe. So good!
I took a few pictures of Ginger. She's a very good puppy just so BIG!! Once we have a routine of taking her to the groomers, we will let her fur grow out a little more. It gets matted very easily, but no shedding!
Backyard playing:
Ford bought me an elevated planter for our yard. I assembled it on the 7th also.
Assembled! 

Friday, January 05, 2018

OPE Robotics Team Field Day 01/05/2018

Ford attended a few hours of the robotics competition day with AA's OPE team. AA loves this team and is good at working in the team (per the Coach Mrs. Rauth). The base board/map for the robotics challenge:

Practice time:
The OPE team at the sign-in table:
AA with Owen on right:
Outside group photo:
Funny - Goofy:
The End!
The OPE team did not place in this challenge. Ford observed that the OPE team was not ready to meet the time constraints of the challenges with slow set ups. With this first season over, next big competition is at school year-end!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

It's the New Year! 2018

It has been an exceptionally COLD week! Low's between 26 - 33 degrees have kept us inside more than usual. No golfing until Saturday the 6th, then a NFJG tournament on the 7th. Then we will have 10 days in the 60's with low's in the 40's. Much BETTER!!

Work has been going well, the last day for SJRPP to exist is January 5th. I managed the decommissioning of the TECO gas line in the FREEZING weather! 
My Mom sent me two potholders I sewed years ago as gifts; since she used them for show, thought I might like them back. Yes!
My Mom also sent AA a thermal lunch box that is a L.L. Bean bag - very cute! Will be handy on our road trips as we always pack lunches and snacks.
Now the long story: Auntie Jean from Maine, sent AA a gift on 12/20/17, priority mail. Auntie Jean sent us a few messages saying it was on the way - through San Francisco!!! It was to arrive on 12/23/17 and we did receive it on January 2nd!! Nice photo frame for her golfing pictures. Wonder if the USPS gives refunds! Or as Auntie Jean said, she got her money's worth for the cross-country trip it took!
Friday, I was able to leave work by 4:00 p.m. so we went to the River House for some relaxing. Very quiet there. Then on Saturday, after AA golfed (a practice round with Coach Bryan, Braillan and Ryan H.), we met with Maureen and Hugh, and Kathy at 5:00 p.m. Well, what a difference! 
A wedding party was holding their reception and it was noisy, busy and packed. We enjoyed our time there with bar tender Ginger, but needed to shout most of the time! It's still a very Happy New Year!

Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year's Eve!! Welcome 2018!

This is the first year that AA said that she would like to stay up until midnight for New Year's Eve. We usually go to bed by 10 p.m. and listen to the fireworks as we drift into the next year. This year, I bought some helium balloons for a fun "pop" countdown.
On Saturday evening at the River House, we invited our neighborhood (Palace and Capri Condos) friends to drop in about 5 pm to share an early toast (on Sunday, 12/31/17). It has been really cold, so we have the heat on, will be very cold for the next week too! Brrrr! From Saturday at the RH:

Sunday at 5:00 p.m., we chatted with Hugh, Maureen and Kathy for about an hour, they brought us bottles of wine and homemade Italian anise cookies. We opened/enjoyed a Malbec/Merlot from Cathy and Werner; plus Ford and I had champagne:
Afterward, we settled in with our final glass of champagne, Ford's homemade chili (the bottle of beer went into the recipe) and a round of watching TV, switching between many channels. It was a downer since the Jaguars lost to Tennessee, but they are in the playoff, so will watch them from home next Sunday (the 7th). Well, probably not from home as AA has a NFJG tournament that same day at Amelia River.
Popping the 7 pm balloon! Scared Ginger every time!
Only three left:
All done! Happy New Year at midnight!
New Year's Day was quiet with us sleeping in, late breakfast, chili for lunch, playing with Ginger, laundry, putting together AA's HP puzzle,  and pot roast dinner in the slow cooker! Hoping to get some Christmas ornaments packed too. All is fine on the first day in 2018!
Just a note to save this photo of the remaining SJRPP bricks, deceased employees. Since the plant is being demolished, Rusty Logan took the unclaimed bricks and placed in his yard/garden.
Happy New Year! Twelve years since AA was born so the Year of the Dog has rolled around!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Week After Christmas!

I went back to work for a three-day work week, while Ford and AA golfed, put together her BB-8 and cooked me dinner every night. On Thursday, they picked up Jane W. for Robotics Team workshop, then Ford took them to lunch at Tijuana Flats, AA's favorite fast food Mexican. It was cold and rainy so they then played inside on the WiiU. No photos as Ford and AA just don't think to take any!
This week and next will be very cold, nights in the 30's and 40's, and daytime reaching in the 40's and 50's. Today (Saturday)  was to be 60 but is only 52 degrees. Next time it will be close to 60 degrees will be near January 7th or 8th! Brrrrr!!
AAs LEGO project was very complicated. Besides 1106 pieces in six bags, it assembled from the inside out.
I found this review, which in the end, says the BB-8 is a "great display model"!
BB-8’s interior, built with the parts in the second bag, is occupied with Technic mechanisms for his welding torch and wobbly head. The third bag adds BB-8’s upper sphere segment, and a rubber band holds a weighted section steady so that it can flex back and forth.
The build gets truly interesting when you start building BB-8’s head in the final bag (which includes the minifig-scale BB-8). The droid’s head is full of SNOT (Studs Not on Top) techniques to achieve his unique white and orange stripes, along with all his sensors and other technical details.
The construction for BB-8’s holographic projector is particularly interesting, with the projector connected at an angle to a 1×1 brick with a stud on the side, bracketed by two corner panels.
One of the coolest and funniest features is BB-8’s wobbly head, which flops around when you turn a knob on the opposite side from the welding torch’s knob. 
Here's AA's BB-8:

Her Daddy took a few pictures, AA and BB-8 on our stairs:
Saturday was to be about 60 degrees but instead is COLD! I stayed home and cleaned up the house, laundry, picked lemons, and lots of miscellaneous tasks. AA and Penny at Amelia River:
So very close!!
AA had hiccups all day plus the layers of clothes due to the COLD weather and still scored the low 80's today! Amazing how positive Penny is about Alyzabeth's playing, she encourages AA, always complimentary, such a blessing to our family! Thank you Penny! Using her new NIKE driver:
Penny gave us homemade Welsh cookies, reminds me a little of scones with currents:
We went to the River House for our "night out" and visited with friends Hugh, Maureen, Kathy and Arnie. Always love spending time on the river with our very special friends and bar matron Ginger. Tomorrow is New Year's Eve and we will count down to 2018 at home!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

After Christmas!

We had a quiet day on the 26th, mainly picking up, resting and AA playing on-line Minecraft with Noah and working her HUGE BB-8 LEGO set. She's still working on it:

Probably won't take pictures of all our gifts, so many wonderful ones! Must highlight this homemade from Jesse, he made a peace wreath for the parents, very cool. 

AA went to her golf lesson with Coach Bryan and worked with her new NIKE driver. Time to move up to a longer and heavier club. She played nine holes with him and another student. When she arrived home, Ginger went berserk as usual - this time crushing her!
I drank for the first time from the wine glass AA gave me for Christmas, so sweet, she had it personalized with "Love, Alyzabeth". Love my girl!
We opened a box that arrived from Mia, while we ate a dinner of leftovers (best kind! no cooking!) and played some HP trivial pursuit (thank you Mom). A variety of fun shaped pasta, we will definitely eat it!
I am back to work tomorrow, Wednesday. Hoping AA and Ford plan some fun!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Day 2017!

Merry Christmas! We enjoyed having Carolyn with us over night. The morning was pretty relaxed, opened our stockings, many gifts from relatives afar and ate our delicious breakfast casserole and a home grown orange, we finally picked one of our oranges, the trees we planted are bearing only a few fruit so far. My Mom sent lots of presents and sister Terri sent a box full too! Morning hugs:

Santa brought AA a few gifts (watch, LEGO and book):
Carolyn gave us P.F. Chang gift certificates plus a bottle of Courvoisier and champagne. She made homemade Maine blueberry jam for pie filling and apple butter. She gifted AA with Barnes and Noble gift card, music CD ad a movie, Neverending story.
New ornaments for our Christmas tree:
Orange is ripe on our small tree:
Ginger is very curious - trying to keep up with BB-9E!
AA working on her LEGO BB-8:
We drove to Cathy and Werner's home and arrived at 1:15 p.m. Nicole and Jordan were there with Leaa and Jesse arriving at our same time. Christa and Stuart McColm, then Justin and Kilee arrived. Angie, Charles and Ian all were recovering from the flu so did not come. AA playng with BB-9E in the car:
A few photos, didn't get all six girls together:

AA and Livi:
Cathy and son Justin:
We had a nice meal of lasagna, salad and Ford's yeast rolls. We received many gifts including wine, coffee and pictures. AA received clothes, gift cards, an iPad foam rest pillow, Teva flip flops and some aromatic lotions.
Christmas thank you's got out to Carolyn, Leaa/family, Nicole/family, Christa/Stuart, Auntie Jean, Aunt Patti, Miss Penny, Justin, Nana Joy, Bill and Joan, my Mom, Terri/George, cousin Chris Clarke. 
This poem reminds me of how we need to be intentional about kindness, courage, generosity and love all year round, easier said than done!
Somehow, Not Only for Christmas by John Greenleaf Whittier 
Somehow, not only for Christmas,
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others,
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to you glad.