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December 24

Post by JL on Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:37 am

Merry Christmas Eve!

The answer to yesterday's quote is Will You Walk A Little Faster.  Tom is speaking about Jake.

Today's Guess the Quote:

"Find something to do, you're only reading my mail because you're bored."
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Fun Things to do: Christmas in Wyoming

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Story to Check Out: The Mistleberry

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Do you remember/miss the old Oregon Trail computer game?  Has this year's Christmas story brought back fond memories?  Well, now you can play it online!  I did today with the Fabulous FCR Five.  They all made it to Oregon alive!  But, Jasper broke his arm 3 times, got lost, and had typhoid (LOL...nothing like our real Japser).  Riley had a bout of cholera as well.  Still, they all made it!

Online Oregon Trail

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The Night Before Christmas (At Falls Chance Ranch)

Twas just hours before Christmas and the cowboy woke with a start.
He’d thought all was ready, but he caught a missed part.
The gifts were all wrapped.  The cookies all made.
The lights on the porch, and the good nights were all bade.
But the stockings were missed!  How could they forget?!
The mantle was bare of their five-stocking set.
He slipped out of bed, and then strode ‘cross the floor.
Trying hard to be silent as he opened his door.
All was quiet and peaceful.  His men sound asleep.
He made it downstairs without making a peep.
To the laundry room first to find five suitable socks.
Not ones stinky or dirty, or ripped from sharp rocks.
Now to fill them was tricky.  What could he put in?
Nothing too big or too sharp, or that might hold David’s gin.
He started with candy picked up from the mall.
Making sure each had his favorite. He remembered them all.
Next came cookies, home-baked with experience and care.
His veteran hands tucked them softly in there.
A silver dollar was next to join the cookies and sweets.
Each one had been David’s, which made a rare treat.
I lighter was added, then a handkerchief too.
Small but good gifts that said, “I think of you”.
Last to go in was a handwritten note.
They weren’t fancy or long, but they were special…I quote:
 
My dearest loves, I am a richly blessed man.
I’m so glad my life didn’t follow my plan.
I thought to make my own path, to spread my wings and explore.
But I landed here after leaving my home shore.
I was given a place to call home, and friends for a start.
But more than those gifts, I found the beats of my heart.
Four sets of hands hold my heart and my soul.
Hands that loved me and made all parts of me whole.
My gift to you is not trinkets or gold.
It is all of myself…forever…to hold.
I love you, my boys, my husbands, my men.
And I look forward to each day that I can love you again.

With the last note written, his steps to bed did adjorn,
To find peaceful rest until the coming of morn.
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Trisha's Trivia:
1. 'Word as flesh appearing' prompts one of whose favourite thoughts?
2. Who won the tomato war? 
3. Philip treasured six copies of what?
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Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:08 am

OK - first off, I love the poem, especially the note Paul tucks into each sock.

I'm off to hunt down the quote and the trivia.  I'm pretty sure the tomato war is about the way David pronounces it (tom-ah-to) vs the way everyone else in the early days does. Not sure there was a winner.  I
think I remember Paul saying to Dale not to get him started on 'aluminum'.
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Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:25 am

Trivia # 1 - a very young Philip in The Willows

It was a thought that Philip often pondered on as one of his favourites. For words to become something quite real was a most wonderful thing to imagine
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Re: December 24

Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:36 am

Today's quote - Tom to Jake in SBE
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Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:48 am

Trivia # 3 - Jackson High.  Philip kept 6 different versions of Gerry's essays on Darwin's Origin of Species.  Apparently, they made for highly entertaining reading as each version was more preposterous than the last.
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Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:54 am

Trivia # 2 - David won the tomato war - everyone pronounced it 'tomahtoes'.  Easier than fighting about it.

Paul to Dale in FCR
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Post by Hayjude on Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:31 am

The same for aluminium- we’ll wear you all down yet!
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Post by Hayjude on Mon Dec 24, 2018 5:33 am

It’s also different for the US appendectomy and the Aussie appendicectomy. We just seem to add more letters!
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Post by loyalpainter88 on Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:18 am

Wow ! That poem was beautiful !
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Post by Trisha Louise on Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:12 am

Someone blessed with a deeply romantic soul wrote that poem. It's a beauty, balanced perfectly with the reality of the sad state of some socks, good humour and love. Thanks to the poet.

I missed the Oregon Trail game altogether first time around so I'll enjoy figuring it out and hopefully not losing too many along the way. 

I want to do all thirteen things listed for a Wyoming Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I can happily forgo shoveling snow and freezing my butt whilst waiting for a bus, but I so want to experience this place in real life and what better time than Christmas? Something to aim for, so thank you for that inspiring link.

It's Christmas Eve. You only have to be good for a smidge longer.  rendeer rendeer rendeer

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Re: December 24

Post by Guest on Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:00 pm

Lovely poem, ‘my gift to you is not trinkets or gold, it is all of myself forever to hold ‘
, made me misty eyed, especially thinking of family who are far away this xmas.
I’m off to try out this oregan trail game,
@jkfan I admire how quick you are with the trivia answers. I’ve read the books countless times and am hopeless at remembering specific details.
Merry Christmas all.

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Post by jkfan on Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:03 pm

@marchand - lest you think I'm just pulling these from memory, I have to say that I usually know about where to look to find the exact reference, then use the 'search' feature on my kindle to zero in on it.  Sometimes, it takes a couple of tries before I find it, and sometimes, I have NO idea.

Soggy toast had me completely baffled, as did the reference to Roger's name for a restaurant he and Luthe enjoyed.

I love looking for the daily quote and Trish's trivia.  After I find them, I back up a few pages and read a few more chapters just because I love revisiting these wonderful stories.

Merry Christmas, Marchand.
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Post by iam on Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:37 pm

What a beautiful poem!

I wanted to play the Oregon Trail Game, but I can't seem to get it to work. The website seems to work just fine, but nothing happens when I click on "Start".

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Re: December 24

Post by mc on Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:35 am

How beautiful...thank you!

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Re: December 24

Post by JL on Tue Dec 25, 2018 2:50 am

Thank you all for the kind words about my poem.  Have wonderful Christmas!
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Re: December 24

Post by jkfan on Tue Dec 25, 2018 3:22 am

@JL wrote:Thank you all for the kind words about my poem.  Have wonderful Christmas!
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I was wondering who wrote it, @jl.  It was absolutely lovely.  Thank you for the gifts of the poem, the daily quote, your lists, and this year's Advent Calendar.  I looked
forward to every day leading up to the holiday.  Thanks to you and those who contributed, I truly enjoyed the holiday season.
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Post by Nonni on Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:45 am

JL, that poem was wonderful. Especially toward the end it just really almost made me cry.

I used to play Oregon Trail a lot and loved it (it was a game we got for the kids, but I'd stay up late playing it after they went to bed!). Last year I decided I missed it and spent some time playing different versions of it, from one of the early versions that was mostly words with few or no pictures, to the second to last version. It was one of the earliest computer games as I recall so the early versions are pretty basic, but still fun.

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