This is one of our crazy cats, Mr. Whiskers. Beth is holding him.

Whiskers 2

silver glitter 

UPDATE 6:00 p.m….I guess people have heard by now that James Kim was found dead today. His family needs our prayers now.


This is an old picture, but I still love it. Cammy came to us the night before Thanksgiving. She is so named because she was found under the hood of the Camaro. Rachael took this picture of Cammy’s first Christmas in 2004. She was our newest tree ornament that year. She had her special branch, and that’s where she always wanted to be.

Cammy 3 

Here’s Cammy today:

Cammy 12-06

I was reading some old blog posts and emails, and found this one that Brandon posted last Christmas. I thought I’d steal it. It was written by Dave Barry. This cracks me up.

This is the time of year when we think back to the very first
Christmas, when the Three Wise Men; Gaspar, Balthazar and Herb, went to see the baby Jesus and, according to the Book of Matthew, “presented unto Him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

These are simple words, but if we analyze them carefully, we discover an important, yet often overlooked, theological fact: There is no mention of wrapping paper.

If there had been wrapping paper, Matthew would have said so: “And lo, the gifts were inside 600 square cubits of paper. And the paper was festooned with pictures of Frosty the Snowman.
And Joseph was going to throweth it away, but Mary saideth unto him, she saideth, ‘Holdeth it! That is nice paper! Saveth it for next year!’ And Joseph did rolleth his eyeballs. And the baby Jesus was more interested in the paper than the frankincense.”

But these words do not appear in the Bible, which means that the very first Christmas gifts were NOT wrapped. This is because the people giving those gifts had two important characteristics:
1. They were wise. 2. They were men.

Men are not big gift wrappers. Men do not understand the point of putting paper on a gift just so somebody else can tear it off. This is not just my opinion: This is a scientific fact based on a statistical survey of two guys I know.

One is Rob, who said the only time he ever wraps a gift is “if it’s such a poor gift that I don’t want to be there when the person opens it.”

The other is Gene, who told me he does wrap gifts, but as a matter of principle never takes more than 15 seconds per gift. “No one ever had to wonder which presents daddy wrapped at Christmas,” Gene said. “They were the ones that looked like enormous spitballs.”

I also wrap gifts, but because of some defect in my motor skills, I can never completely wrap them. I can take a gift the size of a deck of cards and put it the exact center of a piece of wrapping paper the size of a regulation volleyball court, but when I am done folding and taping, you can still see a sector of
the gift peeking out. (Sometimes I camouflage this sector with a marking pen.)

If I had been an ancient Egyptian in the field of mummies, the lower half of the Pharaoh’s body would be covered only by Scotch tape.

On the other hand, if you give my wife a 12-inch square of wrapping paper, she can wrap a C-130 cargo plane. My wife, like many women, actually likes wrapping things. If she gives you a gift that requires batteries, she wraps the batteries separately, which to me is very close to being a symptom of
mental illness. If it were possible, my wife would wrap each individual volt.

My point is that gift-wrapping is one of those skills like having babies that come more naturally to women than to men. That is why today I am presenting:

* Whenever possible, buy gifts that are already wrapped. If, when the recipient opens the gift, neither one of you recognizes it, you can claim that it’s myrrh.

* The editors of Woman’s Day magazine recently ran an item on how to make your own wrapping paper by printing a design on it with an apple sliced in half horizontally and dipped in a mixture of food coloring and liquid starch. They must be smoking crack.

* If you’re giving a hard-to-wrap gift, skip the wrapping paper! Just put it inside a bag and stick one of those little adhesive bows on it. This creates a festive visual effect that is sure to delight the lucky recipient on Christmas morning:

YOUR WIFE: Why is there a Hefty trash bag under the tree?
YOU: It’s a gift! See? It has a bow!
YOUR WIFE (peering into the trash bag): It’s a leaf blower.
YOU: Gas-powered! Five horsepower!
YOUR WIFE: I want a divorce.
YOU: I also got you some myrrh.

In conclusion, remember that the important thing is not what you give, or how you wrap it. The important thing, during this very special time of year, is that you save the receipt.



11 thoughts on “

  1. Too funny…that is SO my husband.  He is famous for giving gifts in the bag it came home from in the store.  If asked why he didn’t wrap it, he looks incredulously at you and says…they wrapped it at the store in this gift bag.  😮

  2. Thanks for that info…. I am going to take him to the doc…. tomorrow if he get any worst…. He is not that bad right now…. But they did find the carrier when they tested some of them this week… and she is being treated with another round…. Love and Hugs Lisa

  3. :sunny:
    Hello, I love your background. Okay, I like snow to look at and for the first day and then melt. I love your pictures of the cats. I plan to get a dog — Lord willing the house will go through. Close is set for Jan 5, prefer next year so do not have to deal with the taxes for 06. I had asked and asked, about the type of heat. I was told electric, the only gas appliance was the stove. Tweetie (my husband), even “told” before we signed the contract that it was gas heat. We have inspection Sunday afternoon, already plan to say let’s turn on that electric heat to check out. The agent said was at the home last week and the “electric” heat was turned on and the house got very warm. So should be interesting. Also, the hot water on the main part of the house is also gas — the petro tank kind. There is not even a tank on the property–so how was it heating??? I got this right now so I know what this is. It is expensive and if heated and cooked normal bill would be over $300!! The owner signed the contract so guess what—that electric heat– heat pump and hot water heater going have to be there when we close. Well, at least I can say we tried. Smiling,Sharonaka–“sweetie”

  4. :goodjob:Mr. Whiskers ~ Does he really have blue eyes? He’s gorgeous! Baby Cammy: Adorable! Berry’s column; A hoot! James Kim: I’m praying for the family just now. :heartbeat:

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