Our Times Archive November 2005

News Archive - November 2005

We're Out! 11/28/05
By John Schmit
After seven years, we have finally closed the storage room and brought our stuff home. We began preparing for this Thanksgiving week project early in the month, when we installed the additional garage door opener. We also bought three more steel shelving units. Cheryl planned for this major move by taking a five day weekend over the holiday.

First, we rearranged where stuff was in the garage, then began the three trips (and 150 miles) in the van to get the last boxes home. These boxes held old videos, photo albums, and many books. It's been a lot of fun looking at things we haven't seen since we left California. We managed to get most items sorted and put away already.

We've also taken a van load to the Goodwill and have another expected to go tomorrow or Wednesday. Tonight, both vehicles are parked back in the garage. Now, it feels like we've finally finished moving into the house. The challenge - where to put this last load.


Good Morning to all! 11/20/05
By Frank Bingham
It is Sunday morning and quite cool down here in this part of Texas. I walk every morning for about an hour and a half before going to work. When I first arrived it was pleasant, in the early morning so sweat pants and shirt was just fine but now it is frosty at 5:45 when I leave. I am considering getting some gloves and a pull over hat as my ears and hands really get chilly now. I carry my little digital camera with me all the time when walking and have caught some interesting animal life in my exploring. Attached are a few pictures taken mostly in the afternoon when I walk again. I have also included a picture of my normal work day. The number of things to see here is limited but the natural beauty of this area is in abundance. I am going to try to get some shots of the beautiful birds that seem to come and go as I seldom see the same kind very often.

I am on the down hill slide now toward going home. I am leaving on the 15th of December to be home for Christmas and New Years then the big question arises as to whether or not I will return here. They want me to come back and stay for a much longer period but I simply do not like it here all that much nor is the work actually very interesting. I guess it is old age creeping in but I no longer like being away from home and family for months at a time. I guess I'll come to grips with the "Coming Back" question in the next few weeks but for now the very thought of having been here well over half the time is reassuring.

I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving. I am probably going to be working as this company is facing a dead line that does not allow much time off...............

Best to all,


Thanks To All! 11/15/05
By Susie Devries
Thanks to all who sent me Birthday Wishes. I am now the ripe old age of 53 ----oh man------------ Had a wonderful birthday, quite with a few surprises. My great husband got me a food scale. I've been wanting one for quite sometime. This one is digital, will weigh anything from 1 ounce to 6 pounds. It also will give a readout of cal, fat, carbs, protein, sodium, and fiber if you put in a simple 2-3 digit code which is in the book that came with the scale. Ever been on a diet that says you can have one ounce of this or that and you have to try to decide how much one ounce is. Some labels give you an idea: cereal for example, one ounce may be one cup. But what about cheese in a block, how much is one ounce? I am not good at that sort of thing, so this scale will be a huge help to me and I just might loose a few extra pounds!

By the way, I asked for the scale, Bill didn't buy it cause I need to loose weight, in his eyes I don't need to. Must be those rose colored glasses. Take care everyone.



Hello to all the family from Texas! 11/13/05
By Frank Bingham
I am still here ( North of Houston) on my consulting mission but have some time to walk around this beautiful country club where my office / house is located. I thought I would send along a few pictures of what I encounter when walking here.

My work is proceeding but is always a high pressure thing as companies do not call on people like me unless there is some rather large financial problem that over taken them. That is certainly the case here but this is unusually complex with so many companies are under one large umbrella. They have 22 different companies to deal with the oil business they are in. The amount of data that is passed amongst them is astounding. It is because of this volume of data and no central computer structure lots of information is misdirected or lost. In the end they are losing millions and have no real idea where. That is what I am here to figure out and then create a computer program structure that will streamline what is done in the future.

Well, enjoy the pictures as it is truly beautiful here. maybe it seems extra nice to me as the desert, where I live, looks very much different than this.

Love to all .......... Frank


Big Milestones! 11/01/05
By Susie Devries
Big milestones for Baby Michael. He now weighs 18.5 pounds and for all his birth problems and all, seems to be growing well. I thought he weighed more, he sure feels heavy, especially after holding Baby Jade who weighs a whopping 8 pounds 3 ounces now at two weeks old.

Baby Michael also said his first words yesterday, DADA! AND he cut his first tooth! Its a bottom one. We are so tickled. You can see his top teeth forming those bumps, so they won't be far behind. At 15 months old, this may seem like slow progress, but for us, it's just plain wonderful! We never thought when he was born at 26 weeks gestation, weighing only 1 pound 14 ounces that we would see these exciting times. God has blessed us like crazy!!

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