Friday, December 15, 2017

Next year

Furman Park workout

The holidays! The parties are numerous and the treats are everywhere, and it's hard to get motivated to work off those extra pounds. The days are shorter, so it's harder to find the time to exercise, as illustrated by the empty workout area and walking paths here at Furman Park.

Well, I guess that's what New Year's resolutions are for...

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Prize-winning Christmas decorations #4


This house won the award for the Most Original Holiday Display in District 2. It has a wide array of winter and Christmas characters on display.


There are the usual characters that I grew up with.


And the unusual characters that my children grew up with.


And of course Snoopy and the gang.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Prize-winning Christmas decorations #3


The sign in the front yard says that this home's decorations won the Best Religious display award this year. It is truly a beautiful nativity display.


But I would have to say that the nativity sceen was a little overwhelmed by the rest of the decorations.


And, of course, I found my buddy, Snoopy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A sleigh or a carriage?


I love looking at Christmas lights and outdoor decorations. I have been finding some new trends this year and this seems to be one of this an ultimately elegant Santa sleigh?

IMG_4396It sure seems more obvious on this rooftop.

"When you stop believing in Santa Claus, you get underwear."

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas deflatables

Christmas deflatables

Inflatable Christmas decorations are everywhere these days, and there are some amazing characters out there. The one drawback is their daytime presentation. They look more like some of us the day after Christmas—or, as one friend put it, like an inflatable massacre.

"People tend to romanticize this job. So, it's fun to let the air out of it."
~ Kevin Smith

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The bell ringer


Every year at Christmas time, the Salvation Army sets up red kettles all around the world to collect donations for the needy. This bell ringer was collecting contributions at the local Stater Brothers store.

20171208_175850 (1)“Christmas gift suggestions: to your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”
~ Oren Arnold

Friday, December 8, 2017

Once a year pleasures

Christmas movies

I know it's not an official date on the calendar, but December 1 is that date when you have "permission" to start watching Christmas movies again. (And also singing Christmas carols...) Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, While You Were Sleeping, and yes, Die Hard, are just a few of the Christmas movies that have made it onto my list in previous years.

A walk around the neighborhood shows me that I'm not the only one. What Christmas movies have you watched so far this month?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Prize-winning Christmas decorations #2


Here is today's offering of a Christmas decoration winner here in Downey. This one is at 8602 Nada Street. It's a corner house and the decorations wrap around the corner, so you get lots of little smiles as you walk along. You should drive over, get out, and see for yourself.


These snowmen were there to greet any visitor and show the award sign.


Just around the corner from them are a couple of gnomes having a discussion about the toys in Mom's garden.


And of course, I smiled when I noticed Snoopy and Woodstock.