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Old 03-29-2014, 10:28 AM   #13581
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Old 03-29-2014, 10:50 AM   #13582
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We are in Ruidoso, NM, at a timeshare condo. No RV'ing for this trip. Am waiting for the camera battery to charge before heading out to do some sightseeing and museum visits.

I have heard of this resort skiing town, but have not had a chance to visit. So when a good deal for timeshare exchange popped up on my wife's screen a couple of months ago and she asked if we wanted to go, I replied "Why not?". It would not work for us to go during the crowded tourist season, particularly as we are not skiers.

Retirement life is great with its flexibility for travel.
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Yes, yes it is.

Spare battery and car charger come in handy for us.
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Old 03-29-2014, 12:04 PM   #13584
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Very productive day yesterday (for a change). After my morning 2-mile walk, breakfast, and shower, I wrote 4 letters: 2 to prison inmates as part of a letter-writing ministry and 2 to members of my church going on a retreat. Next I loaded up the car with "merch" (aka unwanted stuff) for the annual youth garage sale at church. Dropped the stuff off, along with a knitted prayer shawl I finished Thursday night. Went to the post office to mail the letters (there are mail thieves in our neighborhood so we don't put outgoing mail in the box). After lunch, I tackled our taxes - although we need to file an extension due to some documents I need to get from my sister's accountant which are always late, I knew we would owe some $$ (more than expected capital gains at the end of the year) so I wanted to get that estimated. Plowed through all the documents and actually got it all figured out!!! Cooked shrimp scampi for dinner and baked a banana snack cake for good measure. Then settled down with a glass of wine to watch March Madness and start knitting the next prayer shawl. It was a good day!

Today went to the farmer's market and found lots of nice vegetable and herb plants for $0.50 each from the local HS FFA, so I'll be out planting this afternoon. Making osso buco and risotto for dinner tonight, yum!
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Today, I was a judge for a National High School Mock Trial competition at my young wife's high school. It was quite heartening to see a bunch of intelligent, hard-working and enthusiastic young people. They were very well prepared and more poised and confident on their feet than a number of attorneys I've seen.
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Very productive day yesterday (for a change). After my morning 2-mile walk, breakfast, and shower, I wrote 4 letters: 2 to prison inmates as part of a letter-writing ministry and 2 to members of my church going on a retreat. Next I loaded up the car with "merch" (aka unwanted stuff) for the annual youth garage sale at church. Dropped the stuff off, along with a knitted prayer shawl I finished Thursday night. Went to the post office to mail the letters (there are mail thieves in our neighborhood so we don't put outgoing mail in the box). After lunch, I tackled our taxes - although we need to file an extension due to some documents I need to get from my sister's accountant which are always late, I knew we would owe some $$ (more than expected capital gains at the end of the year) so I wanted to get that estimated. Plowed through all the documents and actually got it all figured out!!! Cooked shrimp scampi for dinner and baked a banana snack cake for good measure. Then settled down with a glass of wine to watch March Madness and start knitting the next prayer shawl. It was a good day!

Today went to the farmer's market and found lots of nice vegetable and herb plants for $0.50 each from the local HS FFA, so I'll be out planting this afternoon. Making osso buco and risotto for dinner tonight, yum!
I think I will have to stop and have a beer. I got exhausted just reading your post.
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Spare battery and car charger come in handy for us.
I had a spare battery carried inside the camera case. Both batteries were depleted! And I was debating whether to bring the battery charger.

Anyway, yesterday we spent a few hours in Lincoln, NM, to learn the history events around the story of Billy the Kid and the mayhem back then. I learned of Billy the Kid reading the Belgian cartoon series "Lucky Luke", but these children comics had nothing about the true violence in the real Western US.

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Lol - I've had days like that...
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While doing some ancestry research I managed to reliably connect the dots back to my 16th great-grandfather born in 1432. In the mix found 2 Earls, one of them during the reign of Henry VIII, a Countess, and a Lord born in the mid 1500's.
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While doing some ancestry research I managed to reliably connect the dots back to my 16th great-grandfather born in 1432. In the mix found 2 Earls, one of them during the reign of Henry VIII, a Countess, and a Lord born in the mid 1500's.
I'm trying to find out where my LW's grandfather was born!
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While doing some ancestry research I managed to reliably connect the dots back to my 16th great-grandfather born in 1432. In the mix found 2 Earls, one of them during the reign of Henry VIII, a Countess, and a Lord born in the mid 1500's.
I'm proudly descended from a long line of peasants.
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Gypsies, tramps, and thieves...
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My family's "emigration" might better be called a flight from justice.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:26 AM   #13594
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Yesterday we went to see "Noah". I won't say anything about the film because I don't want to spoil it for anyone who doesn't know how it ends.
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We just got back from a week -end at Cape Kennedy space center . It was very interesting seeing the launch pad & the shuttle Atlantis plus the Imax film on repairing the Hubble telescope was amazing . Good week-end !
We'll be visiting there in September, basing ourselves in Cocoa Beach. Looks like there is enough to do there to occupy an entire day!
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Woke up to hail, notable because we were in a tent as part of a backpacking trip.
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We'll be visiting there in September, basing ourselves in Cocoa Beach. Looks like there is enough to do there to occupy an entire day!
The space center takes a whole day to see it . Make sure you take the included bus tour which takes you to the launching pads .
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