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It's Veteran's Day today.

I have children serving right now - most are in Afghanistan, but one is currently in NC healing from a broken leg.

When they're stateside, all of them like to spend the day, once they are done with official ceremonies, going from place to place to get all the discounts and freebies offered to them.  While my children have learned to pace themselves, that's not necessarily true of their friends.  It's a good thing that Veteran's Day is a Sunday, because they get to have tomorrow off to recover from today's excesses.

This is my youngest on his first leave home - 7 years ago.


Two of mine:


None of the other pics are digital.

Today is also Elften-Elften, a major German festival celebrating the end of WWI.

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  •  Tip Jar (15+ / 0-)

    All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

    by Noddy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 09:57:05 PM PST

  •  Bless your children for their unselfish dedication (5+ / 0-)
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    chimene, FloridaSNMOM, broths, txcatlin, weck

    to their country, and to you Noddy for the strength you show.

  •  fine looking young men, congratulations. (3+ / 0-)
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    Here's hoping they all get home unscathed, every time!

    How'd the leg get broken? Hope the healing goes well. Nothing like re-breaking a leg half-way through! My little brother got hit by a drunk on his paper route, what? 50-some years ago, broke his femur. Spent MONTHS in traction in the hospital, and then fell coming home, & spent MORE months in a cast!

    One of the things that turned my mind to home-schooling was, when brother was in the hospital all those months, the school district sent a tutor to keep him up with his class. I think she spent about 2 hrs a week with him! 6th or 7th grade???

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:46:23 AM PST

  •  Thank them for their service to our nation (4+ / 0-)
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    Eagle Quilt from the Pacific International Quilt Festival XX Show

    It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision. ~ Helen Keller

    by Pam from Calif on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:12:34 AM PST

  •  Good morning (3+ / 0-)
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    You have very handsome sons Noddy, give them virtual hugs from me and physical ones where possible. Tell them I said thanks for everything they do.

    That reminds me, need to email a few of my friend Vets today.

    Warmer today, 64 already. I didn't sleep well though, tossed and turned all night and my back is in literal knots. Got a letter that my blood work came back and the doc wants to see me again, so I guess I'll call and set that up on Monday. Maybe I can get things moving with my neck again too.

    Today I'm watching the Lorax with my kids and relaxing. I have a Kosability diary going up tonight, so I'll be here for that, may let Caedy use my computer later this afternoon before that if she likes. We're supposed to hear back about the two computers we have in the shop today (keeping my fingers crossed neither was anything major).

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:58:49 AM PST

  •  Good morning everyone! (3+ / 0-)
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    A thank you to all veterans today. Good looking sons, Noddy.  

    Well, the German restaurant was lousy.  There were 4 of us, and nothing was good.  Everything was dry, and had no taste.  Even dessert was just fair.  Kinda disappointing.  

    Nice day today.  Warmish.

    Have a great day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:20:52 AM PST

    •  I am so sorry (6+ / 0-)

      the dinner was a disappointment.  German food is supposed to be hearty, moist, and flavorful.

      Your talk of German food yesterday had be thawing out a hambone today to make a German lentil stew.

      While the stew simmers in my crockpot, I'll be working hard at IzumiCon, advertising OctopodiCon.  The cold front hit about 5:00 am and brought rains with it.  Xoco and Itzl want me to make a nice covered spot from the back door to their favorite lawn spots so they can still go out to potty without getting drenched.

      Xoco smells of oatmeal when she gets wet, and Itzl smells of burnt oak  Neither smells like Wet Dog...

      All knowledge is worth having. Check out OctopodiCon to support steampunk learning and fun. Also, on DKos, check out the Itzl Alert Network.

      by Noddy on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:41:34 AM PST

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  •  We have today and part of tomorrow before the (2+ / 0-)
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    winter weather returns, so we will be playing outside today.  Got enough done yesterday so that my car (just) fits into the garage; I hate scraping, I'm just too short so it is a winter priority for me for my car to not need scraping.

    I want to make some yummy polish cabbage rolls for supper (and beyond).  I can't spell goulabke correctly.

    My personal (elephant carrying and sad) veteran got banana-walnut-buckwheat pancakes for breakfast.  A hat tip to Noddy for what to do with a very ripe banana!

    Please donate to Okiciyap food pantry. . If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.

    by weck on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 08:16:57 AM PST

    •  we're having small showers & cold, so (2+ / 0-)
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      yesterday afternoon was fun, getting tons (almost literally) of damp catalpa leaves out of the back yard & into the street for pick-up starting Tuesday. All 3 of us worked for 1.5-2 hours, til it was AFTER too dark to see! but we got the back cleared. also 3 5-gal buckets of apples to sort! (the cider press is in storage 300 miles away, though)

      Monday we'll be finishing the front! 2 maples & a filbert. haven't had much wind so far this fall, but the leaves are coming down a bit earlier, maybe the dry this summer. has been sort of fun watching the Japanese maple go trampoline as our tree-rats race around harvesting seeds!

      of course there are still leaves on all the trees, but there's a 2d pick-up run in about 5 weeks, so we'll be able to clean up.

      argh! while hauling leaves from the back, suddenly got hit in the face with a dierama stem, heavy with a half-dozen seed pods! which means that somehow I managed to miss the FLOWERING! which I've been waiting for for 2 years, or 3. quel frustrát! (sic, 40yo French) (and yes, I would have had ONE stem of flowers, not the mass in the photo, but you get the idea, 8-)) (my! didn't know this S.African native was so popular in Japan, goody! all the better that ours are planted in the Japanese stroll garden section of the yard!)

      "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

      by chimene on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:44:52 PM PST

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  •  Delightful children! (1+ / 0-)
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    My family is military, and I'm proud of them... but equally proud and grateful for all of them.

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