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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Starlight 2017

"Starlight" has become one of my 'can't miss' Christmas events in the area. It's put on by Shelby Road Baptist Church, about 35 minutes away from me.

This is just part of the decor. And yes. Yes, the pianist is actually playing Christmas music to entertain as you walk in the building.

Starlight concert

The choir opened with "This is Christmas", directed by brother-in-law, Jim.

Starlight concert

Starlight concert

There is always a skit woven through the concert. This year, the marketing director is trying to decide what to feature in their display window. First the team tries Santa (no picture), which the public considers too trite. Other tries are the backdrops for several of the other songs.

Starlight concert

The concert is a community event, so there is a mix of secular and sacred songs. The next two were "Santa Baby" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

This one was new to me: "The Ugly Christmas Sweater Song."

Starlight concert

Followed by "Silent Night" and "Christmas Dreams."

Starlight concert

Then "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree/Jingle Bell Rock."

Starlight concert

The marketing director takes to the streets to interview people about what they want to see for Christmas (thinking to get an idea for a better window display). She discovers that people want hope.

Starlight concert

There was a short message, and the choir closed with "Hope of the World, Emmanuel" and "O Holy Night."

I went with friend GayLynne. Paula wasn't feeling well, so that was a bummer. But, these concerts have become an important part of my Christmas celebration.

See Starlight 2016
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Friday, December 15, 2017


Work was shorter than usual today, and I did something I rarely do. I came home and fell asleep. Quiet snow outside


Reading a book that is not a mystery or one I've promised to review for someone. Cryptography! A pet topic. The Woman Who Smashed Codes

book cover

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

This and That

No formatting was accomplished at all today. I was out clearing the driveway before the sun was up.

sunrise through snowy branches


Work was challenging. There are now two of us wearing wrist braces. This job is hard on the body.

wrist braces

But, after work and a few errands, Om and I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. An excellent addition to the series. This is saying something after sitting through about 10 previews and there wasn't a single one of them that made me the least bit interested in seeing the whole movie.

movie theater

Locations for filming include Ireland, Iceland, Croatia and Bolivia. Very cool places and magical enough for even Star Wars.

Bed now... Tomorrow is Friday the work, work and work day.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Page Numbers

Yes, page numbers. It's all I've got. Actually, there are a couple of exciting book things to share, but can't/don't have pictures yet. Other than that... page numbers.

I'm working on the formatting for the paperback copy of Dead Mule Swamp Druggist, and I've just spent HOURS trying to get the page numbers right. I believe I finally have them!

Word 2003 page numbers

An online help page says "Editing page numbers is one of the most frustrating and difficult things... to learn. It seems to be especially difficult in Microsoft Word 2003." Yup.

I consider myself to be quite computer savvy. This is the 5th paperback book I've formatted (although I did North Country Cache in Word Perfect, my preferred word processor). But something got screwed up in the footnotes where the page numbers are, and they kept doing wonky things like counting 1,2,1,3 or 1,1,1,1 or 1,2,3,4,3,4.

Directions say that if you delete a page number, Word deletes all the page numbers. My response is, "sometimes."

You have to do it by sections per chapter so that the headers are correct, so I was quite sure I had that right. But the page numbers were just being a pill.

Finally, I went through and unlinked the sections, then went through again and relinked them, and voila---

Word 2003 page numbers

Both the odd and even page numbers are correct, and then continue so through.... oops. No they don't. So everything I just said isn't true.

Back to the grindstone. I'll get this. Eventually.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's a Snowblower

Well, the big storm we were supposed to get was pretty much a fizzle. The wind blew a lot but we had very little snowfall.

Nevertheless, I wanted to run the new blower in the daytime for the first time. I wish I could tell you it's just wonderful and such a joy compared to the old one and blah, blah. But, it's a huge snowblower that is difficult to deal with just like the other one. But it moves snow.

It's also really hard to take a picture while operating it!


In other news: I got a lot of the formatting done for the paper copy of DMS Druggist. Very good progress, in fact. Handbell practice and writers' group.

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