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Thanksgiving 2016

It is the evening of Thanksgiving, the food has been cooked, served and eaten, the good dishes cleaned, used and then cleaned again before being put away. I've already had my first plate of leftovers, enjoying the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans along with some gravy for extra flavor. And a home made roll, of course, with real butter, just to make sure I get enough carbs for the day. Since it was my husbands birthday today, we had cupcakes for our dessert instead of pie.

Progress with Exercise and Workouts

For the last three years, I have been working out. I have gradually improved my fitness level and I continue with my workouts for three days a week now. It hasn't been easy but the improvements in my mental and physical condition have been worth the price.

Yesterday, I went for my warm up run in order to loosen up before I start my workout. For the first time in my life, I can run a mile without stopping to walk or rest. I even look forward to this ritual as I feel my body working, legs moving, arms pumping, and lungs pulling in air.

War of the Tomatoes: Siege of ‘16

The seeds of the war were planted back in the summer of ’13. We had moved to a new year, with a larger yard in 2012 and had lots of space. There was plenty of room for a vegetable garden,  so we set up a raised bed garden space in our back yard. I planted tomato plants, peppers and herbs that did very well that first year. With that small success, I expanded our garden space and by the winter of ’15 we had three areas for vegetables.

Life in Lakeside - Fall Gardening

Since I live in San Diego, the weather is mild which means that it is possible to have a garden growing year round. Back in October 2014 I decided I’d like to try growing a garden so I found some vegetables that should do well in cooler, wetter weather. I drafted my husband and son to help in getting lumber for a raised garden bed and to build it for me. Fortunately, they kindly agreed to help out and about two weeks later I had a new garden bed.

New Beginnings

Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a pleasant start for 2015. Our weather has been wintry, for San Diego, and it has been nice to have a few days off to rest up and prepare for all of the various projects I want to work on.

"Doing the E.T. Tango" - Introducing US Army Master Sergeant Donald Sutherland

Another character from the book is Don Sutherland, a Master Sergeant in the US Army. He is assistant head of security for Fort Custer which makes him of interest to Bill and Ellen's team. Ellen starts dating the sergeant in order to try and find out more about base security. In the meantime, the sergeant is doing his job and providing information to Steve Jenkins about an odd team working near the base. Here is the initial introduction to Don Sutherland from the book.

Places in Wyoming featured in "Doing the E.T. Tango" - Cody, Wyoming

In the novel Doing the E.T. Tango: Dancing with the Universe, there are several visits to Cody, Wyoming. Cody is a popular destination for tourists and local residents because of the larger stores, restaurants and spots of interest. It is one of the largest towns in the Big Horn Basin and is within 1-2 hour drive of the other small towns in the area. This makes it a convenient place to go and shop for items that can be obtained in the smaller locations.

Chapter 16 from "Doing the E.T. Tango: Dancing with the Universe"

One more chapter from the book, in this chapter, the team has a close call with a drone and the FBI agent Steve Jenkins continues to get suspicious about what is really going on with the fossil hunting team. Only one more week until you can read the rest of the story of the search for alien artifacts.

"Doing the E.T. Tango" - Introducing Steve Jenkins

While the team is looking for a way into the Army base, government agencies become interested in them and their activities. One of these government agents is Steve Jenkins, an FBI agent that gets interested in what Ellen and Bill are really looking for. In this scene from the book he and his partner Duke Feltman meet with Bill to remind him to do the right thing if they find fossils on government land.

 

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