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 THE GNOMES' GHOME..........23.Dec.2000



Special Christmas:
This gal loved Christmas more than any other day! In her memory, this is "Francie's Christmas"! There was always a special sparkle in her eyes! This is for you Hon.
If tears could build
a stairway,
and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up
to Heaven and bring
you home again.
Love,  Stan and The Children

BUY beautiful Holiday center pieces@ BC CRAFTS The Origin of Mistletoe:
The Custom of embracing under a sprig of mistletoe, if not actually kissing under it, originated in ancient Britain among the Druids two hundred years before Christ's birth. The Druids celebrated the start of winter by gathering mistletoe. Sprigs of the yellow-green plant with waxy white berries were hung in homes to ensure a year's good fortune and familial harmony. Guests to a house embraced under the auspicial sprig. Twigs of the evergreen outside a house welcomed weary travelers. Mistletoe was a plant of hope, peace and harmony.

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  • Office conduct during Christmas Season!!!!!
    Company cars are not to be used to go over the river and through the woods to Grandma's house.
A True New Mexico Christmas::
A cute Christmas Story, based on the tale:
"Twas The Night Before Christmas"

NEW: I saw a truck of Christmas trees......Beautiful Story.
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NEW: Off-Road Scramblin'
We have a new section for off-road readers!! Got questions.....ask Cindy?!

Talk About Dumb....
An American family vacationing in Sweden got a feel for what Santa Claus may have to put up with. While they were out skating, two reindeer crashed through a sliding glass door and trashed their hotel room. Robert Franck of Fresno, California said, "One of them pooped in my open suitcase."

-- The Mountain Man        


Ridin' the Rails: The Alder Gulch Short Line Railroad:
In 1964, Charlie Bovey established the Alder Gulch Short Line, a mile and a half railroad between Virginia City, Montana and Nevada City. Historically, railroad service never reached Virginia City. It only went as far as Alder, ten miles away. With the arrival of the Baldwin 1910 locomotive, the Alder Gulch Short Line looks more like the real thing. It even sounds like it.
In a deal which began in 1991, three Soo Line cars, a Chapel car and a Shay locomotive were traded to John Larkin of the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad of Wells, Michigan for the fully restored 1910 Baldwin locomotive and the rebuilding of the mile and a half track between Virginia City, Montana and Nevada City. The Baldwin now stands proudly in a new engine house in Nevada City, and runs on specified days (to be posted on this page) to Virginia City and back.
The years of negotiations and preparations before the State purchased the Bovey properties in May, 1997, were planned and managed by Kirk Hansen on behalf of Ford Bovey. Finally, on Friday, 10 September 1999, Governor Marc Racicot drove the golden spike to dedicate the Alder Gulch Railroad as well as the McFarland Curatorial Center. The deal was done and Virginia City now has its antique live steam locomotive.

Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

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Our goal is to keep our hunters coming back. We'll do everything we can to make your hunt a fun, enjoyable experience! One thing is for sure, if you don't have fun on a Big Rack Outfitters hunt, you can't have fun anywhere. See you this fall!

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Once you realize you are, stay in the immediate vicinity. Do not wander. This will likely take you out of the area in which rescuers will search. Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!
Buy Today...Great Reading!! Rocky Mountain Christmas: Yuletide Stories of the West
by John H. Monnett
By evening everyone present agreed that the Christmas festivities were "the greatest known to that date" in the entire Taos region and Kit Carson was "chief over it all." For the first time in recent memory, different races and Indian tribes had "ate, drank and smoked together." The last toast of the evening was one pledging "fraternal peace" among the races in the Taos Valley. (From the book) Even under the most extreme conditions our pioneer ancestors kept the festive holiday spirit alive in their hearts and frontier homes. From Lewis and Clark's first Christmas in the Rockies to the generous gift that changed a widow's and her children's lives, this book shares celebrations of the Yuletide season.

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Two Christmas trains run around the shimmering snow covered mountain and through the tunnels. As they go, they pass a station and rustic mountain cabins. Plays 25 Christmas carols. This item is approximatley 9.5 " in diameter and 7.9" tall.


Honda's Sportrax:
The latest entry in the mid-displacement sport ATV category is Honda's Sportrax™ 250EX. The new quad becomes the baby brother of the mighty 400EX. It features a high-performance OHV, 229cc four-stroke engine that's been borrowed from the popular Fourtrax Recon. The new motor boasts a higher compression ratio and a redesigned cylinder head. Honda completes the package with a light weight chassis, long travel suspension (compared to the Recon), and a shaft drive. ATVSCENE.COM......

  • My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.......


This site adds new meaning to the phrase, "next year in Jerusalem." Dedicated to all things Jewish, Virtual Jerusalem covers topics ranging from final status peace talks, to religious holidays, to kosher recipes (including gazpacho, who knew?). If you're feeling a little disoriented about the faith, there's an Ask the Rabbis section as well as a virtual Jerusalem orientation page. Perhaps you want to learn Hebrew, look up the prayer of the week, or avail yourself of the world's largest Jewish dating service. Banner ads tout online Kosher markets, so you needn't go hungry. Virtual Jerusalem: The Place Where Jews Click.

  • Not all men are fools...some are bachelors.......


From the editor:
In the spirit of the CHRISTMAS SEASON, all bad news is hereby suspended until after the NEW YEAR!!


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    Is it safe to sleep on a waterbed?:
    Probably. You may have two concerns about using a waterbed during pregnancy: First, the heat. Although some studies show that raising a pregnant woman's body temperature to 101 degrees F or higher for an extended period of time can increase the risk for miscarriage or neural tube defects (a birth defect involving an opening in the brain or spine of a fetus), other studies show no connection. Regardless, it's very unlikely that using a heated waterbed would elevate your body temperature high enough to endanger your baby. Second, you may be concerned about the electricity used to heat the bed. A 1986 study did find an increased incidence of miscarriage in women who used electric blankets and heated waterbeds. But several studies performed since then have not found a connection between electrically heated beds and miscarriage.
    NOTE: Always Check with and follow the advice of your Physician!

    Newborn Sleep:
    Most newborns sleep 16 to 18 hours a day, but (unfortunately for you) they tend to do it in two- to three-hour increments, even at night. Why? Infants have shorter sleep cycles than adults do (because they need to eat more often) and spend more time in a light sleep stage, so they tend to wake up more frequently and need help getting back to sleep. Unlike adults, who may wake momentarily during light sleep and quickly nod off again, babies don't yet know how to settle themselves back down. In between sleep sessions, your baby will wake up for a feeding and some socializing. It will probably be several months before he learns to sleep through the night.
    NOTE! Always check with and follow the advice of your physician!!
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    Serves 6.

    • 1/3 cup chopped onion
    • 1 cup chopped apple
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
    • 6 slices bacon, uncooked


    • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
    • 2 tablespoons apple brandy
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Saute onion and apple in butter until tender; stir in orange peel and cinnamon. Pound chicken breast halves to 1/4-inch thickness. Spoon 2 tablespoons of apple mixture onto center of each breast half.

    Roll chicken around stuffing. Wrap a bacon slice around each roll; secure with toothpicks. Arrange on broiler pan. Bake 25 minutes; then broil 3 inches from heat 2-3 minutes until bacon is browned. Serve with sauce.

    Sauce: In a saucepan, combine all ingredients until cornstarch dissolves. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils, stirring constantly.

    Here's another goodie! Chocolate Cherry Bark:

    • 16 oz. white chocolate squares
    • 1 cup Maraschino cherries, drained
    • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup nuts, chopped
    Melt chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave ( be careful not to scorch). Stir in Maraschino cherries, chocolate chips and nuts. Spread evenly onto waxed paper and allow to cool. break into pieces and serve.

    So until next time, REMEMBER:  If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.....

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