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 THE GNOMES' GHOME..........30.Dec.2000



Special Lady:
She'll always be my cover girl! There was always a special sparkle in her eyes & a smile to pick you up, when you were down! 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 The Yule Log:
There is a custom that on Christmas Eve an enormous log of freshly cut wood called the Yule log would be fetched and carried to the house with great ceremony. On Christmas Eve, the master of the house would place it on the hearth, make libations by sprinkling the trunk with oil, salt and mulled wine and say suitable prayers. In some families, the young girls of the house lit the log with splinters from the preceding year which they had carefully tucked away. In other families, the mother had this privilege. It was said that the cinders of this log could protect the house from lightning and the malevolent powers of the devil. Choices about the variety of wood, the way in which it was lit and the length of time it took to burn constituted a genuine ritual which could vary from region to region.

The custom, which dates back to the XIIth century, was known in most Europeans countries, notably in France and in Italy where the Yule log was called a ceppo. This tradition persisted in Quebec as it did in France up until the last quarter of the XIXth century. Its disappearance coincides with that of great hearths which were gradually replaced by cast-iron stoves. The great log was thus replaced by a smaller one, often embellished with candles and greenery, placed in the centre of the table as a Christmas decoration.

Today, the Yule log has become a traditional pastry, a delicious cake roll, smothered in coffee or chocolate-flavoured icing and decorated with sugared holly leaves and roses.

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Talk About Dumb....
A New York City elementary teacher was suspended after serving her family-recipe rum cake to students the day before Christmas break. Several parents complained that their kids came home drunk. Three of the kids tested by police exceeded the legal blood alcohol limit.

-- The Mountain Man        


Ridin' the Rails: Mercury and Chase Railroad:
On our regular excursion that lasts about an hour and fourty minutes, the train departs from the Chase depot and travels down hill to the west. We keep our track in tip-top shape and safety is always our number one concern. As we cross Chase Road and then Higdon Road you will hear the sounds of the steam-like Hancock air chime (whistle). As we approach the woods, be on the lookout for the museum's menagerie of concrete animals. Look carefully, they get really still when the train rumbles by. There are some more sites to see as we go deeper in the woods and reach the culvert. More.......

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

  • "My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."
Outdoor Adventure: All American Outfitter & Guide Service: New Mexico
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The Ski Lodge:Sugarloaf: Maine
Sugarloaf / USA is located in the heart of Carrabassett Valley, which was carved by the Carrabassett River and is surrounded by Maine's Western Mountains. Maine's largest cities, Portland and Bangor, offer major airport service to Sugarloaf. Boston and Montreal are only four hours away.

Sugarloaf 50th Anniversary Ski & Stay Package - online only Celebrate Sugarloaf's 50th Golden Anniversary with ski/stay packages starting at $50 midweek / $62-89 weekends. Based on maximum occupancy in condominiums. Double occupancy also available in the Sugarloaf Inn & Grand Summit Hotel. Available from 17 November 2000 to 17 April 2001.

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Survival Tip: It is no shame to be lost.
Without shelter, your chance of surviving an unexpected night out is minimal. Loss of body heat is the primary killer of someone lost and exposed to the elements. Get out of the wind. If there is nothing else available, bury yourself in leaves, pine needles or other forest debris. In snow, dig down to the bottom of a sheltering tree or burrow a hole, preferably in a depression out of the wind, just big enough for your body. The smaller a shelter, the more easily it is heated by your body. Insulate yourself from the ground as much as possible. 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. You're the Tops Cookie Bouquet
Folks, what better way to say "I LOVE YOU", to that Special Person in your life?! Flowers Melt the Heart! Designed for celebrating a special event, saying thanks or just letting someone know you think they're the tops. Each of the six, 4 oz cookies arrives with a festive top hat. Some cookies may contain nuts. Baked fresh in the kitchens of Blooming Cookies®.


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  • Waiting for her photos to be developed, a young girl sang, 'Some day my prints will come.'

People often ask me about the name of this site. "Why Seethelight?" There are several 'layers' to the origin of the name of this site, kind of like peeling an onion. I'll start with the outer layer first, and peel away....
The site is intended to be light and fun. Visitors come to my site to laugh, enjoy themselves, and to be light-hearted for a while.
Folks this is really a fun site to visit and brighten up your day! Vicki Carey, the site owner and creater, is the sweetest gal you'll want to meet. She has a wonderful, fresh devotion to family....Visit and meet Vicki and her new baby girl Caitlin, and while ya visit, enjoy the fun things in life!!

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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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    Medical experts can't say enough good things about exercising during pregnancy, as long as it's moderate and doesn't put you at risk for slips and falls. Best are swimming, walking, and low-impact aerobics. But you do need to be careful -- don't go for the burn and don't exercise to exhaustion. Because you have less oxygen available for aerobic exercise during pregnancy, you should generally stick to 60 percent of your maximum heart rate while pregnant. Also, your heart rate should not exceed 140 beats per minute. A good rule of thumb: Slow down if you can't comfortably carry on a conversation.
    NOTE: Always Check with and follow the advice of your Physician!

    What to do about bedwetting:
    It is perfectly normal for your newly potty-trained toddler to wet the bed at night. Your 2- to 4-year-old's bladder still may be too small to hold in a night's worth of urine, and he hasn't yet learned to wake up and head to the bathroom when his bladder feels full. Almost half of all 3-year-olds still wet the bed. Most child development experts consider bedwetting normal until about the age of 5 or 6, when only 12 percent of kids still wet the bed. Don't scold or embarrass your child. Calmly change the bedding and his pajamas. Or let him wear absorbent or disposable training pants to bed. If your child still isn't staying dry at night six months after he's mastered daytime toilet training or by the time he is 5 years old, consult your pediatrician.
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    Serves 8.

    • 4 lb chicken pieces
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup whiskey
    • 1 onion, sliced
    • 1 cup grated carrots
    • 2 cups chopped tomatoes
    • 1-1/2 cups cream
    Season chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a saucepan; brown chicken on all sides.

    Add whiskey; cook over high heat 2 minutes. Add onions, carrots, tomatoes, and cream. Bring to a boil. Cover; cook over low heat 1/2 hour, until chicken is tender. you quit pullin' on that thar jug o' corn squeezins'!!!

    So until next time, REMEMBER:  Two wrongs can make a riot....

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