photo taken in our front yard in ft. worth, texas on december 24, 2009,
and at kardkorner headquarters, the photo was brought to life by yours truly, with watercolor enhancements and snow-loving characters
Above is a photo I took last Christmas Eve when Fort Worth was generously dusted with one of the prettiest snowfalls I have seen in Texas. This snow started early afternoon on Christmas Eve and continued throughout the day. It snowed, and snowed, and snowed- all night long and into Christmas day! What a beautiful gift!
Can you see the snowman standing up against the tree that our neighbor built? He and his children worked late into the night on Christmas Eve to complete him. He looks pretty good, huh? But I'm not sure what kind of hat he's wearing-kind of looks like a hubcap!
And here's our Husky, Whitey, early in the day when the snow first started to fall. She's right in her element! Whitey is a rescue dog-she showed up at our place about 40 miles from Ft. Worth where we have a piece of property near a lake. And Karo took her in. We think she could be about 9 or 10 years old-I think we've had her 7 or 8 years now. A wonderful dog. Karo calls her Whitey because of her light blue eyes.
By 9:51pm on Christmas Eve 2009 our Red Tip Photinias were spread-eagle from the snow. We wondered if they would ever stand up again. And, yes, they did! The Cherry Laurel was leaning every which way too. It took a while for it to recouperate from this event. Twas a beautiful Christmas, no doubt about it!
Yikes!!! Remember this? It's Y2K coming into the year 2000! Do you know that in the 11 years following "The Great Millennium", I've heard no one talk about the chaos this event caused. I started thinking about it the other day, and, I'm sorry, but I had to laugh! It's almost as though it never happened. People were freaked out worrying about major blackouts in the cities-working up survival kits just in case. Grocery stores were contemplating bringing out the old cash registers so they could continue to ring up groceries and make change, just in case (really, I'm kidding-maybe). And the banks! Oh, my goodness-they could still take our deposits, somehow-but how would they get them into our accounts? Safely? Just in case!
And, our computer systems! Wow! We were building fallout shelters for our computers! Banks and corporations were worried that the computers couldn't handle the transition of the 2000 event. And it was feared that if you were using the machine during the moment of the 1999 changeover into 2000, that many systems would think it was the year 1900. "Back, Back, to the Future!" In the early days programmers used only 2-digit systems for dates focusing on the last 2 digits-it was cheaper. And, now, they would possibly have to re-program many systems to accommodate the first 2 digits to read 20 instead of 19.
Just in case! This would prove to be quite expensive.
On New Year's Eve, 1999, at a party, Karo and I closed our eyes and held our breaths at midnight, waiting for what was predicted to come. Instead of blackout-nothing, we missed the fireworks, and almost missed the New Year's Kiss! We got married in September of 2000, after y2k -10 years ago! We didn't even own a computer, or cell phones at the time. Now, we even have a DVD player! And I get to make my own Greeting Cards! We've come a long way since y2k, and so has our nation! We all made it through Y2K-at work we did back up our files and battened down the hatches. I have to tell you, I would have been up a creek come January 2, 2000 if my computer was a mess when I got to work. And I don't think the stock market would have liked it much, either. It does give us a lot to think about, since so much of our lives revolve around computers and high technology resources. Cheers to the 21st Century!