Saturday, December 16, 2006

Christmas Train

Saying for the Day: A tree without a train is not a Christmas Tree.

This year we decided to run one of the Fantasy trains around the tree. This is the frog special. - @@@@

News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where trains still run , at least until February– Tommy, the undertaker’s kid got up early this morning. It was almost like Christmas. He looked out the window and the town seemed to still be there. There was an eerie blue mist rescinding to the swamp but otherwise everything seemed normal enough. He dressed quickly and took his big red wagon and went down to the railroad station. He watched the milk train come in. Mrs. Trumble had negotiated a last minute deal with Dr. Fortress that would keep the train running until March .The train , this morning, had three passenger cars which was in itself unusual for this time of year. Out of the cars came soldiers that fanned out through the town. The sound of helicopters could be heard overhead as jeeps were lowered from the sky. Tommy knew that something was wrong but had no idea of what it could be. Everything looked normal. He even counted the light poles to be sure they were all there. Mrs. Trumble arrived at the Town Hall to find a General waiting for her. She was informed that the town was quarantined and nobody was to enter or leave for at least a week. When she asked why she was informed that that information was classified. Then she asked by who’s orders were they quarantined. She was informed that the orders came from the very top level of government and was for the purpose of national security. At this point Mrs. Trumble retired to her office intending to call her friend the governor to find out what was happening. She discovered all the phone lines had been cut off and wireless phone service was somehow being blocked. There was no way to contact anybody outside of Pigeon Falls. Soldiers were now turning back outgoing traffic on all the roads out of Pigeon Falls. It was like the plot for a bad movie. One expects some kind of monster to emerge from the bush at any moment. But it was the 16th and the town was still there. Nobody seemed any sicker than usual. Everything in fact seemed desperately normal. So why were they quarantined. Don’t they have any rights? What kind of national security BS is this? Has the entire town been infected with some dread new disease? If so where did it come from? Will everybody die a horrible death? Is this the beginning of the end of Pigeon Falls? ******

Link for Today- Kelley Bells- For Whom the Bell Tolls---Please remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comments , if blogger lets you, to get those unreviewed JCPOINTS. Check your totals HERE.
Spent the morning getting everything ready to mail. Mailed all the Christmas Cards that were finished, all the certificates for which I had addresses, and last Monday's prize . I also mailed off two Christmas gifts to relatives. While betty and Pennie took them to the Post Office I played with grandkids and dog. Pennie bought a portable dog pen to put the dog in while we were gone in the afternoon. Then we went out to eat. Then took the kids shopping. It was great fun. Got back to be greated at the door by the dog who had ripped out of the dog cage. He didn't hurt anything and was glad to see us. Betty added another Video to her blog this one of Luke's program. I read my comments and yes Esther I got your comment but was hoping it would say "have buyer for house".l I need a breathing treatment.
GBYA

16 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

janvangogh said...

Nancy's 24 cent coffee is going to be really popular if no one can get in or out for a week.

5:06 AM

6:07 AM  
Anonymous janvangogh said...

Where is Petrovich? Think he is the first one I would look for.

6:24 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

Quarantined with no notice? I hope everyone had their cupboards stocked. I love your train. We always wanted a train around our Christmas tree, but then what do you do with the presents?

7:23 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Hi Dr. John- wow, I won something! I did see the post the other day and tried to take action but my computer apparently was taking a major vacation. I pick numbers 5 and 6. Thank you so much!
I keep thinking things are going to calm down around here and go back to what I consider "normal" but it just hasn't happened. I do get a chance now and then to pop in and visit a few of my "fortress friends" and hopefully soon I'll be able to get around more often.

7:42 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

So glad Pigeon Falls has survived. Those lutherans are hardy stock - they will come through just fine!

9:27 AM  
Blogger Catch said...

The train looks so cute!!! I love to see a tree with a train around it!!! So Christmasy

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Guys, I still don't know if you will get this-working on getting the paint job done-it will be after the lst of the year. So happy to hear that you are getting to the grandchildren's programs. Things are hectic here between Christmas preparations and the wedding-otherwise all is well. Let me know if this reaches you. Es

10:37 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Trains and villages under the tree are so nostalgic. I have a few village pieces and someday will go splurge on a train. Katie would love it more now than later - but would also break it more now than in a year or two. LOL! Thanks for sharing the vid!

Dr. John be venturing into YouTube land! How adventurous for a man of your age and stature. Hehe.

12:25 PM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Like the train around the Christmas Tree. Reminds me of my trains I had when I was a kid.

Pigeon Falls has survived but seems to be deeping into the abyss of hopelessness. Maybe there will be a miracle on Christmas Eve.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Dr. John, could you email me with your new mailing address. I was going to send something but realized you just moved and this would go to your old address. I suspect you have it all forwarded - but who knows - it could be Easter before this arrives. Thanks!

2:48 PM  
Blogger butterflies said...

So glad to hear that you had a fun filled day with the family.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

your train is beautiful. there is nothing like a Christmas tree with a train to go around it. i'm so grateful for ours and the village. thank you to both you and Betty.
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i'm glad that things seem to be alright, for i'm sure it has been quite the stressful time for all residents. the future is unknown but for now things are moving ahead.
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so glad you have had so much lovely time with the grankids. enjoying them is what it's all about. keep on smiling and being happy. sweet dreams to all.

11:08 PM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Things just get more and more interesting over there in pigeon falls..

Very entertaining..

12:26 AM  
Blogger Jan said...

Love the train, glad to hear of Pidgeon Falls, and happy you had great time with the grandkids.

1:22 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

The Christmas train is nice. We've set one up a few times, but I don't think our current doggies would be very kind to one.

Yea! Pigeon Falls is sticking around! But it sure is always something there. Could it be that the explaination for the quarantine will explain the stone hermit?

4:11 AM  
Blogger Smythe said...

Glad to see Kelly Bell as a blog to visit today. I discovered her a long time ago and have always enjoyed her comments and musings.

4:42 AM  

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