Happy Holidays One and All

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2015-01-07 22:20:55 -0600
Started 2014-12-23 21:05:55 -0600

The Holiday season is upon us. I would like to wish you are a fantastic Holiday Season. This has been a trying year for me. I still have a partially paralyzed tongue. Thanks to my friend Steve (haleoboy) I am swallowing much better. His tips were spot on.

My sister and I got a puppy in March. Riley is now 50 lbs and is a sweetheart. He is loved to death and loves snuggling and giving hugs. Somehow he got spoiled rotten. We put him outside or in his harness with his leash. Akita's are not friendly when it comes to outsiders and he won't let anyone in the house if he isn't on his leash or outside.

I have been busy with the Police Department. Our Police Commissioner is bringing changes and all 9 of the Community Relations are playing a role. I worked with another President and together we devised a plan to help officers become more effective when it comes to patrolling our streets. At a dinner meeting with the Mayor, I was explaining it when the Commissioner walked in. He loved it an it has now been finalized. We are waiting to have him sign off on it and we present it to all of the top people in the department and we can implement the plan. We have 4 districts who will get to be the pilot areas. If we are successful, the plan with be implemented city wide and become a part of the training at the Police Academy. We are now working on designing a three part class that will be taught at the Police Academy and we are excited about that.

Some kind of way I have become the media darling and I don't like that. I have been interviewed 3 times by the newspaper and was interviewed by one of the TV Stations yesterday. I was asked to participate in a panel discussion for an online news program. Worse mess I have ever seen.

We can all do what we want in life. During the next two weeks, focus on spending time with family and friends. It isn't whats on the table that is important, it is the people sitting at the table who are. Tomorrow isn't promise to any of us. Put aside anger, resentment, mend fences. You never know if this will be the last time someone is at the table with you.

I gave the community the following safety tips for the holiday.

-Check light sockets for Christmas trees an holiday displays. If they are hot, unplug them immediately.
-Leave lights on so you won't return to a dark house
-If you find open doors or windows when you return home, do not enter, call 911 immediately.
-Rip up boxes for TV's, tablets, phones, or other electronics and an expensive purchases and put them in dark green garbage bags. Sitting the box out for pick up by the garbage collectors lets everyone know what is in your house even if it was a gift someone took with them and left the box behind.
-Many of us love candles. Put them where they will not get knocked over, are near sofa's, chairs or draperies and make sure they are all out before going to bed or leaving the house. I only use candles in heavy jars.

Finally, enjoy the Holidays, stay safe, healthy and happy. Peace and love to all.

20 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-25 10:47:44 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce,

Happy holidays to you! I always enjoy reading about your latest community involvement, and how you are making such a big difference in the world around you. An inspiration.

That is very good advice. I cringe when I think about all the potential fire hazards over the holidays. I burn candles myself. And living in a high rise apartment building makes it even more important to be extra careful.

Thanks a lot.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-25 12:13:40 -0600 Report

Thanks. I was watching the news Wednesday morning and saw where a local family damaged a room in their home because of an unattended candle. The one thing the fire departments don't have is a ladder truck to reach 30 stories.

Stay safe and enjoy the day.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-12-30 17:41:05 -0600 Report

Joyce, I actually went to a New Year's Eve get together at the friend of a friend. The hosts had a tree with old fashioned candles. They say they position the candles carefully and light it on Christmas Eve. I was dumbfounded. Real flames on a tree in a high rise? I couldn't help but wonder if their neighbors and the management knew. Incredible. And hope you are enjoying your holiday!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-30 18:14:13 -0600 Report

I would have been the first one out of the apartment. That was dangerous on many levels. I can't believe anyone would still do that. I have old fashioned candles that are actually lights for my tree.

Holidays are going okay. Hope you had fun at the party. I am not going to the Inner Harbor for the fire works. I might walk two blocks to watch them from bridge depending on how cold it is. Otherwise i will be watching them on TV.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-01 12:32:22 -0600 Report

I know what you mean, it just seemed so self-indulgent and inconsiderate of the danger to other people. I also am careful about where I go on New Year's Eve. I avoid the crowds. Things can get out of control too easily. TV is the safest place! I really like the Inner Harbor area. Beautiful.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-01 12:54:26 -0600 Report

I was at the Inner Harbor for the Menorah Lighting. The Police Commissioner ordered his top Command Staff to each take one or two of the Community Relations Council Presidents with them. The Jewish Community had a police escorted automobile parade an we ended up being a part of it. They had decorated their vehicles with lighted Menorahs, Dreidels and the Star of David. It was a very nice event. The Mayor ordered the ice skating rink next to the amphitheater to remain open later so everyone could enjoy it. We had a really nice time. People were shocked to see us getting out of large black SUV with police officers. the Harbor is beautiful during the holidays. I wish they would add horse and carriage rides but it may be too dangerous for the horses because of all the traffic.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-04 21:40:54 -0600 Report

Joyce, that sounds like a really nice evening. What a great thing for the police department to do. It must have been a lot of fun for you to show up in that SUV. I agree, the horse and carriage rides would add to the atmosphere.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-01-04 22:21:35 -0600 Report

Dr. Gary one of the best thing about working with the Police Department is that we get to do things the average citizen doesn't get to do. Yes we have a few restrictions but that doesn't stop us.

Even though we have our meetings with the Commissioner, we also have fun and that makes our job easier.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-07 22:20:55 -0600 Report

And such a great cause. More of these efforts could go a long way toward improving relationships between police officers and members of the community.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2015-01-07 22:20:49 -0600 Report

And such a great cause. More of these efforts could go a long way toward improving relationships between police officers and members of the community.

Glucerna 2014-12-24 14:30:32 -0600 Report

I always learn something from reading your posts Joyce. I love the way you've worked through a challenging year and your suggestion to focus on friends and family is perfect. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016! ~Lynn @Glucerna

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-24 07:13:30 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce,
loved what you had to say. To say you've had a busy year is putting it mild. I have kept up with you and you should be made vollenteer of the
year. You would have my vote. Riley sounds wonderful, spoil him rotten,
he'll be there for you and your sister should you eever need him to protect
you both. My deepest wishes for a beautiful Christmas and a happy and
productive New Years. Hugs, Peggy A.K.A. VL

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-24 09:08:47 -0600 Report

Thanks Val. We got Riley from a couple who had him. He has six brothers and sisters. We saw his parents and one sister. He was 4 months old we we got him. The section of the yard where he was kept was clean but muddy. He spent much of his young life outside. He was healthy and had his shots. We took him to the vet and learned he had an ear infection in both ears from the mud in the yard.

He was very quiet and timid. We bought him a new bed. The first night I put him on it and when the heat came on he snuggled down and slept all night. It was the first time he had been in a warm bed and house. He gradually became less timid and now is a very happy dog.

We took him off the food they were giving him and he eats grain and gluten free food. He is my angel who thinks he is a lap dog.

lilleyheidi 2014-12-24 02:33:53 -0600 Report

You have had a busy year Joyce. It sounds like a wonderful one, especially the addition of the puppy to the family. I added a kitten to my family, Gulliver, he is 5 months old and I love him, my chihuahua has finally adapted to him and actually plays with him now.
Family and friends are what life is all about it is not about the food on the table or the gifts under the tree. As you said, we only have today, make it the best day.
Have a beautiful Christmas and a happy 2015. HUGS, Heidi

RebDee 2014-12-23 21:34:07 -0600 Report

Tonight is the lighting of the eighth candle for Chnukah. May you all have a happy, healthy, wealthy and wise, Chanukah, Christmas and New Year's and may 2015 be the best year yet.
BTW - I put my notice on the front windshield at the top where it can be seen by police since my windows are tinted and you can't see through them from the outside. Hope I never have to use that little notice.

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