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Twas The Night Before Christmas – grieving mothers

Monday, December 26th, 2022

“It was the night before Christmas and Santa was busy making his rounds, he was light on his feet making sure he didn’t make a sound.
But he took notice that some homes didn’t have that Christmas he decided to stop because he thought that just can’t be.
He crept in a mommy’s bedroom and stopped dead in his steps, as he saw a little angel hugging his mom as she slept
The little angel looked up and cried ” oh Santa you are finally here!! I’ve been waiting for you to help me let Mommy know I am near”.
Santa picked up the wee angel and asked him ” What can I do? I’m just a simple toy maker I can’t make your mommy’s dreams come true”.
So the two of them sat and they sat for a while until the tiny angel jumped up and screamed with a smile, .”let’s leave her a sign a beautiful sign from above, let her know it’s from me sent from heaven with love”!!!
So Santa dug and he dug deep, in that big glorious bag that was filled with lots of treats .
He pulled out a beautiful white feather that look like it was made out of snow. And he thought such a beautiful sign that only a grieving mother would know.
He placed it on her nightstand and kissed the angel on his head. Then placed him next to his mom as she slumbered in bed.
I think I’ll stay here with Mommy and visit her in her dreams tonight, she misses me dearly and needs to know I’m all right.
Santa made his way to his sled, and wiped a tear from his eye. He fell to his knees and managed to cry.
Merry Christmas to all the grieving mothers across this big land. And let it be known your angels are with you holding your hands….”

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Twas the night before Christmas – Special

Monday, December 26th, 2022

Twas the night before Christmas and all God asked for me to do was make things right.
I didn’t need to hang the stockings by the chimney with care, because God wanted something different from me this year.
Usually after Christmas Eve dinner, I would be nestled in my bed as visions of sugarplums danced in my head.
But just before I was getting ready for dinner, I heard such a clatter.
In a wink of an eye and a twist of my head not sure what God wanted from me. He went straight to work…
Not saying a word, I watched with love. As He started to perform miracles right before my very eyes.
And in that moment, I knew that if I continued to follow His word of peace and love that I would have nothing to dread.
For I knew without a doubt that I did the inner work.
And right before He left, I heard Him whisper…
“You are all things you deserve to be because you did the inner work. I want you to have the Merriest Christmas of them all. For I saw all the times you were really hurting but still chose to believe as you walked blindly in faith. This year, it’s not about the money. It’s about the love in your heart.”

Twas the night before Christmas Realtor Style

Monday, December 26th, 2022

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, only Realtors were stirring. And, of course, a mouse.
The contracts were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that the closings soon would be there.
The buyers were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of homeownership danced in their heads.
Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap were settling our brains for a long winter nap.
When out of my cell phone there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to my office I flew like a flash, tore open my computer and looked at the cache.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear but an email saying my closing was near.
The loan was closed so easy and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Who else would create such joy in this game, and I whistled and shouted and called out by name.
Now, buyer! Now, seller! Now escrow and loan! On, inspector! On, broker! I let out a groan.
I spoke not a word but went straight to work. My buyers count on me. I’m not a jerk!
I filled in the blanks and gave a shout. Hot dang! We’re closing! Over and out.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.

A Confederate Night Before Christmas

Monday, December 26th, 2022

A Confederate Night Before Christmas
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the camp. The rations were scarce, and the firewood was damp. Wet stockings were hung by the firesides with care. In hopes that by day they’d be dry enough to wear.
The soldiers were nestled all snug in their tents. While visions of Christmas feasts danced through their heads. The General in his wall tent, and I with nightcap, had just settled ourselves for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the picket line there arose such a clatter, I sprang from my cot to see what was the matter. Away to the provost I flew like a flash, grabbed pistol and leathers and officer’s sash.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a miniature wagon and eight Army mules.–Queer!–And a little old driver so lively and quick. By the way that he cussed he sure wasn’t St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his Army mules came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name: “Now, Stonewall, now, Lee, now, Longstreet and Baylor!
On, Cleburne, on Forrest, on Barksdale and Taylor! To the top of the A-frames and the top of the tent wall, dash away, dash away, dash away all!”
As Yanks that before the wild Rebel charge fly, when they meet with an obstacle, manage to shy, so through company streets the “coursers” they flew with a wagon of goodies–and the old sutler too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard vocal jewels: The musical hee-haws of eight Army mules. As I drew in my head and was turning around, into the tent the man came with a bound.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with mud and with soot. A bundle of canned goods he’d flung on his back, and he looked like a sutler just opening his pack. (That’s what he was, of course.)
His eyes–how they twinkled! His whiskers, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry! His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his chin was a white as the snow.
The stump of a stogie he held in his teeth, and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath. He had a broad face and a little round belly. He’d brought vittles for us–fresh pies, cakes, and jelly.
He was chubby and plump–no diet of hardtack .And I was quite interested in the food in his backpack. A wink of his eye and a twist of his head. Soon gave me to know he had brought some soft bread.
He spoke not a word, but unloaded his treasures: Roast turkeys and hams and bottles in full measures. Then laying a finger aside of his nose, and giving a salute, to his feet he then rose.
He sprang to his wain, to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight:” Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Twas the night before Christmas Hotel Style

Monday, December 26th, 2022

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through hotel. Not a creature was stirring except for the Kitchen staff. They are preparing for the Christmas brunch that is tomorrow after all.
The stockings were hung by Housekeeping with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of the hotel guest danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled down for a long winter’s night.
When out near Valet there arose such a clatter, Security sprang into action to see what was the matter.
The moon reflected off the new-fallen snow, gave the luster of mid-day to objects below, when, what to our wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. The driver checked in with the front desk and needed extra space to park. Santa knew exactly what to do.
So up to the hotel rooftop the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. A Bellman was ready to assist with his bag full of toys for the good girls and boys.
You could hear on the roof the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
Santa wanted to stop by the hotel deli for a duck cookie or two (his favorite) and to enjoy a special cup of Hot Cocoa. You really never know who might stop by the Lobby Bar.
Our story doesn’t quite end here…
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And he filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk, And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the elevator he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of Memphis,

Flymall / Kraemer Aviation December 2022 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Saturday, December 17th, 2022

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/ Wheels & Wings Newsletter.

This month the theme is “Going Green”. We’re featuring eco friendly vehicles and concepts including a solar power plane that flew around the world, the first solar powered car, a solar powered train, and more. Next month our theme is amphibious vehicles.

Since it’s Christmas time, here is our collection of different versions of T’was The Night Before Christmas. If you find a version that we do not have, please share it with us in the comments section below.

You can view past newsletters here.

Two wrongs don’t make a right. But two Wrights made an airplane. December 17 1903.

On December 17th, we celebrated the anniversary of the Wright Brother’s historic first flight in 1903. On December 17, 1903 at 10:35 am, Orville and the Flyer lifted off from the starting rail and made the first manned, powered flight in the history of the world. All the years of hard work, patience, frustration, and dedication finally paid off in the form of a 12-second, 120-foot jaunt through the air. They’ve done it. Wilbur flew next and traveled 195 feet. Then Orville again at 200 feet. And finally Wilbur took the machine 852 feet in 59 seconds! The Flyer was damaged after the fourth flight of the day, so Wilbur and Orville packed up and kept their promise of being home by Christmas.

And we went from the Wright Brother’s flights to the Concord all within a lifetime.

Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info.

History Trivia: Did you know that on August 31, 1955, William G. Cobb of the General Motors Corp. demonstrated a 15-inch-long “Sunmobile,” the world’s first solar-powered automobile, at the General Motors Powerama auto show held in Chicago, Illinois. Cobb’s Sunmobile model had 12 selenium photoelectric cells on top of a balsa wood body. These solar cells were connected in series-parallel and converted the sun light directly into electricity, which in turn ran a small low-inertia electric motor. The motor rotated at 2000 RPM and ran on 1.5 volts. The motor’s energy in turn was transferred to the model car’s drive shaft, which then in turn transferred the energy through its rear axle by a pulley to the car’s wheels which moved the car forward. Nearly 70 years later and we are still not driving solar powered cars. In contrast, in the U.S., the first successful electric car made its debut around 1890. It was built/designed by William Morrison, a chemist who lived in Des Moines, Iowa. His six-passenger vehicle was capable of a top speed of 14 miles per hour. While it was a little more than an electrified wagon, it helped to create interest in electric vehicles. And electric vehicles have been around ever since then. And now, you can purchase a fully electric car or truck. It wasn’t until 1962 when the first solar car that a person could drive was demonstrated to the public. The International Rectifier Company converted a vintage model 1912 Baker electric car (pictured below) to run on solar energy in 1958, but they didn’t show it until 4 years later.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Earlier this month, Yarden Shalev passed his private pilot checkride with Harry. He was one of the best prepared private pilot applicants that Harry has seen in a while. He did an excellent job. He was very impressive. He is pictured here with his instructor Or and Harry. This was Or’s first sign-off or recommendation as a CFI and she is off to a great start. Both Or and Yarden are off to a great start in their aviation career.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Here’s an innovative motorcycle company that we think deserves some special recognition. Spy Motorcycles of California has developed an electric motorcycle that looks cool and that can be charged using the sun. The bike can reach speeds of 75 MPH. No gears, no clutch, no shifting. Just simply hit the power button and twist the throttle. Their website show a price of just over $6,000.00 USD. Not bad at all.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Would you fly in a solar powered plane? In the year 2016, Solar Impulse 2 landed in Abu Dhabi after 14 months of travel and 550 hours in the air. It flew 25,000 miles around the world including over four continents, two oceans and three seas, all without a drop of liquid fuel. The sun’s rays were the only power. The aircraft is/was capable of taking off under its own power.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory. Maybe your next airplane could be your next car as well. The company, Lilium has recently revealed that is has raised an additional $119 million in funding to develop a flying car. Actually it is a vertical takeoff, electric jet. Kraemer Aviation’s President, Harry has been following flying car technology since the mid 1960s. Our transportation museum will have an entire section dedicated to flying cars. As they all do, the Lilium jet looks very promising on their website. Click here to read more about this “flying car”.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

Here’s a “green vehicle” that is out of this world. In 1971, Apollo 15 took the first car to the Moon. And since they couldn’t bring it back, they left it there. It is still there today. Who owns this car? We looked up the definition of abandoned property. This is the legal definition of abandoned property; “Abandoned property is defined as personal property left by an owner who intentionally relinquishes all rights to its control”. The law goes on to say “At common law, a person who finds abandoned property may claim it. To do so, the finder must take definite steps to show their claim.  For example, a finder might claim an abandoned piece of furniture by taking it to their house, or putting a sign on it indicating their ownership”. Does this mean that if someone puts a sign on this claiming it as theirs, that they own it? Just think, what if someone did claim this car and got it back to earth, how valuable would the car be?


Long before the Nissan Leaf, back to 1973, Nissan was experimenting with electric cars. Nissan built an electric pickup truck. It actually built two models. Nissan’s earliest electric cars date back even earlier, but the first of the EV pickups to be developed was the 1973 Nissan EV4-P. It ran on a bank of lead-acid batteries stored in a compartment between the front and rear axles beneath the bed. The power output was 27 kilowatts (a Nissan Leaf’s is 80 kW). The EV4-P wasn’t fast, however it could go an impressive 188 miles on a single charge. The second truck, the EV4-H, was built upon the lessons learned from the EV4-P and employed a hybrid drivetrain. In this case, hybrid meant simply two types of batteries — high-output lead-acid batteries and high-energy-density zinc-air batteries — and a control system that optimized the balance between the two in a variety of driving conditions. With the hybrid system, the EV4-P clocked an impressive range of 308 miles on a single charge.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideals and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

The Henney Kilowatt was an electric car introduced in the United States of America for 1959. The car used some body parts as made for the Renault Dauphine. An improved model was introduced in 1960 with a top speed of 60 miles an hour and a range of 60 miles. Only 47 cars were sold over the two model years, mostly to electrical utility companies. Only a few still exist.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

In this section of our newsletter, we are always looking for an interesting find or an interesting place a vehicle was found. For this month, here’s a marsh find. According to the Facebook post, this 1960 Cezeta spent 35 years in the marsh before it was finally pulled out. One of our most interesting places a motorcycle was found, was inside a wall. Click here for our post about the wall find.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes.

Earlier this month, Eli passed his instrument checkride with Harry. He did an outstanding job. He was one of the best prepared instrument applicants that Harry has seen in a while. Eli flew to ATP standards.

Weather in the news: On December 15 we had a major storm system move through the Mid-Atlantic area. The radar image had a rainbow of colors.

Three Wheel Association (TWA):  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association. Look for a newly designed website for by early 2023. We will have an expanded A to Z list and viewers of the site will be able to send us new entries for the A to Z listings. We will also have items for sale such as coffee cups, mouse pads, and more. Stay tuned.

Many electric vehicles are 3-wheelers. That’s most likely because 3 wheels tend to be more efficient. Here’s one by a company called Green Vehicles. It’s call the Triac. The Triac, by Green Vehicles Inc., was a two-seat three-wheeled concept car unveiled in 2010–2011. The company went out of business in 2011.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: The aviation company,  Eviation has built and flown an all electric plane earlier this year. The plane can carry nine passengers and two crew up to 15,000 feet. It has a day VFR range of 250 NM. Very cool!

1992 Fiat Cinquecento Z-ECO concept by Carrozzeria Zagato with built in bike pod. The theme of the Fiat proposal was to explore new concepts of mobility, dictated by environmental issues and by the growing restrictions on the use of cars in urban centers. Zagato proposes the concept of double mobility, with the Z-Eco it goes beyond the simple transport of people and luggage. The small car adds the possibility of having a second means of transport, to be used in areas where access to the car is prohibited. The solution is that of an electric bike that occupies the right side, ready both for use in the city and for leisure in the open spaces. The Z-Eco was Zagato’s vision of an environmentally conscious commuter vehicle of the future. It featured an odd tandem two seat layout and a removable bicycle. This would allow the driver of the vehicle to park when congestion was reached and cycle the remainder of their journey, reducing gridlock, emissions and parking shortages in city centers. What a cool idea.

Nautical Notes: Numerous companies are incorporating solar panels in sails on sailboats. The solar panels can be used to power electric drive motors or other required equipment onboard the vessel.

Sailing itself is actually solar power. Nothing is more “green” than being at sea under full sail. The sailboat probably originated in ancient Egypt. Around 4000 BC, Egyptians assembled a simple rigging system and suspended a piece of cloth in the air to pull basic log boats along rivers. These vessels were long and narrow, and their simple rigging was difficult to control.

Humans have been using various forms of boats to travel by water for longer than we have had written language. The oldest known reference to a ship was from approximately 10,000 BCE, where a carving depicted a reed rowing ship that carried twenty men. Experts believe that boats were around a lot longer than that, though so far, there has been no physical proof. Ship travel is older than any other form of transportation and has been steadily improving over the millennia. It has been determined that the first sea-worthy ships were not even built by humans but by their evolutionary predecessors, Homo Erectus, nearly 800,000 years ago. This explains how they were able to spread across the planet. 

Riding The Rails: Australia has the world’s first solar powered train built by the Byron Bay Railroad Company. Byron Bay Railroad Company launched its solar train in January 2018. The company recycled a diesel locomotive which was abandoned for over 20 years into a solar-powered train. The train runs over 3km around the resort areas in Byron Bay. Solar panels have been fitted to the roof of each carriage to collect and generate solar power to charge the train’s batteries. When it is sunny, the train can run 4-5 times a day only on solar power received by the panels. In bad weather, renewable energy is charged with the help of local retail companies in order to operate the train.

Native American Indian Transportation: Long before “Going Green” was an thing, the Native American Indians were green.

Native American Indians used travois, also known as a drag sled, for carrying loads overland. It consisted of two wooden poles with a platform, basket, or netting suspended between them, attached to the back of a dog (or occasionally to a team of dogs) so that the dog could pull it along the ground. After the settlers introduced horses, the Indians were able to make larger horse drawn travois. For the horse drawn travois, they used tepee poles across the horse’s back and attach a burden platform between the poles behind the horse. This served two purposes at once, as the horses could then simultaneously carry the tepee poles and some additional baggage. Below is a travois with a basket on it.

Animals in the headlines: Meet Kome, a Golden Retriever. Kome is sporting a solar power dog jacket. The signs or lettering are made of a special type of wire to make the wire look like a neon sign. Pretty cool!

We close this newsletter with these words: Give green a chance; Live green, love green, think green.

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