Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I was in charge of writing the family Thanksgiving poem this year. I struggled with it because the words are just not arranging themselves in poetic ways these days. And yes, this doesn't bode well for our annual Christmas poem! Ah well, this one is done now, and it talks about some of my favorite things, so it's poem enough for me, I guess. Hope you & yours are enjoying the day!

I’m sitting in my muse-free zone
picturing the faces of my family.
Surely there is poetry there –
in those eyes and those familiar smiles,
in the vision of generations,
in love lost, love regained, love found,
in the possibility of persimmon pudding
and home grown green beans.
There is poetry in the familiar – 
in the ritual of rush and not enough time,
in the spectacle and laughter,
in the empty places for those we miss.
And there is definitely poetry 
in the hands we grasp around our family circle,
in this annual waltz of thanksgiving.

Dana Rhyne

Thanksgiving 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Lilla Rose Giveaway!

Sound the trumpets! I’m having a give-away! Elizabeth Williams from Zizzie Happenings approached me about this a while back when I still had hair & I was a slacko & didn’t take her up on her offer of a free Lilla Rose Flexiclip to one of my readers. I have several of them & they’re perfect for my slippery hair. See?

Well, they were perfect… So I said to Elizabeth, “I don’t have any hair anymore! And I don’t think any of my readers do either!” “Well, Danabug,” she said, “you don’t have to use the flexi clips in your hair if you don’t want to.” Exhibit A:

Well! Using them that way had not ever crossed my mind. So I played around on my own.

Fun! Now I know everyone will be clamoring to win the free clip. There is one rule: to enter my drawing you must email me a picture of your feet as you take a walk. Or the back of your head. Or the neighbor’s dog. Just something to show that you’ve wandered around outside somewhere. If you don’t want to email a picture to me, you can post it on your blog instead. Please keep the picture family friendly because I’m gonna post it on my blog (you knew I would, right?).

Go check out Elizabeth’s Lilla Rose site here and see all the different styles available. She’ll give away a style/size that she has in stock (excluding the clip of the month). And men, remember that many of you have women in your lives and Christmas is coming…

I’ll announce the winner one week from today. So get to walking & snapping!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

2014 Project 365 – Week Forty-seven

We got our first significant snow of the season, so of course there are a number of snow pictures. It’s as if no one had ever seen snow before!

Sunday, November 16th
Our friendly neighborhood sharp-shinned hawk.

My daily walk – it started sneeting while I was out! Also, this is the “I should have listened to my mother” edition – I should have made a potty break before I left the house. Heh.

The snow begins…

Monday, November 17th    
This was my view when I opened the back door this morning. I decided to work from home (I love my job!).

Morning snack. That’s whipped peanut butter in case you’re wondering. And yes, the clementines wandered into the peanut butter and that was just WEIRD!

Dr. M took some snow pics. Poor Heather the sheep!

My daily walk. The abominable Snow Bug!

Dr. M filled the feeder & it was emptied again in short order.

Dr. M cooked dinner – Southwest chicken & beans. VERY yummy!

Tuesday, November 18th     
I knew my thermometer would come in handy! This was the temp in my office when I got to work Tuesday morning. Brr!

I tucked my scarf up into my hat & decided that I had created Cthuluguin!

As proof that I’m not entirely stupid I decided to not walk in the cold icy dark.

Wednesday, November 19th  
My daily walk – fall would like winter to know that it’s not QUITE done yet, thank you very much.

Dr. M said that he felt like this turkey :)

Thursday, November 20th
Pinky Two Tone (our 7 year old pet geranium) is certainly thriving these days. Eventually she’ll decide to take her winter break from blooming, but until then we’ll enjoy pinkitude.

Once again, not walking outside in the cold icy dark… But look – I have a tiny little (not very attractive) ponytail!

Friday, November 21st  
My daily walk. I forgot what I was doing & left the house with the wrong shoes on. It was a bit slippery out there!

We’ve been binge-watching Band of Brothers again. Three hours of crochet gave me claw hand!

Saturday, November 22nd     
My daily walk. What a difference a day makes! Wow! And, also, please note tiny little goofy ponytail in my shadow picture. Ha!

We got our first Christmas card of the season – from Rite Aid Pharmacy.

I was on Altar Guild duty this weekend. At long last we’re at the Last Sunday after Pentecost! Woo hoo! It’s a long time to be in the same liturgical season (if you recall, Pentecost was June 8th). Next week: Advent!

Dr. M spent the evening with his own project – a survival bracelet made with leftover parachute cord. His comment on Facebook: Picked a fast deploy pattern and went at it. Finished it, and the wife approved. Then she said, "you know that's just single crochet, right?" Come to think of it, a hook would have helped. I wonder if Dick Winters crocheted... ‪#‎downinflamesigoagain. Heh. (Note – Dick Winters is one of the men from Band of Brothers – a mini-series about paratroopers in WWII.)

Hope everyone has a great week!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

2014 Project 365 – Week Forty-six

This was a banner week. It was Dr. M’s birthday, and…. Well, mostly it was Dr. M’s birthday. Oh, and I had Thursday and Friday off from work so my sleep schedule is royally messed up again. Yay!

Sunday, November 9th
My daily walk – my first winter hat of the season.

I was just a bit dismayed by Dr. M’s clashing plaids…

Monday, November 10th    
Dr. M had his usual delay on his way to school.

I took a bunch of pictures for my 10 on 10 post – you can check them out here. But here’s a repeat of my daily walk pics.

Tuesday, November 11th     
Campus hawk helping out with the squirrel population.

My daily walk – the toad edition! I saw two of them – and frankly they were just a bit startley.

Wednesday, November 12th  
My daily walk – I told Facebook that I thought my winter coat added 20 pounds to my shadow. Ha!

Thursday, November 13th
My daily walk – it got a little chilly for Dr. M’s birthday!

Dr. M saw the campus does.

When he got home he took pictures of the coldness – and his birthday bags :)

Friday, November 14th
Dr. M took the long way home.

My daily walk. Love the sun burnished trees…

One of Dr. M’s birthday presents – Otis the sheep who is getting ready to shear himself (see the little shears in his hand?).

I worked on some Christmas presents. These are about 8 inches long.

We watched the second Harry Potter movie & I was inspired to put on my Professor McGonagall hat. I don’t know why.

Saturday, November 15th     
My daily walk. I “borrowed” Dr. M’s hat for the excursion.

When I got back I cut up the last of the peppers from the local farm stand – I love how some of them look tie dyed.

Two more of Dr. M’s presents – a sheepy mug and a very silly sheep plug that fits in the audio jack on his phone.

We’ve had our luggage down in the middle of the floor for a few weeks now – so long that we don’t want to bother to stow it until after our Thanksgiving trip. Dr. M moved the bags off of the floor for me to be able to vacuum and then he got silly. I’ve got to say that Luggage Man was very alarming in the middle of the night when I got up to get a drink of water. I took special care to not look too closely in case I saw two fiery red eyes & it started saying my name in a raspy whisper, “Daaannnnaaaa…..” Yikes! I skedaddled back to bed!

Hope everyone has a great week!