Friday, November 30, 2012

The Thirtieth Post


Woot – I made it! All this senseless posting shall now come to an end. Now we can get back to my more random, yet thought-provoking posts. Yes – quality, not quantity shall now prevail!

Ha! I crack myself up.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thankful Thursday


My Facebook statuses (statusi?) for the week...


November 22: I think I'm going to have multiple thanksgivings today. The first one is getting to sleep in a bit and having turkey & rice & apple pie for breakfast. Ha!

I can't believe I'm saying this, but what a gorgeous Carolina Blue sky we have today!

It was so nice to have our traditional Wallace Thanksgiving dinner :)

November 23: Today I'm thankful that I don't like to shop :)

November 24: Today I'm thankful that I got to eat some NC BBQ with Dr. M's dad. Yum!



November 25: Today I'm thankful that we made it home safely after a beautiful drive.

November 26: Today I'm thankful for an extra day off so I can do laundry :)

November 27: Today I'm thankful for the Christmas spirit that seems to sneak up on Dr. M every year. Yesterday he surprised me with a Norfolk Pine & today I came home & saw that he'd put up our Christmas flag, door hanger & window lights. Thanks sweetie!

November 28: Today I'm thankful for the giant orange orb who accompanied me home from work today...

Arrroooooooooooo...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Capricious Kisser

The Capricious Kisser approaches her prey...


She grasps him firmly...


And lays one on him!


Here, have another for good measure!


Note: Last Friday Dr. M & I hung out with a couple of my first cousins & witnessed this wanton display between their children :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Confused!

Last night Dr. M came home with this as a surprise:

Isn't it lovely? We've put lights on it already...
But then he gave me this:


Which is a bit of a mixed message, don't you think?

Monday, November 26, 2012

2012 Project 365 – Week Forty-Seven




I’m posting a little late this week because, frankly, I just plain forgot to work on my post Saturday night! Oops. I have an excuse though – Thanksgiving Torpor. I was supposed to go visit my brother & his family too, but Thanksgiving Torpor set in & I just basically played Words With Friends & watched college football instead. Sorry Joe & Bren! But now I’m back home & coming out of my food haze, so I’m going to try to be coherent here.

Saturday, November 17th   
Critters from our back yard.




Dr. M & I went on a little ramble & saw some this terribly cute burro.


Sunday, November 18th
I was laughing at our clock – I do believe that the sun was hitting the outside thermometer because I’m pretty sure Sunday’s temp was NOT over 100 degrees!


Starling against a lovely blue sky.


Monday, November 19th   
Hawk in flight.


Dr. M enjoyed the fire pit while I was out having dinner with my friend Joanne.


The Moon!


Tuesday, November 20th
Hawk.


Premature Christmas decorations – come on people it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! They still make me smile though.


Dr. M took some great sheep pictures – go here to see them.


I love how the chickadees come to the feeder so cautiously, grab a seed & head back to the tree to eat it.


Wednesday, November 21st      
We headed to NC today. We only had one real traffic snafu – on the only significant two lane stretch of our journey (they were painting lines on the road – I’m sure they thought that was very necessary the day before Thanksgiving!). Anyway, I made Dr. M take this picture while we were waiting – I like the hay rolls in the wagon.


On the way down we took our usual detour by a sheep farm.



The moon!


Thursday, November 22nd – Thanksgiving Day        
I love Amy’s fashion sense :)


Go here to read about our Thanksgiving feast.


One of my favorite parts (besides all the food!) was being able to Skype with my nephew who is in Army medic training in Santa Fe.


Here is the State of the Bug – wearing Mamaw’s hat!


The moon!


Friday, November 23rd          
Daddy & Amy’s decorations.


Dr. M took lots of pictures of birds. Go here to see them – there are some great shots there.


I took a picture of Daddy & Amy’s calendar with my nephew’s picture on it – cool!


It’s the moon!


Go to Sara’s blog here to see the blogs of all the other Project 365 participants. Have a great week!

Most of our photos are taken with a 12 megapixel Nikon D5000 DSLR, using a 55-200mm zoom lens. This is the camera that Dr. M takes with him most days. The Bug uses our new Nikon Coolpix S6200 most of the time. If you’re interested in which camera was used for a particular shot, just ask! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Spelunking

photo source here

Spelunking

Like Edith Ann
in her oversized chair,
I blurt whatever
is on my mind.
I offer shallow confidences
until I am unmysterious –
until you drop your
headlamp and harness
and settle by the fire
at the mouth of my cave.

This is a Magpie Tale.



Saturday, November 24, 2012

What Does This Mean To You?


Hint: Despite what an Ohio driver driving on, say, Route 42 south between Xenia & Lebanon might say, it doesn't mean get in the left lane & stay there.

Friday, November 23, 2012

The Day After...


We had a great time yesterday with my dad’s side of the family. The highlight of the day was getting to talk to my nephew Brandon via Skype. He had been “adopted” by a family in Texas (where he’s in Army training) & was getting ready to head to their house for their Thanksgiving meal.

The sisters trying to organize the table

I think they did a good job :)

My cousin Holly always makes this salad every year - yum!

My sister-in-law made these pilgrim hats & acorns - a pinterest idea.

Bren also made these turkeys & tepees. Holly made some too - so cute & tasty!

My aunt Marilyn always makes persimmon pudding - one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving.

Brandon on Skype

We were all so tickled to talk to him!

The whole crew

My aunt Viv asked if I wanted the hat that Mamaw was wearing in this picture. Of course I said yes!

Last night I went to bed swearing to never eat too much again. And I did pretty well until I woke up today.  Ah well, tis the season… 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thankful Thursday

My Facebook statuses for the past week...


November 15: Today I'm thankful that I often don't remember all the details in books I read. I started listening to the first Harry Potter book again this week & it's like it's a brand-new book!

November 16: Today I'm thankful for the pizza that we're about to eat :)

November 17: Today I'm thankful to live in a world where brown geese & white geese can live in harmony...


November 18: Fasten your seat belts folks, it's gonna be a long one...

Today I'm thankful that our Thanksgiving Quodlibet went well - & apparently the altos (all two of us) shone.

I'm thankful that at church today Jack said that there can't be any deviants in our church because no one is normal.

And most of all, I'm thankful for the poem that Mother Lynn shared at our stewardship feast after church:

Because I am connected to the vine, I am connected
...to all the people I love
...to a planet of immeasurable beauty and fragility
...to a woman bending over a cooking fire in Kenya
...to my own life
...to my neighbor barbecuing on a summer day
...to a child dying of hunger in Africa
...to the soldier teaching a young boy to play
...to a polar bear drowning as the ice melts around him
...to refugees fleeing genocide
...to the murderer of an innocent victim
...to a family celebrating a new birth
...to the dishonest politician
...to a woman feeding her neighbor's family
...to a church connecting with a world for whom they will be the heart and hands of Jesus Christ.

I am the vine, you are the branches... John 15:5

November 19: Today I'm thankful that the dream I had last night where I was trying to text and walk at the same time was not true. I kept running into things & ended up out in the rain at some point.

November 20: Today I'm thankful that Dr. M’s uncle Barry is showing some improvement & that we'll get to see him tomorrow!

November 21: Today I’m thankful that I'm heading to my old home state to be with our families for Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!