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A new dawn...a new year to come!

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I'm back to blogging this morning...duh!! Anyway, it's been a super busy two weeks. We survived the Mayan 'end of the world'. And now, it's getting on with the normal routine again. Of course, today, I'm doing tons of laundry that was sorely neglected while my sister and brother in law were here visiting. We had a great time together!!! Going out to dine nearly every day [except for Christmas]...visiting museums, bookstores, ship tours, lighthouses, aquariums, science and history, showing them the port of call, botanical gardens, driving to the islands, and all in all taking them to the sights of our fair city. They also drove to Houston to spend a day with our son, Erik. The busy time is over; for that, I'm grateful. Yes, it was fun....loads of fun....but getting back to routine is good too. While they were here in Texas for the two weeks, Colorado was being blasted with heavy snows. So, they were glad they missed it ---but concerned of flying b

I'm dreamin' of a grand time together....

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Hodgepodge Joyce has these questions for us this week: 1. How will you spend 'the night before Christmas'? Honestly, I really don't have any idea until my sister and her husband arrive this week; then plans will be made. 2. What is one thing you are not? At this time of preparing the Hodgepodge post, I'm NOT fully awake. 3. Fudge-are you a fan? Your favorite flavor? Actually, I like it somewhat....the best way for me is HOT atop vanilla ice cream with pecans sprinkled on top of that; hot fudge sundae---yum. [photo courtesy of google search] 4. Did you attend any craft/vendor fairs in the month of December? Do you prefer homemade goodies or the more professional stalls? Are you giving any homemade gifts this year? We usually go to the peddler's show [a huge event, with hundreds of stalls from around the country, held at the fairgrounds in our county...but it's always the first weekend of November]. And I usually like both kinds of stalls..

...it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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I thought this was a cute craft idea...and it 'sounds' simple enough to make: http://www.bhg.com/holidays/?day=80#page=28 The text link in bold takes you to the directions. Image and site courtesy of Home and Gardens 100 days of Christmas Also, I thought I'd share my annual video of my holiday spirit. This one is about 3:45 minutes and some of what you'd see in my house for the 2012 season. Here is the link: Anni's Holiday Decor

There's a first time for everything...

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Along with a shadow shot of the jade figurine... today, I'm participating in Scavenger Hunt Sunday for the first time . Here are the prompts to hunt for, and find in photos--- One... Two... Three Four... Five... connecting to: Scavenger Hunt Sunday Shadow Shot Sunday

Star of the Republic

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Victor - "So, how long have those three been here roaming the grounds?" Viola - "Quite a long time...All I know is, I'm ready to dine on some fresh meat." Victor - "Ya, me too. I am tired of Roadkill Cafe back yonder." The two, Victor and Viola Vulture, watch the grounds wanderers' every move; they sit in silence until Victor, leaning close to Viola's ear, whispers: Victor - "Patience my feathery arse, I'm gonna....." as he leaves Viola in the treetops and swoops down on the three unsuspecting tourists... connecting to: The Bird D'Pot * Saturday Photo Hunt * this week's challenge: BELLS --- scroll down please! Camera Critters _ _ _ The last photos to share from our three day weekend last month is of a great museum....The Star of the Republic. You begin your tour with a 20 minute video in the theater. It gives the history of the state's beginnings, from the prehistoric, to the Native Americ

Merry...ummm, Holidays?

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1] There seems to be a big 'push' in Blogland about the term "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas". I read at least once a day in blog posts or comments something like this: "What happened to 'Merry Christmas'?"  Or:  "What happened to the "CHRIST" in Christmas?" Nothing, actually. It's just that saying "Happy Holidays" as a greeting means treating everyone equally rather than showing favoritism towards just those who celebrate Christmas. Christmas is just one day during December. Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong with the salutation given to someone you don't know; 'Happy Holidays'. Which religion are they? Sure, for Christians Merry CHRISTmas is apropos. But, all in this world are not Christians. Yet, you want to be friendly towards one another throughout....right? An upstanding citizen of anywhere in the world is supposed to love thy neighbor . At least that is

Thursday....In the NEWS

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I haven't done a Trash Talk for some time.  Well, it's now legal to smoke and possess [recreational] marijuana in two states...Colorado and Washington. As far as I'm concerned, I don't see anything different in this activity as is drinking alcohol or smoking 'regular' cigarettes, or those who raid the R x cabinets -legal prescription drugs...all  are drugs/stimulants and all could possibly hurt/harm [even fatally] when participating; overdosing, and getting behind the wheel; driving...being under the influence of either, by dulled responses, distractions, impaired reactions. [by the way, if you know your history, most drugs are HERBS] Another thing while driving there is the cellphone and the distraction of a child crying in the back seat. But, that's a whole 'nother post. Anyway, I was reading an article from Colorado [my 'home state'] -- (Reuters) - "Pot smokers formally gained the right to light up in Colorado on Monday as Govern

Whatever cranks your gears [literally]...

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first, let me get this out of the way, I couldn't resist--'natural' gas- of course you know where my mind was on this one.... connecting to: Outdoor Wednesday Wordless Wednesday _ _ _ HODGEPODGE Joyce has these questions for us this week: 1. So, when did you last take a walk in the woods? A stroll along the beach? A drive going nowhere in particular in the car? We do this most every day of the week if possible. Either in the wooded areas of certain birding parks that lead to the bay waters, or take a drive to the beaches and walk. 2. Are you sending Christmas cards this year? About how many do you send? Photo card or something more traditional? How do you display the cards you receive? I've slowly, over the years, stopped doing so many. This year, it'll be the first year I'm NOT sending ANY. The ones we do receive, they're usually on the hutch in the dining room or on the entertainment center in the

Ho Ho Ho...

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Santa at the Mall "...it's okay little one, I'm a jolly fellow!" connecting to: Ruby Tuesday2 _ _ _ Austin Texas - Texas State Capitol Part II "Surrender of Santa Anna" Artist William Henry Huddle painted the scene of the morning of April 22, 1836, the day after Texas' victory over Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto. Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, in the uniform of a private soldier, was brought before Texas General Sam Houston as a prisoner of war. Houston, wounded in the battle, rested on a pallet under the oak tree while arranging an armistice with Santa Anna. To the right, seated on a log, was Erastus (Deaf) Smith, famous Texas scout; the captured Mexican battle flags were leaning nearby against the tree. To the left and rear of Houston was his Secretary of War, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was standing next to Colonel Mirabeau B. Lamar. Over thirty other historical figures were depicted in this painting. It has been on di