Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Hi everyone. December is here. I can't believe that even with this being one of the strangest years in our lifetimes that we have already made it to December. I must say I am looking forward to 2021, but first, the holidays,! Even though they will be different this year, is still a joyful time (I hope).
And the beginning of the month means we are starting a new challenge at Art Journal Journey.
Thanks so much to Wendy for her wonderful bird challenge last month.
And now we welcome Tracey with her challenge, The Meaning of...
Tracey wrote a great intro for her challenge. You can read about it over at the Art Journal Journey homepage. Basically it is about describing the meaning of your page.
I picked the month of December for the topic of the first of my page.
Monday, November 30, 2020
Hi everyone. Tuesday and T Day have rolled around again, and today's post is a bit long for me. Just warning you!
For T, I thought I would share some snippets from the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend in my world. It was a fun escape from the usual: my house got really messy, I ate too much food, I didn't get online very much, I relaxed and I got some major exercise.
The quote in this first photo is true for my house both on Thanksgiving and the day before. It is the only room I seemed to clean up after the Thursday.
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Hi everyone. I am here with a short post today as it is day 29 over at Art Everyday Month. It's a photo post, so probably better said that is short on words, not on photos.
This past weekend we visited our local Christmas tree farm and chopped our tree.
Once I snapped my photo to make it look like my husband did all the work (ha-ha-ha), the three of us pulled out the tree.
And then we used the tree wrapper which puts string around the tree to make it easier to get it home.
As my daughter was heading home later that day, we decided to put up the tree when we got home.
For once my husband was in a Christmas spirit to put up the tree. Not that he is usually grumpy about it, but this year he was really having fun.
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Friday, November 27, 2020
Thursday, November 26, 2020
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who celebrate today. And a very happy Thursday to those of you who don't.
Today is the 4th Wednesday of November and a day (in the US) to take stock of things and give thanks.
I watched a show on the Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving on PBS (The American Experience: Pilgrims) the other day.
The Pilgrims chose to celebrate not because things were absolutely wonderful, but because they were the ones who had survived, been able to reap a harvest and been able to keep the colony/settlement from falling apart. They had lost around 50% of those who had settled with them only about a year earlier (lost to diseases, not enough food, and other causes). I can't image having left so many of their group behind in Europe, and then sailing to a place which was not the one they had planned on but the one they ended up at. They didn't sail at the best time of year either, leaving England in the autumn and arriving in New England in early winter. Then they spent that winter watching so many they travelled with dying. They robbed graves (since many of the native Americans in that area had died from probably a smallpox outbreak not all that long before the Pilgrims arrived. This plague was brought over by European fishing fleets out in Georges Bank on the hunt for cod). They put their dead/dying in sitting positions up against trees with guns to scare off other Native American communities that were not so friendly. That must have been hard.
So they celebrated what they did have.
I found this show fascinating, and it put this year's Thanksgiving into a different perspective for me, especially with our current national and world situation with covid.
Just something to consider.
My art today for Wendy's bird challenge at Art Journal Journey and also for day 26 of Leah's Art Everyday Month celebrates one of the stars of this American holiday, the turkey. Or in this case, the wild turkey.