Tuesday, December 30, 2008
No, not the Lion King, but how our lives roll through some regular natural moments- like winter- short days-though getting slowly day by day, snow and cold, our bodies not wanting to get out of bed on a cold morning nor not really ambitious in January evenings. With school, the semester is winding down. Then we get in February- and our thoughts turn to love and Valentine's day, and then our February school vacation. Mud season, the last of snow, spring at last, then blackfly season and the sumemr tasks like starting up the gardens and opening the screen porch. Green grass and leaves returning...summer, warmth, vacation, and then the arrival of fall, a new school year, leaves turning, holiday season...
I know I have put this into a very short synopsis, but it is so much in itself to go through. Comforting to go through, just a swing in the natural cycle of life. Then there is the discovery as our bodies change as we age and watch our children grow older. Never mind the news and events which make up our lives. Our children's lives non cycle through something like ours...I remember being 17 like Katie is. Our life is not a circle that matches theirs, but a spiral.
Ok, maybe I am being philosophical and maybe I am just babbling and make no sense, but I am struck by change (after watching Milk yesterday and Marley and Me today) and lack of change. One thought I had was that I was born into a world of segregation and now (in 21 days) we shall have an African American President. But the cycle of the Presidency continues. So not a circle, but a spiral. Winter comes every year, with certain definates (like short days and colder temperatures), but one never knows how much snow. Or for how long it will go on here in NH. Spiral again.
I find this cycle comforting tonight, maybe because I'm often a little afraid of the New Year- afraid of the bad things that may come, but this year, I am not. I am more filled with hope. Hope is a very very good thing, and I guess I have babbled on enough for one night.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
It was a great holiday-all 3 days of it in this house. Wednesday it was out to lunch with my in-laws, yesterday we stayed home in our pjs and had fun (and waited forever for our roast to be cooked so we didn't have dinner until 9 last night)and today we went to visit my mom.
Hope everyone's holiday was as wonderful as mine!
Love this photo I made last night with Photoshop elements (finally a version that works on this icky old Vista) and a fuzzy flashless photo of our tree and some snowflakes using an icestorm photo).
Joy and peace for the rest of this holiday season.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Guess what? Its snowing again- though it is suppose to turn to rain later. I need to finish picking up the house before the clutter returns tomorrow. We're off to meet the Nelson's for lunch in Portsmouth today...start this actual holiday off with some fun.
Wishing you all a happy holiday-whichever it is you will celebrate today!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
the presents all wrapped-
the cards sent out in the mail-
the tree it is trimmed and
snow it is shoveled!
vacation has started and
only thing left is to a buy a roast for dinner-
It is almost Christmas
and the spirit is flowing!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Woke up to more snow-still flurries coming down, but we've gone out and cleaned up and went to the vet to pick up Harley and (just to make this a long run on sentence with lots of ands) went to the post office to mail the cards I wrote last night and stopped by the grocery store...Harley's hopping pretty good on 3 legs after his knee surgery and very happy to be HOME. We're happy he's home too-and now pizza is ready and time for some food.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I can't get out of my own way tonight. I'm tired with a terrible headache. I feel fat and all I see is a massive double chin when I look at myself. I stayed late with kids after school, came home and have either napped or feel like I've wasted my night-which although not over-is for me as my head kills and I'm tired. I really wanted to go play in the studio since last night I didn't-but better, I did some successful holiday shopping after school. Should have gone today and did some errands at Target, but instead tonight has been pretty much a waste. I need to perk up and nt feel so pity-pity-me but maybe I'm entitled to one night of me being whiney.
maybe my soup will be heated up in a bit too so I can eat.
And with the way the economy is, I should be thankful I have a warm house and a meal and a great family and 2 lovable cats and a dog...I am lucky I guess but tonight I am not feeling much more than cranky.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Stamps flowers (Hero Arts) and color with gelly roll pen. Stamp to/from and trim bottom with scissors.
Stamps the gingerbread man (Sassafras Lass) on paper with brown ink, cut it out and then attach. Stamp words and outline with white pen.
I made a few others but I can't blog more than 5 photos at a time. The trick is to make several the identical tags at the same time. It makes the whole project go much faster and smoother.