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Sunday, December 31, 2017

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might...

Here we are, standing right on the cusp of the greatest Eve of all time...The eve of the beginning of all good things -  on a Monday -  AND the New Year - I'm giddy with excitement and what can be! I think my number one good thing/wish/resolution is to do whatever needs to be done to eat at home more. If I am successful at that, other things will be successful, too, as a result. Love those 3 in 1 resolutions. Leave it to me to find the lazy way to get the most resolutions fulfilled, lol. Ours is a quiet eve, football (go Falcons!), cozy fire, easy dinner. Dilly, dilly.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas is but a Memory...

Evee evolutions as Santa's reindeer (a Christmas present for daughter).

Sunrise Christmas
 Sunset, Christmas 

Hello! Did you survive? December passes in a whirlwind and I find myself saying, " What, it's OVER??" In the past I would be so sad when we take down my tree, but now we look forward to putting the tree outside and putting some birdseed covered ornaments on it and a few orange slices. Then commences the bird watching,I do so love me some little birdies!

Christmas morning the paper and ribbons and bows fly and squeals of delight (mostly me), ring through the house. Then Don makes a colossal breakfast (it always looks like a pack of Piranhas came through) and after eating we... vegetate. Later I'll make spaghetti for our traditional Christmas dinner. This year has felt a little somber. My dad passed away a few months ago. For at least 15 years he came and ate breakfast with us. We were all remembering him with fondness and sadness. He lived a good, long (91) life and I feel truly blessed for having so many years with him.

Now FORWARD-HO to the New Year. Ready or Not (ready), here it comes!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Misty Morning Visitors

Geese can be a pain in the neck, but I love seeing them take flight in a group. Cool beans!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Daze

December is skating away, slipping and sliding all the way! I love December, but it seems I can never relax enough to enjoy it's quieter side (is there a quieter side?).  Rush, rush, rush - buy this, decorate that, bake something, wrap lots of somethings, and find myself surrounded by piles and piles of stuff that surely must have a place to go but I'll be darned if I can get it there. As a child I dreamt of having  the 'Samantha' twinkle nose that could get stuff done.  Wouldn't that be such a boon! Ah, real life, ya hardly meet my dreams of easy, lazy, frivolous times, wah!

I'm learning to use my new camera. I think it just might be a skill which takes a lifetime to even come close to understanding. I love finding interesting things to photograph, but the camera is so sensitive it picks up e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, like a smidgen of dust that's not noticeable but becomes the focal point when you bring up the picture on your computer , lol.  Egads, I swear I dusted that!

Hope your Christmas journey is warm and sparkly.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December Surprise

What a lovely way to bring in the Christmas season! We awoke this morning to the softness of snowy vistas and dazzling trees, it took our breath away. It was mostly gone by 3:00 p.m., though some shaded areas still had an accumulation. No ice this time, so I even managed to get some Christmas shopping done. We're all cozy now, warmed by the fire and soft glow of the tree. Snow, fire, Christmas tree, stockings, full belly's and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Living the dream my friends!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Days

Hello! December already?!?  Doesn't it seem like time has produced wings and is swiftly moving ahead? I just want to throw my hands out and push back. Stop! Stop! There is too much to do and see and enjoy - but I'm less organized than ever and I feel like I can't get out from under the crushing weight of a "to-do" list that is quickly turning into a "didn't-do" list. And of course, when life gets like that and you just want to pull the blanket over your head, you yearn for something familiar and and cozy and a quilt! I amaze myself with my ability to sit at the sewing machine and not see a single thing that tells me I should be doing this instead of that. It's really a wonderful quality to have in your arsenal of things that you like to think are good,(but really aren't). 

We are experiencing a rather strange autumn here in Georgia. Usually by this time our leaves have  fallen, but this year they are hanging on and looking beautiful. Unfortunately it has greatly increased the chore of raking, bleh. We're looking forward to some cold weather this coming week, finally something that will feel seasonal - and I get to wear actual cold-weather clothing! That's a great big RAH!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

New Camera

Learning to use a new camera. I've never had a DSLR, so there is a lot to learn. It all sounds so easy while I'm reading about it, but when I get out there, I can't remember anything! Av, IOS, White Balance, Shutter Speed, RAW, etc.   Right now my biggest problem is to remember to take the cap off, arghh! Camera 3, Leslie 0. Tomorrow is another day!