Thanksgiving - 2019 Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, second only to Independence Day -- both original American holidays. I have so many things to be thankful for; twelve are pictured here. Four others are not pictured, as they had commitments in Arkansas this year. While I missed the four, I treasured the time … Continue reading Thanksgiving
How old is the candy cane? According to my good friend, Cliff Claven (mailman from "Cheers"), "Ahhh, it's a little known fact that the candy cane was invented in Germany". In 1672, a choirmaster in Cologne, Germany had a local candy maker prepare some "sweet sticks" to keep the children quiet during the Christmas … Continue reading Candy Cane Cutey
In the aftermath of the Thanksgiving feast, it is easy to see the difference between boys and girls. Thought for the Day: I like children. If they are properly cooked. W.C. Fields
The phrase, "down time", is little-used anymore. Down time used to mean unproductive time; i.e. lost time due to injury, equipment failure, power outage, fire drill, etc. Multi-media devices, allowing greater mobility brought on multi-tasking, which virtually eliminated "down time". Laptops, cell phones, smart phones, fax machines, and internet access from anywhere have made … Continue reading Down Time
The holidays presented an opportunity to see extended family, so I took full advantage of it. This darling shot of my sister's ten year old granddaughter made my day. Her smile was so genuine, she just ate up the camera. A holiday to remember. Thought for the Day: The man who complains about the way … Continue reading The Lady in Red
Uggh, stringing Christmas lights. I remember last year at this time I had a virtual meltdown trying to untangle my outdoor Christmas lights. You may remember my blog titled "Christmas Aversions", where I just couldn't face another year of untangling Christmas lights and said, "to hell with it". This year was a lot easier, mainly … Continue reading Christmas Traditions 3
Wow, there's a face only a mother could love. Who was the first to get up the nerve to eat that? Something to think about while we give thanks for all of our blessings. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Thought for the Day: Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. … Continue reading Gobble, Gobble!
December 31, 2011. The last day of the year. New Year's Eve. Wow, where did the year go? Another growth ring on the tree of life, so to speak. Was it a good year or a bad year? I like this time of year, for several reasons: 1) Christmas is over. There's more good things … Continue reading Another Year Down the Drain
What did the Bethlehem manger scene really look like? I've seen it depicted in many ways, from a cold stark cave to a well-furnished stable with individual pens for the livestock. History tells us that many households, depending on economic status, shared living quarters with their livestock. So, let your imagination be your guide. It … Continue reading Modern Manger?
Is there something about Christmas that you loathe, something you really can't stand, something you would rather do without? Not the obvious things that are unanimously disliked, but tolerated, because "tis the season", like: the commercialism, the music that plays 24/7 on every station and starts around Labor Day, the pushing and shoving at the … Continue reading Christmas Aversions
Labor Day: The unofficial end of summer, the last summer holiday, the final curtain of summertime fun. Reality sets in with thoughts of "school nights", regimented daily schedules, early risings, and shoes. One last night on the dock at the old fishin' hole is a good way to end the summer. Thought for the Day: We … Continue reading Fishin’ Hole
The title of this photo has a double meaning; 1) Obviously, the flag's nickname is "Old Glory", and this flag looks like it has seen plenty of "glory". 2) The flag is reflected in a window of a 130+ year old country church in NW Iowa, which is still used, weathered and beaten, but still standing … Continue reading Old Glory
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, I have designed this card using the sayings that are found on the little candy hearts. As Cliff Claven would say in his Boston accent to anyone who would listen to him at the "Cheers" bar, " Uh. Its a little known fact that the messages on the … Continue reading Dog Lover’s Valentine