Thursday, December 31, 2020

What now?

 


So much for Halloween candy.

Christmas always comes to an abrupt end, it seems. For 2 1/2 solid months, the stores have been draped with garlands, dripping bright ornaments, while Halloween candy is in shopping cart marked "50% off". Carols of all types have been playing in a loop, but for some reason they have been classier this year.

Celebrating and loving with our family is a wonderful year long fest. So, pick up all that wrapping paper, down the eggnog, and finish up all those little chores.

Here is before:

Walmart sells everything.


Here is after:

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after the Christmas rush

But, no one sees what is really left behind:


Dump site for carts from all stores
There were mountains of shopping carts tossed in the field.
After a month or so, these were all gone. 


Christmas is over, yes, but we will continue rejoicing for the entire year. No matter how strange and scary our lives are now, we will continue to rejoice. 

After all, Christmas is only 11 months and a few days away.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Gloria! Glory in the Highest!

 


 Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


Merry Christmas and the Happiest of this New Year to you all. 

Celebrate together, rejoice in your lives, find peace where you are. 

God bless us, everyone.

I will take a vacation break until the New Year.  May you have a love-filled Christmas, May you keep well and safe, May you stand in awe that God sent His Son for you and for all of us.



Sunday, December 20, 2020

Finding Joy

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Christmas is just a few days away and children will hold their breaths 
for the remaining hours. 

Rejoice! This past year we haven't looked at rejoicing so much. Instead, it has been one where we search for remnants of the previous years.  Impossible, yes. But rejoicing is never impossible.

Claire Crosby with her family. Mom is at the 
piano, Dad is singing harmony, and 2 siblings are somewhere else.



Friday, December 18, 2020

Fruit cake meets all nutritional needs .

 

The question is (please be truthful) "Do you really like or do you really hate fruitcake?"




                                                                    Memes monkey

Last year I made the traditional Irish Christmas pudding, and it was really good. So this year, I will make a modified fruit cake. With God's help and if the sky doesn't fall, I might have an equal success. 

Will keep you updated.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

The Ridiculous or the Sublime

 

Live large! Find the ridiculous! Laugh at whatever makes you feel a giggle welling up inside!

                                                            Old Timers

                    

                          





I had a birthday last week. 

Okay. There you have it.


Monday, December 14, 2020

Mom, are you ready to be his friend?

    


Have you ever heard your parents arguing? How did you feel, what did you think?

This toddler is a well of wisdom. "We need everyone to be that person. We want everything to be as good as possible."

(This young lady will be seen in a few years as a U.N. Representative for the United States.)


Saturday, December 12, 2020

Trees Have Deep Roots

 


The cellar, Jackson sighed as he descended moldy steps. Having worked from attic to cellar, Jackson had just eaten a copious number of brownies Grammy forced on him. Oh, Jackie! What an industrious little boy you are! Have another brownie…

After a pot of black coffee and a belly full of brownies, Jackson was galvanized to tackle the dank cellar. The first few boxes were with junk. Then the third box yielded treasure.

An old camera from long ago era, 1870s maybe Civil War? Riveted by the tin-type photos carefully labeled with names, Jackson could pick out physical resemblances in his own generation.

Jackson froze when one branch of the family turned and headed to here-to-fore hidden family names, absent from family conversations. One of the great-great-grandfathers was Amos Lee, a black soldier; his black wife, Martha Lee held a child on her lap…Jackson Lee.

It was a page turner. Tin-types led to Seneca tribes in New York and then onto Oneida tribes, over to Lakota.

Well, that’s a hell of a thing…Jackson smiled. Trees must have deep roots.


This is a Wednesday Word post, words chosen by Delores back in November 2014. Always fun to play and toss around, writing whatever comes to mind. 

For any who haven't  experienced  wandering down into a cellar, you must try it sometime.




Wednesday, December 9, 2020

God bless the Irish!

 


March isn't near yet, but  St. Patrick's Day should always be celebrated at any time of the year. Soda bread, Guinness, must be available at all times.

Ireland is more than liquids to imbibe. What has been an integral cornerstone in that country is its language, Gaelic (Gaeilgh). No matter what England could do or take away from the Irish, Gaelic was theirs and theirs alone.

In history, Ireland is darn bloody. From the north, the Vikings brutally conquered and generally settled into the country, especially on the Eastern coast and in the North.  Bloody, darn bloody. Oliver Cromwell was a master of creating rivers of Irish Catholic blood. 

The English, in their desire to "civilize" conquered the country back in the 1169 A.D., staying there until 1949, when some counties voted to remain with England and the other counties voted for independence. Northern Ireland is part of the Britain, but the Republic of Ireland is governed by elections. 

The people of Ireland are incredible, spending time and swapping stories with tourists.  The Irish are well educated, and speak two languages. Irish Gaelic is not an easy language to just pick up on the fly. From the first class (children of ages 4+) to adulthood, students are learning in English and Gaelic.  

Irish writers are renowned for their use of words woven together so tightly. The Gaelic united them in a way that is difficult to describe. It's unique and it's beautiful.  

Early on, England recognized how it was not just Catholic or Protestant, it was how Gaelic which was the glue for the people.  It was pretty savage on the part of the English---Children were beaten by teachers if they spoke in Gaelic. The effort to get rid of the language failed.

God bless the Irish.  Dia beannaigh an Ghaeilge



This 4 year old above is from Northern Ireland and the accents there are heavy. Not as difficult to understand as Scottish, but read the subtitles. You will enjoy how devoted he is to getting his work done.  I'm a busy mon.

WB Yeats is one of my favorite poets.  Just threw this poem in, the words mean much  to me





Oh, the weather outside is frightful...

 Winter, 12/21, is almost here.  My snow days ended when I left Illinois.  But, I know there are a few bloggers out there, watching and waiting for a storm that blows and snows.

The following are from Pinterest, which is loaded with snow photos.





                                                   https://wwwkenterphotography.photoshelter.com/
                                                                            


While Southern California watches big winds and prays there will be no wildfire, you will be looking out your window at night as snow falls. The first snow of the season is the most amazing.

In February, the excitement is missing.


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Talents of our Blogging World

 

                                                          Discerning Hearts Ministry

There are many talented bloggers here on Blogspot.com world and they should be presented to our world.

Here are some bloggers whose work I always appreciate:

                                           The Low Carb Diabetic
You will find some great recipes here.  I have made some and they are awesome!

Laws of Gravity
Liz is an artist when it comes to thread and yarn. I have purchased some items from her, and they are beautiful.

                                                                    Cup on the Bus    
Joanne Noragon is a lifelong weaver and these are results. My dishtowels are perfect. Her looms are set up and seem very intricate (which they are).

This is Brian Joseph, whose reviews of many books have inspired me to read them.  Madame Bovary, a book that was reserved for young adults! I read it in college, and it is racy.


David Gascoigne manages to capture exquisite images.  Cardinals are my personal favorites, although David has photographed some other amazing birds and fauna.  

They are so many talented bloggers out there, and it is impossible to recall all the names. Visit their sites, enjoy their writing, discover their special talents.  You might be surprised.











Friday, December 4, 2020

Down to the River

     


Wikipedia.org
Illinois River meeting up with the Mississippi River

Josh Groban is a talented man with an outstanding voice. This is what he has give me today.


Josh Groban has been a voice that we all welcome. This voice comes from a depth he experiences about depression and anxiety.  He wrote this song.


He is a prodigy who was surrounded by an extremely talented family which focused on music. This second performance above is from him talking about his struggles, how they led him down the road that developed his talent.

 "Groban began singing in 7th grade and later enrolled in the Interlochen Arts Program to concentrate on his voice. As fate would have it, his vocal coach was friends with David Foster, a well-known producer, writer and arranger, and in 1998, Groban and Foster began working together."

When a child discovers he has a major talent, is encouraged to pursue it by musical parents and given training by accomplished musician David Frost, the child grows to be a man who gives back to the world.

May God bless and protect people with talents who will struggle in this world.  He has a Plan for them.


Wednesday, December 2, 2020

What comes after?

 

So much for Halloween candy.

Christmas always comes to an abrupt end, it seems. For 2 1/2 solid months, the stores have been draped with garlands, dripping bright ornaments, while Halloween candy is in shopping cart marked "50% off". Carols of all types have been playing in a loop, but for some reason they have been classier this year.

Celebrating and loving with our family is a wonderful year long fest. So, pick up all that wrapping paper, down the eggnog, and finish up all those little chores.

Here is before:

Walmart sells everything.


Here is after:

undefined
after the Christmas rush

But, no one sees what is really left behind:


Dump site for carts from all stores
There were mountains of shopping carts tossed in the field.
After a month or so, these were all gone. 


Christmas is over, yes, but we will continue rejoicing for the entire year. No matter how strange and scary our lives are now, we will continue to rejoice. 

After all, Christmas is only 11 months and a few days away.


Are people that gullible?



 This is taken from FaceBook, from a group I like to follow, Sassy Senior Society. Fun group, fun writing. 

                                                    Tractor Supply                                                    

Hope you had a good laugh today! 




Sunday, November 29, 2020

Cats + Christmas = ?

 So many bloggers have cats and share them with us! Here is my Christmas gift to you:


                                                                So, what you want?

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All these memes come from Wagpets. There are allll sorts of animals there, and we all will have some time over the next weeks.

Hopefully?



Friday, November 27, 2020

What Is Man that You Are Mindful of Him?

 

Source: David Flowers

When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers,

The moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained,

What is man, that Thou art mindful of him?

And the Son of Man, that Thou visit him?

For Thou has made him a little lower than the angels,

And hast crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 8: 3-5

Bible verse - Psalm 8,4 - What is man that you are mindful of him - 2013
Source


No matter how despicable Man appears or behaves, God still loves him. 

This is a repost from 2011.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Time Had Come.

 

He had never spent much time with babies.
Now, he and his wife have 2 boys, age 2.5 and 1 years, and live 
in Chicago.


from our new balcony 
For twenty-seven years, our life in our old neighborhood was one of an almost solitary life.  Our neighbors had moved on, with new one replacing them, but there we stayed, strangers to others.

Twenty-seven years! That was the longest we have ever lived in one spot, and was clear at the twenty-eighth marker, it time for a change.

The move was long overdue, as boxes and unknown treasures of stuff lined the walls and rafters in our garage.  John’s library? Stacks of unread books were on the verge of cascading.



Close (2 min. drive) to our daughter's house.
 Clara, son-in-law Brian, and Lily
after Irish dancing competition




Twenty-seven years! 

Needing almost nothing of those dusty belongings was our surprising discovery.  Now, in our new house, in our 55+ community, we are finding ourselves involved in clubs and making friends.

Yes, it was definitely time.



The underlined words are from River.  She and several other bloggers have set up "Wednesday Words" for bloggers to use to liven up their writing.
 This is a re-post of a 2016 post.



Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Feathers Say It All.

 

Did the Pilgrims really go hunting for wild turkey?  It makes sense that wild game would be on their dinner tables, all sorts. Why turkeys? 

Have you ever seen a wild turkey? Ever wonder why the toms hang out together?

Oh, boy, this is the day. You know the routine. Give it all you got.

Lookin' good. We got this.
 Hey, there is one hen!


                                Check this out, ladies. We got the feathers, if you got the time...

Note: These above photos were taken by an high school classmate, Russ Adams.


Turkeys are a lot easier to hunt than venison. Whether one likes it or not, wild game has to be culled to keep the herd healthy. Deer always raided our fields before harvest; they were a pest. Turkeys raided an empty field to eat kernels of corn left behind. Again, the flock has to be kept healthy. That's life in the wild.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Christmas is coming...

 





Just remember: every woman wants canning equipment. Or, maybe, something else?  


Go shopping early!  Some stores will run out of these gifts! Black Fridays are running all the time, whether it is Friday or not.