Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This image manipulation thing is relatively new to me, so please pardon the very unpolished look to this post. An hour or so ago I wandered around the house with my camera and captured images of the season to share with you. To the left is the blue led snowflake hanging in the living room window. It helps me locate my house when coming home in the dark.
The bucket of festive holiday headgear waiting to be donned.
Reindeer in a basket in the family room downstairs.
View of the stairwell decorations that were so difficult to place. They may remain on display until spring.
This is Sparky, the largest snowman in my collection. He is not allowed to light up that pipe in the house.
Christmas themed mugs on the shelf in the kitchen available for hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a blue Santa Claus? The three that I have are atop the refrigerator this year with the cobalt glass items that are there year-round.
Yes, I decorate in the bathroom! This little scene is just above my bathtub where I regularly doze off while I'm soaking in the hot water and bubbles.
A sure sign of the holidays, my college age son has brought home his dirty laundry.
The dining room, which is technically not a separate room, just the east end of the kitchen.
I just adore these fat cardinals. They reside on top of the tv cabinet with my elder son's high school graduation photo.
My cat, Newton, peeking out from under the coffee table in the living room. He mostly ignores the holiday decorations unless it would involve him being the recipient of a belly rub.
The Santa Claus collection on the bookcase in the living room.
My cat, Einstein, doing his best to ignore the fact that he is under the Christmas tree...
...and eventually caving and taking a bite. More than once I have caught him walking off with a pink bow in his mouth. To his credit, the tree has been tipped over only once. So far.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I know it was foolish
But I couldn’t resist
In the newfallen snow
On the hood of your car
I reassured myself
You’d never see
My frosty declaration
By the time you returned
Either the relentless wind
Or the still falling snow
Would have covered
My amorous confessional tracks
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It snowed overnight. Two or three inches worth out there. Enough to warrant shoveling but not so much that it's painful. I realize that I would find it very difficult to live somewhere where it doesn't snow. Despite the inconvenience I love winter. There's something about the cycle of seasons that feels complete and right, but maybe that's because I grew up on the plains. The summers are scorching and winter is harsh but it makes me feel alive to experience such extremes. This weekend's activities shall include baking cranberry lemon bread, digging out the Christmas cd's that set the mood for holiday decorating, and now that the snow is letting up, shoveling. The enormous pine tree in my backyard looks so beautiful with a dusting of white. Edgar, my anatomically correct gargoyle who sits under that tree, looks mildly annoyed about the whole business. Somehow I managed to forget to do the fall routine of putting away summery stuff out in the yard. The umbrella on the deck table looks a little out of place, as does the hammock that can't collect a remarkable amount of snow due to its stringy surface. The fifteen yo wants chocolate cake for breakfast. I don't know why it makes me feel better to say no to that request. Is it really much different to say yes to cherry pop-tarts? Probably not. And now that I have a digital camera, maybe I can take a cool snow picture and post it with today's writing. Now, if someone could explain to me why Newton wants desperately to get into my closet. I hope the reason isn't a mouse.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Such things are never truly finished. Experiences etch memories upon the brain that remain capable of inducing emotional responses. You can't unlearn or undo or unexperience anything that has happened to you. You can hope that the scars you've earned teach valuable lessons and that you've risen above old, unproductive, and unnecessary behaviors. Accept and embrace the fact that the better person you are today is due in part to the past chapters of your life, maybe in particular the ones that weren't all that pleasant. Acknowledge your past, apologize for the harm you've done, and finally, refuse the burden of pain that others may heap upon you. To remain willing to take that leap of faith one more time even when your heart has been broken is a sign of true resilience. Enjoy.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Bellona’s Grown-Up Wish List For a Man
That She Could Love
1. Healthy, or at least working on it, in mind, body, and spirit.
2. He should smile not just with his mouth but also with his eyes.
3. Doesn’t have to have a regular day job but should be responsible with money.
4. Not too neat and buttoned-up appearance-wise, a little rumpled and goofy is so sexy!
5. He must read! And interested in all kinds of ideas and be able to discuss without lecturing.
6. He must have a creative outlet. Music, painting, drawing, writing. I would love to have someone to sing and/or write with.
7. He must have some sort of spiritual calling, belief in a higher power, feel a connection to the earth as well as the stars.
8. No addictions! Well, coffee’s okay. Nicotine or any tobacco use not okay! Drug or alcohol abuse not okay, but if in the past a history of sobriety essential.
9. Not rigid or negative or angry in thought, anal or overly critical.
10. Able to talk about and express feelings.
11. Must be kind, love animals, laugh easily.
12. Must be comfortable and content at home but also be up for travel, adventure, shared experiences.
13. Must appreciate simple pleasures like cheeseburgers, naps, garden tomatoes, a lovely glass of wine, holding hands, reading to a child, bubble baths and massages.
14. Must be comfortable with affection.
15. Would it be too much to ask if he would rub my feet?
16. Must be confident enough in our bond to let me have my own time and interests away from him.
17. He must love my sons! And my cats.
18. Maybe we could live together in the mountains or near water, build a house that is ours, not mine or his.
19. He must be a grown-up! So I don’t have to be all the time.
20. We must be able to tell each other, in a kind and constructive way, about things that bother/irritate us about each other.
21. He’ll have to dance with me.
22. He must be able to commit to a faithful and monogamous relationship.