I missed my chance to wish you all a Merry Christmas, although I was certainly thinking of my entire circle of family, friends, and followers in wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Christmas Day. So, here I am to say HAPPY NEW YEAR! May it be our best ever.
I had to share this, it was so cute.
In the store today there was a young woman and her kids standing behind me, the in-house radio station began playing “Jingle Bell Rock“. The little girl blurts out in an almost panicked voice, “Jingle Bell! MOM! Who’s Jingle? I thought her name was Tinker!”
May all your Christmas Season discoveries be this innocent. 🙂
Several years ago I discovered this wonderful animation on-line and shared it with my mother and brother. We would wait impatiently every year thereafter for the weekend after Thanksgiving to re-play this rendition of The Drifter’s classic, “White Christmas”, and we would laugh and laugh. Here’s to my family, and my friends – old and new: May this holiday season be the warmest and best ever!
Wishing all my readers and their families a very Happy Thanksgiving!
The last two weeks have been a little wild and close to overwhelming here on the peaceful river. First, my allergies got out of control, making me wheeze for days. Then my birthday rolled around and I added to my troubles by eating “treats”. My food allergies are worse than the reactions I have to the environment. Add to that, three days of overtime between the barn and the store. Then, out of the blue, I come back to the boat and there is absolutely no Internet! ACK! I wandered down the dock to ask the young man who provides the Internet service out here what may have happened. I didn’t have to inquire. There, on the finger next to his boat, is a new contraption for gold mining: A dredge for sucking sand up off the bottom of the Columbia River and a sluice box to ‘capture’ the gold dust. Hey kid! This isn’t California, how ’bout it? The equipment has the same value roughly as servers for broadcasting Wi-Fi to your neighbors. I can only guess that this is the latest in his long list of get-rich-quick schemes. Sigh… I spent the next two days trying to find a replacement service. Easier said than done out here on the water. I am (obviously) back online, but it is sooooooo slow compared to what I did have. I’ll have to keep looking.
Tonight I added a new page – Current Projects – to my web site. This is a list of WIPs, that is, Works in Progress. Also, recent jobs and I included a short list of my own ambitions. There are links to most of the works I mention; please take a look at these authors’ pages, you may find something you really like. 🙂
Finally, and perhaps the most significant reason for this post, is to apologize to S.C. Rhyne, Lynne Taylor, and Anna Ellis for falling so far behind in my work on their projects. I should have had all three of them done by last weekend. It is tough for me to work when I fall asleep every time I sit down. That is one of the sad side effects of my food allergies. (OK ladies, I am trying to behave now!) I have also added a third editing program to my arsenal. It is more thorough than my others, but I still find myself eye-balling the majority of the errors. Artificial Intelligence is fine, but it still isn’t the greatest.
I did finish the final edit of The Reporter and The Girl by S.C. Rhyne. This will be released as an e-book very soon. You will find links to her Facebook page and blog too, on my new Current Projects page.
Taking it easy on this Sunday evening. This puzzle is from a photo my friend Jan took. She raises butterflies from cocoons. So cool!
Click on the link to solve the jigsaw puzzle. Jan’s Butterfly Jigsaw Puzzle
Here’s the original photo:
Here comes Dad’s Day! Somehow the hype isn’t as great as is the advertising for Mother’s Day but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. The idea for Father’s Day came in 1909 from Sonora Dodd who after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon, wished to honor her father who was a war veteran. In 1910, the City of Spokane, Washington declared the third Sunday in June as their official Father’s Day observance. It wasn’t until 1966 however that President Johnson issued a presidential proclamation and finally in 1972 President Nixon signed the day into law.
Common gifts for this day include the dreaded tie, hardware or home improvement items, fishing gear, and golf clubs.
I’d like to share with you ten of my favorite Father’s Day quotes.
“The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad!”
Stanley T. Banks
“You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks
up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day
comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her
first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant
state of panic.”
John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
“There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a
man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the
years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands
and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”
Lydia M. Child
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
Knights of Pythagoras
“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.”
“By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I
am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier
destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never
destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other
embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are
mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope
that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle
field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer,
‘Our Father who art in Heaven.'”
Jimmy Piersal, on How to Diaper a Baby
“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat.
Then, fold second base down to home and set the baby on the
pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home
plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you
gotta call the game and start all over again.”
“It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him
for your own career and your own home – it’s only then that you
can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he
usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And to my own daddy, I love you and miss you. R.I.P.