Saturday, December 19, 2009

Boys, Dogs, and Mothers

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My Christmas Tree 2009

Here it is again looking very similar in every way to last year's tree. I draped wooden cranberry garlands on the tree and painting this year. A few more small shiny balls were discovered in a box in the attic so there are more ornaments. I'm glad I switched from the floor to ceiling tree to this table-top size. Like it? Rosemary

UPDATE: I hope the weather people are wrong about the amount of snow they say is coming this way. I am not at all prepared for 12-16 inches of the white stuff. I have to go and bring in lots more firewood and try to pound in the driveway markers for the plow man. Oh dear.



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Friday, December 18, 2009

THE SNOWMAN 1982 | Full-Length Film | Absolutely Wonderful


I couldn't believe it when I found this classic animated film THE SNOWMAN (1982). Please promise me you will watch it when you have a spare 26 minutes (hysterical laughter from your side of the screen). Make a cup of tea and take a break. Be sure to send it to someone you love. Watch it with a child. Bookmark. It's wonderful! Thanks, Google for offering this gift to all of us.

From the book by Raymond Briggs. Introduced by David Bowie.


You might have to click on the balloon on the slider to make the movie start after you click on the arrow. The music is hauntingly beautiful.



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The Sunrise This Morning


he sunrise this morning was simply beautiful. Once again, I am so glad my camera was handy. The initial "T" is another scan from one of my rare antiquarian alphabet books. It is 17th French. Isn't it nice? The big day is only one week away and my house is finally decorated inside. I'll try to capture my Christmas tree for you later on today or tomorrow. It was so cold and windy when I walked Webster last night. It appears to be a lot nicer today, clear and calm and it is supposed to be somewhat warmer. Happy Friday, Rosemary



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Sarah McLachlan | 'RIVER' | Live Performance

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I like this version too. Which do you like better, Sarah or Joni?



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Use it up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or Do Without

 I grew up hearing these words from my grandparents who were adults during the first depression.
 I was reminded of them while I was busy designing today's quote.
 Webster's coat was ripped on one side and I patched it for him over the weekend. Now he will be wearing it for years to come. Aren't you impressed that I am following my own advice?

Joni Mitchell |'RIVER' | Rare Live Recording 1970



This is one of my favorites. Recorded live in London at Royal Albert Hall, 1970.



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Webster Needs a Bigger Stocking

I walked into the living room this morning and saw Webster examining the stockings. I must see if I can find a bigger one for him in the coming year. I think he's feeling cheated, don't you?



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Make Do and Mend

Love this.



I grew up sewing and still keep my machine set up all the time for quick mending. I've never owned anything but a Singer. We always had a black one.
Clare Owen Illustration.




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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vintage Beatrix Potter Tom Kitten Doll




When I came home from a garage sale recently, Webster wanted this wonderful Tom Kitten doll in the worst way. He does a funny little bite, bite, bite thing with his teeth when he adores something and wants to de-flea it. He was heartbroken when he found out Tabitha (our cat) was the recipient of the toy of his dreams after he had covered it with love bites. So far, he hasn't tried to steal it from her. She loves Tom who is beautifully dressed in a blue velvet outfit with his name embroidered on the jacket. He's in great shape and has always been well cared for. I don't think I've ever seen another, have you?



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Meryl Streep Then and Now

Amazing.


Love her. I can't believe she saved that outfit.



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"If you search for happiness..."


This is so true. We often find what we are searching for was there all along.



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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Office Christmas Party

hristmas party at the real estate office today was fun. Everyone brought a homemade dish and the food was delicious. I am always amazed at how little people eat. Do they reserve the times at home for wolfing food down? Everyone ate like a bird. Maybe it was the hour. Two in the afternoon is a little late for lunch and way too early for dinner. Several people tried to eat enough to be able to skip dinner. But they didn't even put a dent in all that food and most of it was taken home by the people who brought it. This was not a problem at the open wine bar however. People weren't at all shy in that department. Last year we didn't have a party. Instead we contributed to a local food pantry. I am still making a large contribution there myself because this is such a rough time of year for a lot of people. I scanned the capital letter "C" from one of my antiquarian books. Isn't it beautiful? Rosemary


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Carrie Underwood | O Holy Night | Video



This beautiful carol is from her recent Christmas special which I missed. I'm sure it was wonderful. Did you see it?



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Looking Back | Horoscopes 2009 | Did Yours Come True?

A yearful of promises, predictions, and possibilities. It's always fun to check out your predictions for the year after the fact and see if what Town and Country Magazine predicted for you came true in 2009.



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Monday, December 14, 2009

Have You Kissed Your Dog Today?

So cute.


Webster is brown so my lipstick doesn't show on him. I kiss him at least 100 times a day and he loves it. Does your dog like to be kissed?



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