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Friday, December 27, 2013

Time to ReGroup!!!





"If the sight of blue skies fills you with joy, 
if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you,
if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, 
Rejoice,
for your soul is alive."
Eleanora Duse


I'll be off line for a few days while I upgrade my desktop  OSX system,
(to match what I have on my NEW MacBook Pro!!!)
and get things back to normal that go awry in the process...
(I'm already having problems with emails addresses and passwords!!!)
as well as inputting all that I need for my laptop!!!

See you in the New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!!


Linking to...

http://skyley.blogspot.com/



Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!






May the Spirit of Christmas
surround your lives with Love and with Light...

Merry Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...





...and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimey with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mama in her 'kerchief, and I  in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:

"Now, Dasher!  Now, Dancer!  Now Prancer and Vixen!!!
On Comet! On Cupid!  On Donder and Blitzen!!!
To the top of the porch!  to the top of the wall!!!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!!!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
 When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys head flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes--how they twinkled!  his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"


MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
FELIZ NAVIDAD...
JOYEUX NOEL...
GOD JUL...
VESELE VANOCE...
FROHE WEIHNACHTEN...

Linking to...

http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hopeful Bloom...






"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
Lady Bird Johnson

Do you know how LadyBird got her name?
At birth she was named Claudia Alta Taylor...
but when she was just a baby, her nurse, Alice Tittle,
merely made the comment that she was "purty as a little ladybird".
The nick name virtually became her name...
even on her marriage license her first name was listed as "Bird".


This is a Rhododendrum bud...in Oregon...
there've actually been a few days where it's been colder in Eugene than up here!!!



Linking to...

http://www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com/

http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/

http://macromonday2.blogspot.com/



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Autumn...Winter...Autumn...???





"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns."
George Elliott

Or...George could come to Mammoth where we keep vacillating
between Fall and Winter...one minute it's fall, the next minute is seems to be winter,
then back again to fall!!!

I guess that's why I decided to show these autumn leaves in B&W...
a little bit of both!!!

(It's certainly been cold enough for winter...)

(Hah!!  I think I've finished Christmas shopping!!!  Yay!!!)



Linking to...

http://blackandwhiteweekend.blogspot.com/



Monday, December 16, 2013

Code 3...




On Saturday...
...it was Shop with a Cop day!!!!


About 40 kids had the opportunity to "Shop with a Cop"!!!
Law enforcement personnel from several different agencies in 
Mono and Inyo counties participated.
The kids were selected by the schools...
and on Saturday...
they had breakfast at Whiskey Creek...
then rode Code 3 (lights and sirens) to K-Mart...
the shopping destination of Mono and Inyo counties!


Upon arriving at K-Mart...
the police cars lined up in front of the store...
parking in the no parking zone of course!!! 


Just before the kids and "cops" let loose in the store...
we got a group photo!
It was an awfully early morning for me so of course
I left without my camera...
the cell phone had to do...
not the greatest shot...but it gives you an idea of our group!!!

Each child had a "cop" with them while they shopped.
They each had a gift card worth $240...
$200 from the agencies contributing, and an additional $40 from K-Mart...
plus discounts at the cash register!!!
The kids were able to shop for gifts for their whole family...
and of course...for themselves.
Volunteers from both counties wrapped the packages...

The kids weren't the only ones who had a good time and got a gift...
everyone who participated had a great time...
and got the gift of smiles!!!



I'm going to be taking another holiday break for the rest of the week...
you know...gotta catch up on my Christmas shopping!!!


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Need a Place to Stay on Hwy 395???





"The traveler sees what he sees.
The tourist sees what he has come to see."
G.K. Chesterton



Linking to...

http://signs2.blogspot.com/

http://blackandwhiteweekend.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Climb Every Mountain...





"Over every mountain there is a path,
although it may not be seen from the valley."
Theodore Roethke



Linking to...

http://scenicweekends.blogspot.com.au/


Friday, December 13, 2013

Alpenglow...






"What is life?  It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass 
and loses itself in the sunset."
Crowfoot quotes




Linking to....

http://skyley.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 12, 2013

'Tis the Season...



...to get out the decorations and start decorating!!!


"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles."
Unknown

The decorations are waiting to be unpacked...
geeze...where am I going to put it all???

Sadie posed for me our first Christmas in our house up here...
Maybe I'll get out and get some new pics soon...
in the meantime...
it's the archives!!!



Linking to...
http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Windows to the World...






"Better keep yourself clean and bright;
you are the window through which you must see the world."
George Bernard Shaw





Linking to...

http://www.kissess4u.com/

http://blog.aquariann.com/search/label/wordless%20wednesday

http://blog.aquariann.com/search/label/wordless%20wednesday

http://www.thejennyevolution.com/

http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Our Little Corner of the World...





"And finally Winter, 
with its bitin', whinin' wind,
and all the land will be mantled with snow."
Roy Bean


Friday night and Saturday...
lot's of snow...and brrrrrrrrr...cold!!!
Sunday through today...
blue skies...and brrrrrrrrrrrrr cold!!!
Yep...at night...it's single digits...



Linking to...

http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/


Monday, December 9, 2013

Wha-a-a-t????



No-o-o....I don't have anything in my mouth...


No-o-o-o....
uh-uh...
Nope!
Nothin' in my mouth...




Linking to...

http://www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com/2013/10/i-heart-macro-week-23.html

http://macromonday2.blogspot.com/

http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shhhh....It's Silent Sunday!!!





"A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words."
Ansel Adams



Linking to...
http://www.cosmicgirlie.com/

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Ever been to Crescent Lake...



...in Oregon???


On our way to Klamath Falls...which, by the way, has no falls...
we stopped at Crescent Lake, Oregon.

TheChief's grandparents used to go there on vacation...
he thought they went to fish as it's supposed to be pretty good fishing...
I think they went to sit by the lake and watch the clouds go by...




Linking to....

http://skyley.blogspot.com/ 




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Hello!!!



What's your name???


How come you've got that black box up by your face???

Did you bring me some carrots???

How about an apple???

I'm kind of bored...

...out here in this ol' pasture with just one other mule...

...not a very friendly one either...

Did you have a nice stay at the Mount Shasta Ranch?

I hear it's pretty nice...

I've never been invited for a visit even though I'm a pretty friendly neighbor.

But every once in awhile, their visitors come and say hello!

Well...hope you have a nice day!!!

(next time...could you maybe bring an apple???)



Linking to...

http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/ 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Critters Galore!!!!



We also visited an actual Alpaca farm while visiting in Oregon...


They're quite photogenic don't you think???


They went nuts for carrots!!!


This guy couldn't stop smiling...
I think he was extra proud of his rather curly locks...


Apparently, this guy is special...the coloration of his coat 
and the softness...
and of course...he stayed away from the general crowd...
I think he knew he is special!!!


This guy looks a lot like my sister's Daisy...


Linking to...

http://camera-critters.blogspot.com/