Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year Friends!

"May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you are wonderful, and don't forget to make some art- write or draw or sing or build or live as only you can. May your coming year be a wonderful thing in which you dream both dangerously and outrageously. I hope it will make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and you will be liked and that you will have people to love and like in return. And most importantly because I think there should be more kindness and wisdom in the world right now- I hope that you will when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind. And I hope that somewhere in the next year that you surprise yourself." Neil Gaiman

Friday, December 24, 2010

A gift so precious.

Merry Christmas to all!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The puffer fish were hung from the ceiling with care.

Sometimes you need to update your bathroom light so the house will be just right for Christmas.
I know, I know another WTF moment sponsored by me. I realize I am on a slippery slope when the number of "what in the hell was she thinking" moments are far outweighing the "oh she's a little eccentric" ones.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

December 24,1938, Christmas Tree Lane opens. In 1885 the trees were planted on the Woodbury ranch in Altadena, California.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I would go to church more often.

If I could go here. Seriously I really like old churches, if they would just let you sit and read or meditate and no one would preach, oh, that's the library.

I think I could do this...

NOT! This is Grandma (Emma) Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian trail alone by the way it's approximately 2175 miles long. She did it in 1955 at the age of 67 wearing Keds sneakers. Her gear included an army blanket, a platic shower curtain and a raincoat packed in a homemade bag slung over one shoulder. She did it the first time in1955 then twice more before she died.
I find myself dreading a walk from a far away parking spot at the mall. Maybe it's time to reconsider my attitude. Learning about people like this can cause that.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Another Reason for the Season

I for one especially embrace the Christian concept of "peace on earth". But historians know the time around the winter solstice has been the season and the reason for celebration by many people of many cultures long before the birth of Christ. There are elements taken from ancient cultures involving a great number of traditions that we still carry along with the holiday that we celebrate today. I particularly like the story that comes to us from the Saami people of northern Scandinavia, who still raise and herd reindeer. It is of a goddess they worship called Beiwe who is the sun goddess of fertility and sanity (I think this refers to the seasonal depression that some suffer due to the darkness of long winters), she travels through the sky in a "sleigh" made from reindeer bones along with her daughter, Beiwe-Neia, to bring back the greenery that the reindeer feed on. On the winter solstice the Saami people, sacrifice white female animals and ribbonand with the bones and hide they take ribbons and weave rings. They cover their door posts with butter to give the two goddesses food for their journey through the sky.
This is where we get the part of the the Christmas legend involving a sleigh pulled through the sky by reindeer and also the Christmas wreath.