Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon Lunar Eclipse on December 31, 2009


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The final full moon of 2009 is a lunar eclipse and a blue moon. A blue moon refers to the second full moon in one month.  The first full moon this month occurred on December 2nd and the second full moon is today.  This will be the 13th full moon of 2009.  This phenomenon only occurs every 2.7 years - hence the phrase "once in a blue moon."  And it is rarer that the lunar event occurs on a New Year's Eve (NYE) around every 20 years or so.  It is going to be a 'Blue Moon' the same night it turns a new decade.  The next 'Blue Moon' New Years Eve will be in 29 years on December 31, 2028.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

My mother told me "There'll be days like this!"

When I would be flying by the seat of my pants --My mother would tell me "do not fret it will be alright --by the grace of God - everything will fall into place and  an angel will  be there for you."  Sometimes it just takes team work.


It is the school holiday break  and my son needs to go to the dentist for his wisdom teeth extractions. Yes I am afraid more then one.
My son never had any dental problems before -- just check ups and teeth cleanings, so he really does not know what to expect.  When he asked me -- I said  "I promise -- you will not feel a thing  the dentist will be as  gentle with you as a  cuddly kitten."


The truth of the matter is I really do not like having my teeth xrayed  -- that nasty mouth piece always makes me nervous and  I want to spit it right back out at the dentist. Truthfully - I believe I make the dentist nervous.


The exam is the easy part -- over in no time at all.  Just a look see a little farther in there. . . .Open WIDER pleeze. . . . . . .

When it is all done he will be able to eat that Holiday Candy bar  with out all that pain he has been having, lately---  With only one hitch --  he will have to  convince his 'best friend'  to share.

No we do not give our dog(s) chocolate.  And no animal was harmed in making this picture blog.....just like in the movies.

However you celebrate this holiday season, or you may not --  according to your beliefs -- which is all good,  but remember compassion for each other and our furry and feather friends is the best way to celebrate any day. Be kind! And remember those in need.  Like my  mama use to say -- do not waste anything - even a spoonful or two will feed a  hungry critter...

 Or a few crumbs will feed our feather friends


We do not have to look alike ...or even belong to the same family . . . It is all about sharing...

and caring for one another. .

And love!



Photo taken at Kelly's alpaca farm -- two hours old alpaca - -  from the dowsers daughter
all other images from google
I have to go  -- things to do ---places yet to go -- off in gallop with my 'best friend' at my side!






Saturday, November 7, 2009

Raked Out!


The neighborhood I live in is a lovely SE Portland Oregon neighborhood,  filled with old trees and solid built older homes.   

All these glorious trees,  come autumn flaunt their tribal colors --  blood red, rusty orange,  golden yellow, earthy brown, burgundy, . . 

....And then --- they start to fall and fall and fall and fall some more. . .
 

And just when you thing you are done ranking up all those  did I say 'glorious' leaves?
 image from http://euroantiquemarket.blogspot.com/
They fall some more. .
 
This neighborhood is also one of Portland's most established, popular neighborhoods and also plays host to a private institution, Reed College. The College campus is a home for  many wonderful examples of Pacific Northwest indigenous plants, as well as other more exotic species, that were added to the campus covering an area of approximately 116 acre landscape since founded in 1908. At present, there are over 2,000 trees representing more than 125 species. (To learn more about the trees of Reed, visit web.reed.edu/trees.)

Grand Finale



The falling leaves
Drift by the window
The autumn leaves
All red and gold
I see your lips
The summer kisses
The sunburned hands
I used to hold.

Since you went away
The days grow long...
And soon I'll hear
Old winter songs
But I miss you most of all
My darling, when autumn leaves start to fall...

C'est un chanson
Qui nous ressemble
Toi qui m'aimais
Et je t'aimais
Nous vivions tous les deux ensemble
Tou qui m'aimais
Moi qui t'aimais

Mais la vie sépare
Ceux qui s'aiment
Tout doucement
Sans faire de bruit
Et la mer efface sur le sable
Les pas des amants désunis.

Since you went away
The days grow long...
And soon I'll hear
Old winter songs
But I miss you most of all
My darling, when autumn leaves start to fall...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Autumn People

Autumn People:
My favorite quote by Albert Camus:
Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower.
If I could write words
Like leaves on an autumn forest floor,
What a bonfire my letters would make.
by Spike Milligan 1918-unknown, written in 1956

Leaves are scattering across my drive way leading up to my house, there is a crispness to the air signaling a change in seasons.  Autumn has and will always remain my favorite time of year. My thoughts trail back to when my first child was born the first day of autumn, three decades ago. Can it be that many autumns have come and gone? 

I remember when a package arrived from Scotland, my (former) in-laws sent me this beautiful scarf hand made in Scotland with a hat (not shown) and as always a tin of cookies.   All these years later, the scarf has stood the test of time the colors are as brilliant today as when it was made.  I have to wonder if the weavers were inspired by the colors of fall when they created these beautiful tartan plaids?
A true testament  to the weavers of the tartan, Alice Macdonell, a poet, who captures the symbolism of the many threads which the weaver uses to make up Scotland and which bind Scots to their homeland , no matter where they live in the world.   An excerpt from Alice Macdonell's poem: 
The Weaving of the Tartan published in 1894,
"'Tis for the gallant lads," she said,
"Who wear the kilt and tartan plaid:
'Tis for the winsome lasses too,
 Just like my dainty bells of blue.
So weave well the bright threads,
The red threads, the green threads;
Woof well the strong threads
      That bind their hearts to mine."  

Autumn Landscape Impressionist Oil Painting Art

Original Art http://hmalott.blogspot.com/2009/10/autumn-landscape-impressionist-oil.html

As my day becomes night - and I light a fire in the fireplace and begin to prepare dinner- I look around me and I am ever grateful for all the beauty in my life-- for it is a celebration of the  intangible gifts of loving kindness, and the generosity of spirit of all those who have been a part of my life!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Debut

I feel so fortunate  to be invited to two events in one evening for this is my first post  I am dressing for the occasion to make my Debut at not one but two Ball's
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 image from the sartorialist http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/

I was invited to the Second Annual Willow Manor Ball! over at Life at Willow Manor
It was fabulous last year  and there was enough Bling  that it lit the whole Manor

 I know I am late  -- well fashionably late --  but being a Gemini -- we love to socialize and I secretly have this thing for tartan (plaids)  so I went to another ball early tonight New York was the annual Dressed to Kilt event, held at M2 at 530 West 28th Street, presented by Glenfiddich.

Andy McDowell slides through her two daughters on stage last night at Dressed to Kilt. 9:30 PM. Photo: JH.
 For a glimpse  of the Dressed to Kilt Ball go here


I also have a thing for Scotsman dressed in kilts,,,,
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Google image
Mel Gibson heard about Willow's Ball and asked to be my escort,  I replied only if you wear your kilts, kind sir, and the two of us left  without any one noticing- well except his adoring fan clubs waiting outside while we waited for the limo to arrive.         
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