Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Importance of Punctuation and Other Stuff

Well, I was quite convinced yesterday that I had nothing to share so didn't post. Funny how that goes...


I do have a bouquet of flowers from my sister to share. She and her husband were in town for the weekend and we had a fun time visiting, going out to eat, going to church, the usual. These flowers were a gift to mark the two-year anniversary of our mother's passing. I must try to remember to do this for my sister as she seems very taken with the idea. 


It was a very cold day when the flowers arrived and I was upstairs puttering in my sewing room. Translation: It took me forever to get to the door. This may have resulted in the posies getting "touched" on the edges.

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If you find grammar and punctuation stale, dull stuff, you would so enjoy this book. I laugh out loud reading it. The premise is that the very same words can mean several different things depending upon where the punctuation is placed. One can find proof all around. I did!

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Okay, this may be the real reason why I am ambivalent about blogging. No stats again. Site Meter seems to be having ongoing difficulties. I know that I should be an adult about this, but Site Meter is the best when it's working. When it isn't, it is just depressing. 

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For those who wondered why the vibration setting was off when using a tripod. This is the tip for my camera. Do you have a vibration setting on yours? Do your directions tell you the same thing?

So, how are you feeling this January day after the Inauguration about blogging?

Love Vee

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Isaiah 40


Can you tell that I am much enamored of my eagle and, in fact, have looked at this picture over and over and have thought of the final verse of Isaiah 40 that is so familiar to us: But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.



"My" eagle simply raised his wings and took one step forward. There was no lift-off until he first stepped off. His tail feathers are completely off to one side providing balance, his head is cocked to one side prompting my niece to ask yesterday, "Why do eagles have that smug look on their faces?" Ha! Perhaps they look self-assured. There is a glint in his eye as if he knows that he is up for the challenge.

Time: Two Minutes Eight Seconds

All this prompted me to go looking for a little clip I remembered from Chariots of Fire. I didn't find the one I was looking for; I found one better. If this life is a race, (and the Apostle Paul does liken our lives on earth to a race) then we are like the runners in this clip—battered, bloody, sometimes beaten. However...!

A blessed Sunday to you!

Love Vee

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Bald Eagle

Short post: big subject.

We had an errand to run in the big city yesterday. That would be Portland (ME). We would be shopping at the mall. (A very sad place it is these days. Hard times have taken a toll.) I thought that I would take my camera and get some photos of ships or sailboats, but just as we were leaving our own hometown and at the river's edge, I noticed this.







Please forgive my excitement as the photo quality suffered. I never checked settings and, sure enough, the "shake" feature was off from having used the tripod the day before. Darn. If you want to see great eagle photos go *here* and *here.*

A happy day to you. (I'll catch up soon...company this weekend.)

Love Vee

Friday, January 18, 2013

Iago and a Quiz

Iago?  Can't wait to see the pictures from Alabama and Mississippi today. What crazy weather! So let me know how you fared/are faring. I think that there'll be a whole lot of CoZy going on today as there probably was yesterday. Wonderful breakfasts and hearty lunches. Oh boy. Is anyone having snow ice cream? (I promise that I am going to quit with picking on the Weather Service for naming winter storms right after I finish this post.)

Here's a little quiz for you...



1. Why is a stapler sitting out on the deck rail?

a. Because it causes people (John especially) to wonder
b. Because Vee is trying to be like Jill
c. Because it is black
d. All of the above

(Now if you enjoy snowflake pictures, I hope that you will visit #25 on the last Note Card Party. Incredible!)


2. What's with the carrots? (Please do not pin; they are all over Pinterest; mine are a mess.)

a. Because it causes people to wonder (John didn't even notice)
b. Because Vee wants to do it like this gal did *here*
c. Because they are orange
d. All of the above

OOps! This post wasn't even finished when it hit the front pages. I thought it was sitting in draft. Hmmm...let's see, how was I planning to end this thing...

Guess that I'll do it this way: Enjoy your Friday and your weekend!

Love Vee
Edited to Add: I remembered! (How I was planning to end this.)


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Helen

So there I was right in the middle of my post when John came in with a rant and now I've had to switch it all around because it was a funny rant.

"Why don't they just start naming beautiful days, eh? Why don't they say Beautiful Day Gloria was the most beautiful day we've seen in 67 days!" 

This in response to snowstorms now being named. Apparently, the latest snow storm to blow through is named Helen. Do you find this as ridiculous as we do? Are all storms and weather patterns to be named now: Ice Storm Pete, Thunderstorm Joe, Windstorm Bill?



So that's this morning looking out on a semi-gray day. I wanted to share what happened before the storm and during the storm so I'll just carry on with that and thank you very much, John!


The evening before Helen arrived—the crescent waxing moon—thanks to a poet I know these things: 

O lady moon your horns point toward the east;Shine, be increased: O lady moon your horns point toward the west;Wane, be at rest.~ Christina Rossetti


During the storm, fire and light, which provided a great deal of winter cheer.



Yes, we are still enjoying the dvd fire. Still makes us feel warmer. I play it every afternoon as I putter about or read or play with the iPad. Yes, I am still enjoying my lights atop the china cupboard.

In other news, I have been able to join Pinterest, finally getting on board (pun intended) with the rest of you, Pinning Wonders. Yes, someday, when I have enough boards to feel great about, I'll add a Pinterest button and invite you all to join me. 

For now, I'd like to share a little bookmark project. You can see what I repinned to one of my boards *here.* This is my interpretation...a little project during a snowstorm Helen.(See? Now that just doesn't sound right!)



You may remember this calendar cover from a *recent post.* It is the reason I purchased the calendar. The one reason.



~Before and After...so much nicer than an index card~


And no old books were harmed in the process.

Thank you to all who joined in the Note Card Party. It was another fun day!


Love Vee

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

January Note Card Party

While looking through winter photos, I found one of Mt. Washington, the tallest in the White Mountain Range of New Hampshire and the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. Then I thought that surely I had enough to make a set of note cards. On a clear day, there are places in my town where Mt. Washington can plainly be seen so it is always there, not as strong a presence as many of you who live near mountains, but strong enough to be a part of the fabric of our lives here.

In Winter (4)

You may be interested to know more about the weather conditions on top of Mt. Washington by visiting *the observatory.* The weather there is notorious, something about the way the weather patterns converge from the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Northwest, and the North Atlantic. Oh, yes, it can get wild!

In fact, until three years ago, Mt. Washington held the record for the highest winds ever recorded on earth at 231mph. I would not have been surprised to learn that they regained that record last week when fierce winds blew through.


Summer (1)

Early Autumn (3)

October (2)
As a point of interest, I am including a map to show where each of these photos was taken. They were all taken within a fifteen mile radius of each other.



Mt. Washington is shown in the orange triangle in New Hampshire. The red dot on that map shows general location of my photos and the four distinct dots on the map to the right show where each photo was taken. The numbers correspond to those shown in the captions. (Some photos were taken by zooming in, which accounts for the look of a closer proximity.)

Thanks for visiting. This party is welcome to anyone who has read the rules and follows them. You can find them by clicking on the button in my sidebar. I promise that they're short and sweet.

Love Vee

Monday, January 14, 2013

Foggy Morning

May we try something again? That is, if you'd be so kind as to try this experiment with me. 


On Saturday's post, I showed the sailboat and asked the question about what knick-knacks might be representative of "your corner." That is entirely too vague. What I SHOULD have asked is this: If a tourist were visiting your state or specific area, what might said tourist pick up to take home that would best represent it? In my area, tourists would buy a whoopie pie or lobster to eat. To take home, they might purchase a balsam scented sachet, a knick-knack of a lobster, sailboat or other sea-related 
item, something with blueberries on it or something to represent a pine tree.

I believe my brain has been entirely too foggy, much like the weather here of late. We were promised much warmer temperatures; we didn't know that it would come with all this fog. Of course, John always says that "any weather is good weather." 

Just a reminder that the Note Card Party will be ready for sign-up tomorrow this evening (1-15-2013) and earlier than usual, though I am foggy about how much earlier.

Hope that the sun is shining in your corner! 

Love Vee

Sunday, January 13, 2013

White Snow and Blue Sky~Mosaic Monday

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again." ~Lewis Carrol


Oh I do love a red brick building against a blue sky and white snow. *If these look familiar, you're right* because these are photos from two years ago that I've refashioned into a new mosaic.

Joining Mary at Little Red House for another Mosaic Monday.

Love Vee

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sails





I like a little guitar any day, especially if played by Chet Atkins. The complement picture is a sailboat knick-knack circa 1940-something. There are two and they sail through the treetops around here day after day. They are pretty representative of my corner. Say, what knick-knack would represent the essence of your corner? 

Answering two questions today and then sailing off because chores are demanding attention.

1. The name of the story is Sankewi. You can always find it on my sidebar directly beneath "My Friends and Favorite Blogs."

2. John chose place over chair. He is just starting to shift as of this morning when I found him on his chair instead of in his place. Ha!

Love Vee

* The first video was removed at You Tube. Drat. I loved the interaction between Steve Wariner and Chet Atkins. Chet told Steve that he learned the song from him. The first was instrumental; this is Steve singing, beautifully I might add, and the two of them on a guitar duet.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Friday Morning

I should be run out of Blogdom on a rail for what I'm about to pass off as blog fodder. Really. It's pitiful. I can almost hear the whoosh as you run back out the door.



There has been a substantial shift here in the morning. Perhaps newspapers across the land would like to sit up and pay attention. John, weary of the bias in our local paper and lousy reporting or rehashing of subjects from the mainstream news agencies gave up his morning paper. We're saving a fortune—$38 a month. Now John reads his Kindle Fire (a Christmas gift) and stays perfectly up to date. 



Here's a fun little experiment to try...a shift of another sort...move your hubby's favorite chair to a new corner. Replace it with an inferior chair and see if he is more drawn to the chair or to the spot where it used to be. Want to make a guess as to what I discovered? [The answer is *here.*]


Here's a photo just because I can as Auntie sez. Auntie doesn't know this yet, but I have been having a lot of fun with something she taught her readers awhile ago. 

If you would like to check that out, visit My Friends and Favorites in my sidebar where I employed her methods of creating my own background. The fun thing about creating one's own backgrounds is that there are no limits to color and design. Also, the background shows up on my iPad whereas the others only show up in bits here and there. If you'd like to read Auntie's Tutorial, you'll find it *here.*

Thanks to all who've been following along with my little story. I hope to have another portion up today.


A lovely day to you!

Love Vee

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Progress

You'll be happy to know that I took your advice and a great many strings of lights are now in the bin.


I did manage to rescue this little puddle of lights, which I've tossed unceremoniously around the mercury glass tree. It gets left out through February. Not sure how long it will be attended by the adoring crowd.

Whoever asked me if my fingers were hurting—yes! That's when I finally learned that the little gadget has a tool for removing those wee little bulbs. I really should pay better attention to that 41-minute teaching video.


There was a fair amount of tidying up the place as I went along yesterday. I've left this where a grand may find his missing robot. I'm sure that I could have used a working robot the past few days and I'm pretty sure that that is what the grand thinks, too, as this one is just for looks. Just for looks? Right. It does nothing! What kind of a toy is that? A futuristic doll. Pah!

The Volkswagens were shoved about and now one of them holds the place where the tree once stood. A very poor substitute for a tree, I must say.

Today begins the work upstairs. I am so happy to have the new iPad so that I can check in from time to time without coming down the stairs. That way, I may truly accomplish something.

How goes it at your place?

Love Vee

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's a Jumble Over Here

Why? Because before Christmas I purchased one of those Light fixing kits. Need I say more?


And now that I'm an expert a novice on fixing light sets, I can truthfully say that perhaps one would be better served to use her funds on new lights. At the very least, have lots and lots and lots of replacement bulbs on hand.

John is getting ready to take down the tree so I must go pay homage.

I've not forgotten my promise...

Love Vee

Monday, January 7, 2013

I Won the Most Lovely Christmas Apron

Oh, yes I did!


She came all the way east from Washington state arriving Friday in time to get acquainted with the girls.


She's so lovely inside and out. Look at that lining!


And all those beautiful cardinals. I love cardinals.

Susan at My Mother's Apron Strings gives away an apron every single month. I know! That is a lot of aprons. Susan is an amazing gal. She shares many wonderful recipes. Do you know what? She also tucked in some Tahitian vanilla beans for me to try. She says that they are "the best." Susan, thank you so much for both the apron and the beans. I promise that I will not freeze the vanilla beans!

If you read her recent post entitled Gratitude, you'll get much more of a sense of who Susan is than I could possibly convey. When you visit, would you please tell her that I sent you and give her some of that warmth and love that my readers are known for? Cuz you are the best. (And I get told so all the time.)

Oh, you think I should dare to try my apron on? Right. In a month or two. I'm waddling around like a duck just now and so I'd prefer to get back to my svelte self. *Cough* *Sputter* *Choke*

Off to do some packing...

Love Vee