Dec 7, 2010

The reason for the season.

I’m getting a slow start to Christmas decorations this year.  Tonight I hung the stockings by the fireplace with care.   I also set up my very small nativity display that I have been carrying around from place to place for probably about 20 years.

When I was little I remember looking forward to doing this every year with our family’s manger set.   Unpacking the figurines – each year they seemed to have a few more nicks and cracks.  Putting the fake straw and snow in the manger.  Putting the 3 kings on one side.  Putting the shepherds and animals on the other.   Baby Jesus under the light.

I don’t know when (or if) we’ll get around to putting up a tree, or lights on the outside of the house this year.  But at least, as of now, we are officially decorated for Christmas.  🙂

Nov 27, 2010

Welcoming the Christmas season

I put up a Christmas wreath today.   I’ll probably put a few other decorations up this weekend.

It will be over before we know it, but I really love celebrating this time of year.    Monte was playing some swinging carols this morning.    It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Nov 18, 2010

A memory

I was searching for a subject to shoot tonight.    One of the things I happened upon was this dried bouquet of flowers that I keep on top of our wedding album.  I like how the shot turned out.  But, I like it also because of the memory the bouquet brings back every time I walk by.

We had booked an awesome estate called House on the Hill for the weekend where both our out-of-town families stayed.  It had a main residence, 3 cottages, a pool, beautiful grounds and an amazing view of the Hill Country.  It was also the location where we held the rehearsal dinner and reception.  (it was AWESOME)

But I digress.  On the day of the wedding, the florist was supposed to deliver the bride’s bouquet to the House on the Hill for the formal family photos, and the rest of the flowers to the church.

Well, it didn’t work out that way.  When the time came for photos before everyone headed to the church… no bride’s bouquet.   Uh oh.  Ok, no biggie.   We would just take the photos without a bouquet.    My sister, Noreen, disappeared and came back about 5 minutes later with a hastily assembled bouquet of flowers and ribbon from the rehearsal dinner the night before.    How sweet is that?  That was the bouquet we used for the photo shots, which turned out lovely.

While I LOVE the brides bouquet that I picked out for the wedding, and did get to carry that down the aisle, this small bouquet is the one I kept and the one I remember fondly.

 

Oct 25, 2010

52 years ago today

Today is my parent’s 52nd anniversary.   I’m so very glad that all the kids threw them a big party for their 50th.   Even though my dad was ill at the time, seeing people that they hadn’t seen in some cases since their wedding was a wonderful thing.   Oddly enough, of 2 of the 3 groomsmen (or was it 3 out of 4?) that made it to the 50th celebration had died within a month or two after the party.   So it was a sweet, last reunion.   And my dad passed away almost a year ago.

So, today I celebrate their anniversary and our family that got its start on this day over half a century ago.

Sep 18, 2010

Movie star looks

I remember thinking when I was a little girl that my mom was as pretty as a movie star.   And I never understood why she would just chuckle when I told her so.

She must have been in her early 20s in this photo, several years before she met my dad.  At the time, she couldn’t possibly have imagined how her life was to unfold,  the funny kids that would be hers, the profound impact she was to have on all of us, the many places she would live, and all the friends she would make over the years.

One thing’s for sure though — hands down, the best mom in the world.    🙂

I wish we lived closer together, but phone calls and visits will have to make due.   She’s always on my mind, but today especially — Happy Birthday Mom!

Jan 21, 2010

Last picture of Petey
Pretty bird

A very sad day, indeed.  Who knew that a little blue bird, weighing about 1.5 ounces would touch our hearts the way Petey has over the last 9 years.   Today was his last day with us.   The tumor in his abdomen has swollen up to be the size of a ping pong ball.   His quality of life has deteriorated to a point where he can’t move around his cage.   He’s visibly in pain.   Monte took him outside to give him one last chance to fly free, and he did (!) — to the neighbor’s yard.    He was completely exhausted.   The vet peacefully put him asleep forever and we took him home and buried him in a cedar box in the woods in our backyard.   We miss you Petey.

Jan 6, 2010

Sick Petey

In early December Petey (our 9 year old parakeet) woke up with a lame leg.  We took him to the vet and she quickly determined that he had a tumor in his abdomen, which caused the lameness.   Prognosis — not good, wait and watch.    Medicine helped alleviate the lameness, but the tumor continued to grow.    At this point he really can’t walk well anymore and we modified his cage because he kept trying to climb up to the highest point.   He’s got all his favorite things nearby… food, his mirror, his sleeping bag, little buddy, his bells (he loves his bells).  Pretty bird.