New Year’s Eve

Hi everyone – today’s post will be short and sweet. I normally give a summary of my year, my reflections, my blogging plans on New Year’s Eve, but I need to postpone. I want to wish you all a wonderful new year! Featured image is the beautiful Orion constellation today.

In the meantime, 2020 is clinging with a vice grip with a complimentary ball and chain. My boyfriend is currently sick with COVID-19, and many of friends have lost loved ones. They don’t have the energy to speak to me now and need as much rest as possible. I’ll be snuggling up with one of my boyfriend’s fantasy books, Arafel’s Saga by C.J. Cherryh , an Elven story.

Here is a quote from the first paragraph in the book:

Things there are in the world which have never loved Men, which have been in the world far longer than humankind, so that once when Men were newer on the earth and the woods were greater, there had been places a Man might walk where he might feel the age of the world on his shoulders.

Forests grew in which the stillness was so great he could hear stirrings of a life no part of his own. There were brooks from which the magic had not gone, mountains which sang with voices, and sometimes a wind touched the back of his neck and lifted the hairs with the shiver of a presence at which a Man must never turn and stare.

But the noise of Men grew more and more insistent. Their trespasses became more bold. Death had come with them, and the knowledge of good and evil, and this was a power they had, both to be virtuous and to be blind.

C.J. Cherryh
Book Cover’s Artwork

Take care, friends, and I’ll see you again in 2021

Letter to Santa

Last night’s musings to Santa 🎅

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas! This is my first letter to you! Forgive me, but it’s difficult to write to someone I don’t know so well. After all, you have so many look-a-likes! It’s tough to know who is the real McCoy. I also apologize as it seems that I’m a procrastinator writing this last minute, but I know there’s nothing you can’t handle.

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This year I didn’t expect so many of my friends and family members to get sick and pass away. It’s amazing how short life can be. I was about to ask if I could get one of those Time Turners that Hermione Granger got to get all of her homework turned in on time. But, am I really making the most out of every moment of my life or just filling it in with busy work? Sorry for going all philosophical on you, but inquiring minds want to know.

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I hope to visit the Liberty Bell with my boyfriend and I hope to visit the mountains in Colorado. There’s so much more! The gift of fresh experiences everyday.

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Speaking of which, can you please transport yourself into another spiritual dimension, visit Jesus Christ for me, and wish him a happy birthday? I’m not sure if his birthday is truly in December. That’s up for debate, but I do wish him well. I’m not sure how he is currently doing in the world, but I haven’t been able to reach him.

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I really miss being able to travel. I hope your immune system is in tip top shape this year. I’ll be sure to leave some oranges, ginger chews, and Emergen-C supplements for you right next to the cookies of course. Be sure to get your shots like everyone else. I’ll also give you a shot of carrot & turmeric tonic as well!

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I’m getting sleepy now, so I’ll just wish you a safe trip. Thanks for putting up with my randomness. I hope you can read between the lines. Keep your spirits up and enjoy the beautiful night sky!

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P.S. – I’m building some new security cameras with some Raspberry Pi circuit boards, but I actually might need an upgrade in hardware. I hope you don’t mind the additional surveillance. Please feel free to wear an invisibility cloak if you need to! I hear you’re working with the military these days due to the hit men that are after you because of the coal you delivered to some children. I hope the Air Force takes good care of you!

Sincerely,
Sa

Our Next-Door Neighbor

Heartwarming stories from “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books are considered timeless literature for me. I can pick any story from any of these series at any time in my life and feel wonderful and uplifted. There’s a quote that reminds me of an event that happened during Christmas time many years ago.

We once had a neighbor who moved from New York into the house next to ours. She was a friendly and attractive lady who my siblings and I always waved to her and wished her a good morning. At the time, my siblings and I were all young children.

She had some mannerisms that were unfamiliar to us in the suburbs. She also had a habit of gardening in the front yard in her bathing suit catching the attention of any males who happened to walk their dogs into our cul-de-sac. My visiting cousins made fun of her, but I came to her defense saying that she never caused us any harm and looked out for us. I suspected that even if she heard my cousins speaking behind her back, she wouldn’t have cared what they thought because she was confident in who she was.

One Christmas day, we heard our doorbell ring. My siblings and I ran to the front door and looked outside the window. There was a wrapped package outside our door. I saw the back of a blond woman’s head and she herself was dressed in a lush red Christmas coat like Mrs. Clause. It was our neighbor, but she didn’t stay to chat probably due to any language barriers.

During a time when we didn’t have to be weary of potential bomb packages outside residential homes, we naturally brought the box inside and opened it since it was from our non-malicious neighbor. Inside our neighbor packed all sorts of goodies for us. We were amazed all all the snacks, toys, and refrigerator holiday magnets she packed for us.

I think back on this memory and feel that it’s a special moment when a neighbor wants to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in spite of the increasing cynicism and all things that go on in the world. I’m grateful that we had such a great neighbor while growing up!

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Presents at Krispy Kreme

New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts.

David Lynch

Hello! I woke up from quite a mysterious dream last night, and got a start on the day. My friend and I finished my mile long walk this morning, and the Krispy Kreme store was along the way! I enjoyed the decorations the employees put up for the holidays. I noticed a creme-filled doughnut called “Present” 🎁 which I avoided due the sheer calories and sugar 😜, but my friend got it instead.

There are also some fun knick-knacks for sale! Probably a good stress reliever to squish and smell!

I walked over to the corner to take a seat and enjoyed the colorful decorations on this tree.

By the checkout area, this light pink tree also had some presents underneath.

On the walk back, I noticed these large wooden decorative presents on the field.

Overall, it was an enjoyable walk!😊

It’s simple. Eat well, exercise and get lots of sleep but make sure you indulge occasionally. At my age , I think , what the hell , and eat a Krispy Kreme doughnut !

Michelle Pfeiffer

Christmas Lights

Season Greetings! Took a selfie with our snowman from the countryside! How we found him is a quaint story. He was abandoned by his original owners. Mom and I were going for a walk in the neighborhood, when we noticed a series of wired sculptures getting ready to be tossed in the trash. We decided to give them a new home at our place and picked up some deer and other fixtures. I wrapped some new lights around them to renew its lease on life.

This year I enjoyed various holiday light shows on YouTube. There are some incredibly talented artists out there! One of my favorites is the song, Blinding Lights, by The Weeknd.

Seeing him go live this past September on a skyscraper was a fantastic view despite not having an audience.

A Beautiful Sight

When I walk in the morning sunlight, the brisk air feels fantastic. I’m grateful that it’s only 51 degrees Fahrenheit where I’m located and not -8 degrees where some of my friends are located. However, it feels like 37 degrees. No snow just yet. Refreshing, not unbearable.

I’m sitting indoors marveling a beautiful sight. My Christmas cards.

Simple ornaments with colorful geometric designs and patterns. They’re certainly not Papyrus, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I feel good about my Christmas cards this year because I was able to help protect 160 kids from polio through the Rotary Club’s Polio Plus card program.

If you would like to learn more, you may visit: www.endpolio.org

Most of the time I generally listen to soft, slow Christmas music. The classics. This year I’m leaning into flashy, fast paced, sparkling numbers. Currently jamming out to Meghan Trainor and Lindsey Sterling!

Jojo is adorable in her dance number and dazzling outfits! Her energy

#SoCs- Ornamental Tales

Linda G Hill: SoCs – List

Hello!

It’s been such a busy season for me. I have an ever growing list of all sorts of to-do lists. School, career, relationships, books, movies, recipes, some crafty creations. When I face some stress during the school season, Aristotle’s quotes remind me of a reason why I put myself through it all:

Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

Aristotle

A friend shared with me that last one a long while ago. It stood with me ever since!

One day, you think I would have more sense, and cut back. Give myself more breathing room. Maybe I can burn some of those lists and send those ashes flying away on a windy day. 🙂 Experts say that people can optimally focus on 4 or 5 things at a time.

The present is such a gift. Right now, heart-warming stories of ornaments are on my mind.

When we were kids, my parents decorated our Christmas tree with greeting cards friends gave us, bookmarks, ornaments we made as kids. Glittery paper rings, popsicle stick frames, ornaments made out of yarn or dried noodles. I was always touched by my parents’ sentimentality and wondered why they never bought any ornaments or threw any of our creations away.

For them, the ornaments are more than just a pretty fashion accessory for the tree. There’s a story behind each of the ornaments. How happy we were to make these ornaments for our parents. How happy my parents were to receive a card from our neighbors and friends. How it brought us all together. A tree brimming with true joy and happiness.

When I was a student officer for the Guild of Geeks, I loved painting ornaments on the windows of the school with my fellow club members for a holiday contest for Christmas. We also painted Beamo, Dr. Who’s time machine, among other well known pop culture references. We won 2nd place which scored our club to have lunch with the university president on her balcony! We actually had some folks trained in light saber fights. What an amazing, albeit nerdy memory!

I remembered when one of my friends who was running for office extended an olive branch to his opposition by creating a Christmas ornaments with his opposition’s son. Despite things getting ugly during election time, I wonder what memories his son will choose to take with him. Hopefully, remember the spirit of the season in spite of politics.

I want to create a new memory. My mom and dad collected some pine cones on their nature walks. I took some back with me during Thanksgiving. I’ve been wanting to create a pine cone wreath. Give some out as Christmas gifts. I found so many inspirational ideas!

I was also curious about some other random stuff like The History of Ornaments and What kind of Christmas ornament are you? Quiz.

Fresh Beginnings & Letting Go

Greetings! Happy belated Thanksgiving and happy December!

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Feeling in the mood for a Stream of Consciousness today.

Just got back from spending time with family after not visiting them for this past year. It was a joyous occasion. It felt so good. I’m grateful to have seen them in person.

Instead of taking the bus like I normally do, I decided to avoid the station, a hotspot for the virus. My brother and dad picked me up to head back to my home town. My dad, ever the story teller, shared a few tales along the way home: How the cat found happiness, the one-eyed woman, Roses on Mother’s day … He also cracked open philosophical questions that had me thinking about what’s important.

I helped my parents de-clutter their home to help them prepare for retirement. Channeling my inner “Marie Kondo”, I used her Konmari method to clean out my parent’s home. Sorting through years of memories, donating books & clothes, throwing away broken items was a cathartic experience. My mom and siblings were happy, and Dad …adapted to the new Feng Shui of his home. 😉

I also loved organizing my mother’s beauty products with the lovely drawer from Sorbus Beauty for my mom’s present. That’s typically been my trademark. Organizing my mom’s little messes.

We celebrated my mom’s and sister’s birthday with delicious cake from Mozart Cafe Bakery. My sister showed me her chickens that she has been raising with her boyfriend. My brothers chatted to me about their latest investments. Mom enjoyed giving all of us a new hair-do. We took some family photos in a beautiful park.

A joyous reunion indeed.

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Featured Photo by James Besser on Unsplash

Halloween Fun in the Time of Covid

Stella, my owl pumpkin

Fated to be a darling delight
Sweet owl shares a wisdom so bright

that she is blissfully unaware of her insight
Colorful fiesta greeting throughout the night
Not at all bothered by her short height!

Thanks, Mr.A for this Halloween Blogtober tag! Halloween is over, but this serves as a pleasant distraction from the election.

(,,◕ ⋏ ◕,,) RULES (˼●̙̂ ̟ ̟̎ ̟ ̘●̂˻)

  • Thank the blogger who tagged you and link their post
  • Put the rules after an introduction, then answer the 13 questions
  • Tag 13 more bloggers to participate in the game
  • Use these same Halloween questions, or create new ones of your own

What’s your favorite thing about October or Halloween?
I love October Poetry Writing Month! I always learn new poetry styles and love experimenting with techniques. Didn’t get a chance to fit that in this year, but maybe some other time. I love pumpkin spiced lattes, decorations, costumes, and beautiful fall weather!

How much do you spend on Halloween?
Typically $20 USD for a pumpkin, treats, and materials to make a costume.

What do you think the average person spends on Halloween goodies & does it match what you spend?
In my neighborhood, they go all out spending anywhere from $500-$1000 for decorations, candy, party supplies, and costumes. So no, it doesn’t match what I spend at all! 😉 My neighbors love to organize as a group and create a spooky vibe for the trick-or-treaters. There’s always something new every year. Covid really changed things, but there were drive-thru options.

Does social media influence how much you decorate for Halloween, causing you to spend more?
Interesting question! There’s so much power in suggestion! I personally don’t spend more, but it does give me ideas to improvise.

Do you buy or create your Halloween costumes and what was your favorite costume so far?
Both, depending on the season! I loved dressing up as a ghostly Little Bo Peep and a Renaissance lady!

Share a trick you have played on someone at Halloween.
I’ve never played a trick on someone, but I had plenty play a trick on me. There was a time a boy gripped my ankle from a hole he dug in his parents front yard as I was passing by! Another time, a neighbor told me that I should head over to a particular house because the owners give big candy bars. I arrived at the residence only to be scared by a guy dressed up as Jason handling a chainsaw!

Do you have a favorite Halloween treat?
Butterfinger chocolate bar!

What is something you can do with a pumpkin once Halloween is over?
Stick it in the compost bin! Roast the seeds and season it with soy sauce! Grow another pumpkin from the seeds.

Do you consider pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?
Fruit because a pumpkin has seeds! Vegetable because it grows on a vine! Vruit-Fegetable! 😉

What is the scariest food you’ve ever eaten?
Balut, a fertilized duck egg delicacy. You can learn more about it here. When I was a kid, I didn’t give it too much thought, and it always tasted delicious! Nowadays, I just can’t do it anymore. I just can’t. It feels wrong.

Do you have a favorite Halloween drink?
So, there’s this drink that I have dubbed the “Eyeball drink” based on how it looks! In reality, those “eyes” are actually basil seeds. It’s an incredibly, yummy sweet drink with gelatin pieces.

People usually spend money on Halloween, but have you ever made money related to this holiday?
Well, there was a time when one of my neighbors ran out of candy, so he pulled out his wallet and gave us cash instead! And…another time where my cousin really enjoyed the party I hosted, and she slipped a $50 bill in my purse.

Have you ever read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley or another frightening book?
I read Frankenstein as freshman student in college as part of the summer reading club. I also read a couple of vampire books to get me in the frightening mood. 🙂

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Happy belated Halloween!