"Here there be whimsey" blog---Another short post...
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Of a flight... And family recipes...

Our Daughter flew to Japan, to spend Christmas and New Year's with our Granddaughter.  Who is doing her Junior Year at University, in Japan.  As anyone familiar with foreign travel will know, it is a long, long, long flight.  

My husband usually makes his Fish Chowder recipe, for Christmas Eve family dinner.  But due to one of the "Grands" terrible sensitivity to shell fish, he has to switch to his special Mac and Cheese, on the 24th.

So he and Son-In-Law (husband of our daughter, who went to Japan) made Fish Chowder, on Sat.  Oh the aroma of it, is heavenly!!!!!   And it tasted the same.  

Just playing with blurring photos...

3 candles on the table...

Blurrrrring a pic of 3 candles on the table....

This effect is gotten, by exhaling on the camera lens, before taking the picture.  :-)  

Try it some time.   The first try may not come out, as you want.  But keep exhaling on the lens, and looking through the finder, and snapping.  ,-)



"One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly."
~Andy Rooney 

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Longest Night of the Year......

"Many cultures have winter festivals that are in fact celebrations of light."  (source)

In the Northern hemisphere, the winter solstice has been celebrated for millenia." (source)

"Yule is a Pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas."  (source)


I don't belong to any religion.  But I do love to notice the Changing of the Seasons.  I love to notice the Solstices' and etc.  So, I want to pay attention to the Eve of The Winter Solstice. 

 Fire is a large part of this celebration.  It is the longest night of the year.  Olden Peoples wanted the sun to shine more, and so fires seemed to call to it, perhaps.

Luckily, I am not bothered by long  Winter nights.  To me, they feel cozy and I am happy to be warm, at home.

But for many people, they are SAD.  So I would think that they would enjoy paying attention to this Solstice.  After which, the sun begins to shine longer and longer, each passing day.  :-)

I just love this depiction of The Holly King.  I think he is much cuter than......


........The Oak King.   ,-)  I suppose this one, is supposed to be more "hunky" and younger...   But!  I prefer the old guy!!!  ,-)


"Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young."

-   Helen H. Moore 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Sooooooooooooooooooo cute... ,-)


I think this illustration, is sooooooooo cute!
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I had already posted it, over on my 
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But I just had to post it over on this blog too.
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"We call them faerie. 
We don't believe in them. 
Our loss."
~Charles de Lint
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