Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Cat's Thoughts

I don't know about you but I have a ton of Critter pictures in my archives. Just never seem to get around to using them so I thought I would join Eileen over at Saturday Critters  Why don't you come along and see what we all are up to? Maybe you will want to join in the fun.

This cat's look just says it all.  I imagine that it is thinking...."I remember when I was young. Boy, those were the days". 
What do you think is on it's mind?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wreath-Laying Honor

Last Saturday was the annual wreath-laying at A. J. Horton Veteran's Cemetery in Suffolk, Virginia. The ceremony itself is part of the Wreaths Across America movement to decorate each veterans grave with a wreath at Christmastime.

I know that a lot of people are unaware of Wreaths Across America, especially if you don't have a loved one in a Veterans Cemetery. I was reading an article in The Virginian Pilot and thought perhaps you'd like to learn a little more about this moving tribute.

  • Here in Suffolk, Va. the wreaths are purchased by donations.
  • This year there were 5, 800 bought at the Worcester Wreath Company (I think that is in Maine, but I am not sure. Somewhere in the New England area.)
  • A volunteer drives the 18-wheeler from the plant to a warehouse in Suffolk.
  • Ten wreaths are packed in each cardboard box and must be removed and 'fluffed'.
  • Besides the fluffing that must be done, each red bow must be straightened.
  • The next day the wreaths are transported to the cemetery by the 18-wheeler.

  • Family members are allowed to place a wreath on their own loved ones grave

  • Volunteers, hundreds of them, complete the task.

  • This is followed by a ceremony with music, a speech and other activities.

  • Finally, the crowd is led across the cemetery with a bagpiper in lead. 

  •  Wreaths are placed on a few chosen graves. Taps is played.

If you haven't attended one of these wreath-laying ceremonies, I suggest that you go next year. It will move you to tears, change your life in many ways, and what a great way to start off the Christmas season.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Good, Random Fun.

In all the hustle and bustle of us getting ready for Christmas (and believe you me, I am hustling this morning) hehe... sitting here at the computer, I am. But, I will get busy. I promise.

Remember the old tv show and they would say 'It's Howdy Doody time'?  Well, this morning it is blog time and I will say 'GOOD RANDOM FUN ' time. It's also time to post a MURAL 

How about it? Will you join me? Oh, come on! Won't take but a minute.

GOOD.......... the feeling I got last night during a Christmas performance at church. Things like that put you in the right thought process for what Christmas is all about.

RANDOM..... One day I was wandering around the farmer's market in Smithfield. I came upon this beautiful dog and just had to take it's picture. Of course, I don't remember which breed she is, nor what her name is. But, isn't she gorgeous?

FUN.......I love finding unexpected little or large works of art in the most unusual places.
                                                              This one is LARGE.
It covers the side of a building in Smithfield, Va. where Smithfield hams and bacon come from.
                                                   Ta Da.....Hence, the pig farm mural.

So, now I am off to do some last minute Christmas shopping. See you back here real soon.

Friday, December 12, 2014


Don't tell me....

                    I don't want to know..........

                                             That you are far busier than I am at this time of year.

Of course, you are. But, I swear (and Mother always told me not to swear) but my life has been one whirlwind after another this year... the whole dang year, not just the holiday season.

So, here it is and Friday is almost over and I haven't posted a thing all week and it's Random Five and Friday Fragments

                                                         WELL, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
                                                                        I always say.

1. I love getting sweet surprises from friends. Just look what my scrapbooking buddy gave me at the book signing on Sunday. So unexpected, so welcomed. And, I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers from another scrapbooking friend. I am so blessed.
2. I have loved standing on my balcony and watching the birds that come to visit on the pond. I just about had a fit the other day when I spied a dozen (yep, 12) of the geese just swimming around. I managed to get 8 of them in one shot. (picture, that is. Not gun)
3. This is the only Christmas tree that I have up! The live trees stopped long ago. They were replaced by numerous artificial ones. Then I moved and everything like that went!! This little tree is about 15 inches high, out of molded something or other and lit. It sits atop a tall  fern stand and you know what... it's just fine for me. I can manage it quite nicely and that is what matters.
4. I am jumping from Christmas in 2014 to a cold, wintry day in January, 1986. My daughter Susan and I were in Paris. Oh my was it cold. A friend had taken us on an auto tour of some of the sights. While sitting at a traffic signal, I grabbed my little bitty camera to snap this scene. It's one of my favorite pictures EVER! Oh, if I had just owned a digital camera back then!
(I did go into Picmonkey to shadow the edges)
5. If I could, I would invite each of you to come join me in a Christmas feast. What fun to sit around my table and visit with each of you. Since I can't, I do want to wish you all a very