Saturday, December 14, 2019

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:


Monty Python and The Holy Grail (1975) John Cleese, Graham Chapman

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available on Netflix.

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Friday Five Good Things



Five good things that happened this week.

1. We celebrated the Young One's 10,000 day on Earth with her favorite dinner, chicken and dumplings and brownies for dessert.

2. It's been a long time, but I saw the cardinal pair at the bird feeder



3. There was a smiley face in the bathroom sink.

4. Spent the afternoon playing some board games with the Young One. Tsuro, Munchkin, and Apples to Apples.

5. Himself gave me an early Christmas present. A fully articulated Godzilla with heat ray to warm the stable.

How was your week?

Thursday, December 12, 2019

This Is A Test

Of the iPad blogging system. If this had been an actually event there would be some content to this blog post. At this point saved and scheduled

This sentence was typed after going in to edit. I’ve never been able to do that before. Publish as a scheduled in future event.

Now, let’s see if I can add a photo.



Ok, that worked. Let’s see if I can move the photo to the beginning of the post. Nope.

Let’s see if I can remove it and then put it at the beginning of the post.

Ok, that worked! Until now, I’ve never been able to edit a blog post using the iPad. Oh, and I’m using Chrome as the browser. 

So, at least for today, I can blog using the iPad. I can edit a blog post. Add a photo. Remove a photo. Add the photo at the beginning of the blog post. And publish the blog post as a future event.

Have you been able to blog or edit a blog post using a tablet?

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

T Stands for Clark's Trading Post



On Sunday, we decided to head about 45 minutes South of Lancaster, NH and on this trip I was in the right position to capture the Old Man in the Mountains perch on Cannon Mountain. The rock formation used to be seen just above the trees and where the white clouds are on the left side of the picture. 


Soon, we arrived at our destination, Clark's Trading Post. One admission fee got you access to all the main attractions for the day.


You had to pay extra if you wanted Zoltar to grant you a wish


A fancy bubblah, but not today's drink reference



I was tempted to sit on the bear.


 We had some time to pass before boarding the train


We wandered up and down Main St.


Looking at the memorabilia. A rocking horse for Elizabeth


Old time fire engines



A fire engine with Sparky



One more horse on this team and it could have been the chariot team driven by Ben-Hur


A Boy on a Dolphin fountain cousin to Worcester's Turtle Boy Not today's drink reference


 Lovely gardens 


 The train wends it's way through the forest. What's that chasing the train?


Some old mining equipment 


 Beautiful scenery


What's all that shouting? 


It's the Wolf Man shouting and ranting at the people on the train.


He races alongside the train shooting off his mouth and a gun. The conductor and Wolf Man traded insults with each other. All in fun. 


I wish the Dollhouse had a cupola for this cool bear weathervane


Old model railroads.







Lots of cups to choose from for today's tea party. Or coffee, if you prefer.


Some G.I. Joe dolls action figures.


A creepy, Chatty Cathy doll though she reminded me of Talking Tina.


Lots of cast iron cookware for KathyintheOzarks


Some old type writers. I learned to type on my dad's manual Olivetti.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.


Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy Mail

 While organizing the studio, I found another bit of happy mail I set aside and then forgot about. In 2015 at my first class at Enders Island, I met a friend, MB. We've kept in touch since then.  Besides calligraphy, MB is also an iconographer.

Tucked inside the beautiful notecard with a stained glass piece of Frank Lloyd Wright were some scraps of vellum. When MB saw the poppies from The Prayer of St. Francis, she thought I might like to experiment with painting and calligraphy on vellum. She thought the poppies would look really nice on the vellum. She also included some helpful hints on how to work on vellum.

For those of you who don't know, vellum is animal skin and was the traditional substrate used during the Middle Ages. Vellum can be from calf, lamb, or goat. Parchment is from pig.

MB thinks these scraps are calf, and if I like working on vellum, she said she can send me a larger piece.

Thank you, MB, for your generosity. Hopefully, I'll have time to experiment after the holidays.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Last weekend, a two day, snow storm event was predicted. I thought if I went through the storm prep routines, we wouldn't lose electricity (and we didn't). Himself bought me new, blue buckets that coordinate with the bathroom. With buckets filled with water to flush the toilets, lanterns and flashlights put in each room, batteries checked, the portable charger for cellphone and iPad charged, the Cauldryn Fyre Mobile Smart Mug charged to heat water for tea, there's was nothing further to do but wait.


And snow it began. The bird feeders had been filled earlier in the week and as it began to snow


the snowbirds and nuthatches began to come in like planes to an airport.



It seemed like a good time to put the pre-decorated wreath up Himself bought along with the Nutcracker and the garden flag.


Monday morning after the first wave, a peek out front showed the mailbox survive. The first helping of snow dumped around 8 inches.



After the next round on Tuesday, the mailbox lay battered and bruised. We got another four or so inches for a total of 12 inches. I supposed it's wishful thinking that this will be all the snow we get for the season.


The Young People we hired to shovel and snow blow the driveway, cleared the snow, and righted the mailbox. They even cleared the snow off of both cars.


With the weather cleared, I put the garden flag outside where it belongs


On Saturday, I saw the cardinal pair, but was only able to get a photo of the female.


Someone coming in for a landing



Mrs. Cardinal and friends


The Bunny Trail. Not sure if it starts or stops under the sun room


Front steps of the Dollhouse decorated


Wreaths in the windows


The tree holding on to the moon.

How does your garden grow?