Dec 172014
 

just for fun old bean !

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images that spark a smile for me

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happy times

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light in spirit in design in time

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RETRO!!!

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come along.

enjoy.

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retro christmas

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when people wore hats!

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i love hats.

i wore them a lot.

i was channeling my audrey hepburn.

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i still wear little knit hats when it’s very cold.

they’re warm. and colorful.

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i get my chic on.

LOLOL

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whoops.  i almost used at least 3 exclamation points in that above.

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i’m going to try to break that bad habit old bean.

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wish me luck!

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whoops.

hatscourtesy:ultraswank.net

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people actually dressed up to go shopping.

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but then . . .

they dressed up at home too.

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apparently.

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LOLOL!

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D LK121454courtesy:quotes.lol-rofl.com

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i remember you dressed at my aunt mabel’s house in new york.

she wore an apron in the kitchen.

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and pearls to dinner.

you can read about her house in a past post on the side bar.

they’re all alphabetically listed.

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      it has a catchy title . . .

 ‘  aunt mabel’s house  ‘

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LOLOL.

beautiful.

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what?

LOL is another bad habit?

well.

guess you’ll just have to put up with me.

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can’t break that one old bean.

too many things make me laugh.

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the thought occurs to me . . .

as i’m typing this . . .

i’m wearing cozy and soft grey fleece pants and knee socks

and a fleece hoodie.

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yup.

that’s about as dressed up as the wren house gets.

there’s a wicked cold prairie wind out there today.

a misty and dark grey sky.

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and it’s warm in here.

lamps glowing.  tree lighted.

will fix some soup soon and then read a great book.

did my housework this morning.

cleaning a minimalist cozy wren house is one thing if nothing else

QUICK !

.

okay.

.

SO.

i love woody station wagons named ferny briar.

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wood car

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and

little white christmas trees.

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white tree and ballcourtesy:vizimae.com

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and old balls.

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LOLOL.

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so here goes . . .

come with me . . .

.

smile.

try to forget for a minute

the world

and the

nastiness and sorrow and pain.

and downright evil that’s going on.

.

it will all be there tomorrow.

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but for right now . . .

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think back.

when

we

were

mostly only worried

about

the

BOMB.

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just a different flavor.

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life is still good old bean.

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still worth it all.

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retro cardcourtesy:scannerqueen.wordpress.com

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 a special thanks to

mr edison and mr tessler

and

especially

to mr edward johnson

who took their invention and ran with it

to give us

christmas lights!!!

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light bulbcourtesy:allthingschristmas.com

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the clean and simple scandinavian love of

light and minimalism always makes me smile.

it’s retro.  and yet it’s timeless.

because this is from

today’s world.

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white gift stockingscourtesy:blog.wisteria.com

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and mentioning things not truly retro maybe . . .

but still always makes me smile . . .

because i love it . . .

and so does someone else i know  . . .

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jacob

he used to love this song when he was just a baby.

you could rock him to sleep with it just humming it.

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he still likes it.

and i dare you to read the words without hearing the tune!

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”  santa baby . . .  hurry down the chimney tonight!  “

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black cardcourtesy:manubiah.co.uk

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NOW.

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remember these?

if you’re too young . . .

well.

let me tell you.

a genuine

ALUMINIUM TREE !!!

LOLOL.

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COOL !

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the epitome of elegance once upon a time.

when we lived in what we felt was apparently . . .

the

jetson age

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my mother refused to have one.

solid new england roots to the core.

ever green was the color of our christmas.

and they were

always

glorious.

in my mind anyway.

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 alum treecourtesy:restorenovation.com

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well . . .

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time to get that soup started.

i enjoy the smell as much as the taste.

but oh . . .

the taste is SO GOOD.

and it’s raining a good cold light rain out there now.

we need the moisture.

ALWAYS.

there’s a beautiful water color sky.

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all’s right with my world.

here in

little switzerland.

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i know.

you don’t understand.

but someone out there does.

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and it doesn’t matter!  it’s all good old bean. all good.

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i don’t think in the three years of this little peanut blog

that i’ve ever written so many christmas posts!

apparently i’ve got the spirit this year.

LOLOL.

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this will be the last one.

different topic next time for sure.

well.

ahem.

alas.

alack.

and as it were.

.

one should never say never !!!!

just as one should curtail one’s use of

the over~used exclamation point.

good grief charlie brown.

.

happy

egg and nog

to you

and yours!

.

and remember . . .

use your BEST glasses every day.

life is short.

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egg nog in glasscourtesy:monstersandcritics.com

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til soon old bean!

til soon.

Dec 132014
 

true enough.

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can't be boughtcourtesy:contentinacottage.com

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what is it they say?

‘ tis the season to be greedy ‘

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but then . . .

a lot of humanity and caring is shown in this season too.

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it can all be wonderful

if you ignore

madison avenue’s vision of christmas

and

remember it for the treasures

that are

what it’s really about . . .

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things that

” can’t be bought “

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like . . .

children’s delight in the snow!

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kids snowcourtesy:illustrationsource.com

artist . . . pamela hamilton

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and

oh my!

YES!!!

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such yummy smells from the kitchen . . .

hot soups of all kinds . . .

.

cookies!

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chocolate

spice

vanilla

.

oh my!

.

AND

just enjoying simple decorations

.

well . . .

maybe not this simple !!!

LOLOL.

.

though i must say . . .

they do make a rather cheery statement !

LOL.

long johnscourtesy:myfotolog.tumblr.com

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but

OH THE LIGHTS !!!

yes. definitely the lights!

.

tiny twinkling lights everywhere!

oh how i love that one thing at this time of year!

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the marine surprised me two nights ago.

.

we shared dinner at one of our favorite places.

he drove.

it was on campus corner at the university.

busy at the best of times.

but this time of year . . .

CRAZY!

usually i always drive my own car and meet him.

but at night

he picks me up.

he has night vision like a cat.

i have night vision like . . .

well.

i have no night vision.

LOLOL.

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he also parks better than i do.

he always BACKS into a spot.

a holdover i guess from his law enforcement days . . .

when putting himself through college.

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after dinner he drove me back home.

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then i got a call soon afterward.

.

” hey tam.  want to put your shoes back on and go see some lights? “

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DO I !!!

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and so he picked me back up and we went to the area in town

where it’s never a disappointment !

LOLOL.

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lovely to see how the other half lives sometimes.

.

it was a beautiful night.

i even had my window down.

not even glass between me and the magical scenes.

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some were absolutely breathtaking!

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some were stunning in their simplicity.

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simple is always usually better.

.

have you noticed?

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or maybe it’s the minimalist glass i see everything through.

LOLOL.

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when I was 7

and the marine was 4

.

we had a wonderful christmas one year

when we lived in a small town

in the beautiful

colorado rockies.

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our parents were young.

there wasn’t a lot of money.

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these were our only gifts. . .

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white mittens

white mittens knitted by our mother for me.

each one  had a little red rose on it.

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the marine got a pair too.

his were brown.  with a teddy bear on each one.

.

and

SANTA!

well.

santa brought us this.

we were to share it.

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red ryder sled

talk about excitement!

.

and of course.

there was

SNOW!

.

LOLOL.

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lucky thing for santa.

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we each got a stocking too.

with an orange in the toe.

and some candy

and a couple of little things.

i don’t remember those.

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and that was it.

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that was the extent of our christmas gifts that year.

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and it’s one of my favorite christmas memories of my

entire childhood!

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we played with that sled all day!

only coming in to warm up and drink cocoa.

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even mother and daddy came out to play too.

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funny.

if a child today were only given one gift and one to share

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people might think

” oh. how sad.”

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just goes to show you.

wasn’t sad at all!

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i never thought of it as

” lack of “

anything.

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RICH.

yes.

rich in love.

rich in my mother’s talent for making warm wonderful mittens.

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rich in that we still were a whole little family then.

nobody was sick.

nobody was dying.

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we were together and we loved each other.

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and

that’s what christmas is still about to me old bean.

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and i’m wishing the same

for

you.

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a cozy christmas

full of the richness that is love.

love for your family and friends.

for

good smells.

good memories.

warmth.

.

a place to get in from the cold.

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coldcourtesy:l’assommoir

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and

well . . .

just all kinds of wonderfulness.

wonder~fullness!!!

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and

happy dreams.

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little foxescourtesy:midwinter-dream.tumblr.com

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

Dec 062014
 

chaos

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 it seems to be everywhere in this world.

have you noticed it too?

LOLOL.

you have old bean?

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has it always been like this?

yikes!

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well . . .

i’m sure it probably has . . .

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but

NOW

we just have more means of seeing it or hearing about it.

INSTANTLY!  EVERYWHERE!

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but have you ever noticed?

somehow

it just seems

MORE SO

when you’re living through it!

.

there is one little thing that helps me

.

other than my own meditation times

and

other moments of treasured solitude

so nourishing for the soul . . .

.

and

that is

art.

art of a certain kind.

.

i’ll share it with you in a minute.

.

i have to do a little

peanut pontificating first!

LOLOLOL!!!!

.

saul bellow quote

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i like those thoughts.

especially at a time like this . . .

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the

EXCESS of it ALL!

.

this has become a world

of

excess

in every way.

.

images.

.

news.

.

profits.

.

poverty.

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celebrities.

.

noise.

.

uber communication

when

 nobody is really listening.

.

loud music that drowns out speaking.

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loud voices that rise above it all.

.

talking heads.

experts in every tiny little thing!

always with the

EXPERTS

everywhere.

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expensive stuff.

.

superfluous stuff.

.

people using credit they don’t have.

for things they don’t need.

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violence.

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hatred.

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misunderstandings.

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WHEW !!!

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the world is too much with us.

.

sometimes.

i just feel

i

have

to

breathe !

.

how about you?

.

well old bean . . .

we can just catch our breath here for a minute.

.

breathe in.

.

breathe out.

.

nice and slowly.

.

that’s it.

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are you feeling better?

me too!

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central park k painting

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i don’t have any pictures of the late artist

thomas kinkade

on the walls here in the wren house.

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he gets a lot of flack i know.

by “serious” art collectors.

.

but though i don’t own any of his paintings . . .

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 i do have one of his small ‘picture’ books . . .

  “hometown memories”

and

i love looking at it.

.

winter house

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i often look at it and walk on its streets.

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i remember when

life might have been more difficult in some ways

but

oh!  it was so pleasurably simple and happy in others.

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and his works make me think of that.

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and i relax a little.

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when i feel the need of beauty and peace and a time

less chaotic

i lose myself in his vision of light and towns and cottages

and beauty.

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i don’t even care that it’s not real.

maybe it never was.

but

my soul doesn’t care about that either.

and it’s my soul that needs this art.

.

i bought a calendar last year with his paintings in it of course.

i have loved seeing that often too.

i may just get another one for next year.

.

SO

with that in mind . . .

and if you’d like to breathe a little slower right now too . . .

and just leave it all . . .

LEAVE

the violent chaos that is this modern world we live in . . .

.

here.

in this quiet peanut space . . .

.

just begin to breathe a little.

relax from all your frantic

“must get this done NOW !!! “

activities

.

and

enjoy

a time

and a place

that

is

always

beautiful.

and

calm.

.

   like here . . .

upstate new york perhaps . . .

when my own gram was a little girl . . .

.

i’ve seen old pictures of hers like this.

only hers were in black and white of course.

.

light on victorian

.

and OH!

the special trips into the city . . .

rockefeller center . . .

as it has been now for so many years past . . .

.

the magic of the ice

against the backdrop of the magnificent skyscrapers.

.

christmas in new york

.

and in the country and the villages

.

my mother remembered and told us about

riding in horse drawn sleighs when she was little.

and ice skating in the park.

and then going back home for hot cocoa.

.

just simple pleasures.

.

and

there was always so much snow!

it was quiet.

and

must have been magical.

.

snowy street

.

say what you want about the man.

he was

INDEED

a painter of light.

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and this one . . .

below . . .

.

it is my favorite.

probably because i live where there is very little snow.

but winter rain.

.

yes.

that can be lovely too!

.

the glow of lights so welcoming.

reflecting in the streets.

.

oh my.

.

christmas street in rain

.

i can literally feel myself to be right inside that painting.

.

rain.

a christmas rain.

the time of my own very early childhood

judging by the cars.

.

maybe that’s even me . . .

yup.

right there!

walking my dog.

.

I

ALWAYS

HAD

A

DOG!

.

i can lose myself and the world now . . .

 breathing in these pictures.

.

i’m happy.

.

oh my !!!

    shhhh . . . . .

.

i do believe it’s snowing  !!!

.

snowy cottage

.

come on in for some cocoa old bean!

.

i’ve got the tree up!

and the lamps in the little wren house are casting

a golden glow.

.

there are merry lights sparkling on the balcony.

and a welcome green wreath with a red ribbon on the door!

.

my tree with its tiny white fairy lights

only has little glass birds perching on the branches.

so cheery!

.

underneath it you’ll see red poinsettias

.

and all my favorite

children’s  ‘little golden books.’

i re~read them again this time of year.

.

and a small christmas plate is there . . . under the tree . . .

holding dough cookies made and decorated

by my blake and his mama reve’  when he was only three.

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jacob was still just a little angel in someone’s mind back then . . .

waiting in the wings to come and join in the fun and make us laugh!

.

all treasures for sure.

.

and OH!

you know . . .

there’s always something good to eat

here in the wren house!

.

pull up a chair.  sit a spell.

we’ll swap stories.

.

and

just

BREATHE!

.

.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

.

all artwork in this post with exception of the quote

is courtesy of the late artist

thomas kinkade.

Dec 032014
 

i hope this works.

best ever

.

two years ago

i published here

the story of my own

personal indelible memory

of

the best

christmas pageant ever.

.

we visit it every year about this time

here at the peanut.

.

it never fails to bring a smile!

.

i didn’t want to re-write it.

so . . .

just click on the link below

.

it will take you

right to

the

3 rd annual celebration

of

AWAY WITH THE MANGER!

.

the management thanks you old  bean!

.

:D

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and if it that link to it

does not work

and i bet it won’t.

unless

the captain

miraculously intervenes . . . .

.

nope.

see?

it didn’t turn blue like it’s supposed to.

.

DARN.

i really hate this dang thing.

.

we all KNOW too well

my fabulous expertise with this tekkie stuff

.

SO

please just go to the side bar

and find in the past articles alphabetically . . .

then click on

away with the manger 3rd annual celebration!

.

til soon old bean.

til soon!

.

HO HO HO!

Dec 012014
 

mister

andy rooney.

.

1919 ~ 2011

.

do you remember andy?

some of you younger peanut readers probably won’t.

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mr rooneycourtesy:popculturewonders.blogspot.com

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andy rooney.

the

JOURNALIST.

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when the word really meant something.

when there were giants in the industry.

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in the early days . . . when it wasn’t all about the ratings.

.

or maybe it has always been about

the

.

RATINGS

.

i don’t know.

remember.  i admit i’m a pollyanna!

.

but somehow . . .

it just didn’t seem so blatantly true then as it is now.

.

he was always a news journalist.

and in the great war . . . he was a war correspondent.

.

andys warcourtesy:barnesandnoble.com

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BUT

to us . . . to me anyway . . .

 he became famous at the start of a different kind of

news program.

.

i never get around to watching it these days.

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part serious investigative reporting.  part entertainment.

.

it was a very different type of assignment for him.

but one that proved to be his niche.

.

his part in it started as something called . . .

‘about 3 minutes with andy rooney’

.

he always had a segment

at the end of

every program.

.

remember?

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andy 60 mincourtesy:m.kosmixmedia.com

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60 MINUTES

on

CBS

.

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when we first came to know him . . .

and to continue knowing him there

for over forty years.

.

 his little essays

.

just about life.

.

you know.

.

the ones that made the NEWS you’d hear elsewhere else

not quite so hard to bear.

.

he injected his own peculiar sense of humor and wit and wisdom

into everyday occurrences.

.

he was

ONE OF US.

.

at the age of 92

his mind was as sharp as ever.

.

he always lived a simple life.

.

a small life.

.

especially for one in the limelight

so to speak.

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andy looking upcourtesy:wabc.typepad.com

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not the glare of lights and celebrity for him.

no sir.

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he simply drove into town.  did his job.  drove out of town.

.

and he also found time to write books.

always best sellers.

some are collections of his 60 minutes essays.

.

i’ve read his books i borrowed from the library.

i enjoyed them almost as much on the printed page.

.

but then . . . i was hearing his voice in my head!

.

.

shortly after he retired at 92 . . .

he had a minor surgery.

he died of complications not long after that.

.

his last essay on the program was number

 1,097

.

he always gave his essays seated at his desk . . .

in his very messy very real office!

LOLOL.

he felt he had no need for a fancy studio set.

.

he was simply down to earth.

was andy.

andys deskcourtesy:thenewsburner.com

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his essays were wonderful!

at least they were to me old bean.

.

the funny.   the eccentric.  the mundane.  the heart warming.

.

simply

LIFE.

.

he covered every aspect of it…

 politics… children… animals… people’s foibles… people’s courage

.

he was a wonder of information and insight and hilarity sometimes.

and

sometimes. . .

WISDOM.

.

at least he was all this to me.

.

i keep saying that don’t i?

why on earth do i feel i have to qualify my admiration of him?

.

maybe like a little kid.

i want you to like him too!

LOLOL.

.

but

not everybody is somebody else’s cuppa tea.

.

and some of you may have never even heard of andy!

maybe my friends

in canada and england and india and australia and new zealand and norway

 haven’t!

.

i liked andy rooney.

.

 he couched everything he told us in his own brand of

razor sharp dissection of the truth of the matter.

even when it was disguised as humor.

.

yup.

 he told us about it all with that wry humor of his.

the kind that made us smile to ourselves.

and maybe even think a little bit.

.

no preaching there.

.

.

he was a keeper

was andy.

.

you can have your colberts and stewarts

and your

SNL

and

all the others who think they’re so clever.

.

and some of them truly are very clever.

i sometimes enjoy them too.

.

but they’re just not the caliber of andy.

.

.

this man was a class act.

.

in

2003

it angered and hurt him deeply when someone posted an email

that flew around the internet by the thousands.

it was very anti~minority.

AND

it was not even written by andy.

BUT

. . . it was written by someone using his style . . .

and blatantly but fraudently purported it to be his.

.

why on earth would someone do that to this man?

.

it was not his.

but how does one fight something like that?

it’s a

HIT AND RUN.

.

it hurt especially badly not just because it was a lie . . .

but because in the 1940’s when andy was a soldier . . .

he was arrested.

.

andy jailcourtesy: u.s. army

.

he was

arrested

because

he refused

to move to the front of an army bus where he was

sitting with his friends who happened to be black soldiers.

.

that made the fake email even worse for him to watch helplessly

as it made its way around the world wide web.

.

i can’t imagine the pain it must have caused

this man with such integrity.

.

they don’t make them like andy rooney

anymore.

.

i wish they did.

because

he would probably have been the first to show us this picture.

.

this picture below that i saw yesterday

and now is being called

‘ the picture shown round the world. ‘

.

this is a horrible copy of it.

i couldn’t manage to get a good one.

maybe you’ve also seen it.

.

 it’s just a little boy

named davonte.

.

adopted son of a white couple.

.

on his 12th birthday this past weekend

he was holding a sign amid all the angry protestors in portland

.

his sign simply said

.

free hugs

.

the police officer motioned davonte over and asked  . . .

.

” could i get one? “

.

and someone took this picture.

.

it brings tears to my eyes.

.

because in all the violent mess that’s been happening

all around our nation now

.

it’s so good to see

.

that in one small space in time

.

  one little boy and one cop

found a common humanity.

.

they shared hope for the future.

.

and understanding.

.

right there.

amid all the

violence

and

anger

and

hatred

 going on around them.

and that is still going on

all across this nation.

.

i’d like to hear what andy would have to say about everything

here

and in the whole world now.

.

davonte

.

we miss your voice andy.

.

andycourtesy:APphoto.cbs news

92 years old. taken at the time of his retirement from CBS.

.

journalist

.

essayist

.

humorist

.

lovable curmudgeon.

.

1919 ~ 2011

.

andy rooneycourtesy:abbey-roads.blogspot.com

.

.

.

i love wit.

dry wit especially.

and razor sharp.

and he had it.

and boy . . .

did he ever have the

EYEBROWS !!!

.

in his humor was usually cloaked

real wisdom.

.

here are some

 thoughts of his

on the matter of happiness

.

it’s a favorite of mine.

.

andy on happiness

.

i’m lucky.

.

i’ve had the luck and pleasure of good people in my life.

whether they lasted long or not . . . not the point.

.

each in their own way helped me sculpt how i look at my life today.

who knows?

maybe even andy rooney helped me sculpt it a little bit.

.

i also live a small life.

i live a very small life.

i find it suits me.

.

if you have enough to eat . . .

and shelter from the storms . . .

 and even passable health . . .

and friends such as you . . .

right here on this little blog . . .

.

well.

life is good!

.

at least it is to me old bean.

.

a small life

is like an old cool comfortable pair of slippers you might put on

to go outside and meet the warm summer morning.

.

and if it’s the time of year when it’s cold outside . . .

well.

it’s still like that . . .

only . . .

it’s an old warm and cozy pair of slippers!

.

the very best kind of life old bean.

.

here’s to the andy rooneys in your own life old bean.

.

til soon.

til soon old bean!

Nov 292014
 

peanut shirtby popular demand, i’ve added in a peanut section to the manatee fritters shop.  it has all the shirts and the baseball cap featuring the peanut logo, and by special request of the cheerful monk, one special ladies shirt.

for those with questions, cafe press handles everything from taking the money to shipping and returns.  it’s one of the nice things with this site.  you can set up a store like this, create your own brand, and not drop a dime.  no inventory, no up front costs.  cafe press handles it all and makes a small commission on each sale.  in addition to the shirts and hats, they carry a bunch of other things that can all be branded with your logo.  take a look around at the cafe press website if this is something you are interested in.  and if there is anything you see that you want with the peanut or manatee fritters logo on, just ask.  we take requests.

enjoy everyone

Capt. Fritter

Nov 282014
 

key sunsetcourtesy:wallpic.us

.

once upon a time . . .

i met a captain.

.

he’s a pirate.

he lives on a sail boat in the florida keys

.

free spirit side view

yup.

no snow here.

.

free spirit back view

that’s it above.

.

the free spirit.

.

it’s a pretty little thing.

well not SO little.

he’s 6 feet tall and lives there quite comfortably.

.

and

it’s for sale by the way.

.

its name pretty well sums up the pirate captain

who lives aboard

.

the free spirit.

.

he’s a humorist.

a writer.

an app designer.

a survivor.

.

he’s also a minimalist.

.

he has mastered a way of living

in one of the most beautiful and expensive

bits of paradise in this country . . .

by

discipline.

creative endeavor.

technical expertise.

and

artful simplicity in all ways.

.

you all know him who are frequent followers of

the peanut here.

but for anyone new to the peanut . . .

.

he has his own blog.

manatee fritters.

.

he made this blog for me.

and gave it to me unexpectedly one day as a gift.

i didn’t have to do a thing but start writing posts!

.

and now . . .

on his blog . . .

he has started

HIS VERY OWN STORE !!!

manatee fritters.

.

i asked permission to tell you about it here.

he’s a bit lower~key than i am.

.

i also told him

 i couldn’t guarantee not

embarrassing him.

.

quite sure he already knew that.

LOLOL.

.

the manatee fritters store.

i love it!!!

.

on his blog is a little box.

look at the top left.

it’s called

fritterisms

.

you should check them out old bean.

.

they  are

hilarious.

witty.

often profound.

.

sometimes they’re famous quotes

.

but

usually they’re quotes

from the captain himself.

.

he’s something of a celebrity in the keys

though he denies it.

.

he has literally saved tourists from kayaks in rip tides

not once . . . but twice.

.

he has edited a major art film

.

he fixes a mean key lime pie

.

he is a dyed in the wool curmudgeon

.

who just happens to be

a licensed sea captain

.

and

who also

LOVES

his historic florida keys

.

former home of

ernest hemingway

.

and jimmy buffet of course!

.

the

keys.

.

also

famously known as

.

the conch republic.

conch republicfla-keys.com

.

if you’re reading this and

you’re

snow bound . . .

and longing for some warm days . . .

and dreaming of a sunset

like the one atop this post . . .

.

picture owning a little something from there . . .

.

YUP

I AM BLATANTLY RECOMMENDING . . .

LOLOL!

and i hardly ever blatantly recommend anything !!!

.

i just love the word

blatantly.

.

anyway . . .

i’m blatantly recommending you buy a neat item

from the captain’s store!

.

you can get a gift

for someone on your list old bean

who likes and appreciates something

unique

 useful

and even

personalized!

.

he says you can

 pick a favorite fritterism and have it inscribed

on the t shirt.

.

high quality shirts by the way.

.

i’m getting myself a

white ball cap!

there’s where you go to get yours too!

.

you really should stop by there.

what an easy way to shop.

it’s my kind of shopping.

.

oh dear.

i know i’m starting to sound like a side show barker.

come one!  come all!

.

but i love that pirate captain.

he was one of my first blogging friends.

.

and he’s always in the background . . . kindly willing

to help me with anything technical on this site.

which i appreciate so very much

since i’m a tekkie drop~out.

.

so . . .

telling you about his store is my way of paying him back here.

PLUS

i’m simply also really excited about his store.

IT’S PRETTY COOL.

and my kinda clothes anyway.

LOLOL.

as in . . .

comfortable!

.

the items

are

elegant

nautical

spare

clean design

shirts and caps.

.

inscribed

and

well made

 from high quality material.

.

do stop by manatee fritters old bean . . .

and buy a unique gift there!

and

leave a comment that

you saw the post on his store at the peanut . . .

he might just discount my ball cap!

.

oh good grief

!!!

i just paused and went there to check out something i wanted

to make sure i had correct . . .

and i found out . . .

he has a peanut christmas ornament offered !!!

peanut_on_the_table_ornament_oval

.

good grief charlie brown!

thanks capt.

man.  now i’m kind of even embarrassed myself.

LOLOLOL!!!

.

 it still makes me grin big time.

a neat surprise.  what fun is that!

.

i’ll have to get one of those for sure now too!

along with my ball cap.

LOLOL.

.

anyway . . .

it’s probably as close as i’ll ever get to the keys.

.

and if you feel the same . . .  keep dream’in of those sunsets

and

get you a little piece of the keys too . . .  before christmas.

.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

Nov 242014
 

hello there old bean.

.

white sweater and snow

.

just thinking about it all.

you know.

here at the little wren house.

.

the clock is ticking.

the countdown begins.

.

the snow is either melting some . . .

.

snow and shadowsvia:mariashriver.com

.

or maybe still coming down some?

.

or maybe

you live where it’s sunny all year round ?

.

 regardless . . .

wherever you are . . .

there’s no escaping it.

.

if you live in america

it’s

almost

.

THANKSGIVING DAY!

.

yup.

it is old bean!

i don’t have to remind you here!

.

and if you’re one of the masses who live

AWAY . . .

you know what that means.

in the few days leading up to it . . .

.

YOU ARE ON THE MOVE!

LOLOL!!!

.

oh my.

scenes like this horror below !!!

.

 please.

.

just deliver me.

.

airport

.

half of these people won’t even get there on time!

due to cancellations and delays due to weather.

YET

they do this

every single year.

.

masochists of the highest order.

.

lost luggage.

.

unbelievably long lines

.

tempers short.

.

sleeping sitting up on cold tile floors.

.

basin baths in the ladies or men’s rooms.

.

fighting for a stall in the mass of thousands.

.

cold vending machine food

and

or

overpriced airport restaurants.

.

whining crying children.

already exhausted from the crowds and unfamiliarity of it all . . .

wondering

.

WHY???

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE???

.

why?

LOLOL.

.

you KNOW why!!!

.

it’s

TRADITION.

.

well.

now.

this is just

sad.

.

chubba and companychubbaandcompany.com

.

YUP!

.

it’s

THANKSGIVING!

now take those silly hats off those poor dogs.

.

.

 even i’m going somewhere this year.

i won’t be flying . . .

but driving. well. the marine will be driving.

.

i’ve been invited to accompany

the marine

to a thanksgiving celebration with his late wife chris’s family.

.

every other year chris’s brother and sister~in~law

 always have thanksgiving at their beautiful home near tulsa.

.

the odd years are spent at the other part of their family’s homes.

a nice solution . . . so that there’s never any hurt feelings or confusion.

and the travel is shared equally.

.

.

martha … the marine’s sister in law …  is a most gracious hostess.

everything is always so artfully arranged.

.

crystal.

china.

just exquisitely done.

.

she’s always so calm too.

she makes it seem effortless.

.

and i know

IT”S NOT !!!!

.

beautiful tablevia:huffingtonpost.com

.

 she’s a superb cook.

.

so it will be a real treat!

.

there will be a lot of people there.

the marine’s chris had two sisters and one brother.

.

barbara with her husband wes

 cathy with her husband peter

 and richard with his wife martha.

.

all are still well and living busy lives.

.

a nice large extended family with children

 and grandchildren.

.

they’ll all be there.

except for peter and cathy.

they were just there last month.  now they’re in france.

they go there every year about this time.

.

so.

not my usual holiday alone this year!

.

i’m usually quite happy right here alone.

.

i can never get anybody to believe me about that.

.

it’s just not normal to most people.

.

LOLOL!!!

.

but it is the truth nevertheless.

.

it was a process i think at first.

and it might put things into perspective for you too . . .

IF

you’re alone this year and new to it . . .

or any year you find yourself alone really . . .

i hope you find a cozy comfort here

at the peanut.

.

ever since my bob died i have generally always been alone

on holidays.

the marine and his family lived away.

or they might usually go to richard and martha’s even back then.

and

the rest of my own family is all deceased.

.

SO

yup.

.

and you know something?

.

i have come to prefer spending holidays at home alone actually.

YES!

i know.

people generally don’t admit that.

the majority of people fight being alone.

.

they get all depressed.

.

they feel they’re missing out on the real party.

it seems that society is geared to make you feel that way.

.

BUT

I DON’T !

i never have really.

.

and you don’t have to either!

.

maybe your

own alone

is be being forced upon you.

.

you live too far from your family to go there.

it’s so expensive to travel now.

.

or

you’re going through a divorce or a break up.

or

the very worst . . .

.

the loss of someone dear to you due to death.

yes.

that is the worst of all.

.

and regarding that kind of alone . . .

if that’s the case . . . and it’s the first time alone for you . . .

this is NOT the time to go it alone.

you WILL grow stronger.  i promise.

you will.

.

but right now . . .

you’ll need to be around those who love you.

time is the only real healer.

and the first holiday without that person you lost

 is not the one to be alone.

.

that being said . . .

IF

you’re just a little out of pocket this year . . .

and for whatever reason it looks like it might be the new norm . . .

for whatever the reasons . . .

.

or

maybe if you’re like me

.

you are simply just

 a friendly hermit !

yup!

and i’m thinking there are more of us out there than we realize.

.

even though i might love all the people involved . . .

social functions

small or large . . . well . . .

they just

make me feel anxious.

.

even though i always enjoy myself immensely . . .

i come back home exhausted.

.

i can’t explain it.  nor do i even try to anymore.

it’s always been that way.  even when bob was alive.

.

sure it may have to do with childhood . . .  or not.

growing up moving so much perhaps?

who knows?

who really cares?

i’m happy with who i am.

.

i am old bean!

i’m just a friendly hermit.

.

and

NO.

.

i

am

not

a serial killer.

.

those are apparently loners who crave what they can never find.

or some such thing or other.

i’m sure they are crazy in some terrible and sad way.

they would HAVE to be . . . to do what they do.

.

on the other hand

.

friendly hermits are just what they are.

they are not hurtful nor selfish.

.

they

are just

contentedly happy

people

who enjoy being alone for the most part

and living a simple life.

.

they are glad for friends and family

but

they are most content and comfortable

 with their own company.

.

my beloved gram was a friendly hermit.

SO . . .

it’s quite possible that i come by it naturally!

 . . .  maybe it’s just in my DNA.  hadn’t thought about that til now.

.

friendly hermits.

.

they

 love people for sure. and they feel deeply.

especially for their family and friends.

.

but

seeing those people in crowds is just not their

cup of turkey.

.

i

mean

tea.

.

many of the peanut readers here all have nice families . . .

lots of children.  grandchildren.  extended families.

and many many of them

are accomplished cooks . . .

almost bordering on

professional

CHEFS !!!

you know who you are!!!

LOLOL.

.

alas.

alack.

and as it were!!!

.

it’s just the family way on holidays.

and they will treasure their preparations and meals with everyone.

just as they should.

.

i’m not knockin’ it !!!

,

three dogsvia:twirlit.com

.

and i’m sure it’s all well worth it.

just ask those family members above!

.

though i did read one lady’s comment on a blog today.

she said the thought of doing it all again this year left her

exhausted just thinking about it.  she was totally dreading it.

but she also said she would get it done.  a martyr if there ever was one.

. . .

how sad is that!

.

maybe only SHE’S the one who’s expecting perfection from herself.

nine thousand side dishes when only one or two would suffice.

.

simplicity

is a beautiful concept.

even

at

thanksgiving.

.

OR

how about

 not even serving the traditional food at all ?

.

people are so hard on themselves.

and for what?

.

the big family traditional dinner . . .

the stuff of

LEGEND!!!

.

BUT

for some of us . . .  those times are past.

and oddly enough there’s a grand comfort in not having to go through all that anymore.

.

a lovely quiet day just alone.

.

reading in sunlightjessie willcox smith

.

and i’m here to tell you

that

if

you are alone

.

it’s not all bad!

.

SO

ARE YOU?

ALONE?

.

if you are . . . then . . .

this post is meant for you.

.

if you want to accept invitations . . . by all means . . .

DO!

.

but . . .

for some of us . . .

we simply relish staying in and cozy in our own little home.

.

 realize one thing though.

people don’t know how to accept that simple fact.

.

always i could be assured of hearing these kind words at my office.

over and over again.

”  you’re not going to be alone now are you? “

.

so thoughtful of them really.

BUT . . .

i could never EVER convince them it was fine with me.

.

as if that’s the

single

WORST!

thing that could befall a person!

alone on a holiday!!!

.

SO

if this year you’re alone for the first time . . .

or if you’re well used to it yourself now

and have your own ideas to add here . . .

feel free!

.

here are some of my own . . .

 HOLIDAYS ALONE TRADITIONS!!!

.

first.

have a yummy warm and filling breakfast.

.

porridge for breakfastartist:jessie willcox smith

.

one of my new pleasures every morning now

 is watching re~runs of

FRASIER

.

frasier

.

emmy award winners for years.

.

such television quality!

.

still fresh.

after all these years.

.

niles and frasier

.

i still laugh right out loud at those shows.

excellent writing.  classy.  witty.  often profound.

and

i love the quirkiness of all the characters . . .

frasier .  niles.  the dad.  daphne.  roz.

and

not to forget

.

 eddie!

.

played

BRILLIANTLY

by the

little movie star . . .

moose.

.

brilliant eddie

.

the key to this for me is simply

starting the day with

laughter.

.

the best medicine.

ALWAYS.

ANY DAY!

.

BUT . . .

oh wait !  i plum forgot!

  on thanksgiving maybe you’ll want to watch

THE

PARADE!

in the morning!!!

.

the paradecourtesy:coconutheadssurvival.com

.

but of course charlie brown !!!

the famous macy’s thanksgiving day parade.

.

then . . .

take yourself a nice long hot shower or bath.

pretend you’re even at a spa.

.

and if you live in

venice florida . . .

take a cool shower!

LOLOL.

.

then . . .

go to your closet.

.

ahhhh . . .

.

getting dressedjessie willcox smith

.

simply get dressed in something that you love.

something totally comfortable.

.

if you’re new at this and you’re feeling a little sad . . .

.

choose a color that picks up your mood.

.

then remind yourself how

COMFORTABLE

you are!

.

have a movie marathon.

all the corny wonderful silly movies you love and other people endure.

.

i usually decorate my tree while one of these favorite movies is on.

.

by now . . .

i’m in the mood for christmas!

.

holly

.

OR

maybe you’re a gal that likes football.

or you’re a guy that

LOVES IT!

LOL.

.

if football is your game . . .

WOW.

this is the day for it.

.

just kick back and watch them all!

.

football gamerob tringali/sportschrome/getty images

.

thanksgiving day is meant for you!!!

.

just enjoy game after game.

.

forget thanksgiving food.

eat ALL the stuff you’re not usually supposed to eat!

.

just for today

indulge.

.

eat all your favorites.

plan ahead.

.

easy things to prepare or even pick up from your favorite source.

.

THIS IS THE DAY FOR COMFORT!

.

DO NOT WASTE ONE MOMENT IN GUILT !!!!

.

AND

who says it has to be turkey?

if spaghetti is your favorite . . .

.

it is one of mine!

.

simple spaghettiassociatedpress

.

YUM !!!!

.

my meatballs are soy meatballs by morning star farm.

and they

are

DELICIOUS!!!

.

i make my own sauce.

.

see ?

it’s easy.

.

the secret is to do whatever makes you

joyful !

.

don’t think about things.

don’t over think it.  that’s the secret.

DON’T

travel down memory lane if you’re alone on a holiday.

just simply

DON’T.

.

that’s the best advice of all.

it’s easy to let yourself get all morbid and depressed

thinking about all the

used~to~be stuff.

it’s pointless.

it only leads to pain.

it takes some discipline.  but you can do it.

.

and a word about music.

music can ignite some powerful memories.

best to forego it if you’re prone to lapsing into melancholy over it.

just for the holiday.

.

BUT

on the other hand . . .

if you’re a music nut

and it doesn’t connect to anything painful that’s gone from your life now . . .

well then

GO FOR IT!!!

.

it’s all so very personal.

everyone has their own wonderful little holiday traditions.

AND

that’s the key.

.

THIS IS A NEW DAY.

.

this is the first thanksgiving of the rest of your life.

well.

or something like that!

LOLOL.

.

i love this picture below.

not just because of the beauty of the lamp and table.

the minimal spare beauty of it all . . .

.

lovely vignettevia:contentinacottage.com ~ photographer tim ghie ~ behance.net

.

but some of the words are pretty neat too.

.

.

one year i helped serve the homeless in a shelter kitchen on the holiday.

.

rewarding and horribly sad at the same time.

realized my makeup is not able to take that kind of pain.

.

their faces stayed with me . . . especially the children’s . . .

 much too long.

too long for my own good really.

so now i help in other ways.

.

and

i just stay home and have my spaghetti.

.

wow.

this post has gone on wayyyyyy too long!

you may even be gone by now.

.

hello!!!

hello?

anybody out there?

.

LOLOL.

.

dearest old bean . . .

if you’re still here . . .

i wish you all good things this thanksgiving.

all the things i’m so grateful for myself  . . .

.

health.

the right kind of wealth.

and

love.

.

be safe.

til soon old bean!

til soon.

Nov 192014
 

shell on beacharistocrator.tumblr.com

.

i got word last night that a dear friend of mine

died of cancer on friday.

.

i haven’t shed a tear.

.

it was a long 8 year battle.

even she wanted it over.

in the last year

she has suffered much.

.

how many lives in my life has cancer stalked.

and last year . . .

even my own.

.

one becomes numb to the very word.

.

today

i feel only relief for her sweet body and soul.

.

she will be missed.

.

but it’s blessedly over for her.

.

the rest of us . . .

.

well.

.

even with it all . . .

it’s still good to be alive i think.

.

i wish people would be more kind to each other.

.

i wish people like the senator from my state of oklahoma

wouldn’t embarrass me

when he says

” global warming is a conspiracy.”

.

good grief.

.

 i wish every single thing we say or thing would not be

politicized.

.

i wish people could work together to make this world better.

i wish they cared less about money

and more about the planet.

.

 i wish that

cancer

wasn’t

in truth

a

HUGE BUSINESS

.

an

INDUSTRY

that is

RICH

in real estate.

in highly specialized technical jobs.

in machinery.

in drugs.

.

they keep asking for

more and more and more

money.

you know.

for research.

.

i have donated much money to

the cause

in the past.

.

CANCER.

.

my mother died of it.

my husband.

my sister in law.

bob’s dad.

bob’s uncles and aunts.

so many …  many

of my friends.

the latest one just last friday.

.

i gave and gave and gave.

from a sense of duty.

from guilt?

.

i’m alive.

they’re dead.

.

so i must help.

.

but not anymore.

you may be shocked.

but i refuse to give anymore.

.

if

IF

the cancer industry

didn’t have to keep going

.

didn’t have to keep providing so many jobs . . .

wasn’t part of the medical infrastructure itself . . .

a monster that needs supporting . . .

FOREVER it seems . . .

.

well . . .

.

 

maybe there would be a cure.

.

so.

we will keep living in this world

this

imperfect

beautiful

horrible

wonderful

world.

.

it’s all a paradox isn’t it?

.

just a few days ago . . .

one soul left.

another little soul arrived.

.

one of my dearest friends welcomed

a tiny new grand daughter.

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she’s beautiful and healthy.

she has a little “big sister” who is overjoyed.

as is her entire family.

.

that’s the beauty of life.

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we take our turn here on this stage.

we endure what we have to endure.

we enjoy what we’re privileged to enjoy.

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and we smile through our tears.

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and . . .

if you live in buffalo new york . . .

.  .  .

stay safe.

stay warm.

the rest of us are watching.

and

our hearts are with you.

.

til soon old bean.

til soon.

Nov 172014
 

YUP.

this used to be me too.

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car lights in snowcourtesy:news9.com

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out there with everybody!

trying to get to work.

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scraping the windshield.

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warming up the engine.

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starting your drive an hour earlier.

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tensing up when those daredevils swerve too fast

or follow you too closely.

.

never just light fluffy snow with traction.

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on no . . .

driving on ICE

with a covering of light snow.

always the ice.

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that’s how our winter comes here on the prairie.

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there’s always a thick layer of ice first.

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schools are closed today.

but

you’re always expected to get to work.

even if you have to be late.

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so silly really.

if you think about it.

.

the curse i guess of modern day living.

nothing ever simply stops for a little while now.

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i would hate to be one of the hundreds of

fender benders this morning . . .

.

because later today the temp will be 37 degrees with sun.

the snow will melt.

all that would make the difference would be a few hours.

.

and tomorrow there will be patches of black ice.

because all the water will re-freeze solid tonight.

.

but for the most part the beautiful

WHITE

of it will all be gone.

it will be like a dream.

.

we at least got some moisture at last!

that’s the blessing in it for us in

DRY LAND.

.

and

like becky said

if you don’t

HAVE TO

get out in it

you can enjoy its splendorous beauty!

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it was so lovely to sit here in the wren house yesterday

and simply watch it come down . . .

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falling snowcourtesy:becuo.com

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and it is

so very beautiful!

.

perhaps like all things beautiful . . .

it’s because

HERE

we know it’s fleeting.

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i remember years in northern minnesota and upstate new york

when it started in september and was still snowing in the spring!

.

SO

i simply relax and enjoy it now.

.

and that is the perk.

one of the wonderful perks

that come with being

old.

.

i don’t even mind that word anymore!

LOLOL.

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aside from something in your body somewhere

constantly

hurting

or else not working properly the way it should

as in your crazy

heart

.

ALL

the time

every darn day

.

LOLOL!

YES!!!

.

besides

ALL THAT . . .

there are definitely

PERKS!

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and the main perk that comes to mind right now . . .

.

i no longer have to worry

about

GETTING THERE.

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it’s true.

you can enjoy the beautiful snow

if you don’t

HAVE TO

get out in it.

.

just stay home.

be cozy.

have one of these.

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gif firecourtesy:everysingleinsanity.tumblr.com

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even if you have to fake it with a dvd!

LOL.

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now.

i’m going to gaze upon this picture below . . .

and conjure up

wonderful spice filled memories of my childhood.

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when my gram made homemade donuts

just like these.

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donutscourtesy:posiegetscozy.com

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a glass of cold milk.  a warm donut.

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life didn’t get much better.

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home from school on a snow day!

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that’s  just how i feel today.

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let the cozy adventure begin!

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til soon old bean.

til soon!

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and if you’re where it’s snowy and icy . . .

and you have to be out in it . . .

my heart to yours in your car.

be safe old bean.  be safe.