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Blue Moon Shining Through My Window

the view from my desk as I write this…

I am whistling Auld Lang Syne and reading poems about January and New Years. I should be getting ready for the party we are scheduled to attend. But it’s only 7:47pm and the big show isn’t until Midnight. Plus, the longer Canyon naps now the better our chances of ringing in the new year among friends. Part of me thinks it wouldn’t be so bad to just stay here in my long underwear and read and write the new year in. I surely have spent a worse New Years Eve.

Thinking of resolutions and fresh starts. Every January 1st since 1995 I swear “this is the year I will actually make it past March in the Simple Abundance book.” I swear I will eat better, lose weight and exercise (FYI-it took me about 5 tries to spell it write) (FYI-I spelled that “write” instead of “right”. Good Golly Ms. Laurie Can’t Spell). I will declutter my house, host fabulous dinner parties, learn Spanish, etc.

Who knows? Maybe this year is my year. And hopefully yours.


The Year
What can be said in New Year rhymes,
That’s not been said a thousand times?

The new years come, the old years go,
We know we dream, we dream we know.

We rise up laughing with the light,
We lie down weeping with the night.

We hug the world until it stings,
We curse it then and sigh for wings.

We live, we love, we woo, we wed,
We wreathe our prides, we sheet our dead.

We laugh, we weep, we hope, we fear,
And that’s the burden of a year.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Oh well. To the shower I go. Happy New Year!

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Canyon In The Afternoon


My step-mom Mary sent Canyon this outfit last Christmas when he was still in my tummy. It was the first baby item that I loved and thought I would have to wait nearly two years for him to wear it since it was 12months. Nope. One year later and it’s already a bit small!

When you can’t see the bear it looks like a normal jogging suit and then he reminds me of one of the secondary mobsters on The Sopranos.

I am just mesmerized by his blue blue eyes!

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Be It Ever So Humble and Well Lit…

There’s no place like home for the holidays…




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Midnight Snow


Sometime around midnight we decided to go out and play in the still falling snow. Bundle up the baby, grab Lilo’s ball and out we go.

I love our neighborhood late at night since 90% of the houses on my street seem to go to bed around 10pm. It’s safe to let Lilo run on the sidewalk without worrying that she will scare someone. City folk can be really terrified of dogs, even one Lilo’s size.

Lilo kept losing her ball in the sparkly snow…







I love this little cowboy snowsuit of Canyon’s. Too bad it’s way too small for him. This will be the only night he ever wears it. Who would have thought that he would be such a giant, wearing 18-24/2T at only 10 months old? Surely not the me of this summer who bought it at a rummage sale thinking he would wear it all winter!

The sidewalk salt started to burn Lilo’s paws and it was time to go in. One of our neighbors is obsessed with salting his sidewalk 5x a day. Next time we will have to apply the Mushers Secret to her paws so she can play longer.

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Walkin Wonder Lilo in a Winter Land




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I went for a walk on a winter’s day

It started to snow this morning-the thick puffy snow that is so snowlike it makes the world look like a movie set. John was working in the garage and I was jonesing for the white stuff so bad that I made him come in to watch Canyon so that Lilo and I could head to Horner Park for quality time.
They had quality time too…

We got to the park and headed out into the fluffy.


It didn’t take us long to realize that while it was fluffy on top, just a few inches down it was solid ice. I knew the sidewalks would be treacherous because during our walk on Wednesday the park district was plowing the sidewalk trail and we saw the pure ice underneath and commented that it would have been safer to just leave the snow on top. Add to that ice all the rain from Christmas Eve and day and you had a nice little skating rink going on. I thought we would be good to go on the grass but even the fields were solid ice. Lilo was like Bambi going after the ball. She would skid along the ice, blowing up big puffs of snow as she went.

The great thing about the ice layer was that it kept the ball from being lost in the snow-couldn’t sink deep enough!
By the time we reached the other side of the park the wind and snow kicked up and it was a bit nasty. I LOVED IT!


Look at the size of that snowflake in this picture!


I like to think I pay attention to the natural world around me, but somehow I think I have missed this tree and that amazes me…

I have walked by that tree several times a week for over 5 years and I don’t remember it jumping out at me the way it did today. I had to walk right up and pay it a compliment. “You are incredible!” I said.

I can tell that Lilo misses other dogs by the way she reacted to the pack at the park today. Normally she just wants her ball, but today she wanted to frolic with the other dogs. I don’t blame her, they were very frolic worthy…

At first I thought this one had a ball…

Then I realized it was a frozen pie pumpkin!

Now it is 8:30pm and the flakes are still falling, not so fluffy now. More like the glitter on the fabric snow they use in those Christmas village decorations. Still in my long underwear I am sitting in the comfy rocking chair in Canyon’s room, feet propped on the cat condo. It is dark and I am listening to him breathe as he sleeps a few feet away. I turn my head and watch it snow.

Blessed be.

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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey

“Come, come thou bleak December wind,
And blow the dry leaves from the tree!
Flash, like a Love-thought, thro’me, Death
And take a Life that wearies me.”
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, Fragment 3

  • I loved this last dandelion poking out of the snow and ice.

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    Christmas Continued…

    Time just flew here today. After cleaning up breakfast I thought I could take a nap with Canyon but suddenly it was time to put the chicken in the oven and start dinner. My mom and her husband and my sisters family were joining us for dinner. So the rest of my day was cooking and setting the table for the feast.

    The Viets women sure do make good lookin kids!



    We played Taboo ( My team won and my team lost. I played for both teams since we had an odd number) Canyon finished opening the last of his presents…

    I call this one, “eeeewwww feeeeeettttttt”

    I think he had a merry Christmas…

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