Saturday, December 31, 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011


Beautiful girl.  It was so nice to meet you today.  Come again soon.

 Assisted self-portrait.
A smile so big it closed your eyes.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas Miracles

 Good eats.

 Mommy's hired elf (Seamstress Sandy).

 Sweet sweet Hank.

 Hank's sweet sweet gear.

 Best buns 2011.

Best view ever (but hey neighbor - cut it down or light it up would ya'?).

Monday, December 26, 2011

Today I got out of my car.

Today we walked past a cold man sitting with his duffel on a park bench near the coffee shop we were visiting.  I saw him wiping tears from his eyes with a rather old looking napkin (I'm sure the age of the napkin is irrelevant, but it made an impression on this excessive hand washer anyway).  I got what I needed and then sat in my car thinking about him and wondering what he was doing there; alone, cold, the day after Christmas, crying.  I must have sat in my car for 10 minutes trying to decide if I should do something for him, and what.  I've had these 'ideas' in the past, and easily ignored them, never sure if I would be safe to offer help or hissed at for my attempt at kindness.  I will admit, I have a general distain for 'pan handling' and other manner of begging.  However, this man expected nothing of me, even embarrassed to be seen crying by me.  Today I got out of my car.  I went back in the coffee shop and then walked over to offer him a large coffee and muffin.  His gratitude humbled me to tears.  It shook me, and for a while.  I don't cry often, but when I do I'm hard to stop.  An endearing quality?  No, definitely not.  Anyway, I am certain I have never made another person so happy with 5 minutes and 5 dollars.  I am changed and will hesitate no more.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry McDougalls

A Happy Christmas to you and all yours.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Good Cheer

We're down south helping my Mom recover from surgey.  I am tasked with the less important jobs (housekeeping, nutrition and general maintenance) but the kids have been working on some very special presentations as the cheer squad.  This is tonight's Christmas pageant.  Enjoy.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Santa Hat

Never a dull moment in the santa hat.  Always a good time.  We've been wearing them all weekend for no other reason than we like the way we look and the way people look at us.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Santa's Workshop

This year's project is not for my little helpers...but a couple very deserving young ladies I know and love.  I saw the idea in a mag., but knew I could do it!  I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.  That's all it takes.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"I don't want to sit on that guy's lap."

No problem Lu, neither do I.  Henry on the other hand was happy to join the Boobsy Bobsy twins over there and see Santa.  Happy Christmas all.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stuffed Turkey

What a Thanksgiving.  It was stuffed with...
 playing on the stairs
 a 24 hour kids table
 walking to "Karaoke with Marcy" at the Lamplighter
 sneaky tides
 more food
and good wine

We really hit it hard this Holiday.  However, it should be noted I did bring along my ab-roller for good measure.  Here's hoping your time was as good and full as ours.