Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Life in the Creek and Wednesday Medley

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Wednesday, January 16th, is National Do Nothing Day!! National Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin. This day has been observed annually since 1973. Of course, the way to celebrate it is to do nothing! 

1.  To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973!! 

 1972, as close as I could find to 1973.
We lived on a farm in Wisconsin, out in the middle of nowhere.
We still live on a farm in Wisconsin, out in the middle of nowhere, but a different farm and different nowhere.

December 2018.
Not a farm, definitely not the middle of nowhere.

On the left, that curly-haired toddler (in the photo above), and what he looks like today.
Along with his youngest son. See the family resemblance?!!
Advent, 2018

2.  Now that we are thinking back, please tell us what your favorite past time was as a child.
It would be a toss-up among the following: baseball, riding horse, climbing trees, playing football, building forts, swimming in the creek (crick in those days).  

 Everyone likes to play in the creek!

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day? 
Remind me of Who God is and Who I am, and let me ponder that for a while. That's the absolutely best way, as long as it's done in love.  After that, make me a Full English Breakfast, but never ever at breakfast time, only ever at dinnertime. 

Mine would be nitrate-nitrate?-free bacon and gluten-free bread.
And Mr. C usually cooks the tomatoes a bit longer.
And a few olives would be a nice addition.

4.  How old were you when you first started dating? Do you remember your first date?
I don't think there was a 'dating' thing going on in my life. I was still doing all those things mentioned in the second question's answer when I was 15 or 16. But I do remember going to a movie with a neighbor boy after getting permission (a very reluctant permission) from my dad. Both the movie and the boy were quite underwhelming. I was far more interested in professional baseball and horses.

I think that's Queen Anne's Lace just under the fence.

5.  Today is also National Fig Newton day.  Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?
I actually do like Fig Newtons, not any other kind of fruit in them, but figs, and I never ever buy them. I think it would be too easy to eat the whole package of cookies, and besides, they're not gluten free. I tend to have an issue with cookies. The word 'nemesis' fits here. Even my own delicious double-chocolate gluten-free cookies filled with extra chocolate chips and lots of chopped walnuts. See what I mean?

It's been a year and a half since I had help making cookies!

6.  Tell us something random about your week.
I wasn't going to mention this, but the whole nation knows that a 13 year old girl who lived not 20 miles from us escaped her captor last Friday and was reunited with her extended family after her parents were murdered and she was kidnapped 87 days earlier. The whole story was all over the news and Facebook (which I'm not on), but I just wanted to say one thing about it: Do not ever stop praying for someone. Don't ever give up hope. The fact that this girl is alive and was held captive within an hour from her home is nothing short of incredible. I think everyone was shocked that this was a single perpetrator and that all this time he and the teenager were in the general area. Praise God that she managed to escape. And this girl will need the prayers of all who are willing to pray for her as she moves forward - having heard the murder of her father, witnessed the murder of her mother, and lived with the trauma of captivity for three months. Lord have mercy.

Three boys, one toy
But they were nice and shared.
Most fascinating were all the noises it makes!
Least interesting were the darling fleece footie pajamas 
that probably got thrown out with the wrapping paper. LOL
Late Christmas gift opening last Saturday

Lastly, these two are often in the same room where I'm working (or playing). I have a conference table set up in the library where I'm starting to work on my England journal. What a project! At least I kept daily notes on my phone, so I have text to go with the photos and ephemera.

Tommy & Smokey

 Don't ask me why the rooster napkins are in there.


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Friday, January 11, 2019

Anglophile Friday - Canterbury, UK

A street scene in Canterbury

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Although I posted photos of our Nov/Dec England trip daily on Instagram, I know that many bloggers aren't on IG, so thought I would share some here too. I'll have to say that it was one of the best ever. We went to old favorites, but added in some places we'd not seen before, had 17 days, did a lot of walking, and enjoyed every minute of the trip, even the days we were slogging through soggy grass/mud in Avebury. I'll get to that in a later post. And because it was Christmastime, (technically Advent, but...) the whole place was decorated for Christmas. It made every place we visited even more special.

 Canterbury Cathedral, one of the sides that currently does not have scaffolding. Repairing, restoring, replacing is a huge and never-ending job in these old cathedrals, so we appreciate all that we are able to see and enjoy.

 The Canterbury War Horse
to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First World War

I've been thinking about doing a series of blog posts on travel, including all the planning, packing list, accommodations, cost breakdown, etc. I'm not sure if anyone is interested in that, but we've learned that travel that many think is impossible is really very doable, probably far more affordable than they think, provided they are willing to prioritize. I mean, really. What's more important: eating or seeing interesting places? ;-) Actually, I'm kinda serious, but we'll discuss that another time.

Christchurch Gate

and some very interesting information HERE, which includes
the fact that the original sculpture of Christ, which had been destroyed by Puritan iconoclasts, was replaced by the current sculpture made in 1990, after a gap of 347 years!

 This is similar to the large framed photo that hangs on the wall above my desk.
The Christmas tree was not on the altar, btw. It just looks that way.

 Altar marking the spot of Thomas Becket's martyrdom
If you're not familiar with that tragic story, you can read it HERE.
He is venerated as a saint and martyr by both the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

Boat of Remembrance


"Under an Equal Sky will bring together major new works reflecting on themes of war and remembrance and focusing in particular on the civilian casualties of war. Baldwin & Guggisberg’s use of glass as their principal medium in the exhibition is intended to reflect the fragile nature of humanity, with the symbolism of boats and empty vessels bringing to mind sadly familiar images of our times: refugees packed precariously into boats, fleeing for their lives, and migrants seeking new horizons. The context of Canterbury Cathedral – itself a place of refuge across the centuries – underpins the exhibition’s intent. Each work has been created in dialogue with the building and with its rich history and community in mind.
The works will be exhibited throughout the Cathedral building, beginning with Boat of Remembrance, an installation in the Cathedral’s Nave of 100 clear glass amphorae hanging in the shape of a ship, each one representing a year of remembrance but also underscoring the continuing consequences of war: the 22.5 million people currently seeking safety abroad as well as those still losing their lives in conflict."

 Artists Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg commented: ‘The focal point of the exhibition, Boat of Remembrance, would not have been possible if it hadn’t been for the Nave roof being covered by a safety deck, giving us the perfect hanging opportunity. In some ways the restoration project has been the making of the show. The building is a World Heritage site and so it’s been a challenge – but also an honour – making pieces that work with the space.’

Isn't that incredible!

We were grateful for the privilege to see these glass installations, for the original plan was that they would be on display through November 11, but I believe it was later decided to keep them up through early January. 

On the west end of Canterbury Cathedral are the newly-installed statues of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. There's something about the way Prince Phillip is holding that cloak that looks rather sinister to me.

 And here they are again.

 Another little street scene from Canterbury

And lest we die of starvation, we shared a piece of delicious orange cheesecake.

So these are just a few of the huge number of photos in my phone, and I've left out many photos of Canterbury because I've shown them before in other posts. There might be a Part 2 to this because, surprisingly, there's more to Canterbury than the Cathedral. :-)

ANYWAY, I hope you'll all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping in!

Happy Anglophile Friday!


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Putting Away Christmas on a Wednesday Medley

 January 8, day of disassembling Christmas
at my house. What a sad project.

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1.  It may be a little shocking, but National Static Electricity Day is January 9!!  Do you often get shocked often when you touch metal?  Here are some things to avoid!

 Well, I don't get many shocks, which is shocking in itself, considering the fact that we burn wood. But we do keep two humidifiers going at all times, so perhaps that is why. I like the tip of carrying a key around to constantly discharge electricity. Interesting!
 Getting all packed away until next November
2.  There are actually two "National" days worthy of mention! It is also National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.  Our men and women working in many areas of law enforcement put their lives on the line for us daily.  Do you know someone working in law enforcement who you can thank today?
I could thank my cousin, who works as an investigator for the local county sheriff's department. But as I sit here, I think I smell a mouse who might have met his demise inside the wall, so I'll deal with that first. You'd think that with two cats, there wouldn't be a mouse issue at all. But living in a farmhouse, there is occasionally a little rascal that escapes their hunting eyes. And actually, neither one is a murderer, they're both cuddlers. So there is a problem. Aren't you glad I told you that.

3.  At our house right now it is all about football.  Joe's Philadelphia Eagles barely won their game on Sunday to move forward in the playoffs and another chance to play in the Super Bowl this year.  Do you have a favorite team in the playoffs or does football make you yawn?  Is there a Super Bowl party in your future, no matter the teams playing?
This question is definitely for Pam! Football is totally off my radar.
 It's supposed to get down to 7 degrees, so it's a good
thing the Nativity got put away in the Christmas closet today.
4.  Speaking of parties, there is always lots of food at parties I attend.  Tell us a weird food combination that you really enjoy (or have enjoyed).  It doesn't have to be party food.
I can't think of any weird food I've eaten, but I do love peanuts and olives; anything and cream cheese, cheesecake, dark chocolate, lemon anything, etc. etc. In fact, I was just thinking of the fact that most of what takes up space in our refrigerator is produce, cheese, bacon, and olives.
 The neighbor's pickup.
5.  Since we are on games and parties, what game have you spent the most hours playing?
The last game I played was with the grandkids.  And although the photo below is of a puzzle we were putting together, the game was called, 'Who Is It?' a classic kids' board game. Really cute, and teaches determining who it is by the process of elimination. Good skill.

 That's not an owie on her mouth. I think it's chocolate. :-)

6.  Tell us something random about your week so far.
Having slept until 9:30 AM, the latest I think I've ever slept in my entire life (usually up at 6:30),  I took this photo of Smokey and me, and was reminded of two things: one: that I need to have my daughter polish my toenails and two: that I still miss Jazzie, that grandpuppy who is secondarily responsible for the jagged edge to my robe. I finally did learn not to leave dog cookies in pockets, but it took me two jackets and the hem of my robe to finally get the message.

 Tommy and Smokey

 Remember that fire in the photo above? Well, these two were snuggling up together in the chair nearby. They know all the best spots to relax! They're not worried about no stinking mice!

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