Saturday, December 20, 2014

SEPIA SATURDAY (199)

Hey folks!! 
Long time no see!! 
I couldn't let the year come to a close without saying something... 


I see people feeling festive while I deal with various matters 
that make me anything but festive. 
Despite that, 
I dare stop for a moment contemplating my life to just look at Life itself. 
A last minute thing 
so I can wish you all the best this world may offer. 
So, 
bring in the tree and the turkey, 
let the fire crackle and the lights blink. 
Time to be merry!! 

The picture above is by N.M. Hinshellwood, 
c.1900 approximately. 
I found a book authored by him online, 
and I must say, 
editing sure as changed over time, 
for the better!!!


I thought this scene was great, 
and you can read a simple and lovely sentiment 
written by George G. Foster
Picture is anonymous... 
c.1926. 

In previous years, 
I've written about memories of Xmas trees, music and dinners, 
shopping and seeing Santa Claus. 
The prompt this year shows people enjoying a Xmas dinner. 
So, 
I'll just leave you with one short anecdote: 

I am an only child 
and I always found it rather vexing when my parents took me to visit people 
for a celebration or another, 
and that these people would sit me at the kids' table... 
I was well-behaved and could sit at the grown-ups table; 
and I certainly had better manners than some adults... 
I always found it awkward to be with children 
when my daily life revolved around adults. 
Still does!!

I hope you won't find yourselves in any uncomfortable situations during these holidays, 
but if you do, 
please share the details!!! 

Happy New Year!!


Don't forget to visit 
for a bit of holiday cheers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FOG (348/365 DAYS, 4.0)


"Foggy Winter Morning [Montreal, 2014]" 

Not much to report here. 
It's pretty quiet. 
I don't know if it's the fog, 
but the traffic noise coming through the opened patio door isn't that bad;  
the weather is mild and the cats are "sleeping"... 
I know, I know!! 
These beasts NEVER sleep really!! 
I [finally!!] took the time to look at my gmail account 
and was deleting most messages from the last two weeks 
when I noticed a request to use one of my photographs. 
T'was an old one!!! 
Had a hard time retracing the original to send them, 
searching amidst the thousands of pictures I have taken over the years. 
Still, 
it made my day a little sunnier, 
if only in my head!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

WINTER (343/365 DAYS, 4.0)

Yeah, 
the calendar may claim Winter starts [officially] only in about 9 days 
but the reality is, 
IT'S HERE ALREADY!!!! 


"WINTER [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

 While some might find it romantic to walk underneath trees loaded with snow, 
imagine the wind picking up at the most unfortunate time.... 
Yeah....


"FROZEN [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

Everything is looking quite still, 
quite the contrast to what is happening here as I write this, 
trucks piling snow, 
promising that snow plows will be [most] active, 
after midnight!!
Or course, what else....


"SEE YOU IN 6 MONTHS [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

Sounds like a realistic prognostic....


"CYCLE of HIBERNATION [MONTREAL, 2014]"  

I thought I was very clever with this title..... 
Oh well!! 


"JESUS INCOGNITO [MONTREAL, 2014]" 

Oh, 
for once, 
something shut him up. 
Amen to that!! 

While I laughed at hearing guys scraping their windshields in the middle of the night, 
or hearing them skidding on the ice as their tires proved ineffectual.... 
facing the armada that will remove a few inches of snow sounds like overkill. 
And there's one of those drivers who think of himself as an urban ninja, 
wreaking havoc on our streets... 
Oh well!!! 
Welcome to Montreal!!! 
6 months to go.... 
Where are my ear plugs!?!
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