Merry Meet and Merry Part, and Merry Meet again

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Egad! I've Done it Again.

Absent again. I am finding it difficult to get back into a blogging routine, and I just must make a better effort. Not that it is an effort to blog. I love blogging.  I will do better.

We missed out on the big Buffalo NY snowstorm. And are we sad? Nope. Our neighbor to the west had a rough time with over 7 feet of snow in less than 48 hours. Our neighbor to the north got snowed under as well. We lucked out! Currently we have about 5 or 6 inches which is nothing.

Thanksgiving Day was most successful and delicious, if I do say so myself. All the favorite flavors and aromas! We ate to our heart's content without overdoing. It was a good family day of food, fun and thankfulness.

Friday after Thanksgiving we just remained quiet at home. The morning newspaper weighed probably 50 pounds with all the ads. We don't buy into the Black Friday thing. Consumerism gone mad.
And delicious leftovers for dinner.

The one glitch for Thanksgiving is a broken dishwasher. Agghhh! The one day a year where every dish, pot, pan, serving ware, utensils, plates, flatware, etc are put into use. My husband has been making attempts to fix it but to no avail. I loathe doing dishes. But the family pitched in, at least on Thanksgiving. Thanks, guys!

Must fly! See you soon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

In a Snow Globe

The weekend here in Central New York was chilly and snowy. Saturday it snowed all day, but it was as if we were living in a snow globe, light roundish snowflakes all day. Not sticking to the streets, but a constant beautiful snowfall.

Now it is Monday and we have big fat flakes making every effort to discourage us from travel. But, really the "bark is worse then its bite". A showy snow!

I attended a Craft Fair on Saturday, but must say it was disappointing. There were over a hundred booths, but dismal offerings. Too many crocheted pot holders, odd and expensive floral arrangements and wreaths, lots and lots of jewelry and way too many "Vendors" selling Avon, Tupperware, soup mixes and various other manufactured wares.

 So I went to my favorite book seller and indulged in my favorite past time of book browsing. Books never disappoint.

Another week has begun; November is speeding by. Thanksgiving is almost here--I can smell that turkey roasting already. But I shouldn't get ahead of myself. Much to do this week and here's hoping a great week for everyone.

Bright Blessings from Robin.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Evening

Dark so early, cold and snowy. A good night for a fire and a cozy blanket and animals curled up nearby.

Speaking of animals; my kittens are 2 and a half years old now. Quite the grown up kittens. Pyewacket is a big boy at about 15 pounds, he loves food! And playing with twist ties and pieces of "fluff" on the floor. He is also a lovey-dove who needs cuddles several times a day. Pixie is a tiny cat, and is not that enchanted with food. She is the brains behind most of the mischief perpetrated by the two of them. She loves her toys, catnip and coming into the bathroom with me. Both of them have unique personalities and give the whole family such joy. Love those kittens!

Our Sheltie, Gwennie, is still not a fan of the kittens. She does her best to thwart their efforts to gain anyone's affection. She will also leave the room in a huff if one of the kittens is lying on someone's lap (or shoulders or feet). She is almost 12 and set in her ways, so having to tolerate these feline interactions is obviously a burr in her side. But she does get lots of love and attention from everyone so no worries about her being neglected.

The evening is wearing on and I am feeling the call of a hot cup of tea and something interesting to read. If the roads are good tomorrow, I think I will head down to the library after a stop at a craft show at the elementary school. I love handmade craft fairs this time of year. Gets one into a festive spirit for the seasons to come.

Hugs and blessings from Robin. I did just figure out how to post an image. Can photos be far behind?!!!

A Long Autumn

There are many golden yellow leaves on trees all around the area. A pleasure to see since usually all the trees are bare by now. We have had mild days with sunshine; and no killing frost as of yet.

Alas, the weather is taking a turn towards normal and the snow is falling. The first snow is usually exciting, but not so much after this glorious long Autumn.

We have closed down the camper out at AutumnWood for the winter. We will still go out there of course, but for short visits, as we drained the water pipes and turned off the water meter. Don't want those pipes freezing.

It is no fun blogging at the moment, since I am still unable to load photos on this Chrome book. Terribly frustrating. Ah, for a techy brain! I ask for your patience, and willingness, to visit my boring little blog. Things will improve soon, I am most hopeful.

In the meantime, take care, and Bright Blessings to you.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voting and Herding

Thankfully today sees the end of all the many phone calls and glossy flyers in the mail and cranky television advertisements. Yes, Election Day. Where citizens march to their polling places really just to end all the madness of political campaigns. And to clean up the landscape of millions of "vote for me" signs and placards. Deliver me from politicians.

On a positive note, the weather is beautiful. On the other hand, snow is in the forecast for later in the week.

It seems the main business of the day for the animals in our house: guarding against squirrels. The cats are twitching tails and doing that "chatter-cat" sound. Staring through the patio doors for long periods of time. At least it keeps them busy. Gwennie, Shetland Sheepdog is serious about her job. She guards the birdfeeders with a passion. No sheep to herd, she transfers that skill into herding squirrels, lol! And still, the squirrels return, time after time.

So, on to the day....may yours be smooth and squirrel-free (and politician-free).

p.s. I did vote this morning and nary a candidate's smiling teeth in sight.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Time Between Time

Post-Halloween Greetings! The predicted rain did not show up on Halloween night, so the Trick-or-Treaters showed up en masse! First year ever running out of candy after 2 and half hours. Some great homemade costumes and of course some very adorable little kids. And the usual teens, no costumes, holding pillow cases. Another Halloween come and gone.

Today is a glorious November morning with racing clouds and blustery winds. Leaves flying all around and squirrels scurrying for their last-minute winter supplies. I don't begrudge the squirrels all the seed their making off with from the feeders. Nor the lively chipmunks with their cheeks stuffed to near exploding size.

This is the time of year I love. The "time between time". The days and nights after Samhain; changing clocks back to standard time, the night rushing in upon us. It is like taking a deep breath and holding it until Yule comes. Sometimes I feel like the squirrels and chipmunks, as I make preparations for the long winter nights, the short winter days. Preparing not only for the cold, snowy weather and our winter holidays, but planning what is next on my pagan Path. How can I do better? How can I stave off negative energies that invariably crop up during the winter. What can I do to serve the Goddess? What should I focus on this year in my work for the environment? What does Nature need me to do? Many things to think about.

Wishing you all good things, because All Shall Be Well.