Christmas RNFs

25 December, 2015
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After a day of cooking, baking, cleaning, running about, and taking an extra-special hour out of Christmas Eve to pile in the car with the Thriller and hunt for Pax, who’d decided to have a Home Alone: Lost in New York-style adventure, I collapsed on the bed at 9:30 last night, after our traditional family Christmas Eve celebration. What a great day.

So, of course, I’m up before dawn, even earlier than usual, thinking thoughts (3:45 this morning). But no regrets; it was a wonderful day and evening. Was Santa good to you and yours? I hope so.

I’m writing two arrangements this week for my choirs. One should be easy enough to pull off for 5th/6th grade (Great Big World’s beautifully sad Say Something); the other, for high school choir, will take a bit more work (Africa” by Toto). After those are in the books, I’ll start on one for my advanced ensemble (The Girl is Mine,” a cute duet recorded in 1982 by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, minus the stupid banter at the end). So, the creative muse –should she be found– looks to be busy for the rest of the “vacation.” Seems like I can’t wait for a break like this, but once I’m at home and not setting alarms, all I can think about is going back to work. Go figure.

Still, we’re going to make some time for fun before I go back. Our standard trip to Cleveland on Christmas morning (after the Thriller gets up and we have coffee) is still on, and we may yet go to a Star Wars showing after having dinner at the Outback, courtesy of our friends BoomR and BluVox down in Dallas. (Thank you guys!)

paxphotoDo you like to play around with photos? At the suggestion of someone who posts on an Australian Shepherd group I’m in on Facebook, I downloaded SuperPhoto on my phone, and boy is it fun. This is one of the hundreds of effects you can apply to an image to make it look cool or funky. I applied the “painting” filter to a picture of Jailbreak Boy, and it does fancy him up a bit. There are lots of other neat effects, too.

And now it’s 5:48. I love looking at our Christmas lights while it’s still quiet and dark in the early morning, and the beautiful Frasier fir in the living room still smells good, looking stately and peaceful as the only light on in the house right now. Peace: I love it. And I wish it for you this Christmas Day and into the new year. Much love.

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25 December, 2015 10:26 am

Merry Christmas my Friend! Celebrated as usual on the Eve, this year without my sons and D-I-Laws. It was a fun evening filled with lights, laughter and love… Oh yea, and lots of food! This year was sad for me because a HS classmate died on 12/22/15 finally succumbing to the Agent Orange caused cancer. He was one of the really good guys that God blessed this Earth with; we would see each other every time I went back to Wisconsin…now no more! Gotta really hate a war that keeps on killing! Spent the better part of that day weeping… Read more »

27 December, 2015 2:15 am

Did you see Star Wars, how was it? H and I might go see it during our vacation if it’s still in the theater. So how did Pax get out and where did you find him????? ReplyRat Fink Reply:December 28th, 2015 at 8:07 amWe are going to see it this very day! I’m sure it’ll still be playing everywhere all through the rest of the year, and probably into next year. I had Remy on the leash, ready to take him out, and as soon as I opened the back door, he saw Blue, our neighbor’s huge retriever mix, and… Read more »

28 December, 2015 11:27 am

OMG that could have been a disaster! I am so glad you were able to find him in one piece. Silly boy!! We don’t let the Ragdoll Coalition out but each one has gotten out at one point or the other. They fortunately can’t get far and get scared by a bird or blowing leaf and are easily brought back in. But I fear greatly that sometime one will get out w/o us knowing it and that could be a disaster. Ragdolls don’t have a feel for what’s dangerous, they will go up to anyone or just flop down where… Read more »

8 February, 2016 8:28 pm

I’d have to check with you here. That is not a thing I generally do!

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