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How this Pagan does Advent

Monday, December 15, 2014

When I attended the Unitarian-Universalist church, there was a giving tree for advent. I liked the idea then and I still try to follow it. Back then they told us what to bring, so week 1 might have been gloves, hats, mittens, week 2 might have been toothpaste, floss, and tooth brushes, etc.

The kid and I decided to do a 50-50 split between animals and people. We donated a bag of cat food to the cat shelter. While we were there the kid played with Tigger (who is absolutely loveable and needs to be adopted by someone) and he brushed out Harley. Poor Harley was so overweight that when she was brought in, she couldn't walk or really even stand. They had to shave the underside of her to get her cleaned up. She can walk now, but she's roughly 15 years old and has weak muscles still. I think she was loved, but not well cared for before she came to the shelter.

We also made bird seed ornaments. I took pictures of the kid hanging some out in the yard.

No pictures of the people stuff, but new warm pajamas were donated and a toy donation was also made.

Tigger just begs to be pet.


Eliza, the cat whose wish we fulfilled by purchasing the cat food. She's very afraid of people, so even though she has an open cage, she won't come out if people are around.

The ornaments. We went with a simple version which was pressing the mixture into muffin tins and then inserting a straw to make a hole in it.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 12/16/2014 6:14PM

    Love it!!

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JANET552 12/16/2014 8:17AM

    I love your bird seed ornaments!! Thanks for sharing. I also applaud you for the giving tradition. I decided to do 28 days of giving from Thanksgiving to Christmas this year. It is a lot of fun and feels lots more fulfilling than getting a Christmas present.

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ALIHIKES 12/15/2014 9:06PM

    What great ideas! Love your participation and getting your kids involved in caring for others

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December with a semi-fresh start

Monday, December 01, 2014

This is not my usual fresh start when I've lost focus of my goals, though it does have some of that too.

This month, I have a few different kinds of goals and I thought it would be best to get it all down on er, um, electronic paper.

Writing. I want to do a re-write of my Halloween story, but I have an awful lot of research to do. I can be a research junkie, but I was feeling a tad overwhelmed with my list, but after talking with my mom, I think I have a visual organizer that will help. There is a lot of research and most of it won't be used, but it has to be done for perspective. Most of December might be researching. I'll have something other than this story to work on also just to keep on writing.

Working out... One of my teams has a 10 minute daily dancing goal. I like that.

This is a horrible month in terms of being busy, but I think it's manageable.

Still waiting for a surgery date and that could put everything in a tailspin if it does in fact happen this month, but I think that is unlikely. I have been asked to see if I can bump up my weight a little and well, that is a tough concept to wrap my mind around. It doesn't help that I get some ribbing about it being the right time of year and how I should just enjoy it, but that is a dangerous line to walk. I don't believe in depriving myself, but I also don't think eating with abandon is the best idea either. Should be interesting.

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JANET552 12/7/2014 9:04AM

    Good luck with the writing goal. I'm glad you found a visual organizer you think will be helpful.

Good luck too with the surgery business. I can't imagine being told to gain weight after I'd lost it. It could be a slippery slope but I'm betting you'll find a way to handle it.

Can you take a picture of the birdseed ornaments you make today? They sound interesting!!

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A Very short Happy Thanksgiving blog

Thursday, November 27, 2014

My 9 year old started a comic book series. This was his Thanksgiving greeting to his fan base.

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NEELIXNKES 11/27/2014 12:14PM

    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving!

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WIFE49 11/27/2014 8:53AM

    What a wonderful idea. Love the turkey.

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/27/2014 7:19AM

    Cool, great project for him!

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JANET552 11/27/2014 7:16AM

    I love it!! What a cool kid!

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AZMOMXTWO 11/27/2014 7:13AM

  very cute

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The best parts of yesterday with many photos

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Yesterday was the first day without the neighbors. The last day with them went about as smoothly as it could've really. The kid held it together until we went home and the family headed to the airport.

This first shot is the photo of the kids. Johnny, Dylan in the middle, and Anna. I couldn't get them to be serious, so this is the last photo of the 3 of them. It's somehow fitting.

Yesterday was loaded with assorted things to do. First, voting. Normally I vote on the way home from work, so the kid is either in school or was at daycare. This time, because he didn't have school and he isn't in daycare I took him along. I was raised to vote. I couldn't wait to register and yes, I'm one of those people who doesn't mind jury duty either. Grandfather fought in a war in part to ensure that "we" would be able to continue with the freedoms such as being able to vote and to have a secret ballot. And women too, risked and gave their lives in some cases, so that women could vote. I am grateful for what they did and I won't waste it. I think my vote means little in that my life doesn't seem to change much no matter who is in office, but it's the only tool I have so I'll keep using it. No pictures from that, but it was cool walking him through the process.

Allergy shots were next. Poor kid thought the DR said he only had to come once a year for them. What was said is that we needed to make his yearly appointment and see if we can go longer between shots.

I took him too lunch at Dairy Queen. I'm glad I didn't look at the nutritional information before we went. I wasn't stressing too much about lunch. I knew it wasn't healthy. I mean, it was DQ. Still, it was much worse than I would've guessed. The highlight from the meal was the "MEGAFRY!!!" as named by the kid. Honestly have never seen one this big and can't imagine what the heck size potato that thing came from.

We talked and got caught up. It was really rather enjoyable. He's always been funny and entertaining and we did laugh, but he's becoming a more interesting person. It's kind of neat to watch and I feel pretty lucky to be a part of it.

The World War 1 Memorial park was next. I used to take the older two here when they were little and we lived nearby. It's a great place and it's improved. Well, unless you happen to be fond of the old death trap playgrounds, which I happen to be a fan of. ;) Still he had fun hanging out with the goats, lamas, deer, etc.


There is a butterfly garden that is in memory of a little girl who died. It's a beautiful place in the warmer weather, but it was still nice yesterday. This is one of the sculptures in the garden. It's a unicorn, just in case you can't see the horn clearly.

This last shot is a place my oldest used to call, "Top to the world" because as far as he was concerned, this was it. Probably was stunning a couple of weeks ago when the foliage was better.

After that, the dentist (no cavities) and then the library where he was formally introduced to NaNoWriMo. Finally went home to write and get caught up. I don't think I quite saw 9:00. It was a productive day.

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JANET552 11/15/2014 8:33AM

    I guess I missed this blog. I think you spent a lovely day with your son. I remember going to vote with my parents and I thank them every voting day that they raised me to take part in each election. I agree, though, that usually my life too changes very little no matter who is in office. I wouldn't mind jury duty either though I've never been called. DH has been called twice.

I love that you had such a great day together!!

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GHK1962 11/9/2014 9:00AM

    Yeahhh for voting. And I too don't mind jury duty!

I like all the photos too ...esp that GIANT LONG fry! Did he stuff it all in his mouth at once? That's what I would have done hahaha.

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WRITINGRUNNER 11/6/2014 10:51PM

    Looks lovely, I miss green like that! Hope your NaNoWriMO is going well.

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TOOTERFISH 11/5/2014 9:24PM

    happened upon your blog.
your area look similar to a place near me. brought back memories of an overlook just as that. mine's in n. att, mass.
small world if same.
thanks for being a sparker

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GEORGE815 11/5/2014 7:41PM

    Great dental check up.

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Tomorrow will be a sad day

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Roughly 3 years ago, our neighbors moved in. They fit rather well with the core group. The N family has 3 kids, the oldest son is the same age as the daughter in the O family. The son in the O family is in the same grade as the younger boy in the N family and my kid.

The O family is moving from our corner of the world (Massachusetts) to Arizona tomorrow. The last month has been a mad dash to get the kids involved in making memories. They marched in the town Halloween parade, had their last trick-or-treating with us, etc.

My kid is going to have a rough time I think. This is his friend that reads and likes to write. They're goofballs, but in similar ways that are entertaining and not obnoxious. We will get to say good-bye before they leave and I'm glad there isn't school the next day. I had scheduled fun things like allergy shots in the morning and a dentist appointment in the afternoon so he'll be busy. I'll be dragging him out to vote too. But I think I need to find something to get him through the first day without his pal.

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JANET552 11/3/2014 12:52PM

    I'm so sorry he'll be losing such a good friend, at leas in terms of proximity. Being able to stay in touch virtually could help but it will be sad. Great idea to keep him busy tomorrow!

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MJREIMERS 11/2/2014 3:16PM

    Luckily with today's technology they will be able to remain close over space. Good luck keeping his mind busy, though. It's tough when friends move away.

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MAGGIEVAN 11/2/2014 2:55PM

    I am sure he will miss his friend. Remind him they can still stay in touch and visit. There could be benefits in the new situation.

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