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Happy Christmas

And a Very Merry New Year!

eloise christmas tree

From Me and Eloise

and Piglet, Pooh, Tinkerbell and Frosty the Snowman (the blue one-armed one, who I had since I was a baby)

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Yes, things have been crazy busy here. I am squeaking in with a short but sweet halloween greeting to everyone out on the inter webs.


Love all those goolies appearing in the upper right!

Wishing lots of good things to eat and drink but not so much that you get sick. Ever the pragmatist, that’s me.

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santa and elves cooking

Wishing everyone a Very Happy Christmas and a Fabaroo New Year!

Dig those crazy elves; the sniffing, the recipe-reading, the bodacious little bum on the one closest to the oven. Fun, Fun, Fun!

And Yes Indeedy, I am fiiinaaaaalyy feeling a bit better — it’s been a terrible, horrible, very bad year (well, it’s been bloody difficult at the least). Here’s hoping the new year holds good things all around.


ps: I just updated my blogroll to fix addresses, delete really inactive blogs and add a few new favorites — enjoy!

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Bringin in the Plum Pudding - illus by Charles Robinson 1906

and remember — don’t eat anything bigger than your head.

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Happy Halloween!

Spider Revenge

Enjoy the silliness that abounds today!

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Happy Valentines Day!


In case you haven’t yet seen the Disney animated short Paperman, go watch it on you-tube here.

I enjoyed it and hope you will too.

I heard today on TV that this is the worst cold/flu season we’ve had in years. If you are having the same Valentines luck as me — go eat chicken soup and feel better.

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Michael Sowa -- Tigerhase

Michael Sowa — Tigerhase

Personally I am choosing to spend this Boxing Day immersed deep in an introspective meditation.

Sure, outwardly it may look like I’m just curled up on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, watching old movies but inside the wheels are spinning in furious fashion.

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Boulet Heart of the Jaguar

Welcome to a new era. Hopefully a happier, healthier, more sane era but human nature being what it is I’ll not be holding my breath.


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Happy Winter Solstice!

I’m really quite too busy trying to finish up Christmas preparations (yes, the tree is up) but please visit this link to Salley Mavor’s Solstice post. It is very beautiful and I just love the poem she chose.

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You may remember that I wrote a post last year about the Black Apple Paper Doll Primer.

Now Emily Martin (aka Black Apple) has very generously made a new holiday paper doll and is giving it away for FREE! Personal use only please.

Is she great or what? If you haven’t already; go buy her book NOW!

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Here’s a little Thanksgiving present for everyone who’s never heard of Mouseland.

Oh yes, the massively talented and always sure to cheer up my day, Mouseland. If you can stay grumpy after looking at her images, seek medical attention.

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“You got a towel with you?” said Ford suddenly to Arthur.

Happy Towel Day Everybody!

Wow, it’s the 10th anniversary of Towel Day. Which is the day when all Douglas Adams fans carry (or wear) a towel with them as a demonstration of love and remembrance. Long Live Absurdity!

Just in case you are unaware of the vital importance of the humble towel here is the original quote from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”:

A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you — daft as a brush, but very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.

More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitchhiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, washcloth, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might accidentally have “lost”. What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.

Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in “Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)

I personally always have a towel nearby, for years I have kept a beach towel in my car; it may be a bit dusty but it’s there. So if the Vogons attack or I’m caught in a “bucketing-down” rain shower; I’m prepared. How about you?

The scoop on the doll up in the tree: Charmin’ Chatty Cathy, circa 1964, 24″ tall, wearing her official “Play Together” outfit, tea towel by Martha Stewart.

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