Monday, January 23, 2017

Blue Monday: Mini Blues

Blue wallpaper, blue rug, a couple of bookcases full of books, and a comfy-looking chair. Just right for some cozy reading on a winter's day. I love this room.

And I also love that it's located in this absolutely charming (and also blue) miniature house....

... built by a friend who is an incredibly talented mini-house creator.

For the time being, Blue Monday is being hosted by Magical Mystery Teacher.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Mellow Yellows: St. John's Wort

I believe this is St. John's Wort (Hypericum calycinum). We used to see it quite a bit in Virginia, mostly used as ground cover. Haven't noticed it quite so much here in central Texas, although I think it's supposed to like warm climates and sandy soil, which seems like a perfect match. But I think in some areas it's considered an invasive weed — so not very welcome, I suppose. Still, it produces a very attractive bright yellow flower with five "ruffled" petals and many, many long central stamens.

The name St. John's Wort evidently has to do with St. John's Day celebrations and the ancient practice of gathering the flowers and burning them to ward off evil spirits. And warding off evil spirits sounds pretty good to me right now.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Shadow Shot Sunday: Patio and Porch Shadows

Table on patio

Potted nandina on front porch

Saturday Snapshot: PaPa

I have a huge collection of family photos from both my family and Michael's. More from his, actually. His grandmother knew I was interested in genealogy, so when she died she left all her photos to me — and she had a bunch. I'm hoping to get them all organized and digitized this year, so I've been (slowly) going through all the albums and boxes, trying to put names to faces and figure out where each photo might have been taken. It's really difficult since our parents and grandparents have all passed on now. And our mothers wouldn't have been much help anyway — neither of them cared anything about family history. (Although my mom loved a bit of juicy family gossip as much as anyone, she always told me she thought it was "dangerous" delving too far into what happened in the past.)

But I'm determined to get it all sorted out someday. So I'll keep on scanning. Well, just as soon as we buy the new scanner — our old one doesn't really work with the new computer. Bummer.

Anyway, today's snap is from one of the batches I managed to scan before the system stopped cooperating. Since he was born in January (1896), I thought it would be appropriate to post this photo of my grandfather (my mother's father — "PaPa" to his grandkids) with my grandmother and my mother.

Mamma looks to be about a year old here, so this would have been taken around 1922, probably in San Antonio where they lived. She also looks like she's not too happy, but I imagine that frown is just from the sun in her eyes. Although she frequently used that same frown as an adult, and it could freeze you in your tracks.

PaPa was not a tall man — my grandmother was barely five feet tall and he looks to be about the same height here, although I think it looks like she's wearing high heels. In most of the photos I have of him, he's sitting down. A later photo, probably taken in the early 1940s, shows him and my grandmother with three of their four children — my mother is on the right, with her younger brother and baby sister beside her. There was another sister (the second child, after my mother), and I suspect she was the photographer for this one.

As I look at this snap, I'm realizing how much I'm starting to look like both my grandmother and my grandfather. Funny how genetics tends to creep up on a person, isn't it?

Well, happy Saturday, everyone! And now — back to my organizing.

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda @ West Metro Mommy Reads.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Full Moon and Clouds

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Our World Tuesday

A little update. Not much going on right now. The weather has been really awful here in central Texas for the last week or so — cold, damp, cloudy, lots of fog and heavy mists. Definitely not as bad as other parts of the country are suffering, but it's exactly the kind of weather I really hate. Like my mother, I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (never actually been diagnosed, but if you have it, you know it) and my moods are drastically affected by even the slightest changes in the amount of daylight and sunshine we have. I would not do well living in the Pacific Northwest or Ireland or Scandinavia. Lately, though, I feel like I'm there.

Before the mists descended, January has brought us a few really nice sunsets. And the full moon earlier this month was visible for a while.

But for the last couple of days, we haven't seen the sun or the moon.

So M and I have mostly been staying home and hunkering down. He didn't used to be such a weather wimp, but I've been a bad influence. We did have to venture out several times last week to take care of a few medical thingies — nothing terribly major, but important enough not to want to delay until the weather improves. We were very proud of ourselves for actually getting out and about!

Other than that, I've just been reading and organizing my reading challenges for the year (see my blog post about them). Also doing a lot of playing with my planner for 2017 — so far, I'm using my new Erin Condren planner,

but typically during the year I'll switch back and forth between the Condren planner and one or another of my Filofaxes. I guess I'm fickle. Or just not as organized as I like to think I am.

And that's about it. Our world is pretty quiet and boring (and cloudy) right now. Hoping for better stuff in the near future.

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