MAYBE ONE SILENT NIGHT

Final Trio

For our final trio prompt of the year, write about any topic you wish, but make sure your post features a bookcase, something cracked, and a song you love.

almost christmas

Today is December 20 and Christmas is just 5 days away.

There’s something alarming about that statement. Actually, there is a lot of alarming in that statement. First of all, there’s got to be some kind of serious error because the day before yesterday, it was Thanksgiving and I’m pretty sure I’ve still got some leftovers in my refrigerator. Probably I should deal with that before they grow legs and try to make a run for it.

The house is appropriately Christmasy, from the bookcase full of sentimental seasonal films, to the cracked glass ornaments we hang anyway. I don’t throw away things I love because they are imperfect. If I had to be perfect, I’d have long since been sent to the dustbin.

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Saturday morning, less than a week from Christmas. I ought to be bustling about, wrapping and cleaning and arranging. Maybe not. It’s not such a huge event this year. No need to rent extra chairs or extend the table. Just some wrapping, run the vacuum over the dusty rug. Rearrange the cards and flowers on the table. Our lives are much neater than they used to be. Without kids in the house, we only need to contend with the disorder created by three small doggies — plus one giant hairy heap of dog.

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Of all our canine packs, this is the best mannered. Never mind that Bonnie has determined to prove she can bark more than any dog in history. She goes outside and doesn’t shut up for hours. We finally locked her — locked all of them — in the house last night in the hopes that she would forget about whatever it was that was setting her off. There are probably deer hanging around the house. We’ve seen a lot of them lately. Our dogs don’t bark at people. In their reckoning, people are fine. They have to protect us from other animals, especially other dogs.

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Our friendly neighborhood bobcat really sets them on their collective ears. He stands right outside the fence and taunts them. I’ve read all the handouts from the wildlife people who say the bobcats are very shy and run away at the first sign of human activity, but not our bobcat. He isn’t afraid of us OR the dogs and is smart enough to realize the dogs can’t get out of the fenced yard. So he sits there, like any household feline, casually washing his paws and ears while the dogs go berserk. As do the neighbors.

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Bonnie doesn’t need any special reason to bark. She is highly communicative. Not so much conversational as given to loud monologues. Maybe she is singing carols for the other dogs? If so, they are mostly not picking up her cue. With a little luck, she will finally go hoarse.

In the spirit of both Christmas and a night of one silent night of No Barking, Garry’s favorite Christmas song.

NOT SO MELLOW YELLOW

WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: YELLOW

Away with the colors of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Show us what “yellow” means to you.


Flowers and fall. Yellow the most enduring color of leaves in the autumn. It’s the first color to which the trees change and the last one remaining when most of the foliage is gone. It’s the backbone of our garden, the dominant color throughout July, August and September … and the first color of crocus every spring. Yellow — it’s not just for bananas any more.

ODDBALL PHOTO CHALLENGE – FROM MY HOME TO YOURS

Odd Ball Challenge

Some definitely oddball leftovers this week. This first one, I call still life with flowers and plastic robot. If you want to know more about Robby, click here.

Robby says HI!
Robby says HI!

This next shot is called “Very small dog amidst tall trees.”

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Nan so little – in Autumn

Finally, I have no idea why I took this. I think it was the light or something.

Just another day at home
Just another day at home

This one, because it’s Autumn in New England and our driveway looks so pretty dressed in bright foliage.

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This one, because I always laugh when I see our gate. You can see the wellhead too. How much worse could the location be? Bet you can’t answer that!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US

yellow roses anniversary bouquet

It’s 24 years of married life for Marilyn and Garry. Where did the time go? It seems just yesterday we were newlyweds. Sometimes, I still feel like a newlywed.

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It’s Monday, September 15th … and we would very much like to go out to dinner to celebrate. But every restaurant (and hairdresser) in Massachusetts is closed on Mondays. Unless we want to celebrate at Mickey D’s place — and we don’t — we’ll have to hold off till tomorrow.

yellow roses anniversary bouquet

Meanwhile, Garry brought me a bouquet of bright yellow roses. They perfume the air, a much better scent than we usually have around our dog-ridden living room

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Going to make this a lazy day … so see you all tomorrow!

STUDIES IN CONTRAST – CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Contrasting Colors

color-wheel

The color wheel is one of the primary tools of anyone who works with graphics. It shows us which colors oppose or complement each other. Most of us know it instinctively, but a reminder can be useful.

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Contrast generally means the mixing of colors that oppose each other on the color wheel. Of course they don’t have to directly oppose each other. While blue opposes orange, it contrasts just fine with yellow. Green versus red — Christmas colors — are so popular we probably don’t even think of them as contrasting.

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This presented a particular challenge for me since I favor a monochrome palette, in my life and in my photography. I like gradations of color more than I like contrast, saving contrast for spot color.

SUNFLOWERs

The ultimate contrast is, of course, black and white, white being “all colors” and black being the absence of color. When we talk casually of contrast, we are really referring to any two colors, one light, one dark — a variation on a theme of black and white.

Hadley Snow Farm