That Was Fun

If I had to pick some stand out moments of 2017 I would have to say what made it great to me was:

The movie ” Get Out

It snowed on Christmas Eve and On Christmas Day.

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I discovered the fun to be had with The Mysterious Package Company

 

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I found out I’m going to be a Grandmother in March of  2018

My Granddaughter!

I got to experience the Solar Eclipse from my loading dock at work and I caught this picture of it on accident

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My favorite picture of my dog, Hamish Macbeth. It sums up his personality.

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I got published in an E-Zine called “Modern Creative Life” !

I was really happy about that.

I wrote a Halloween story called, ” Wax Lips “  It was slightly twisted and  featured two of my  favorite characters- Milo and Jingle

 

My friend Heather is putting together a new hub for creatives at her new Website

While Waiting For Godot.

I’d tell you more, but that would spoil the fun.

Check it out and CREATE!!!

I went to my most FAVORITE place in the  world for  a short vacation.

I took the Clipper to Victoria BC- where I spent oodles of time at the Royal BC Museum AND I went on a Ghostly Walking Tour and I sort of developed a liking for chocolates. Actually, I gave chocolate  a chance because the shop was awesome and it’s supposed to be haunted by a ghost with missing fingers.

Yum.

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Ghostly Walk HQ

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Royal BC Museum

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Halloween was pretty neat in ’17- Space Aliens and Alien Autopsies  were a big thing- which I found to be far more cool then the Zombie theme.

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I also discovered that I like to write poetry! What do you know. Weird right? I thought so. I’ve spent most of my life avoiding writing it, but I gave it a try and it was fun.

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In a word I guess I thought 2017  was BRILLIANT because it was a full of adventure. I just hope that 2018 lives up to that!

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Our Random View Writing Prompt #3- Best Part of 2017

2018

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.

Neil Gaiman

2017, Do You Take This Woman?

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 Anita Marie:

I, Anita Marie,  take you 2017  to be my Brand Spanking New Year.

In the presence of  the Blogosphere  I offer you my solemn vow to not compare you to 2016 . I promise to put no other year above you.  To you 2017 I do swear with all of my heart to keep my New Years Resolutions and to perform them joyfully.

2017:

” I’ll bet that’s what you tell all of the years you shameless hussy “

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Somebody Is Going To Hell

Today is a special day-

November 21 is False Confession Day.

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When I was a kid I would go to Confession and lie through my pearly white teeth and I have no idea why I did it.

I guess I wanted to see what would happen-like would God show up and chase me around the Church and hurl  lightning bolts at me? Would the Devil be waiting outside and would he be laughing or looking at me like he just caught me egging his castle?

Then  it occurred to me I wouldn’t find out until after I died so the magic was gone and I didn’t do any repeat performances.

All of these years later I wonder if the Priest was amused.

I hope so.

I was probably risking a trip to Hell for that stunt and  would like to think it was worth it.

" The TIred Priest " Konstantin Savitskiy

The Tired Priest
Konstantin Savitskiy

 

Well everybody- Happy False Confession Day- now lets go eat some cupcakes!

 

 

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First Snow and Words

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Thanksgiving is coming up in a few days- and I guess I should reflect on what I am thankful for:

I am thankful for Winter and Autumn and for being able to feel the cold and see the stars and for being there when the first snow of the season falls in my yard.

I am thankful for the day I almost didn’t go to find a dog and decided to at the last minute and I found out when I signed his adoption papers that he was going to be put down that night. He saved me that year. It’s funny how that worked out.

As narrow as it might read, the truth is I am most Thankful for that switch that got thrown in my brain and gave me the ability to write.

I might not be the best, I might only ever be read  on this blog, I might actually really suck at writing.

But this is what I do and who I am and I am thankful that if I could only do one thing well, this is that one thing.

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Creative Portal: Thanksgiving Writing Prompt #1

Broken Traditions

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Is there a right way to celebrate Christmas?

Is it all about Jesus? Or is it all about Shopping, or is what the Pagans say it is all about or the Wiccans or Christians ?

Does it fit in a box, does it belong to anyone, is there a right way to do it? Why does everyone want to own or set the rules down for a holiday that everyone starts to bitch about before Thanksgiving even starts? From the sounds of it, people sound like they’d rather not have the Holidays show up at all.

 

During the winter I do a lot of writing and reading- I write stories and I want to hear them. I like to listen to Christmas Music and try new foods and engage in writing challenges ( it seems to come back to writing for me )

For the most part I enjoy my non-traditional ways to get into the Holiday Spirit.

 

But then the shaming starts- someone somewhere gets on a soap box and waves their bony little finger under our collective noses and reminds you when to shop, not to enjoy yourself too much because it’s all about Baby Jesus/The Goddess/Why do you do this at all there’s no such things as ” God “.  According to these experts in the field,  unless you do it right you have to- I don’t know, give it back or give it up or stand there in front of your Christmas Tree and say, ” I am so ashamed.”

 

So I celebrate Christmas quietly for fear of waking up the sleeping baby and set it to wailing.

That is my way of Celebrating the Christmas Season- I write and feast and enjoy my family and art and music.

It’s non-traditional and it came about through compromise.

 

But it’s my tradition now and I guess I’ll stick to it.

 

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Inspired By The Prompt:

“Breaking Traditions”

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The Mystery Of My Favorite Christmas Song

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The Mystery Of

My Favorite Christmas Song

I love Christmas songs- I pull out the music on Thanksgiving and I’ve got it going on until Christmas Night

Christmas movies are great, but the music?

That’s the most important part of the festivities- I can do without the the tree, but I must have the tunes.

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When I was a child I only learned part of a song that I say on every single holiday that came up, though I rattled it off more during Christmas.

Nobody in my family knew where I learned it and why I thought it was a holiday song- so it was an earworm.

Worse yet, I only knew one line and I would sing that one line over and over and the words weren’t even in English.

I’d get grilled about where I heard it, I guess the reasoning was if they knew the song title and the rest of the lyrics the mystery would be solved and it wouldn’t make everyone crazy when I sang :

Caput apri defero
Reddens laudes Domino

So it was years and years later when I was at a friend’s house and up comes THE SONG on their CD player that I tortured everyone with at Christmas, Birthdays, Funerals and Dinner parties.

It was a real song.

The mystery remains though, where I heard it.

It’s a nice mystery, a Christmas mystery and those kinds of mysteries are fun when you just let them be.

So I don’t put too much thought into solving the question.

Now that I know the entire song I like to sing it with as much joy and gusto as I can. If I’m not feeling it when I start, I always end up getting caught in the moment and I feel it  to my bones once I get going…

And here it is:

Boar’s Head ( Lyrics )

The boar’s head in hand bring I, (Or: The boar’s head in hand bear I,)
Bedeck’d with bays and rosemary.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry (Or: And I pray you, my masters, merry be)
Quod estes in convivio (Translation: As many as are in the feast)

CHORUS
Caput apri defero (Translation: The boar’s head I offer)
Reddens laudes Domino (Translation: Giving praises to the Lord)

The boar’s head, as I understand,
Is the rarest dish in all this land,
Which thus bedeck’d with a gay garland
Let us servire cantico. (Translation: Let us serve with a song)

CHORUS

Our steward hath provided this
In honour of the King of Bliss;
Which on this day to be served is
In Reginensi atrio. (Translation: In the hall of Queen’s [College, Oxford])

The Boar’s Head Carol is a macaronic 15th century English Christmas carol that describes the ancient tradition of sacrificing a boar and presenting its head at a Yuletide feast. Of the several extant versions of the carol, the one most usually performed today is based on a version published in 1521 in Wynkyn de Worde’s Christmasse Carolles.

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