Archive for December, 2009

Full moon from my window

I woke up about 4:30 this morning without the alarm and when I opened my blinds, I couldn’t believe the moon was right outside my window….round buttery keeper of the night, it was so beautiful!  What a way to start the day!


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Adult? Yes. Pressure? No.

Merry Christmas everyone!

(Steven took this photo of me at the local downtown flower shop)

It’s 10:50 am and I am still in bed under the covers sipping coffee and crunching on an unfrosted Christmas cookie!  I’m getting old….wellll….older….and I have to say, it’s pretty nice!

I’ve never been good at deadlines because I overestimate my ability to cram, hence I was pretty good at making holidays stressful, for myself, and others too. Now, I live alone, and if I still have the fall decorations going in my bedroom and the Christmas green and red are still boxed up, it’s no big deal!  I have some Christmas cards on my checkers table in the living room and my friends will get them in the mail eventually, but I deliberately bought something that mentioned snow instead of Christmas…just in case  I didn’t keep up with my holiday planning schedule!

To those of you who are better at planning and making things happen according to schedule, I hope you have a merry day, and that things turned out as you hoped, but if they didn’t, that’s ok too!  Just relax, be beautiful and be happy.  There is  only one deadline worth fighting for, and that battle is  won by submission.  I’m glad I am able to focus more exclusively on that deadline these days!

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Luthy Botanic Garden in Peoria

I’m still reliving my Thanksgiving here.  On Saturday we went over to the  Luthy Botanical Garden to see the poinsettias and Christmas decor. They have a small conservatory, but it always looks nice and is cleverly decorated.  The gift shop rocks too!

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We love a parade!

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Peoria Thanksgiving Parade

Forget New York…just go to Peoria for a great Thanksgiving parade.  I suppose people don’t get so excited about parades any more, but being part sociologist, I think they are fascinating!  The day after Thanksgiving this year, we went to Peoria’s Santa Claus parade.  A short drive, easy parking, a really nice day and front row seats plus all the elements of a great parade.  I think there must have been a story book theme for the floats…we saw Cinderella, the Grinch, Tinkerbell, some pirates, a circus gorilla costume, the old woman who lived in a shoe and much  more.

I don’t know so much about parades in other countries and cultures, but an American parade should start with some police or fire engine sirens and the flag and have lots of marching bands in addition to the floats.  The Peoria parade had lots of organizations represented and school bands from all over the area….a really strong show of community.  Bravo Peoria!  The social pillar of your sustainability looks strong.

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Thanksgiving Table Setting

Gosh I love holidays, especially when I don’t have to do all the work.  That probably sounds really bad, but it’s meant to convey how happy I was at Thanksgiving this year.  Back in Indiana, I exhausted myself with trying to make holidays work.  As I get older, I really enjoy slipping off to the side and just watching.  What a treat!  Maybe my parents felt that way about my holidays…if so, then it was worth it!  But…this year my sister had the bulk of the holiday burden at her house, and I  loved watching things get cleaned up and arranged for a house full of company.  I especially loved watching her pull out all sorts of wonderful serving dishes  and silverware to set this beautiful table!

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Let the reliving begin!

I absolutley LOVE photographs, because they help me remember and relive happy occasions.  So, well……Thanksgiving was wonderful, and while getting ready for the next holiday…I’ll relive some Thanksgiving holiday here!

This is probably my favorite photo of the holiday.  Friday night we went downtown Peoria for the Yule Walk.  One stop had the balloon man, and my nephew’s daughter who is at the perfectly magical age of 4 1/2, asked for a Rudolph balloon sculptured head thingie.  I loved seeing the evening through her eyes!  Being Rudolph was absolutely divine!

Ok, slow connection this morning and I’ve got to get out the door to work.  More to come!

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