Friday, December 15, 2017

Holiday charm-eleon

The Artdog Image of Interest


When caught in a jam, be creative! It also helps to be cute . . .

IMAGE: Many thanks to eBaum's World for this image (check the linked page for more!)

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Preparing: are you?

We all have our own way of confronting (or trying to hide from) the Holidays. 

It's not ONLY Christmas, of course--although both secular and sacred Christmas imagery and messaging seem to be everywhere in my Kansas City environment. From Festivus to Kwanzaa, from Hanukkah to  Winter Solstice celebrations to Yule, there seems to be a holiday for everybody at this time of year.

Whatever holidays you celebrate, how's it going? We're at the mid-point of December. Are you ready?

Perhaps you're one of those organized, super-prepared people, who've been buying a building stockpile of presents since last January. You already have you holiday greeting cards in the mail (or your e-cards pre-loaded to send at just the perfect moment).


Perhaps you're in the thick of it now--still working on the gift list, still considering your plans. Partway there--getting there--but not done yet. That's about where I am: working on it. If you're still looking for creative gift-wrapping ideas, you may find some of my last-December Image-of-Interest posts helpful.

Or maybe you prefer to live dangerously, and save your shopping/decorating/cooking for the last possible second. Good luck, and may the Creative Force be with you, all you last-minute thrill-seekers!



No matter how you celebrate--and no matter which, if any, holidays you celebrate--I hope you find some merriment along the way!

IMAGES: Many thanks to the Explore December Holidays Pinterest Board, for the "paper dolls" image, and the talented and creative Debbi Ridpath Ohi, via The Office, and John Atkinson, via Wrong Hands, for their humorous holiday images.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Happy Hanukka!

I've been making an effort to acknowledge the winter holidays of as many traditions as I can on this blog this year (as a practicing Christian, I can get awfully Christmas-centered if I don't watch it!)--so I am mortified that I brain-glitched on such an important holiday as Hanukka! I hope my Jewish friends and readers will forgive me. I shall try very hard to do better in the future!

Meanwhile, I wish you all the richest blessings of the season: faith, family, and a hope for the future.



May God grant you a sweet new year.

IMAGE: Many thanks to Wikipedia for the beautiful photo of the lighted Menorah, by photographer Dr. Gil Dekel.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Maintaining, extending

The Artdog Quote of the Week:


We sure could use more leaders with  skills and the mindset to handle conflicts by peaceful means, right now. It's our key to survival, I think--and I worry, as a result.

IMAGE: Many thanks to BrainyQuote, for this image and quote from Ronald Reagan.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Getting the season rolling

. . . Or at least the ornaments rolling around everywhere. Sometimes there's just no resisting temptation!


IMAGE: Many thanks to the Facebook page The German Shepherd Community, for this image.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Perhaps a smile

Every year I go into the holiday season hoping it will go smoothly, and that no one will flame out. It's a modest dream, and sometimes it comes to pass.

I no longer strive for "picture perfect," or anything even close--that way lies madness (trust me: I know this for a fact). The less I try to control things, decorate things, schedule things, and be all things for all people, the happier I've found that I'll be. 

It's not that I'm the Grinch . . . well, sometimes my inner Grinch does come out. Too much Christmas music, especially before Thanksgiving, will nearly always do it.

But I'd rather do a little judicious decorating than turn my house into a sparkling holiday jewel box. I'd rather check out Costco's holiday dessert aisles and take home a few prize items than spend days on end baking 58 different varieties of Christmas cookies.

A Christmas tree glows just as beautifully in the dark when it has a moderate number of ornaments on it, as it would if you loaded it with every ornament you've ever acquired or been given.


And I'd rather laugh than write a long post. So perhaps you'll enjoy this small collection of smiles (or perhaps wry grins) about the holidays.


I just had to throw in at least one "writer" comic. This is certainly what I hope for, each year!


IMAGES: Many thanks to Eat Hard, Work Hard for the "Stressed" meme; to Love This Pic for the "Christmas Tree in the Dark" photo; to Brian Gordon for the Fowl Language comic, and to Shoebox Greetings for the Santa-on-Facebook comic--BOTH Kansas City-sourced! I deeply appreciate the wonderful Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and her "Will Write for Chocolate" comics

Monday, December 4, 2017

Forging bonds for peace

The Artdog Quote of the Week


"Peace on Earth" is closer to the top of consciousness for me during this season. Humans being human, however, it's not something we expect to see--but wouldn't it be amazing? There's a way to move toward it . . .

IMAGE: Many thanks to Quotefancy for this nugget of wisdom from Daisaku Ikeda.