Monday, January 15, 2018

A Tecklace? Or a Nie?

It's made of beads and worn around the neck, so it's a necklace, right?
But the shape isn't quite right. It's shaped more like a tie.
Verrry interesting.
The young man who sported this most interesting neckwear said it was made in Africa. No knotting necessary!
There's got to be something beneficial for the necktie-necklace wearers in that.
Do you like to wear adornments around your neck?

Monday, January 8, 2018

Six Year Old Fingernail Polish Style

When my six-year-old granddaughter asked to paint my fingernails, I said, "Sure." I've got nail polish remover if needed. It's all good.
But when she whipped out her impressively large bucket of paints, she ended up putting a different color on each fingernail. 

I found it rather difficult to take a picture of all ten of my fingers by myself, since I am not acquainted withe the timed photo mechanism on my phone (that's technologically smarter than me) so I asked people to help document the occasion.

Then it turned out that I liked the look so much (I mean, it goes with EVERYTHING!) that when the art faded, I got myself some fingernail polish for my own palette and re-did the artwork.
Not knowing how long it takes nail polish to dry (UP TO TWO HOURS, PEOPLE!) I also managed to texturize my polish job, which felt weird when my fingers rubbed against certain textures.
Back to the nail polish remover.
There was also a problem with chipping a day or two after application.
Introduce clear top coat!
So now me and my new fingernail friends are having a colorful time heading into 2018.
What are you doing new for the new year?

Monday, January 1, 2018

A New Year's Resolution I Can Keep

New Year's Resolution: to have Six Amazing, Astounding, Exceptional, Lovable Sons.
I can do that.
(Resolution kept!)
They don't look much alike, do they?
It's interesting how the siblings of some families resemble one another, like the brothers and sisters I grew up with. ("You're an Anderson, aren't you?" People I didn't even know would often say to me.) And then there are families like the one I have, with an interesting variety of features.
Does your family look alike?
Where do you come in your family lineup? (Which number of kid are you?)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Sights You've Never Seen Before!

While going out and about this Christmas season, I encountered some unusual sights. 
For example, while walking through the St. George Lin's store, I saw a family dressed in onesie pajamas belly up to the ice cream bar. When I asked them about their warm and woolly get-up, they explained their Christmas Eve tradition of going out for ice cream. This year, though, the children challenged them to all go out in their NEW CHRISTMAS PAJAMAS!
What did Mom and Dad say?
Why, YES, of course!
(Wouldn't it be fun to be part of the "Onesie" family?)

I only caught a glimpse of this truck decked out in more lights than the Rockefeller Center tree. (I snapped a quick shot through the window, hence, the reflections.) I think this is a marvelous idea, as long as you obey traffic rules.

(On police radio.) Set up a roadblock for a speeding truck covered in multi-colored lights.
Sounds like a sure-fire traffic stop to me.

Have you ever seen SINGING CHRISTMAS TREES? Besides making me laugh out loud for at least five minutes, they even change mouth shapes.

See? From curvy to rectangular...
...to circles! 

After all, you can't make all the vowels by holding your lips in one shape! (Try it... I dare you!)

The sweet thing about seeing a projection of Mrs. Claus through Santa's workshop window is that my little sister who has Down syndrome exclaimed, "She's waving at me to come in! She wants me to visit her!" 

As we drove on by, I told my sister that was so nice of Mrs. Santa, but we'd have to come back later because we had more houses to see, and there were cars waiting behind us.
(I didn't say how much later we'd come back, did I?
Besides, how would Carolyn feel if she discovered that the jolly Mrs. Claus was just a projection? Gotta preserve the magic, people.

And for a little Christmas un-magic, I present the small-hearted Grinch, in all his hulking shadowy nefariousness.


I'm convinced that our son's cat took some Grinch lessons, as she stole a gift from beneath our tree and clawed it open on one side. 

Guess whose name was on the gift?
Why, mine, of course.


I leave you with this image of a simple, beautiful white tree on a hillside. 
Christmas is simple, after all. 
It's all about love.

I wish for you peace, happiness, and no stolen presents.


Magical Christmas Gift Closet for Big Feet

When I went to a Skechers shoe store in Las Vegas, I didn't see any women's size 11 shoes on the shelves. When I asked, the sales girl smiled and me and said, "Oh, they're in Narnia."
Then she opened a magical mirrored door and revealed the magical stacks of  size 11's. It was a Christmas miracle.
 One thing I've noticed is that not very many stores have cute styles in size 11 women's shoes. Apparently, shoe manufacturers doubt that giant women like cute shoes.
Well, guess what? Cute size 11 shoes are my Christmas wish. (After world peace and love for all mankind.)
What's yours?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Enthusiasm for Christmas Is Fun!

Happy birthday to my brother, DellRay, today! He is approximately 17 months and 22 days older than me. We had great times growing up, which included all 8 of us children. Carolyn is the youngest. Since she recently moved in with Bob and me, I've been reminded that having her live with us makes Christmas even more fun!
She helped my son, Jeff, put lights up outside his house.

She got to sit on Santa's lap.

She put Christmas lights in her room. (A gift from our sister, Bev.)

She was surprised with a timely gift from our sister, Loraine.

She's teaching me that it's more fun to have enthusiasm in life for every experience, and if you can't be enthusiastic, at least reach for optimism.
My other sister, Rebecca, told me how she'd simplified her Christmas gift giving, and was all done by Thanksgiving this year, leaving her free to experience the joyous spirit of Christmas instead of the stress of trying to get everything done.
How are your Christmas preparations? 
Are you an early finisher?
Or do you like to wait until the last minute?

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