Sunday, December 23, 2012


Linking with Ashley for this week's Scavenger Hunt Sunday

Two more sleeps until the big day, at least that's what my nephew and niece tell me.  While I would not wish to go through childhood again, especially the teen years, being 6 or 4 with the overwhelmingly exciting anticipation of Christmas has to be one of the best things ever.  My nephew has written about 10 letters to Santa, starting back in July.  I believe my resourceful brother puts off the "I wants" by saying, "well....ask Santa."  My equally resourceful nephew gets right to it, no matter the season.

I feel like Scott Kelby when he writes those one page introductions to his chapters....those pages have nothing to do with what's to follow they're just his opportunity to blab about whatever is on his mind.  Now if I could only write a book that would make me money I'd be all set.

Smitten BW 99/365
Smitten BW

Joy:  I mean, come on.  This little girl has got me wrapped and it's totally obvious.

Casco Bay Bridge BW 107/365
Casco Bay Bridge BW 107/365

Tangled:  Tangled trees.
It was a tough weather week here.  One day snow, many days of dreary rain.  One predicted sunny day that was rainless, but gray and overcast the whole time.  Hard to take any interesting photos....unless you take them from the car.

The Good Silver
The Good Silver

Silver:  This was at my friend's house.  She has good silver.  I have adequate eating utensils. 

Party of One
Party of One

Guilty Pleasure:  Since early November I've been avoiding the guilty pleasures one might be inclined to eat or drink.  It is paying off somewhat, so I don't want to stop.  Once you get going it's much easier to say no.  So an archive shot from a day last spring when I treated myself to an expensive but delicious meal at the Four Seasons.

Guardian Angel BW
Guardian Angel BW

Angel:  I'm not too thrilled with this shot, but it fills the prompt.  She was watching over a grave site.  Very sweet and much more lasting than flowers.

OK, "D for done".  Another Sunday, another SHS. 

Wishing all who celebrate a happy holiday, a safe holiday, a warm and cozy holiday filled with love.  This holiday is my least favorite.  I have excused myself from the holiday this year-no gifts to be exchanged.  I'm hopeful keeping the day commercial free will help me enjoy it in some way....but I did make sure to get that nephew and niece something fun.  This holiday is for the children.


Tamar SB said...

Love the silver shot! Have a wonderful Christmas!!

Kay L. Davies said...

Always such wonderful imaginative shots, Susan.
I enjoyed buying gifts for nephews and nieces when they were young.
My husband and I are getting ourselves a new fridge, very seasonal gift as everything here is covered with snow.
Wishing you the best for the rest of the year and for 2013 when the world isn't predicted to end any time soon.
Luv, K

Nicki said...

Just love that first picture and your moody tangled trees is beautiful. I hear ya on the keeping the food and drink at bay - trying hard to do that myself (been pretty good so far!).

Have a peaceful winter break!

Verna Lantz said...

Oh, I really like the "angel" shot. So peaceful and sweet.
Merry Christmas!

Kathryn said...

Wishing you all the magic of the season instead of the commercial aspect. May you and your furry friends enjoy some down time fill with love laughter and happiness.

Norma Ruttan said...

My faves are the 3 b&w shots! I'm giving each of my children a photo album I put together of their late Dad's heritage. I hope that it sparks warm memories of him. Last year I gave grandkids the items I'd planned for their inheritance. I thought it made better sense to see their receiving them while I am still here.
I wish you peace on Christmas.

Linda Makiej said...

Super shots for scavenger hunt Sunday! Have a wonderful holiday!!

Cathy H. said...

Great shots! I love the bridge and the angel!

Stephanie said...

Four Seasons - mmmmm - I like your style! Great silver shot - I would have to borrow someone's silver too since I don't own any, Who wants to spend time polishing? My family is done with gift exchanging - that really freed up my time this year. Not a single trip to the mall. I'll definitely meet up with you in early in the new year. I think I'm ready!

Deborah Tisch said...

I understand your dislike of this holiday and the commercialism. Right there with ya.

We sent funds to the daughter to buy for the grandson, but otherwise no gift exchange. We chose to donate to charities this time instead.

Wishing you peace and rich blessings dear friend!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Merry Christmas, Susan, love that new header shot!

I need to spread a little of that willpower my way, I've been eating too many goodies these days.

Laloofah said...

I got here later than I'd intended, but better late than never, right? :-)
Love your smitten (with a kitten) self-portrait shot! Definite and understandable joy. You captured the drear weather perfectly in your Casco Bay Bridge shot. Here's wishing you several days of sparkling sunshine. I think my favorite photo in this batch is "The Good Silver." Such wonderful light and composition! Mom gave us her wedding silver when we got married, and we use it for everyday. Stephanie's right about the polishing, but I just put on some good music and Zen out with it. (And really, what's a little tarnish between friends?)
I know just what you mean about how it gets easier to say no to the bad stuff and rewarding to stick with it. Maybe you could reward yourself with a Party of Two (or more) at the Green Elephant! Pleasures - without the guilt. :-) (And bring me a doggie bag, would ya?)
The angel is sweet. Lots of folks leave statuary like that on the graves in our local cemetery. Along with wind chimes and colorful whirligigs. Gives the place a rather playful, lively air! It's nice.
Wishing you a meaningful holiday, Susan - enjoy the simplicity and peace of it, and the love of your family and friends, furry and not. :-) Love and xoxo, Tex

Brenda said...

Sending you wishes that you will find enjoyment in the holiday, non-commercial style. We could all use less of that during the holiday season. I understand about the "giving up" - my husband and I gave up (almost all) sugar, so the normal sweet holiday treats are on the forbidden list. We shall see if we stick with it when temptation presents itself. Love your "tangled" trees - the starkness of the branches against the gray and foggy sky is so beautiful.

I am ever so grateful to have you within my online community of friends.

Laloofah said...

P.S. I meant to mention that your story of your nephew sending multiple "Dear Santa" letters, beginning in July, made me chuckle! :-)

Anita Johnson said...

I laughed at the Scott Kelby reference. (o; We have cut our gift giving way we enjoy the Gift that was really given...God's son. We spend time with family and at church...the shopping malls are NOT part of my Christmas experience.

Francisca said...

I so enjoy your SHS posts, Susan.. always witty and creative. Yes, you CAN write a book hat sells... but it's hard work, for sure. Like you, I don't "do" the commercial xmas (it helps to have a partner who celebrates nothing - other than me on a daily basis), except for a few under 10 special kids. But I do hope you had warmth and joy and good cheer to get through the silly season.