31 December 2010
Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do, but then, before I know it, time has passed and so has the resolution with nothing resolute about it, like the collection that remains the same and is only thought about once a year, though I absolutely love each and every piece of it. Perhaps recording on paper and writing out a plan to accomplish them would help. Or, so I hear.
New Years is but a few days away. I can hardly believe another year has passed. It causes me to pause and ponder, like the famous line in the song that goes ".....and what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun". My next resolution....to accomplish things. Not to let time pass by. To tackle and complete dreaded projects. To make every minute count. Perhaps then, once another year has passed, I will look back with satisfaction upon my accomplishments, oh, yes, and record them in my journal too(another one of those goals that has slipped by the wayside). So, now they are written, recorded for all to read. There should be an amount of accountability in that, right? Do you have anything that you are working towards? A plan in place? A resolution?
I want to wish a Happy New Year to one and all. May you strive to reach new horizons, conquer that which holds you back, and reach for the stars. May joy and happiness enfold you in comfort and may you find peace. "God bless us everyone" (Tiny Tim from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens).
Reflecting on the year...
Of good times and trials...
Of momentous occasions...
Remembering it all...
Looking forward to a new year, new opportunities, new joys...
Happy New Year everyone!
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30 December 2010
Dawn on an winter's morning this week.
You cannot see the sunrise here until about 8:30 am now. We don't quite have 12 hours of sunlight each day. Now that the shortest day of the year, December 21, has passed daylight hours will be more abundant. I am really looking forward to the longer days of light and warmth. Though the warmth will be a few months coming.
Today the forecast is -8 Celsius. Wednesday and Thursday were -20 Celsius. Snow is also in the forecast. What is the weather like where you are? I hope you are all warm and safe whereever you are. Joining the Sky Watch meme http://skyley.blogspot.com/ .
29 December 2010
Accents of colour, dotted here and there as gifts and decorations, are a good example of how to use a neutral palette and jazz it up, season by season, with a changing accentuation of colour. A good rule of thumb in the garden too, I dare say, depending on your garden style, but particularly if you go for the classic or traditional look. Home decor follows the fashion world in terms of colour and style, as garden decor tends to even more. Take a look at your local garden centre and you will see for yourself. Oranges, purple and turquoise are all "hot" right now in the fashion industry. You see the same in decorating magazines, and, yes, in the local garden centers. Take a look this spring, or now for that matter. What is the newest colour trend in the landscape? Check out the accessories. There's a lot to be said for a little "update" in the home and garden now and then. Who says change is a bad thing?
24 December 2010
What are you doing on here Christmas day? Seriously? Well, hello to you!! This post has been scheduled in case any of you are early risers or are collapsing at the end of a busy and fulfilling Christmas Day. Wishing all of you the Merriest of Christmases surrounded by loved ones. May the spirit of the season bring you blessed peace, comfort and love.
Merry Christmas! or in the words of Tiny Tim from the
Christmas Carol "God bless us everyone".
I am taking at least a couple days off with the family. See you soon!
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23 December 2010
Wednesday's sunrise. You can tell it is cold here, about -20 Celsius, the morning this was taken.
Look skyward, enjoy the beauty that nature blesses us with. Each morning the sun rises, a new day, new opportunities, new beginnings. Follow this meme, Sky Watch Friday http://skyley.blogspot.com/ here.
22 December 2010
|Image via Daily Mail|
The now infamous 40 foot evergreen tree adorns the lobby at The Emirates Palace Hotel. The tree alone is valued at $10,000 notwithstanding the gold and silver bows and jewellry which increases its value to $11 million!! Imagine 181 diamonds and pearls and other precious stones including sapphires and emeralds draped upon the limbs of this giant of a tree. Style Gallery boutique, which provided the jewellry, confirms the value of the jewellry. Now that's decorating at the max! Or is it? Is this a publicity stunt? A bid for World Record fame?
The marketing team at The Emirates Palace Hotel wanted to do something a bit different this year and they did! In fact, they got the world talking about it! There are plans to involve the Guiness Book of World Records to ascertain if this is indeed the world's most expensive Christmas tree.
The hotel has received numerous complaints that this tree is in poor taste, especially in this time of economic crisis. One reporter went so far as to state this is an attempt at flaunting the oppulence and vast riches of Dubai. We know this area is oil rich. But is it too much to deck out an enormous tree as a statement of wealth? Do you think that's what this is all about? Or is it a gesture of welcome to tourists in style?
What do you think? Should it be redecorated? Should it be removed all together? Or, is this fine? Each to his own, so to speak. Why can't we just accept this for what it is, a grand gesture of welcome which incidentally may be the most expensive gesture of its kind, and move on? Tell me, what is your opinion?
21 December 2010
Last night/early this morning was the last full lunar eclipse the North Americas will see for another four years and I slept through it! According to the graphic above, courtesy of Shadow and Substance site (see link above) the eclipse began at 11:33 pm and continued to phase through until emerging again at 3:01 am today. Incidentally, it is uncommon that this happen on the date of winter solstice. This lunar eclipse falls on the date of the northern winter solstice.
"Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory inspected a list of eclipses going back 2000 years. 'Since Year 1, I can only find one previous instance of an eclipse matching the same calendar date as the solstice, and that is 1638 DEC 21,' says Chester. 'Fortunately we won't have to wait 372 years for the next one...that will be on 2094 DEC 21.'" (quote from NASA site) Unfortunately, most of us will not be here to see that one.
For more images of the eclipse see NASA's site http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/17dec_solsticeeclipse/
Today is the first day of winter, with the winter solstice beginning at 4:38 pm MST. Winter Solstice is the exact point in time that the earth's axial tilt is at the furthest point away from the sun. It is the day with the shortest period of daylight hours. From here the period of daylight lengthens. (yay!) And the approach to summer begins! (do I hear gardeners cheering?)
Happy Winter everyone!!
20 December 2010
|The moon appears totally covered by shadow as the earth passes between the moon and the sun, during the lunar eclipse in this Jan. 9, 2001 file photo taken in Kiel, Germany. |
HERIBERT PROEPPER/AP FILE PHOTO
Sparkle Wonderment,/a> and Picasso Gold and was a hit with girls young and mature.
The tree topper contains a dancing Cinderella and her Prince.
Here's a close-up of some of the ornaments on the Fairy Godmother Tree.
This "tour" of the Festival of Trees is the second segment devoted to My World. You too can be a tour guide of your world by participating the meme My World or pop by for a visit. You are always welcome.
19 December 2010
Above and below are some of the planters and floral arrangements submitted for the Design Competitions.
Which is your favourite?
Still to come mantles and sculpture.....
Thank you Mary for hosting such a delightful meme. See the submissions here:
18 December 2010
Again from the Festival of Trees, here is an assortment of mantles on display.
Some have been awarded ribbons in the design competition as above and below.
I'm sure your decorating is finished by now. Have you incorporated something new this year? Perhaps a little sparkle and shimmer?
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