2012 is the YEAR of the WATER DRAGON ! A transformational LIFE-CHANGING year ... With more goodies in store for you than 2011 ... A GOOD year to IMPROVE oneself, take CALCULATED investment RISKS and to build WEALTH and HEALTH ... The year 2012 holds much promise and may be a MAJOR transition in your life ... Whether it turns out EXTREMELY good or REALLY bad will depend on HOW you ride this MIGHTY Dragon ... I know I will be wearing FIRE-RETARDANT garbs, just in case ... WISHING you ALL the BESTEST year EVER !
A WINTER Doctor Jekyll and Mrs Hyde ... My IGLOO is my cabinet of curiosities ... My FROZEN mad scientist laboratory ... A GIANT frosted surprise box with plenty of goodies inside ... COLD inside out ... But theFLAME of passion in me keeps my hands and feet WARM ... So do the slanted sun rays peeking andSPYING on what is happening on my OPERATING table ... My January DEN ... My FROZENin time lair ... My SNOWY glittery dungeon ... Believe it or NOT ... I LOVE this HIBERNATING season !
Bluer than BLUE sky ... warm yellow sun SHINING in the studio through the frosted window glass panes ... Fire CRACKLING in stove and SMELLING of cedar, apple and pine wood essences like a mysterious incense ... TWO pairs of hand-knitted striped wool socks worn over each other in my GIANT-for-this-purpose BATTERED Converse PINK shoes ... A BIG bowl of Café au Lait steaming on my table and a single ladybug eating the croissant crumbs left on a plate ... A TO DO or NOT TO DO day ... Monsieur Luigi is trying to make up his mind before noon ...
CHARMS and ARTGIVEAWAY is ... Jodi Kincaid ! ! ! YEAH ! ! ! THANKS, MERCI y GRACIAS to each of the 108 PARTICIPANTS who left comments OR messages here OR on Facebook about what their FAVORITE amulet was ! YOU are the BESTEST of the BEST ! It has been SO interesting to read EACH of them ! I MUST put them all TOGETHER and post about them ... You were ALL so GENEROUS about showing bits of your INNER CHILD ! YOU are a GRRRRREAT bunch of FB or BLOGGING friends ! TRULY ! ! !
EVERYBODY needs a box of colorful GOOD LUCK plastic CHARMS on Friday the 13th ! And TODAY is yourLUCKY day to WIN these as well as a little SURPRISE woodblock print with MY ART on it ! Just tell me HERE what your FAVORITE talisman OR amulet OR juju WATCHAMACALLIT is ... I will draw the name of the LUCKY winner tomorrow morning ! Wanna know WHAT mine is ? The SHRUNKEN HEAD of an OLD boyfriend worn on a GOLD chain around my NECK ...
FINALLY ! I found a way to get rich without too much effort ! With HALF-A-DOZEN cats in the house, 5 of them with long hair, I have a never-ending supply of dust-kitties ... Knitting needles OUT ! I am getting to work right away ! Who knows ... I could see my winter outdoor FASHION collection on the Parisian runways this spring ! Imagine a hand-knitted tuque with CAT ears made of REAL cat HAIR ? I will start mounding the stuff in GIANT hairballs first ... Caugh ... Caugh ...
I look like an ALIEN !!! Went to the ophtalmologist for a regular check up ealier today and she DILATED my pupils with eye drops for a particular exam ... SEVEN hours later and I still look like a startled OWL ! So strange ... Even my CATS are scarred of me !
space-age high-end techno phone I found at a local church sale for 50 cents ... My very own little RED telephone ... From now on, WHENEVER I need to vent, I will pick up its NIFTY little receiver, dial a random number and make a crank or dirty call ... It will also come VERY handy when I need to scream, yell, whine, complain or swear BIG ugly French Canadian foul-mouthed words ... Anybody THERE ?
Is it a BIRD ? Is it a PLANE ? NO ! It is a giant 3 foot-long ice dragonfly, a majestic glass-like winter PRINCESS poised on a thin bent twig, resting on the unfrozen water of a nearby stream on a very mild January Sunday ...
Oh DEER !
Look who I just came face to face with
in the freshly fallen snow !
Isn't he adorably fuzzy and cute ?
Like a GIANT plush animal !
Had to gently scare him away though ...
I do NOT want them making it an habit
to visit the garden to eat the fallen APPLES,
feel safe and comfy
and then get chased away and possibly hunted
by our dogs later when it gets DARK ...
Like an EYE in the cold RIVER ... A water YIN YANG ... A bare ISLAND in the middle of the DARK ocean ... A white FULL MOON in the deep of the NIGHT ... A PERFECTLY round wafer of ICE formed on the surface of the NEARBY stream ... For NO reason ... Just BECAUSE ... For the SIMPLE purpose of ENCHANTING us ...
Minus 22 Celcius this morning
or minus 7.5 Fahrenheit ...
Nothing to do outside unless you are a masochist
or outdoor addict and need your fix no matter what ...
The zoo is packed around the fire stove
and surprisingly nobody needs to go pee in the nature ...
So little snow, at the most 2 inches,
which is VERY unusual for January ... Not good for nature sleeping out there without a heavy blanket ...
The pipe leeking the water by gravity
from a source in the mountain to our house froze during the night
and we had to go out in the darkness
and unfreeze it with a hair dryer ...
And of course,
you can NOT look outside
though the window panes of the old front door
cause the frost creatures
have started invading our home ...
A cross beetween
winter fairy frosted hair
and ice crystal fern fingers ...
The KING is DEAD ! Long LIVE the KING !
Le ROI est MORT ! VIVE le ROI !
El REY ha MUERTO ! Larga VIDA el REY !
I found my rooster Jello dead on the floor of the coop this morning ...
He was getting old and I doubted
he would be able to make it through another winter ...
Señor Jello had a wonderful and full life !
He was 4 months old when we adopted him 8 years ago
and he spent all these years doing his job his in domain,
guarding and taking care of his girls
like each of them were precious treasures,
acting 300% macho 24 hours around
and attacking us in the back with his 4-inch long spurs
whenever it pleased him ...
During the past year,
he had lost his aggressivity due to ancient age
and daily I would pick him up,
hold him tight against me, pet his head and gently rock him back and forth,
which made him coo with delight ...
Monsieur Jello was a FREE SPIRIT
in BODY and SOUL ... R.I.P. dear feathery friend ! COCORICO!COCORICO !COCORICO !
HOLD those resolutions ! INSTEAD of aiming for the IMPOSSIBLE, celebrate the New Year with the things you REALLY LOVE but DON'T DO ENOUGH ... This year I wanna MARVEL more ... and ADD a teeny weenie more MAGIC to my life ... First day outdoor in 5 days of lying like a SWATTED FLY on my back due to a pinch nerve ... Took NOT EVEN 20 steps in the snow and BINGO ! My wishes came TRUE ! I SURE hope, dear and sweet, old and new friends, girlz and guyz, that 2012 CHARMS and STARTLES you to the MAX with little DAILY simple pleasures too !