Friday, November 28, 2008
Here critter #2 is listening to the flames crackle after Papa has jumped on the pile "to give it more oxygen" :)
Tackling an old plum tree. This tree has gorgeous dark red plums. All the fruit trees are suffering badly from years of not being pruned. None of us know exactly what we are doing. But we dive in with a will. Cutting dead branches and branches that are rubbing against one another is not so bad. Trying to shape the tree and cut out excess branches to leave only the best ones is something of a mystery.
Now Grandfather has the leaf blower out to get the fire going. The boys love to hang on to it and feel really big helping with the fire.
More than once when I was sawing at near-dead apple branches with this beauty, I thought longingly of a man with a chainsaw cutting through the limb like it was butter. But, sadly, no chainsaws were in evidence today.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
So, I have this funny little holiday rule. I don't listen to Christmas music (or dig for Christmas decorations) until the weekend after thanksgiving. It just irks me that the stores go straight from Halloween to Christmas. Now, I know this is because you don't by tons of candy/costumes/ gifts/decorations for thanksgiving. Naturally the store will decorate for their biggest money makers. But, it happens downtown too. Christmas decorations everywhere. Anyway, I just don't like thanksgiving to get lost under Christmas. Thus, my little holiday rule.
This year I broke my rule for the first time (I think) ever. You see, I picked up this beauty last week...
I wasn't going to open it yet. I knew the temptation to listen to it would be too strong. Then one night my kids would NOT settle down at bedtime. Nothing I did helped. In desperation I asked them if they would like to listen to the new enya album. They LOVE enya (and we lost our other album, sadly, so they've been deprived for a while) they agreed to be very still and quiet if I turned it on for them. Whatdya know, it worked :)
The only problem was, now the album was out in the open. It only took two days for me to surrender to temptation... OK, so there are only three Christmas songs on the album, so I didn't break my rule too badly :)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
I remember absolutely loving this movie years ago. I think I've watched it two or three times in the past. This time I was not quite as captivated. In the first place we were constantly cracking up over the hilariously cheesy 80's music blaring through the medieval settings. :) About halfway through the film we quit noticing quite as much. The other thing that threw me was Michelle Ffiefer (no idea if i spelled that right). When I first watched Ladyhawke I had never seen her before. I have since seen her play some pretty dippy roles and I had a hard time taking her seriously. Oh well. We still had fun. Matthew Broderick is so hilarious and cute, and Rutger Hauer is perfect as Navarre.