Thursday, December 31, 2015

Crick Hollow in December

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(Artwork: Susan Branch)

Things are a little different in our little 'neighborhood' these days. The neighbor across the street, Ruth, died around Thanksgiving, so it's strange not seeing her puttering around her yard.

Back when we were having our new floors put into the house, we had to sequester ourselves in the craft building for 3 days. During that time Ruth came over, saying that she was going to be having surgery soon.

She's always been one to pretty much keep to herself, so her short visit was a little strange... and telling. My mother said that she could just see it in her eyes that she knew she wasn't going to survive her surgery and was saying goodbye.

I was feeling really bad that day (still am to be honest), so I didn't speak with her. I did see her looking at me with the most serene smile though. It was a very, very surreal smile and it certainly caught me off guard because honestly.... I've hardly spoken two words to the woman since we moved in.

Also speaking of neighbors, the sheriff and his family that were living next door have moved suddenly. One day they were there, and the next they were gone. The last I saw of them - if it was them - was after midnight during the last meteor shower. I saw a car pull into their driveway.

I don't know why they left, but I can't say I blame them because the road noise is horrific there and they have said it bothers them. We can hear the traffic from our house, too, but they're just yards away from it. Most of the cars that travel that road are the big rigs, so it can get very noisy.

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I wish that road wasn't there because it certainly takes away from the fact that we really are living in the country. There's nothing but hills and A LOT of trees out here, but that road noise distracts from that.

Our other neighbor's house still stands empty (it's been on the market forever), but next to them someone is building a house now. I hope they're friendly.

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Here are some photos from this past month. (There are even more on Facebook of course). I also included video.

I'm pretty shocked to see so many Robin Redbreasts around here this time of year. It's really early for them to be here, but it's been nice seeing them. I LOVE listening to them because there are so many of them.

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The creek near our house has flooded yet again, thanks to all the rain we've been receiving.

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I have the sneaky suspicion that this is the little devil that frightened me so badly the other day. Photobucket

I think he was just a lot more fluffed up when I saw him.

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Round Top (population 90, home of the Junk Gypsies) finally got their first stop light. What's so hilarious is that before you arrive at the light, there's this HUGE construction road sign. (I wish I got that on film because it was pretty over the top). Not only that, but the stop sign has blinking red lights surrounding it as well. Hilarious!

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(Artwork: Susan Branch)

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What am I do nothing for fun tonight? Apart from taking down more Christmas decorations, it'll just be my annual celebration of eating Mom's famous Shrimp Gumbo, watching Rudolph's Shiny New Year with the furkids, and drinking a Gevalia Cappuccino. Jealous?

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Didn't think so.

I'll tell you who IS celebrating this last day of 2015... my uncle. He closed on his new house yesterday and tonight is his birthday.

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How cool must that be to have a birthday on New Years Eve? (Just as awesome is that I have an aunt whose birthday resides on Halloween).

That's pretty much how it is in this family. Either we're sharing a birthday with someone (with either 1 or 2 people), or it's on a holiday.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Holiday Madness is Over

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(Artwork: Susan Branch)

Christmas has come and gone, although it really didn't feel like Christmas to me.

On Christmas Eve people came to our house and my brother and SIL (with their two dogs) spent the night. It was a rather humid and downcast day. I also wasn't feeling too well, but... that's been going on since October. It's my new normal.

One (sort of?) funny thing happened though. My father came up to me the other day, handing over a few presents for me to wrap for my mother. After placing one of them on the floor, he laughed and said "She's been asking me for one of these for years." (Or so he thought).

Well what do you think this clever Christmas gift was? In a million years you would NEVER guess, so I'll just say it now.

A machete.

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Um, yeah. I was completely speechless. Nothing says "Happy Nightmare Before Christmas" better than a razor-sharp machete with a serrated edge.

I never thought anyone could beat my grandmother's husband's Christmas gifts from a few years ago, but I was wrong. While it's true that drawing pencils (for someone who doesn't even draw), McDonald's coupons, a pad of paper, and a bag of erasers is a ludicrous gift at anytime of the year, at least your limbs will remain in tact should you drop one on your foot!

Anyway, I wound up taking more Christmas photos than planned, so here are the last batch of them.

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A very foggy Christmas Eve Morning.

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My brother's dogs, "Beans" and "Crunchy."

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I wish the quality of this pic was better, but I had to share it because I added little silver bells to my strand of snowflakes.

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The story behind this Rudolph plate can be read HERE.

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Abby LOVES this Rudolph toy because it talks. Abby loves any toy that's interactive.

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Pardon that one stake leaning.

We've had A LOT of rain around here these past couple months, so everything's sinking into the ground.

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A very happy Maddie Kate, because we have guests and she got a new rabbit toy from Santa!

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These next pics are fuzzy because I took them with some fun Christmas 3D glasses in front of the camera lens.

I love those glasses, especially the snowmen ones because when you shake the glasses it looks like the snowmen are dancing. It's so cute!

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If you pay close attention you can see a rabbit along the treeline.

FYI: Last year I made a blog post with all the links to my 2013 and 2014 Christmastime Posts.

If interested, it can be found HERE.