I’m feeling rough tonight, maybe because last night I went to a little Christmas-themed park and got really cold, which often tends to aggravate my CFS, Fibromyalgia, and Ehlers Danlos joint issues. I had a great time though and wanted to share a few fun pics of the night.
Here is me getting cozy with the Gingerbread Man:
Who doesn’t love a big fire pit when it’s cold out?
Here is some crazy guy climbing the giant Christmas tree (I’m guessing he wasn’t supposed to be doing that):
Is it just me, or are these trees a bit spooky?
Pretty lights on the water:
It is late at night here, but I wanted to share this on the winter solstice!
As the days grow deep
and spring as ever
draws near –
please make my hopes
and my magick strong
with no fear.
I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving if you happen to celebrate it. I had a really good day. My husband and I went over to Indiana to have dinner with my mom and her husband. We decided to go over there a day early to break up the drive, and to go to Marion, Indiana to see their holiday Walkway of Lights. It was cold, but we still got out and walked around the park a little bit to enjoy the lights and gardens:
I threw in a penny and made a wish on the fountain pictured above. I certainly hope it comes true!
I had a lot of fun and am glad I went, but now I am EXHAUSTED.
I’m still on an adult coloring book kick. Here are a couple recent finished pieces. First, we have a coffee/snack inspired picture:
This second image was actually one that I cut out of a paper from my House of Rituals pagan subscription box. Personally, I think the star and the reindeer antlers make her look like a winter witch, although the flowers point more to a springtime feeling, so who knows?
Both of these are currently up for sale on my Ebay store, so if you like them, check it out!
I woke up this afternoon (I am a late sleeper lol), and as soon as I put my feet on the floor I noticed it was freezing! Fall hit overnight it seems! Or maybe even winter! So, I had to break out my Garfield fleece pajama bottoms, my thick black cat slipper socks, and my plush hot pink robe. Now I am super comfy, but still a little cold! Even as I type this, my numb fingers feel like ice.
I don’t know if it is the cold, or the fact that I am all snuggled up on the recliner, but now I feel incredibly lazy. So, I think today I’m just gonna sit here with my Halloween blanket, watch some Dr. Phil, maybe drink some hot tea, and probably eat some chocolate. Love you guys! Stay warm!
The children’s picture book, “The Adventures of Boots: The Giant Snowball”, written by Linda Black and illustrated by Masha Holl is a fun wintertime romp.
The main character is a white cat named Boots who hates the black markings on his feet that gave him his name. He thinks they are ugly, even though everyone else tells him otherwise. However, just when Boots is the most irritated with his black “socks”, he finds that they just might be useful after all. In fact, they may be the most important feature he has been given.
There are several themes throughout this story, including self-acceptance, friendship, teamwork, appreciation and faith. The story is not at all preachy or boring, but it does manage to pass along the importance of these character traits. The story isn’t overly religious, but it does mention God and encourages kids to count their blessings and give thanks for them. In many ways this story reminded me of the classic stories I grew up with that were full of faith and morality. In no way is this a bad thing, in fact, I often miss seeing these qualities in the children’s literature that is produced today.
As for the illustrations, they just may be the best part of the story. The artist did a fine job of depicting the events happening in the story and created characters that children will immediately identify with. The artistic style is very unusual for a picture book. It is almost three-dimensional and has an animated feel to it. In fact, when I looked through the illustrations, the first thought that came to mind was that the artwork was impressive enough to hold its own against much of the animation you see on tv or in movies. Undoubtedly, this artist has a great career ahead of her.
Over all, this book is fun, meaningful and of very good quality. It is also convenient since it is currently available for the Kindle, the Nook, and will soon be available in print as well. You can order the book from Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com, or you can visit the author’s website for more information.