Archive for November, 2015

November 29, 2015

Flowers Again in November


I’m always so excited to get flowers from Nuttah. I am never sure if they are coming from ‘her’ world, or if she picks them somewhere around here (our world). I still think of these realms that way; ‘her’ vs ‘our’ world, but maybe they are not so specific, just all ‘one’ world. Someday I hope to understand this, but I am not there yet.

So the night of November 16th, when I came home from work, I went up to the bedroom when the dogs heard me. At that point, which is usually around 10, Bob is upstairs sleeping with 3 of the dogs. When I first get home, I tiptoe around quietly downstairs, so as not to alert them. I try to get in some time to relax until I am ‘on duty’ again with them; they always have to be taken out when they hear me. Also, they cause a racket and wake up Bob. The newest one, “Little Lu”, who I have not introduced in here yet, starts her shrill, small-dog barking as soon as she hears me downstairs, and I drop everything and run up as fast as I can to get them all out, so Bob can go back to sleep. Anyway, this time when that inevitably happened, while up there I turned on the air conditioner fan to its loudest setting to drown out our noise. We use the AC all year to cause a ‘whitewash’ of sound so we can all sleep better, including the dogs. As I went over to where it is to turn it on, I noticed something on my radio. I have included a picture below.

This is a large branch of late fall Asters. There are some protected areas, such as below our wall where they survived our first frost, which was much earlier in November.

This is a large branch of late fall Asters. There are some protected areas, such as below our wall where they survived our first frost, which was much earlier in November.

At the bottom of the picture you can just make out the top of Nuttah’s character’s head. This is on my clock radio, right on my bedside table. And also below here, I have included a more inclusive version of the same scene; you can see in this one not only the flowers, but Nuttah, Bob’s stone, some leaves with a chestnut, and a heart that was in my jewelry closet. (I had brought the leaves and chestnuts as sort of an ‘offering’ to Nuttah).

A more inclusive scene, showing Nuttah below with numerous objects.

A more inclusive scene, showing Nuttah with numerous objects.

I had taken the flowers in the bathroom the next morning and placed them in water because they were starting to wilt. They sprung right back to life, and I’ve added another photo to get a better feel for the actual size of this ‘branch’:

The whole branch. The green vessel is roughly the size of a shot-glass

The whole branch. The green vessel is roughly the size of a shot-glass

 

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November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Event


Today is Thanksgiving, 2015. Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody! Hope it is a fine day for those reading this, and for all others as well. It is shaping up here, we are doing Thanksgiving at our house and Kate is on the way with Nate and kids. Unfortunately, Stewie is under the weather, but that means we will have TWO Thanksgivings when he feels better. Maybe Saturday.

Bob & I have spent the morning cleaning and cooking (mainly cleaning). Kate is bringing a bunch of sides; the ones she has sent me pics of so far I will post here.

2015-11-26-Thanksgiving-Celebration The libations for the day (the guys however, are watching Eagles vs. Lions, and drinking beer)
2015-11-26-Thanksgiving-Food-Kate Kate’s “Sweet Potato/Banana” dish. This looks amazing
2015-11-26-Thanksgiving-Food-Kate-2 Cranberry stuffing, ala Kate.

But in the spirit of ‘keeping up’ with the blog, I will post that we had an ‘event’ earlier, seemingly right at the time that Bob was vacuuming up in the bedroom. I was downstairs fussing with turkey, etc. Bob had just come downstairs to do the vacuuming down there, and I was on my way up to take stuff upstairs. I noticed it right away: an arrangement on the TV dresser. Here are 2 pictures of it, one from above, so Bob’s stone is showing and one from straight on. I do not know what this Thanksgiving visit is about and neither does Bob, but all I can say is thank you for visiting and celebrating with us, Nuttah. (Has anyone watched “Saints & Strangers”? – have to catch up with that, it was on while I was working, but I hope to see it somehow). Pictures below:

The new arrangement: Bob's Special Stone, a heart with a chestnut on it, Duke/Teme/Niko against a backdrop of the Lenape hut. There is a rabbit in the scene (Mexican: Oaxacan) that was already on the dresser.

The new arrangement: Bob’s Special Stone, a heart with a chestnut on it, Duke/Teme/Niko against a backdrop of the Lenape hut. There is a rabbit in the scene (Mexican: Oaxacan) that was already on the dresser.

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Same scene again from straight on.

November 22, 2015

Why are there tiny handprints in the shower?


I realize it has been a long time since I’ve posted. I really have no good excuse for this, other than that life has just been really busy. The fact that we are already in the 11th month of the year just astounds me. I don’t know WHERE the time goes, and I don’t think that I’m alone in that. I keep hearing this all around. But that said, I’ve also often had this weird feeling that I’m being “stopped” somehow, or discouraged from writing. But the longer I wait to “catch up”, the harder it is going to be, and since I already have a year and a half to catch up on, there is no solution other than to just start writing posts. I have not yet figured out how I am going to go back and reconstruct the missing time – I do have records and pictures of the “Events”, but I know it will take hours and hours to put it together – so rather than do that, I’ll just start now to try to keep up with the current goings on.

Perhaps you are wondering if things are in fact going on? Well, the short answer to that is that they have never really stopped. The intensity changes, the time between things can go long, but I’d say that over the past year and a half that I stopped being able to keep up with it that at least two to three things a month happened. Sometimes it was as simple as just a movement of Nuttah’s character, or sometimes I got flowers again. Bob definitely attended a ceremony or two and traveled “in time” to her world. I have to catch up with all of that. But for now, I am going to start with something I noticed about a month ago.

I was cleaning our shower stall; it was embarrassingly dirty, and as I scrubbed, I noticed in a rather odd spot on the side-wall that one of the grungy smudges had a certain “pattern” to it. It had the distinct look of two small hand prints. I stood back in the room and observed from further away. Yes, distinctly: 5 digits, 2 hands. HOW did they get there, whose were they, and what were they doing there? They were about a foot up from the floor of the shower. A really awkward spot if you ask me, no matter how I tried to picture it, I couldn’t imagine how they could get there. I knew it was not one of us, I just assumed “other-worldly”. So I finished scrubbing clean all the other grunge, but I left the hand prints. I took some pictures of them and sent one on my phone to Bob, and he came back with, “Yes, that’s pretty distinct”.

So then about a month later, I happen to notice that the prints which I left there have something added to them. There is now another hand above them. I’ve included two of the pictures here. I don’t really have a theory about what I think they are, other than that Nuttah’s baby is now 3, and these look approximately like 3 year old hand size. Also, the fact that they are so low in the stall, almost near the floor, he’d be short, and the only one size-wise that could make prints there. I added a penny to the latest picture for a size comparison. I know this is far-fetched and sounds crazy, but how do you explain tiny hand prints in the shower? We are truly stumped by this one. Pictures included below (I turned them to black & white in photoshop because it emphasized them better, the light in the shower was not great.)

I turned the pictures black and white for better clarity and to emphasize the shapes.

I turned the pictures black and white for better clarity and to emphasize the shapes. This one is very wet also

And in this one, an additional print, above the original 2 can be seen

And in this one, an additional print, above the original 2 can be seen