Archive for December, 2015

December 30, 2015

A Christmas Day Event!


December 25, 2015 — Christmas Morning — We are officially 6 years into our “events” as of this day. It started in December of 2009. I know that is hard to believe, at least for me it is… I have a hard time with the speed at which time passes, but I believe that is one of the pitfalls of age. Bob and I are both approaching our 60th!! birthdays. Goodness, how time flies. But I divert… I came down Christmas morning, and Bob asked me to look at an email he sent. He’d been up earlier with the dogs, who always, no matter how late we try to sleep, get us up before 8 AM (or at least get Bob up by 8 AM, sometimes earlier). We are LUCKY if we can sleep til 8. So here is the text of the email:

“Came out to office with dups this morning, Niko and Lu went right to door, Niko was whining to get in, Lu was making the strangest sound, not a whine, not a bark, didn’t even know what it was at first, didn’t think it was coming from Lu. Opened the office door and all three piled in ahead of me. Found this:

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So there is a cross on the office chair. I should explain “office”. It’s not the office we have in the house, it’s an outer building, and it actually now houses an elliptical exercise machine that Bob and I use. We no longer use it as an “office” per se, but still refer to it as “the office”. In the infamous Ivan flood of 2004, this building was up to its windows in water, so we no longer use it as the home office. So there this cross sat, made out of the rolled up shades that our son Stewie had hung when he, for a time, used this out-building as his bedroom. They have sat out there since, and this day, Christmas Day, Nuttah (?) had seen fit to arrange them on a chair in a cross shape. So that means she does at least understand the meaning of our holiday, which is saying something, because Christianity is not something they would have even known about. She must be picking up the clues from present day.

As always, Stewie's paper doll character mysteriously shows up whenever he arrives in person.

As always, Stewie’s paper doll character mysteriously shows up whenever he arrives in person.

But speaking of Stewie, he and his girlfriend came out to visit and to stay overnight on Christmas Day. At one point, I was wondering if the Stewie “character” had joined us yet, as inevitably, every time Stewie had visited, his paper character would also mysteriously show up somewhere too. Never in the same place, but it would always make an appearance. I hadn’t seen the character yet, and Bob reported he had not either. I have certain places I do look for the arrival of the Stewie character, and sometime later on Christmas evening, I found him. And here he is, on the hutch in the foyer, hiding behind this silly Oaxacan donkey. I have yet to post all the year’s worth of appearances of this character, but he shows up every time the actual Stewie does, and when we say good-bye to Stew, the character is always still there, and then Stewie leaves, and we come back in the house and it’s gone. I don’t have any idea where he “resides” in the intervals, but certainly nowhere that we can find him.

 

December 28, 2015

Flowers in December? (Twice!)


Now I admit that it has been an unusually warm month. I’m not exactly sure what the actual statistics are, but I’m sure the average temp. for December has probably maxed out higher than at least the previous 5 years. Here is a headline from a “Weather.com” post:

“More Than 5,900 Daily Records Broken as Pre-Christmas Warm Wave Engulfs East…”

As a result, flowers and trees are in bloom. I hope this does not ruin them for spring, but since I’ve never seen this since we’ve lived out here (14 yrs.) I do not know what will happen. Here are some examples of things that are blooming in our yard and around the area:

 

Cherry Blossoms blooming on a local tree on December 26, 2015

Cherry Blossoms blooming on a local tree on December 26, 2015

Onion Grass grows in our yard; picture taken 12/23/15

Onion Grass (and regular grass) grows in our yard; picture taken 12/23/15. Almost time to mow the lawn again.

Bob takes a picture of Vinca (Perriwinkle) growing in our garden Dec. 24

Bob takes a picture of Vinca (Perriwinkle) growing in our garden Dec. 24

A Dandelion just finished blooming near the office, Dec. 23, 2015

A Dandelion just finished blooming near the office, Dec. 23, 2015

Not my picture, but somewhere nearby (across the river in NJ), daffodils bloom on December 27

Not my picture, but somewhere nearby (across the river in NJ), daffodils bloom on December 27

in our yard, our anemic forsythia is blooming on December 17. Still in bloom as of December 28th!

in our yard, our anemic forsythia is blooming on December 17. Still in bloom as of December 28th!

December 11, 2015: A small bouquet of late-fall white flowers appears in front of Nuttah on my bedside table.

December 11, 2015: A small bouquet of late-fall white flowers appears in front of Nuttah on my bedside table. This is not the best picture because I decided to take it THAT night, so was shooting in dim light without the flash.

And all of this is to possibly explain why, on December 11 and 18, there were flowers waiting for me when I got home. First, December 11: I came home to find on my bedside table a bouquet of 2 different white flowers, pictured here to the left. There was also a ceramic heart in the arrangement, and Bob’s special stone, in front of Nuttah. I put the tiny white flowers in water, and as of this writing, which is now 12/28, they still live in a cup on a shelf in our bathroom.

Then, on December 18th, Bob had a weird interaction with the laid-off Lao woman at work. She has not worked there since September when a major contract was lost, and her entire department was laid off. Yet she had her husband call Bob to relate a “vision” she had. She didn’t know what it meant; only that it was a vision of a “cross”. Bob had no other info, just that. I kind of forgot about it without any frame of reference.

December 18, 2015: I come in the office to this on my keyboard - clover formed into the "Cardinal Points": North, West, South, East

December 18, 2015: I come in the office to this on my keyboard – clover formed into the “Cardinal Points”: North, West, South, East

But this was a Friday and we came home together, unlike the rest of the week, and I walked into my office area to park all my stuff to find a symbol of a “cross”, made out of fresh clover, on my keyboard. It is the Four Cardinal “points”, or directions. Or, given the date it appeared, I wonder if it might have something to do with the Winter Solstice, which would only be a few days away. Was this the symbol the Lao woman perceived? I sometimes wonder if Nuttah just finds it easier to communicate with her and that’s why messages sometimes go “through” her to get to Bob.
Bob insists that there is no clover growing in our yard right now, and I kind of have to agree, I have not seen any, despite all that spring growth I mentioned above. So WHERE did this clover come from? (and what does it mean?)