Happy Juneteenth!

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Just in case you did not know, Juneteenth commemorates the day when Union soldiers delivered the news of emancipation to slaves in Galveston, Texas (June 19, 1865). Never mind that the emancipation proclamation was actually signed on January 1, 1863, but it explains a lot about Texas and how a lot of Texans do things. Depending on where people are, it is celebrated with a parade, a picnic a music festival or a similar gathering. Growing up in the South, it was a big thing there but I have attended events as far away as Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.

Unfinished Business.

20141202_030705Meet my December daily book – from 2012.  I managed to complete December 1 and December 2. Back when I started the journal, I was focused on documenting what was going on in our lives through photos, journaling and standard scrapbooking elements. Now that I have been doing a bit more in terms of papercraft and other forms of visual art, I am excited about expanding the types of things I am going to include. Stay tuned.

Welcome, November.

Time to put away the jack o’ lanterns and time to make way for cornucopia, Indian corn, and cranberry wreaths. I was in the store this afternoon and the turkey table has been set up. Since I want our family to participate in a turkey trot this year, I have to have my dinner completed by Wednesday so that I’m not up so late that I get up Thursday Morning and rule out said turkey trot (sort of like I did last year). I also have to dig out my Christmas cards and decide if I’m going to do a family portrait with the Christmas card, since I usually ship those out the week of Thanksgiving, too. I’m working on a few crafty gifts and if they are easy and quick to knock out, I’ll make more. If not, 2012 can always be the year of the gift card, part 2 (2011 was the year of the gift card for all of my shipped gifts and it was a wonderful thing).

Just pass the pumpkin and nobody gets hurt.

Pumpkin is one of my favorite pre-holiday season and holiday season coping mechanisms. With the smell or taste nearby, I can breeze through trick-or-treating, school fundraisers, kiddie activities and grownup gatherings. It comes in the form of pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice doughnuts and now pumpkin scones. Maybe it’s the pumpkin AND the ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, not to mention the whipping cream in some recipes. Whatever it is, we have a beautiful relationship and I don’t want it to end, at least until cranberry season heats up. 🙂