deltamiss: (Hugs)
I miss Mama’s dressing at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I miss her laugh that started at her toes and zoomed all the way up to her eyes. I miss her calm assurance and fiery attitude. I miss the glow on her face when she looked at my daddy. I miss the phone calls during a Braves game or when two snowflakes fell. I miss her utter, unashamed love of Jesus. But most of all, I miss her hugs.

I miss Maureen’s determination and her independent spirit. I miss her sense of style and rhythm (even though she was confined to a wheelchair). I miss her expressive blue/gray eyes that held mine a little longer than usual the last time I saw her. I miss her artistic talent that ended before she could develop it fully. I miss her love of animals and her passion for adventure and just plain fun. I miss her laugh. But most of all, I miss her hugs.
deltamiss: (A Rose Is A Rose)
To all the moms and grandmoms on my LJ flist...I hope your day is sweet!


deltamiss: (Default)
Apparently, the Chime Tree has been attacked by some sort of burrowing beetle - maybe a bark beetle. Anyway, as we searched for a good limb on which to hang my newest chime, Melanie broke off a dead one. Look what was inside! ACK!



More trivial pursuits...WARNING! Photo heavy! )
deltamiss: (Happy New Year)
Project 366 is over. That means I have to post without a picture. You know, it only takes two weeks for a habit to form, and I've spent a year - a whole YEAR - thinking about, searching for and setting up shots for a photo of the day. It's ingrained. To help me break the habit, I relied on a semi-tradition that began a few years ago. Here's my New Year's Day poem for 2009.



The best of time has come again
When all the rush is o’er
When life begins to settle down
To a dull and quiet roar

When children dream of endless days
And grown-ups wish they’d slow
When promises are kept a while
Into the New Year’s glow

When new and sparkling prospects bloom
Beyond our power to see
With unexpected grace and awe
We grasp a chance to be!
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
WOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I made it! THREE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SIX PHOTOS...whew...I'm worn out. LOL!

So this is the last photo of the year. *sigh* Melanie and family came home last night, and tonight we're celebrating together. I decided I wanted all of us in one picture. Jeff figured out the timer, but it took multiple tries to get one we all liked. Perfectionists? Nah. Just having fun. :D

So from our family to yours, I wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous 2009! I can't tell you how much each of you means to me. :D

LAST Photo of the Day...'Happy New Year, Y'all!'

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
This is a really strange Christmas for me. It's the first time in fifty-nine years I've spent Christmas alone. There is no cooking or last minute shopping or wrapping of gifts. No one knocking on the door; no one to play with; nobody's house to go to. Just me. I'm not depressed or anything. It just doesn't feel like Christmas.

So, I've been playing fetch with Bokeh and sharing some fruit with the birds and squirrels. Now if only the temperature would drop below 70°, I'd be fine. ;)

Photo of the Day...'Christmas Treats'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Mama always bought hard Christmas candy for the holidays and kept it in a candy dish on the coffee table in the living room. Nothing says Christmas to me as much as a bowl of hard candies...pillow, ribbon, fruit.

Photo of the Day...'Christmas Past'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
After today there are only TEN MORE DAYS UNTIL I FINISH PROJECT 366! TEN, PEOPLE! Woohoo! Seriously, there were days - weeks even - that I wanted to just quit.

Someone on flickr posted a cute Santa photo. It made me wish I'd put out my Santa collection, but there are soooooo many of them and I'd have to unpack and repack...not enough candy for the dime. Maybe next year.

What I DID do today is take pictures of the faces of a few of my Santas. I noticed how similar the expressions are - Thomas Nast's image has been recreated time and again, but the expression is almost always the same no matter who produces it. The gentle face and red suit that we know didn't appear until Nast illustrated the poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore. It's strange to realize that icons of our culture have not been around forever and a day. ;)

Santa Faces )
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
When my girls were in elementary school, we chose what we considered useful and thoughtful gifts for their teachers...teacher ornaments, thank you notes, holiday cheese spreaders. Anything we thought the specific teacher would like. The girls always appreciated the thank you notes, too.

I stopped the teacher gifting in junior high. It was difficult enough to buy for two or three teachers, but six each was a bit much. So I've never expected gifts from my students. The years I spent in inner-city schools, there were none. Well, there was that one year that a seventh grade girl gave me a broken, clear plastic angel ornament wrapped in a kitchen match box. She was so proud. I still have that ornament somewhere. Anyway, I am always very thankful for any gifts I receive and make a point of writing a thank you note to the child.

2008 is the year of The Sugar Plum, I guess. There must be a pound of sugar in the guise of gifts...hard candy, homemade candy, chocolate bars, cocoa mix, sugar cookie mix. And if it isn't enough to EAT it, I can always SMELL it in the candles (totally love them) or BATHE in it or BUY more with the McDonald's gift card (but I'm saving that for my morning coffee which is never sweetened). My house is practically made of sugar today.

To be fair, I did receive some mugs (filled with candy and/or cocoa), a very cute Christmas dish towel, a couple of cookie cutters and some fruit. Maybe that balances out the sugar. ;)

Photo of the Day...'Sugar, Candles and Mugs...Did I Mention Sugar?'

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
The wife of one of my team members is a baker. Lucky me! She sent a container crammed with all sorts of scrumptious stuff...baklava, pecan tassies, cookies, Martha Washington balls, peanut butter balls, fudge (TWO kinds). I had to bring it home because I would be too tempted to snack on something all day long.

I feel a sugar high coming on. ;)

Photo of the day...'Christmas Goodies'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
MELANIE! DO NOT ALLOW MABRY TO SEE THIS!

So, Mabry LOVES the British kids' show Charlie and Lola. So does Melanie. So do I. I try to remember to catch it on Saturdays and am terribly jealous that they can watch it during the week.

Charlie and Lola are siblings who remind me an awful lot of Parker and Mabry. Lola gets into all sorts of trouble without really trying or meaning to and Charlie helps her find a way out. They are adorable.

Last year I ordered a Charlie and Lola book for Mabry, which she is still reading, and a deck of Charlie and Lola Go Fish cards. Whenever we play Go Fish, we must speak with a British accent. I'm not that good at it, but Mabry is phenomenal...for a Southern Princess. ;)

This year I ordered a couple of Charlie and Lola items and received two Lola masks. I foresee much fun in the future. I must work on my accent first.

Photo of the Day...'Completely Lola'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Redundancy strikes again. But, today was horrendously busy. No time to even think about taking a picture at school, and after the 45-minute commute I'm not in the mood to search.

So here is the sideboard...groaning with trees and gifts. All done. Done. Take a good look because I refuse to take another picture of the only decorations in my house.

Photo of the Day...'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
There is no motivation or inspiration at all for Project 366 anymore. I'm tired of looking in every nook and cranny of the apartment and around every blade of grass in the yard. Nothing changes. I don't go anywhere because I don't want to go anywhere. It's not depression - it's recuperation. I no longer enjoy the hunt.

Photo of the day...'First Christmas Card'...actually, it's the first card I opened. I also received the fabulous card from [livejournal.com profile] rodluvan and just LOVE it! Thanks, Wilhelmina! :D

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
I decided to bite the bullet and wrap Christmas gifts this afternoon. Everything was going swimmingly until I ran out of (guess what, [livejournal.com profile] pondhopper) TAPE. GAH! Only three gifts left to wrap, too. *sigh*

I bought this wrapping paper two years ago and refuse to buy more until I use it. It is not my favorite pattern or color, but the family will just have to deal with it. Oh, and it clashes with my sparkly, bejeweled tree.

I don't know if it is said in other regions, but in the South during December, a common greeting used to be "Christmas Gift!" Don't ask me why. I just remember my grandparents, parents and other older relatives said it all the time. Weird.


Photo of the day...'Christmas Gift'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
This Project 366 thing is getting ridiculous. I have no time at school to take pictures; the sun is setting by the time I get home so there's no light outside; my apartment is so nondescript it doesn't bear documenting - at least not for me and this IS my project; my pictures have long since become redundant; I'm reduced to staging photos just to get one taken. Hmpf!

Last year Melanie had a big Christmas party and bought some cone-shaped, sequin-and-grassy stuff-and-sparkly 'trees' as decorations. She gave them to me - and I accepted as if I had the perfect place for them - idiot! But I hate waste so I dragged them out, took eighty pictures of the same damn trees from forty angles and ended up with this one with the trees reflected in the mirror over the sideboard.

I tell you what...I'll be glad when December 31 rolls around if for no other reason than this project will be OVER!


Photo of the Day...'Red Christmas Tree Forrest'...


deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
As is customary around here, the tree is up. Actually, the trees were out a week ago, but this morning when I plugged in the lights, one whole tree went blank. :/ I'm not about to go out in the madhouse today just to buy a string of lights so I took all the jewels from the unlit tree and put them on the one with lights. This year I'll just have one tree instead of two. Hey! An empty tree means I can keep collecting vintage rhinestone jewelry. Hahahahaha!

The tiny 24" tree is now loaded...maybe a tad too much so...and its base is covered with a vintage damask napkin. I tried taking pictures with the lights on and lights off and blinds open and blinds closed. Nothing looked right. This one came as close as I'm going to get.



Bling Spam! )
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
It's that time again. This old iron skillet is going to get a work out tomorrow. I plan on making enough dressing that I won't have to make any Christmas...just thaw, heat and eat.



I'll be out of pocket tomorrow most of the day so let me say now that I hope all of you have a wonderful day...even my friends from other countries. We all have a lot to be thankful for, don't we? :D

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!
deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
I noticed something special among the leaves piled up outside the basement door...jewel-toned leaves. They have faded from their vibrant colors into more muted hues, but they stood out among the brown. Sort of pretty...and perfect for the upcoming holiday.

Photo of the day...'Faded Memories'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
Can you believe there are only twenty-five days until Thanksgiving? So that means there are only fifty-three days until Christmas! OMG!

Actually, I've already done some Christmas shopping. Jeff is done; Mabry is almost done; Peyton is almost done; Melanie is almost done; I have to find something for Parker and Daddy - the two MOST difficult on the list, of course.

And I was smart and bought Christmas cards on sale last January. ;) That means I have to send them out. Have to! If you are new on my flist (or even if you're an old friend and want to make sure) and would like a Christmas card from me, send me your address at deltamiss2002 at yahoo dot com and I'll add you to my list. I'd love to send one to you!

Anyway, all this talk about holidays has me pumped and ready to decorate...or at least think about it. Several weeks ago I ordered a 'lot' of vintage and new rhinestone clips and earrings for the jewel trees. I think I have enough now, but I'll have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to find out. Today's photo is of the newest additions to grace my Rhinestone Christmas Trees.

Photo of the Day...'Christmas Tree Jools'...

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
A couple of days ago I received a pair of rhinestone earrings I'd won on Ebay (for my Christmas rhinestone trees). I shouldn't complain about them because I only spent a tad over a dollar on them, but it would have been nice to know a stone was missing before I bid on them. The picture the seller used is deceiving and the missing stone is not easily noticed if one is not looking for such. In my mind, just saying 'offered in condition in which found' doesn't exactly tell me that a stone is gone...maybe that the stones have yellowed or the metal needs polishing. Maybe the description should have alerted me, but I have bought dozens of earrings and clips from Ebay sellers who make a point to tell about flaws. *sigh*

They'll be used, though. I can arrange the one with the missing stone in such a way that the flaw will not be seen. And, seriously, a DOLLAR and some change? I got what I paid for. ;)

Photo of the Day...'Anticipation'...

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