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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread. Help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on in your life. I am trying to play catch up with Christmas gifts so I’m working on those today.

I have been busy scanning in old photos into the computer and running them through Photoshop to make them more legible. I have photos of great-grandparents from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I have pictures of my Dad as a baby. I’m trying to get as many of the real old photos into the computer so I can put them on discs and send to the family as Christmas presents.

I am also making individualized sock monkey and yarn octopus for the family here. Since Sunday is the only day that I really watch television I’ll be doing octopi as I watch my cooking shows. I got the tins to mail Christmas cookies in but I’ll bake those closer to the time that I mail gifts in order for them to be as fresh as possible. I also need to make some necklaces for sister-in-laws. I have calendars to print. I did the test one yesterday and I really like the way this calendar came out.

So I will be one busy bee today. What fun and exciting things are you planning today?

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Octavia Octopus

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  •  Cookies (10+ / 0-)

    "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

    by michelewln on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:59:22 AM PST

    •  Does your calendar (1+ / 0-)
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      michelewln

      Include all those "special days" you researched?  I have loved looking at my journal and know that the day was "wear purple day" or some such lovely creation of a lobbyist or old lady.  However, I think I stopped copying them in  some months ago (maybe a year?).  Still, I always think of you when I know that even a non-Mother rates a day!  

      •  My Calendar (0+ / 0-)

        Does have all the silly holidays on it. I'll try and put it up before the first of the year so people can see what to celebrate. ;-)

        "A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world." Oscar Wilde

        by michelewln on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:04:33 PM PST

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  •  Fun! My craftin is also photoshop-related (5+ / 0-)

    I've been working on a children's book since last year.  The artistic style I imagine is something that can only be achieved by an artist or graphic designer.  But since I have no drawing or painting skills, I'm trying to teach myself photoshop in order to get these ideas out of my head and onto paper.

    The thing I would love to do most of all is to turn some images into a sort-of stained-glass look.  There are tutorials all over the Internet on how to do this in photoshop, but most of them aren't any good.

    My problem is that when I start something like this, I lose track of time and will obsess on it.  I know the timing is not right for that right now, but I'm hoping my obsession on learning this new trick will help pass some cold winter nights this year...

    Nothing is as evilly imaginative as the mind of a teenage gamer. -- Sychotic1

    by Sarea on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:11:51 AM PST

  •  My life in pictures (7+ / 0-)

    I also have scanned a lot of pictures.
    I got started doing this about 4 years ago when  at a military reunion. SOmeone had a lot of pictures I didn't. I left Vietnam with 3 pictures. But I remember other people taking pictures so I started asking people in that unit for their pictures. I wanted everybody to have all the pictures.
    I was amazed at the response. I now have 240 pictures of that one platoon and about that many of the company. I'm in about 20 of them.
    Now  I am the go-to guy for pictures, I make em up free on CDs and pass em out at reunions.
    I provided pictures for a book on that company.
    Since then I started doing the same for  my family, puttig all the pictures on disc. I just came back from my mom's house in Berkeley with a bunch more to scan. I have several hundred now. i give these away too.
     They go all the way back to the 1800s.
    bbut here's some recent ones.
    thats my grandpa James at the top the one I was named for. He was a Marin Lt in WWI. He cut himself shaving and died of lockjaw in 1926 when my mom was still a toddler. My dad's mom also died of an infection the same year. antibiotics would have saved them both but wasn't discovered yet.
    I'm the cowboy on the left and also Mr Cool, class of '66. I was the first person in my HS suspended for long hair (down below the collar)  Ive always been proud of that

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    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:23:40 AM PST

  •  Cleaning. And maybe tree. (4+ / 0-)

    I need to clean; I spent the week of Thanksgiving just basically working my ass off and coming home to change clothes and sleep, and now laundry needs doing and various other similar maintenance jobs I put off.

    However, my gut is not cooperating with me, and at the moment I'm unwilling to go start laundry, since that is down in the basement, there is no bathroom in the basement, and I'll twist my ankle if I try to do stairs fast. (sigh)

    I have the plot of a cute little romance around the story of an ancestress of mine, who was named Discretion Howard.

    When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

    by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:35:02 AM PST

    •  Discretion Howard (2+ / 0-)
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      michelewln, DJ Rix

      A name that launched a thousand tales... just the sound of it sparks my imagination.

      Amazing what some people do to their children though.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:51:47 AM PST

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      •  Her mother's name was Prudence. (grin) (2+ / 0-)
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        michelewln, Marko the Werelynx

        Apparently Discretion was a very beautiful woman who eloped with her husband, with bright red hair.

        When you come to find how essential the comfort of a well-kept home is to the bodily strength and good conditions, to a sound mind and spirit, and useful days, you will reverence the good housekeeper as I do above artist or poet, beauty or genius.

        by Alexandra Lynch on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 06:56:38 PM PST

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  •  Here's your Brunch music: (5+ / 0-)
    Miles Davis - E.S.P

    Marco Figueroa - Brazilliance

    Marvin Gaye - What's Goin' On

    Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth

    Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson

    Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood - Out Louder

    Enjoy!

    "If you're going to go down with the ship, make it a submarine." - Wayne Shorter

    by Oliver Tiger on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 07:48:31 AM PST

  •  I just got an email from SFBC (5+ / 0-)

    claiming I owe them money.  I went there to make sure my payment had registered (it had - I think they schedule these things three or four days ahead of time) and saw that Glen Beck has written another one - "Agenda 21" I think was the title.  

    It's an effusion about what happens after the UN takes over the country.  Just reading the blurb made me queasy.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:43:51 AM PST

    •  What is it about the number 21? (4+ / 0-)
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      Mystical 3 times mystical 7?

      During some recent scandals one of the Czech political parties, our "Social Democrats", suffered a lot of embarrassment and a few of their greasier members broke off to form Levice 21 and call themselves "National Socialists" and I cannot believe they haven't been scorned and shamed by the local media for that. The party they used to belong to was sort of our communism-lite.

      Now they're going to be our Nazi-lite?

      Oog.

      “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

      by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:37:20 AM PST

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  •  It's going to be a class prep day (5+ / 0-)

    unless I get sidetracked (which is easy to do)

    We only have three weeks left in the semester and I need to make sure I've covered the basics in each of the classes.

    It looks like I'll be talking about kids tomorrow: two lectures about Indian boarding schools (different lectures in different classes) and then about the process of growing up human in the anthropology class.

  •  My whole weekend, since Wednesday evening (5+ / 0-)

    has been a cycle of cook or bake something incredible, eat, and repeat....occassionally I've had to go for additional ingredients.   Today I'm going to enjoy the beauty of the place I live (not that I don't enjoy it everyday) and go to Waipio Valley with the leftovers from all this cooking and have a potluck picnic with friends!

    Then the dreaded Sunday evening, and the concept of "tomorrow always starts the night before" that I was taught so there will be some laundry, organizing and general cleaning, and getting my lunch ready.

    Have a great day!

  •  A day of rest (4+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, michelewln, DJ Rix, Aunt Em

    I had my Thanksgiving delayed until Saturday this year. My Favorite Female was working in London. I spent the better part of Friday and Saturday cooking our traditional family turkey day feast. Dinner for 19 people. We would have had a few more if there wasn't a bit of flu making the rounds.

    So today I had pecan pumpkin pie for breakfast, read some of Terry Pratchett's "Monstrous Regiment", watched the movie "Tower Heist" with my closest and dearest ones, reheated a few of the leftovers for lunch, and napped.

    Perhaps a turkey sandwich is in order...

    “The right of the people peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, and to petition the government, or any department thereof, shall never be abridged.”

    by Marko the Werelynx on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 09:47:20 AM PST

  •  Finished off our pie. (4+ / 0-)

    Had my last piece of this wonderful tart with So Delicious creamy vanilla soy cream...last pie is going to our game this Tuesday.


    Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Kabocha Pie by *Windthin on deviantART

    We still have a little turkey left, but everything else is gone.


    Autumn Colors Thanksgiving Turkey by *Windthin on deviantART

    My husband also made this animation, which apparently doesn't work on here, at least in preview. Sorry:


    Steampunk Cowboy Animation Set 4c by *Windthin on deviantART

    Creativity.

  •  Crafty Sunday? Not time for crafting because (5+ / 0-)

    I spend too much time glued to Daily Kos.

  •  I made soup yesterday. (2+ / 0-)
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    michelewln, Aunt Em

    I may add more veggies to it and have some for supper tonight.

    I went shopping for supplies to seal my windows for the winter yesterday, and wandered through a section of that particular store I don't usually bother with (toys).

    I went back this morning and got a Playskool tricycle for my grandson's Christmas present.  Upon consideration of his behavior, I got the bouncy one rather than the one that converts from a walker to a trike.  I firmly believe that before New Year, my daughter will have taken the batteries out of the music maker.

    Still don't know what I'm getting my granddaughter - everybody else gets cookies.

    Strength and dignity are her clothing, she rejoices at the days to come; She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the law of kindness is on her tongue.

    by loggersbrat on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 04:44:25 PM PST

  •  A delayed reason for thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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    michelewln

    Eighteen days ago, I went to the pharmacy to pick up something, and was asked to show my ID as well as my medical card.  I opened that pocket in my purse and withdrew....nothing!  Aaargh!  My driver's license was gone.  Fortunately, I had an old, expired license and it was accepted to guarantee the pills went to the right old lady.  

    However, I had to drive home, which I did very carefully.  I wasn't sure what would happen if I was stopped by the Highway Patrol.  I decided that the wallet with the license had been last seen in the house, and so started one of those panic-fueled searches of every room and cabinet under the roof.  I looked at my new kitten, who has been known to steal pencils, and began to follow her every where she went.  

    Each time I had to go somewhere, I breathed a prayer that I could drive so carefully that I wasn't noticed.  Hard to do for an 80 year old lady in a bright red car!  And so it has been.  I had finally decided to give up my life of crime and go to the DMV and confess, thowing myself on the mercy of the State employee who could issue a duplicate, but not this week.  Monday, for sure.

    Today, my daughter, for whom I am chauffeur when the buses don't run, agreed to go with me to the laundromat.  She said she had lost her tiny flashlight that she uses when she goes to work at 5 a.m.  She thought it might be in my car.  While I was loading a washer, she went out to the car, parked in full sunlight, and began a careful inspection.  Suddenly she let out a call, and came toward me with a small black object in her hand---my wallet, complete with driver's license.  

    I still have lost a few things (including my marbles), but I now realize that I never was breaking the law.  I was driving in a licensed vehicle, I just didn't know it.

    Growing old can be a challenge, but every once in a while, you win a hand.  My drive home, was a delightful trip of brilliant trees, warm sun, and a very light heart.

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