I call it my African Violet Miracle . . .

Here she is, Violetta, my pet name for my African Violet plant that has already had her one year anniversary. 

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Santa’s Gone to the Dogs . . . and cats . . .

The proof is in the pudding, so they say . . .

A couple of weeks ago I blogged that I would be doing my annual volunteer good deed, and had offered up my Santa self to the local vet in the small town I reside in . . . you can see by some of the photos below that I indeed went to the dogs, and a couple of cats as well. 

 Here are a couple of collages to cheer you up.

By the way, most of my lap sitters asked for the same Christmas gift . . . bones!

From my furry friends to you – a grrrrr Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Christmas Around the World . . . my way

I’ve always been fascinated how others celebrate Christmas and am compelled to share with you my rendition in a variety of ways, so whether we say ¡Feliz Navidad, Buone Feste, Chúc mừng ngày lễ, Joyeux Noël, Frohe Weihnachten, Buon Natale, and so on, please join me in singing The Twelve Days of Christmas a la Mexicano . . .

En el duodécimo día de Navidad soñé

On the twelfth day of Christmas I dreamt of

Doce medias de la Navidad – 12 Christmas stockings

Once galletas de Navidad – 11 Christmas cookies

Diez plantas de poinsettia – 10 Poinsettia plants

Nueve cactus de Navidad – 9 Christmas Cactus

Ocho tazas de chocolate caliente mexicano – 8 cups Mexican hot chocolate

Siete sopapillas dulce – 7 sweet sopapillas

Seis tamales deliciosos – 6 yummy tamales

Cinco piñatas de Navidad – 5 Christmas piñatas

Cuatro ovejas y sus pastores – 4 sheep and their shepherds

Tres hombres sabios siguientes allá estrella – 3 wise men and a star

Dos ángeles cantando – 2 angels singing 

Un Niño Jesús nos trae la alegría – 1 Baby Jesus bringing us joy



What . . . me Santa?

Scoop1942 aka Santa?  You guessed right!

Every year at Christmastime or during the holidays in December, I like to do at least one good deed.  This is not to say that I don’t do good deeds all year long . . .

But, during this festive and often times stressful period in our lives, I truly believe we all should extend ourselves just a little and do something that may even be out of the ordinary for us.

Who doesn’t want to be Santa?  Well, most folks, including me, until about 10 years ago when our office Christmas get together was lacking one Santa Claus, so after an exhaustive search throughout the offce, where everyone was asked if they would please “play Santa Claus” at the Christmas luncheon, it came down to me.  I’ve always been a good sport and thought, “well, why not?  I’ll put on the red suit, do a few ho ho ho’s and there you have it.  No one will will ever know I’m not the jolly ol’ elf . . . hmmm maybe that should be jolly ol’ elfette?”

So, there you have it.  I was transformed into the man in the red suit and have gone caroling with Brownies at nursing homes, donned the red hat with the white fuzzy ball and handed out Christmas presents galore, hugged little ones, and so on. 

Well my good friends, this year is going to be a hoot as ol’ Santa is going to the dogs.  Literally!  My good deed this year is at our local vet’s office where fido and kitty kat will sit on my lap and meow and bark and probably growl their goodie request for a Santa and Pet photo op . . .

Check back next week because I’ll have plenty of photos to share with all.

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