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December 10, 2010

Odds and Ends

Filed under: Photo assignments,Recipes — Karma @ 9:36 pm
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It has been a busy week.  I feel remiss that I haven’t written a post since Sunday.  I have cool post ideas rambling around in my head but they haven’t quite come to fruition yet.  Ever have that feeling?  I still wanted to share a little bit tonight, because tomorrow will be a busy day too.

Did you ever notice that rhododendrons work as thermometers?  Really, it’s true!  I’m pretty sure we can all remember what our rhododendrons look like in the spring when they are gorgeous and bursting with flowers (I was going to show you a picture, of course, but I couldn’t find a decent one in my archives!  Really, Karen? Weird! I know!)

At this time of year, I know it is a morning that we need to bundle up when I look out the front window and see this:

Can you see how tightly those leaves are curled up?  I’ve noticed they seem to do this when the temperature is below freezing.  This morning was one of the coldest we’ve had so far this season at about 10 degrees F and those leaves were sucked in so tight they looked like pine needles.  It was still too dark out for me to get a good picture though.

Speaking of cold, our friend Scott Thomas is buried in about 4 feet of Lake Effect snow these days.  Scott also recently posted a long term photo assignment that I think will be a lot of fun.  If you haven’t gotten over there to check it out, go see!  Scott has promised to send email reminders to those of us who’d like to participate and leave him a comment.

 Mr. Rebel or Andre or EWOT or whatever his name is, is anxious to be introduced to this white phenomena so many bloggers seem to be talking about and taking pictures of.  He sits in his case near-by the computer, complaining to be used as usual, but he will have to wait for snow.  I’ve been mollifying him with Christmas tree pictures.

I have others, with a story to share, coming soon. 

Ms. Sell, over at the Writing Studio and Bait Shop, who always has a great story to share, did a post sharing her ideas for planning those family meals and getting out of the dreaded rut.  She’s got some easy ideas and shares a recipe too!  Thanks, Gerry, for contributing.  I think some of your ideas may make my New Year’s resolution  binder.  You might want to check out today’s post as well where we learn that Miss Sadie and the Cowboy have been immortalized in print!

I hope this busy holiday season finds you well and not too crazy.  Better make sure  you aren’t suffering from FGEEKD!  Time to go relax with a glass of wine (or whatever floats your particular boat).  I promise my next post will be less disjointed.


  1. I like the shot of the Christmas tree lights. I don’t know about snow. I doubt we will see any down here and it will be nearly 80 today. Tomorrow, it gets cool and may get close to freezing at night but there is no precip in the atmosphere. When snow does hit down here, it lasts overnight and that is that.

    Comment by burstmode — December 11, 2010 @ 9:17 am | Reply

    • At times, Burstmode, I’ve wondered why I’ve never run away to a climate like yours! My family and life are here, of course. Maybe someday, in my distant future world of retirement, I shall become a “snowbird” and escape New England winters.

      Comment by Karma — December 12, 2010 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  2. Yup, us poor Texas residents…. at least in the Dallas area there’s always that slim chance of snow, strangely usually in February. This year we had a BIG snowstorm on the first day of spring!
    Hope YOU get your snow soon!
    I like the Christmas lights, too, and I had no idea that rhododendrons curled their leaves like that! They do look like pine needles.

    Btw. I got your Christmas card today, it turned out great! Yours is on its way, too… can’t remember which batch it was in, I mailed a few each day this week.

    Comment by thedailyclick — December 11, 2010 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  3. Honestly, I was surprised to find out it snows at all in Texas. I guess with Texas being such a large state it shouldn’t be surprising that there would be a range of temps. I have a niece who lives in the Dallas area and I was surprised to see her pictures of snow last winter.

    Thanks on the Christmas card! I’ll bet most of those pics looked a bit familiar, eh? 😉 I found the street sign when I was on vacation!

    Comment by Karma — December 12, 2010 @ 8:50 am | Reply

    • I’m pretty sure the TX panhandle gets snow every winter, but it’s a bit milder in the Dallas area. How cool that you have a niece who lives in the Dallas area…. I think you should visit her sometime 😉
      LOVED the street sign, great find! And yes, some of those pics did look familiar. Great choices for your card.

      Comment by thedailyclick — December 12, 2010 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  4. I like your odds and ends 😦 : pictures with a magic mood, rhododendrons curling up in the cold – ours do not seem to mind low temperatures so much, maybe it is colder in your area. Nice to travel to Ms. Sell and her famous dogs too ! Thanks Karma.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 12, 2010 @ 3:27 pm | Reply

    • You typed a little sad face there, Isa! Did you mean to?
      This rhododendron is an early-blooming variety, so maybe it behaves a little differently? It has smaller leaves than other varieties as well. Or perhaps I’ve been mixed up all these years and it is really a giant azaelea bush, but I don’t think so.

      Comment by Karma — December 12, 2010 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  5. Your shot of the Christmas tree lights is so beautiful it is inspiring me! We now have an untrimmed tree sitting in the Christmas tree stand in the living room. Time to get some cool-lookin’ photos like yours!

    I did not know a) the rhododendron fact nor b) about Scott’s new photographic challenge. Or maybe I knew and forgot. Thanks for the reminder.

    Hope you had a restful weekend. P.S. I like the name “Andre” for your camera.

    Comment by Kathy — December 12, 2010 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • I’m getting ready to post more Christmas tree photos, so come on back if you’d like to see some more! 🙂
      The weekend wasn’t particularly restful – we had a family gathering at my sister’s house that kept us quite busy. Nice, but busy. I can’t blog about it, unfortunately, due to another family member. I don’t know if said family member even knows about my blog, but it is just one of those things!
      The idea for “Andre” was actually my sister’s from the old Andre Agassi Canon Rebel commercials!

      Comment by Karma — December 12, 2010 @ 8:18 pm | Reply

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