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January 7, 2012

Hey There!

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Hi everyone!  I’ve missed you this week!  The blogosphere has gotten away from me as I headed back to work this past week after our nice holiday break.  I’ve done some reading and commenting here and there, but it has been nearly a week since I posted.  I don’t have much in the way of new pictures to share (just this one above of Cedric not letting the Christmas village get in the way of his enjoyment of viewing the outside world) but I did want to say hello and share some tidbits.

The Christmas village has been packed away for the year, but before I took it down, I tried making a couple of little video tours of my little town with my iPod.  I was considering posting them here, but I haven’t uploaded them anywhere yet, and now that it is January 7th, it feels a bit after-the-fact, ya know?  The tree has also been taken down and dragged to the small thicket of trees at the back of my property.  The outdoor Christmas lights and the glowing snowman are all that remain of the decorations.  I figure the snowman can hang out for a while; he’s more of a winter fellow than just a Christmas sort.

In addition to Christmas clean-up, I’ve been doing a little housekeeping here on the blog.  I changed my archives to a drop-down menu because the months have been piling up over there.  I’ve also added a new drop down menu for categories and a new category to my blog posts called “Walking the Dogs” – so many of my posts and pictures come from my walks with the furry children, I thought they deserved a category.  I’ve gone through a lot of my older posts and categorized them this way, so if  you are interested in that, have a look.  I’m thinking about doing a “For the Birds” category next.

If you haven’t been over to see Scott’s latest assignment yet, you really should! It concerns that photography stand-by, the rule of thirds.  He wants us to find a shot that makes great use of this rule.  If you are a photo-newbie who isn’t sure what that means, Scott has some great links to help you out.  For those of you who aren’t feeling the photo-mojo this time of year, Scott is allowing the use of an older photo that you crop into a rule-of-thirds example, and would like to see the “before” and “after” if you choose this route.  As an added bonus to participating, Scott is offering a chance at a spot in a really cool photography e-course!  He will randomly choose a winner from all who participate!  Deadline is January 18th so that the lucky winner can be part of the class beginning on January 20th.

I’ve got one more “Christmas” get-together today – the famous “pig out” – and it is at my house this year, so I’d better get moving along.  I hope to catch up with everyone later tonight or tomorrow.  I hope your 2012 is off to a great start!


  1. A very enjoyable post, Karen. 🙂

    Comment by Bob Zeller — January 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  2. Our house is back in order, too. I took advantage of the unseasonable warm weather last weekend to take down the outside lights and decorations. Thank you for the link back on this month’s assignment. Hope you’ll join in!

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — January 7, 2012 @ 10:09 am | Reply

    • We had even more unseasonable warmth here yesterday – almost 60 degrees!! – although I spent the day inside with my guests.
      I definitely plan to join the assignment – I just have no idea what I’ll use for subjects.

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  3. Boy oh boy do I like that Victorian house, and that bay window, and that fluffy Cedric. Boy oh boy do I like sitting here in my bunny slippers watching somebody else work.

    Comment by Gerry — January 7, 2012 @ 10:15 am | Reply

    • Hee, hee – I’d love to see your bunny slippers Gerry. Maybe you can work them into a post sometime!

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  4. There’s something about the holidays ending that encourages relaxing and thoughtless activities. Or is that just an excuse for my laziness? Probably. Oh well.

    Comment by Carol — January 7, 2012 @ 10:48 am | Reply

    • I think the end of the holidays requires some relaxing after all the work we do!

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:07 am | Reply

  5. I always find it a bit melancholy removing all of the Christmas decorations but then it turns into relief starting with a clean slate. Have fun today on this glorious January day!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 7, 2012 @ 12:08 pm | Reply

    • I agree – I’m always a bit sad to take it all down, but it is good when it is done. Can you even believe how warm out it was yesterday?

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  6. Love Cedric in the window.

    Happy New Year !

    Nova Scotia

    Comment by Sybil — January 7, 2012 @ 1:50 pm | Reply

    • He’s a sweetie. Thanks Sybil.

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  7. I changed my archives to a drop-down menu, too! Our minds are thinking alike! It sounds like you are getting all organized. Cedric in the window…classic. Hope you had a good week back at school. I am deep in school budgeting.

    Comment by Kathy — January 7, 2012 @ 3:24 pm | Reply

    • I’m not even sure why I decided to organize a bit here. Just seemed like the thing to do! Budgeting is not fun; best of luck getting done with that.
      Thanks Kathy.

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:10 am | Reply

      • Budgeting is not fun? Karma, Karma! I ADORE budgeting. (Go figure…)

        Comment by Kathy — January 8, 2012 @ 9:55 am

      • Sometimes I don’t know when you are pulling my leg, Kathy! 😉

        Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

      • Part of me is always teasing, Karma. The other part loves budgeting, honest-to-goodness. It’s why I’m a Business Manager and Tax Collector. I adore numbers…

        Comment by Kathy — January 8, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

  8. I love you little winter town and Cedric is the typical kitty, eh? Wanting to get right into the mix of things! Hope you and your family had a beautiful Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Comment by plainmama — January 7, 2012 @ 4:33 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much Amy. Nice to see you out in the blogosphere once again. I’m sure your boys kept you very busy last month!

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:11 am | Reply

  9. It’s nice to see you back! Although I have to admit that I was greatful for the quietness on some of the blogs I follow… makes me feel less guilty for falling behind on my commenting 😉
    All my Christmas decorations have been packed away, too, and the house seems “empty” now….. just the wreath I had on our front door is still around. Decided to hang it on the back of our bedroom door (out of sight most of the time) because it wouldn’t fit in any of the Christmas decorations boxes.

    Comment by TheDailyClick — January 8, 2012 @ 8:54 am | Reply

    • My wreath disappeared with the Christmas tree – it was looking very dried out.
      I’m planning to play catch-up on the blogs this afternoon; maybe I’ll have to start another “Words with Friends” game too – I still had letters left when the game declared you the winner!

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  10. Good to hear all is well with you. Love the photo of Cedric. It’s such a cat-like thing to do (sit in the middle of things). 🙂

    The Rule of Thirds confuses me for some reason. No matter how much I read about it, I can’t seem to wrap my head around the concept. I’m not very good with things spatial. Or fractional. I’ll be interested to see what everyone comes up with for this assignment as that might help me understand it. It doesn’t look or sound as complicated as my brain has made it. 😉

    Comment by Robin — January 8, 2012 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin – yes, a very kitty thing to do!
      Rule of thirds really isn’t too complicated, and can be interpreted in several ways. It should really be a “suggestion of thirds” more than a rule in my opinion! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — January 8, 2012 @ 3:43 pm | Reply

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