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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Auld Lang Syne 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR BLOGGERS!
Yep, it is THAT time of year, only a few more hours here is California.  I know there are parts of this world who have already celebrated and seen the new year come in, but here on the West Coast we always say "they save the best for LAST!"..........LOL

I've found a little history about the song, that most of us sing........or at least hum on New Years Eve.  I really found this to be interesting......I hope you do too.
  I found this information HERE
"Auld Lang Syne" (Scots pronunciation: [ˈɔːl(d) lɑŋˈsəin]: note "s" rather than "z")[1] is a Scots poem written by Robert Burns in 1788[2][3] and set to the tune of a traditional folk song (Roud # 6294). It is well known in many countries, especially in the English-speaking world, its traditional use being to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight.

Robert Burns sent a copy of the original song to the Scots Musical Museum with the remark, "The following song, an old song, of the olden times, and which has never been in print, nor even in manuscript until I took it down from an old man."[6] Some of the lyrics were indeed "collected" rather than composed by the poet; the ballad "Old Long Syne" printed in 1711 by James Watson shows considerable similarity in the first verse and the chorus to Burns' later poem,[5] and is almost certainly derived from the same "old song".
Should Old Acquaintance be forgot,
and never thought upon;
The flames of Love extinguished,
and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet Heart now grown so cold,
that loving Breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect
On Old long syne.

CHORUS:
On Old long syne my Jo,
On Old long syne,
That thou canst never once reflect,
On Old long syne.
It is a fair supposition to attribute the rest of the poem to Burns himself.[6]
There is some doubt as to whether the melody used today is the same one Burns originally intended, but it is widely used in Scotland and in the rest of the world.[3][7]
 

Lyrics[edit]

The song begins by posing a rhetorical question as to whether it is right that old times be forgotten, and is generally interpreted as a call to remember long-standing friendships.[9] Thomson’s Select Songs of Scotland was published in 1799 in which the second verse about greeting and toasting was moved to its present position at the end.[9]
Most common use of the song involves only the first verse and the chorus. The last lines of both of these are often sung with the extra words "For the sake of" or "And days of", rather than Burns' simpler lines. This allows one note for each word, rather than the slight melisma required to fit Burns' original words to the melody.

Complete lyrics
Burns’ original Scots verse[4]English translation
(minimalist)
Scots pronunciation guide
(as Scots speakers would sound)
 
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
and auld lang syne*?

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my jo,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup!
and surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak' a cup o’ kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae run about the braes,
and pou’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit,
sin' auld lang syne.

CHORUS
We twa hae paidl’d in the burn,
frae morning sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
sin' auld lang syne.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
and gie's a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak' a right gude-willie waught,
for auld lang syne.

CHORUS
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and days of long ago?

CHORUS:
For days of long ago, my dear,
for days of long ago,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for days of long ago.
And surely you’ll buy your pint cup!
and surely I’ll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
for days of long ago.

CHORUS
We two have run about the slopes,
and picked the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered many a weary foot,
since days of long ago.

CHORUS
We two have paddled in the stream,
from morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
since days of long ago.

CHORUS
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give me a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll take a right good-will draught,
for days of long ago.

CHORUS
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an nivir brocht ti mynd?
Shid ald akwentans bee firgot,
an ald lang syn*?

CHORUS:
Fir ald lang syn, ma jo,
fir ald lang syn,
wil tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.
An sheerly yil bee yur pynt-staup!
an sheerly al bee myn!
An will tak a cup o kyndnes yet,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS
We twa hay rin aboot the braes,
an pood the gowans fyn;
Bit weev wandert monae a weery fet,
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS
We twa hay pedilt in the burn,
fray mornin sun til dyn;
But seas between us bred hay roard
sin ald lang syn.

CHORUS
An thers a han, my trustee feer!
an gees a han o thyn!
And we’ll tak a richt gude-willie-waucht,
fir ald lang syn.

CHORUS
 

dine = "dinner time"
ch =
voiceless velar fricative, /x/, at the back of the mouth like /k/ but with the mouth partly open like /f/. Similar to "Bach" in German
* syne = "since" or "then" – pronounced like "sign" rather than "zine".



So, a little history on this song.  I've found it to be interesting to try and sing it with a Scot's brogue.........LOL  I guess I'm just too country to pull THAT off!

Wishing YOU all the very best this new year can bring, as I life a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne!!!


Inky Hugs
Krisha

Monday, December 29, 2014

The LasT Tuesday of 2014


Some of my favorite T-day pictures from 2014
I hope everybody had a fantastic holiday, and your looking forward to the new year, that is just around the corner.

Our last gathering of T stands for Tuesday for 2014!  An amazing year, amazing that I got this far through it...without broken bones or any health issues.....LOL!!

I have spent the day cleaning up what was left from the mess after our celebration on Saturday.  The decorations were all down and put away before I went to bed Saturday night (I had had enough) all but the tree itself.  Sunday the DH and I worked on our refrigerator, the condenser keeps icing up.  We pulled the back panel off and defrosted it......again!  DH got on the PC and found the part "he" thinks is the problem and got it ordered.  That was an all day pain in the butt!!
 I tackled taking apart the Christmas tree today and put it in the box and out in the garage it went.  The dust and tinsel (which I JUST had to put on the tree this year), and the tiny paper scraps..................oh my!!  I only managed to get the front part of the house clean...kitchen, dinning room and living room done today.  The vacuumed cleaner is now sitting at this end of the hallway, waiting for the second round tomorrow.

With the new year only 2 days away, the DH and I haven't really made any definite plans.  Thinking about hooking up the Playhouse and going over to the beach for a couple of days.  It would be great to get away for a little while.  It has been a couple years since we have really done anything for New Years..........getting too old to get too wild............a couple quiet days at the beach is about all the excitement the DH and I can handle.........LOL!

What are your plans for celebrating? Or do you celebrate the ringing in of the new year?

Inky Hugs
 Krisha  see ya next year!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday, December 22, 2014

T stands for getting ready for Santa

L to R: Hannah (8) Rachel (8) Megan (4) Madelynn (5)
 What a day this G-ma has had!!  4 girls for the day and oh what fun we did have getting ready for Santa.  We started off by painting Styrofoam plates to look like peppermint candy.......LOTS of RED paint!!  Once they were dry we stapled them inside to inside and wrapped them with plastic wrap and tied the ends.  They painted long (free) paint stirring sticks to look like candy canes, then we I pounded the sticks into the front flower bed.  Then we took the plates and slipped them over the sticks.


 
Here they are in the flower bed.  Now I JUST NOW ran out and snapped this picture (since I just realized I didn't get one this afternoon).  It is 10:30PM Monday night and I am already showered and in my PJs.......What I will do for the Tea gang over at Elizabeth's !!!!
Decorating gift bags for a game we will play Christmas Eve.
So, on with what else we did today. They are busy, busy, busy.  We will all be together Christmas Eve for a family fun and games night.  Three generations, both sides of my oldest son's family.......but we just say "family", cause Rachel and Madelynn (who we call Maddy) call me G-ma anyway....grin!  The big white square, tipped on it's point and tapped to a pink bin is a game we will also be playing.  You have to throw a marshmallow through the wreath (on the other side of the square) and make it into the basket.  The older girls practiced for hours, so they can beat their parents!  Then there is pin the nose on Santa and a balloon game that we will also be playing (and the girls all practiced all afternoon, timing themselves with the stop watch on my cell phone).....LOL  They also played games outside and swang on the homemade swings hanging from the tree braches.  They made their own lunch by rolling a hot dog up in a crescent roll, to make pigs in a blanket.  We frosted 4 dozen cookies, for Christmas Eve.  They played hide and go seek in the house with Maddy being the best at hiding (she is the one in the pink shirt above).
 
The two youngest one's went home, when their Dad's came to pick them up.  Both Dad's work  just a short ways from here, so it is handy for them to drop the kids off on the way to work and pick them up on the way back home. I was rewarded a bottle of wine from Maddy and Rachel's dad.....LOL  Not really, he was given a bottle of wine from a client, and they don't drink wine, so he left it with me......a good Merlot too!!  The two oldest ones were promised a sleep over, so they stayed, and I am happy to announce that they are fast asleep at this moment.
My drink for this week.........yep!  A Lime-a-rita  in a can no less!!!  I deserve this, and am drinking it right now.......................oh, G-ma needs a good night's sleep.......LOL  Tomorrow I am planning on taking the two older girls to the movies.......they don't know it yet.  They have been wanting to see "Annie" and   I saw it on stage years ago and think it is a good choice.  So I might be a little late in getting back to all who visit...............but I will return the visits some time this week. 
 
Oldest son is spending Christmas Day with his wife's grandmother ( she just lost her husband a few months ago and is having a hard time)  Youngest son will be at home for Christmas Eve, as they host  a dinner for her family ( since her parents are separated and she doesn't want her Dad to be alone)  I have good boys who also care about their in-laws. It is really hard to describe how these families inter connect, almost feel like we should have our own reality program on TV .........LOL  DH and I will have Christmas Day to ourselves, might be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.......or a really nice dinner (out) that someone else cooks, or maybe a burger and a movie........it will be interesting!!!
 
 So, this year, when youngest gets here Friday night (very late Friday night) we will celebrate on Saturday with all of our family and all four grandkids!!
And SURPRISES of SURPRISES, and not really "official" yet (she hasn't verified it with a Dr. appointment.............................................I am going to be a G-ma again next spring, early summer!!!!!........................................................who needs Santa!!!!!!
 
SO NOW I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS.......
 
 
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
HUGS, (inky ones are best)
KRISHA

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WOYWW 289

tin of mints, wooden drawers with punches in them, ott light, small black bin with post it, paint water, spray bottle owl full of pens and pencils, ott light small container o sharp things, and revolving storage.  In the middle are some Christmas stamps, note book, pens and my glasses......and a string of 12 gift tags I'm working on.
 Hello WOYWWers!  It has been a while since Betsy and I have joined the desker's fun around Blogland.  Betsy sits rather quiet now, we have all our shopping finished, wrapped and under the tree.  All the decorations are up and waiting for the jolly little elf to show up Christmas eve.  I did a rather foolish thing, for this time of year, I decided to move the stuff on Betsy around............and it became a full fledge re-do.  There was just too much on the desk top, to much pile high along side of me, too much that needed it's own space and just TOO MUCH!!!!  I was getting to the point I didn't want to sit at Betsy and create, I was just grabbing a journal and some pens and going to the sofa. :(
So I worked on this space for three days, if I hadn't touched it or used it in the past 5-10 years the chances I would were gone, and I need the space NOW......LOL
Stepping back you can see my little alcove, with a nice low counter top down the left side, and on the right is a stand for my lap top and all the markers and ink pads overhead.

The low countertop runs almost the width of the room.  I found these metal, 3 tier shelving units at Target for $19.00 each.  I already had one, so the addition of 2 made everything fit!  The shelf up above holds my boxes of little things, finished journals, wooden cigar boxes and a pile of cs in colors that I have had for over 10 years (these will be finding a new home)  The two Iris carts hold mostly wood mounted stamps and specialty paper and the tops hold my 12 x 12 scraps and the other bin holds my stencils


The view to the right, not much to rally describe, still some work to be done in that direction......LOL
Linking up with Julia as she just went live.......... and next Wednesday is Christmas Eve and that time is for our family so.....................

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sparkle and Shine for JOURNAL 52

Whoa! Only TWO more challenges to go for 2014 Journal 52 !  This week the prompt is Sparkle and Shine, great for holiday time. I used a pearlescence white paint for the snow, but the photo just makes it look dirty.....LOL  I also used a metallic paint for the ornaments, barely shows, and least the sparkle shows.....grin

Ready for the Holiday?  I found myself finished last week and not liking it :(  I feel a little left out of the hustle and bustle and Christmas spirit............maybe I'll bake tomorrow and that will make the house smell like Christmas.
Are you baking this year?

Inky Hugs
Krisha

T sTands for TREE and Tea

old cup, fresh coffee
 
Hard to believe that it has been a WHOLE week since my last post, where, oh where did this last week go?  Well, there was Tea Time visiting with Elizabeth and the tea gang Tuesday morning, finished all the decorating I'm going to do this year.  Wed. it was back adjustment day, then a dreaded trip to Costco (really wasn't so bad, guess most are finished with their Christmas shopping).  That night I decided to move ONE thing on Betsy, and the whole thing blew up into a MAJOR change (hopefully I can do WOYWW to show it off)  Before I could finish that project the storm started, very HIGH winds to start with.  The wind blew almost all night,  DH and I had gone into the front yard to check the tree and what we saw was cause for a sleepless night.  The tree has had a big split in it for sometime, and we had it pruned way back over a year ago, trying to save it.  As the wind gust the split would move!!!YIKES!  If the one section came down it would be the corner of our roof, corner of the neighbor's roof and 2 of their cars!! The next morning the rain had already started, ya, that long awaited rain.  All three of our trees are now necked......LOL  Not that many leaves in the yard, as the wind took them to.........where ever........I did watch many of them blow down the street!!
Friday we had to call a tree service to check the front tree.............yep, it had to come down.  NO way of saving it, and the whole tree had started to lean.......:(

The split form the house side.  Tree is leaning away from the camera.


A closer look at the split....YIKES! it was hollow almost to the bottom!
It took them 3 hours to get it all the way down, I did take a lot of pictures and used a lot of tissue for the tears.  We had had that tree for 30 years.

The main body went in one swift swoop, then they had a machine that chipped out the stump.
I have to say, the two young men that came and worked so hard, were very good at what they did.
The front of our house now looks so bare.  Saturday the truck and crew came to remove all the debris from the lawn (the whole tree) It took them nearly 3 hours to get it all picked up and it almost didn't all fit in their BIG truck!  I also finished the re-do of Betsy and then proceeded to remove the storm dust from the rest of the house.  This old house isn't sealed so well anymore, and when the dust blows it all seems to find a home on my dark furniture........LOL

Sunday we had invited some friend over for a Tri-Tip BBQ (mainly so her and I could work on a new Sringbok puzzle (we've been BFFs and when they lived here we used to work these hard puzzles all the time)
While waiting their arrival I finished the left page of my Today journal and then did the opposite page, then closed it before it was dry, thus the smudges on both pages.....LOL  I used Inktense colored pencils and blended with water and no brain!

So that is how last week stacked up, didn't have to call the insurance company, but lost my big tree.  Had a good time with friends, I did finish the puzzle after they had to leave.......then found ONE PIECE missing!!!!  Sprinbok does have a 90 day policy for their puzzles ( and they should these are expensive puzzles) Now I need to gather all my info and send it to them.....:(

What have you been doing since last we met?  Haven't joined our group yet?  Click HERE and join us, great group........and no you do not have to drink tea or coffee......

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Happenings for Tea Day

GDs decorated the melted snowman cookies, Hannah did the reindeer on the right and Megan did some art on the cookie at the bottom.
Surprise! No Today Journal page this week, but a real picture to take it's place for the weekly Tea Party with Elizabeth and Bluebeard...LOL 
The GDs were here for the weekend, whilest Mom and Dad went to a Christmas party, so there were lots of happenings going on here.  My new Christmas cup tell just how MY diet has been going, and the reason why......grin!

Saturday afternoon they made ornaments

Santa's helpers
 
The ornaments that made it to G-ma's tree.....the rest went home for their tree.  You can see how close they put some of the ornaments while decorating my tree........still have bare spots.....but I love it anyway!
 
Sunday we baked cookies and then decorated them, watched Polar Express and played games outside (had to wear off some of that sugar...LOL)
 
By now you all know I never get tired of sharing pictures of my family, and you all leave such wonderful comments about them that my head just keeps getting bigger......grin
 
Hope you will pour a cup of your favorite beverage and join E and the gang for Tea.
Please feel free to sample the GDs cookies, there is still a whole platter of them waiting in the sidelines!
 
Inky Hugs
Krisha

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Journal 52 week 49

Holy Smokes! Only three more weeks to go and this year's Journal 52 challenge will be over!!
This week the prompt is "Doodle".  I had just finished putting the final touches to some house decorations and had sat down to put my feet up, when I happened to check my cell, and there was the email with the prompt.  I grabbed a page from my journal and some sharpies and went back to the sofa, put my feet back up and created while watching NCIS.  I was going to watch a Christmas movie, I had recorded earlier, but the NCIS was all re-runs and I didn't have to really "watch" them.

Thanks for stopping by.
Inky Hugs
Krisha

PS.....Yes E, I had already posted yesterday, before the prompt.....LOL  But you know I love to doodle................................grin

Friday, December 5, 2014

Doodles and Scribbles

 
Happy Friday!  I'm not real sure where Monday-Thursday went, but Friday has arrived once again.  
Before Thanksgiving, while there were some time that wasn't spoken for, I did a little playing around in one of my art journals.  This doodle was done with colored sharpie pens.  The green almost looks like the black in this photo.  Had this idea bouncing around in my head, making all kinds of racket, until I finally sat down and put it on paper.....................sure is quiet now!

 
When I was a kid, many, many, years ago, my friends and I would make what we called "Scribble Pictures". Scribble a page and then take hours coloring in all the spaced.  Well, as  history does repeat itself, it has come back!  I have seen many projects like this on the Art Journal Junkies and Abandoned Art groups from all over the world, of course most of them think it is "new", not having been around as long as I have........LOL!  So with fond memories I created a Scribble Picture in my journal, only leaving some of the spaces blank, then going back and doodling in them.  This really is a poor photo of this page, even though I ran it through all the Photo programs I have, the florescent gel pens still look dull!!

Thanks for stopping by, please leave me a comment so I can return the visit and see what you are doing!!

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Monday, December 1, 2014

The first Tea of December

Tea Time with Elizabeth has once again arrived, right on time, but for once I'm a little ahead of the game by not being so late........grin

Hope everyone, that celebrates, had a bountiful Thanksgiving.  We had a VERY busy four days and loved almost every minute ( well I'm trying not to bleatingly lie!)  After all the hustle and bustle, the cooking, the cleaning, getting everyone here or there on time and felt this page of my Today journal was a good one to share.  Believe me the china tea cups, that I do own, were set up HIGH over the weekend.  Youngest DIL did manage to break the lid to my Tevana brewing cup......:(  .  But it is just a cup, and the lid is all that broke.  I purposely left this page mostly black and white, and only colored the tea pot.

HIGHLITES OF THE WEEKEND:

Megan came in her costume from pre school.  Her Indian name is Silver Swan

Megan 4 1/2 and Danica 4 went right to dressing up!

The first time we were all together to trim the tree.  Grandpa took the pictures and he always get my worst angle!!!

Taylor wasn't so interested when he found out the ornaments were not balls!!

Megan got the honor of putting the topper on the tree (with Dad's help)
They did very well putting on the decorations,.......... ya, there are some branches that have three ornaments and some that have none, but I decided to leave it just as it is.

Friday night we all went to Christmas Town, it is something set up every year for the kids to enjoy.  LOTS of lighted trees and decorations, a sledding hill, hayride, faux ice skating rink, a rock clibing wall and lots of bouncy houses.

Not to be out-done, on the sledding hill, Danica and I were neck and neck with her Daddy and brother.  We are in the left lane.
ALL the kids got to see Santa!  Our oldest son and his family

Youngest son and his family

Our own Rockefeller Center, with Danica and Megan on skates.

Letters to Santa before we left (even though they had just seen him)
Saturday I MADE them all go for family pictures, and while the photographer was taking the small group pictures, Grandma took a few of her own to keep the kids busy.



Hannah


Megan

Danica
Well, I could just keep adding pictures, we (between GP and myself) took just tad over 500 pictures, but I think you have an idea of how our weekend went.

So I'm off now to link up with Elizabeth and see what the rest of the "T" gang did since last we met for drinks.  Grab a cup and join me.

Inky Hugs
Krisha

Journal 52 week 48

Happy December!!! Woha!!..........wasn't it just October??  Here we are the last 4 weeks of the year, well technically 4 weeks and 2 days.....LOL

This weeks Journal 52 prompt is "Build a Snowman".  Of course Olaf was the first thing to come to my mind after all the "Frozen" things around here, he is my favorite character in the whole movie.  Just a goofy little snowman that makes the whole movie come together...........IMHO!

I gessoed up the page and did snowflake stamp resists with clear embossing powder.  For the cool color I used a Gelato and a wet-one, and also created the flipped up page corner.  I drew in the hat, scarf, carrot and the lumps of coal with a marker.  To make the snow drifts more defined I used a pearl white puffy paint, and Olaf was trimmed and glued to the corner.  Of course the sentiment is hand written........grin

A really quick and easy page and a ton of fun to create.  The grandkids will love it and that's all that matters........right??

Inky Hugs
Krisha