Thursday, December 30, 2010

Addicting Stats

Stats are interesting - almost addicting to follow.  Today's visitors were from the US, Russia, the UK, Netherlands, South Korea, Poland and Slovenia.  So far this week you can add Germany, Romania, France and Hungary to that list. 'Twould be interesting to know who you fine people are (and what you're looking for.) It sometimes helps to know who one's audience is, yes?
Anyway, the Clustrmap has a lag time of a few days it seems, which is fine I suppose, though why it should have to be longer than an instant, I don't know!  We get so used to technology and it's instantaneous results that our expectations may be unrealistic! Or are they?  Why shouldn't the results be instantaneous?

Later:  Doing some more comparing, it seems the clustrmap is about ten days behind the regular stats! (and prolly those are behind a few days too).

A Snowman's Tale

Christmas day - Sabbath
Tuesday - half a smile, and leaning a little.
Wednesday - a little more off balance...
Thursday - looks like a strange yoga pose.

Friday - Good-bye was nice knowing you! (sniff)

Icicles etc

These are off the front eaves

Giant lollipops - actually I discouraged the girls from sucking on's all from very yucky water!

We have a bit of a hill for sledding. These sledding pics are from next day after the snowfall.

Running back up the hill

Patiently taking turns

Where the water dripped from the melting snow, I guess.

We don't need the "icicle lights"

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Our White Christmas

Double blessing - Christmas on a Sabbath!  Or should I say triple blessing - 4 inches (10cm) of snow to boot!  Here are some photos of the day.

We woke up to snow falling - already making our world white.

We decided to go on a drive.  Here is one of our favourite houses in the snow.

Side view of it.  Look at all the fireplaces!

Coating everything of course. 

We drove up to LBA - surprisingly there was less snow there!

At the "lake" we had some nice shots.

Back home we found all this snow waiting for us to play in.

Another one for the Comcam.

Our cosy house.

As you can see, it really IS 4 inches (and a bit...)

The trampoline is groaning under the weight.

Christmas/Sabbath lunch all ready to eat (at 3:30pm)

Our little centerpiece

Sunny loves his little snugglespot on top of the firewood.

A decent sized snowman for a change.

Let's play with our Xmas toys.

Having Christmas fun.

Who are these 3 little rascals?

Daddy opening his Christmas surprise! (he got the biggest present!)

And that's a little glimpse of our Xmas.  Hope yours was lovely too.  Next year, we've decided we need to tone down OUR Christmas and bring more cheer to the poor and needy. And perhaps we won't even have to wait til Xmas!

Feliz Navidad to all and sundry! and a very blessed new year!

Monday, December 20, 2010


Here is the last photo I have of Booboo taken on Monday last week.  If he's in your back woodshed, please let him out. Thanks! :-)  I think if he had been attacked by animals, we would have seen some evidence....nothing so far!

Booboo not enjoying the snow

Saturday, December 18, 2010


Just started the little app. called clustrmaps on here.   Now you'll get to see where everyone is visiting from.  Also, there are some ads along with the blog.  If that annoys you, let me know and if enough people don't like them, I'll take them away. (They're not too lucrative anyway, ha ha, although some of them do look interesting.  Unfortunately I'm not allowed to click on my own ads! ) Oh well.

Today we got to celebrate two birthdays of friends at their house.  One of the ladies also visiting them was from Haiti and gave a very moving account of her escape from the recent earthquake.  I was fortunate to get most of it on tape so will put it on Youtube one of these days - as soon as I can arrange for a Creole translation to English.  So keep watching for that.

Here it is:

Another bit of news is that Booboo is missing - has been since Wednesday.  Am thinking he has had a fatal run-in with raccoons!  Not a pleasant thought.  Very sad.  Spent 2 hours this afternoon tramping the woods and roads all around here to no calling and some looking in the previous 2 days.  So I know he's not just having a little jaunt as usual.

PS: Looking at the regular "stats" they give for this blog, I see that today's visitors came from the US, the United Kingdom, Russia, Vietnam, Germany, Slovenia, Brazil, France, Croatia, Romania and Sweden.  However, the clustrmap doesn't show that - perhaps there is a lag...we'll keep watching!  Thank you for visiting.

PPS: Later on Booboo:  Several people from the area believe a coyote got the cat.  Apparently it's not uncommon for them to take cats!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas jollies in the South

Not too far from our neighborhood....enjoy! (as the neighbors of these people do every night too - how lucky they are!)  ;-)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Some Christmas music

Here is some of Magnify's concert last Saturday night, December 11.  Don't they sound great?

Magnify sings Christmas

Listen past the first bit - they will surprise you!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


I have to admit I'm a little discouraged about this whole blog thing....but not to fear (or TO fear) I shall return....'cos I know you loved ones all around the far edges of the earth want to know what's going on in Green Valley! In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!