Christmas, Naturally.

It was a very rainy and windy weekend, but for a little while today the rain stopped and I went out to run a few errands.

First stop was at the local farmer’s market which is undergoing major renovations, so it looks at once dilapidated and delightful. It’s confusing, really. I can no longer even imagine what it will look like in the end.

There was a point last year around this time when it stared to feel cozy and nice, but yesterday the makeshift roof was leaking and dripping rainwater on all the things.

I looked around for a minute at the nice, simple homemade, natural wreaths, with their red ribbons and berries, then at the winter holiday planter boxes filled with evergreen boughs, glittery twigs, ribbons and bright red ornaments (which I was coveting, if I’m being honest) and pickles (yes, that’s right) and it just felt odd, but I digress …

Where was I?

Oh, yes.

Outside, where I parked the car on the new makeshift (?) parking lot there was a table filled with plain evergreen wreaths. They were so festively fragrant I wanted to just stand there the whole time. I took a photo to try and capture it. Can’t you just about smell Christmas?

Then just before entering the building there was another table covered in these gorgeous, bright red, bunches of berries. I don’t know what these berries are, but I know I want all of them. They look so festive, don’t they? These were used in some of the wreaths and planter boxes inside the market.

I have always found the idea of a simple Christmas very appealing.

Every year we say we will keep it low key and simple and we typically do a good job of not going over the top, but when I see things like naked Christmas wreaths and – what I am going to call – winter berries, I am convinced that I would love nothing more than a house in the middle of the woods, filled with the people I love, a real Christmas tree decorated with our treasures and memories and a few homemade additions from nature, and an honest-to-goodness old fashioned Christmas.

That’s the problem with simple. It never really is, is it?

Sorry, Wrong Number.

Phone

The following is a true story that happened today.

*rrriiiing*

*rrriiiing*

Me: Hello!

Dude: “HE WON’T BE COMING BECAUSE IT’S SNOWIN’ LIKE A  B@STARD, HERE.”

Me: *blink blink*

I’m sorry, but you have *got* to have the wrong number.

Dude: *audible gasp*

*chuckle*

“Oh my God! I’m SOOOO sorry!”

*laughter*

“I am so, so sorry. Sorry!”

Me: That’s all right. Don’t sweat it. I hope you find the person you’re looking for. Bye.

*disconnect*

 

Sometimes you just have to laugh – with a stranger, apparently.

 

I think technology is making us all a little bit .. umm .. well .. to use a phrase Thing 1 might use, “Well, doi!”.

What do you think?

Is technology making us ridiculous?

Has human interaction become foreign, somehow?

 

Do you think we are becoming to fellow humans, as these aliens were to the phone?

 

 

 

 

*This looks identical to the phone that was in my house when I was a kid.

**Little Known Peady Fact: My iThing rings like an old phone because the ring tone is – wait for it – “Old Phone”.

***Full disclosure: We are watching “Her” and I am having thoughts!

Source: http://dnok91peocsw3.cloudfront.net/inspiration/153210-612×612-1.png

 

NaBloPoMo. Go ahead and say it! (Your Guess Is As Good As Mine!)

Two posts in one day! Inconceivable!

This is a testament to what good friends and positive peer pressure can do.

As it turns out, I am far from alone in giving this NaBloPoMo the old college try. Apparently, there are a LOT of determined Bloggers who are revving up their keyboards for the month of November.

I am really happy that I found that out because I *might* have chickened out if I was the only one.

Luckily for me, I have a lot of very nice blogger buddies who are participating and because they all are very kind, encouraging people and excellent writers, to boot, I am 100% certain I will follow through, in an attempt to produce a fraction of the bloggy goodness that they share on a regular basis.

I am also fairly certain that I can count on the aforementioned bloggers and friends to provide their ever effective *ahem* butt-kicking services, should I find myself slacking off during this month-long challenge. Amirite? (I’ll just hope for some comments to confirm.)

 

So… today marked the end of Daylight Savings Time, but it also marked a new beginning* with this NaBloPoMo challenge.

It just goes to show you,  Jobs never makes it dark at 5 PM, without brightening a window.**

 

Today was also day two of my November #PeadyPhotoADay challenge and the prompt was #FallBack.

Here is my photo, taken at 10:30 pm AST.

Join the #PeadyPhotoADay challenge for November! Follow @PeadyPics on Instagram.

 

 

There’s alway one, isn’t there?

 

 

 

*Remember? ‘Cause everyone was so nice to pretend the date on my last post was November 1? See? Brand new!

**Sorry. I couldn’t help myself! Did I mention it was DARK at 5 pm?!

November Nonsense: A Peady Photo A Day Challenge

 

Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that’s the time
When February’s Days are twenty-nine

 

Are you as shocked as I am that it’s November?

I mean, really!

Just yesterday it was September and we were celebrating the memory of Terry Fox. Remember that? School had just started and we were lamenting summer’s end?

What happened between then and now? (Well, a LOT, actually.)

Why does time continue to elude me?

Meh.

I’ll figure it out someday… maybe… probably not… it’s unlikely, really.

 

Incidentally, would you mind, terribly, pretending that the date on this post is November 1 and not November 2?  I really did intend to have it posted on the first. Especially since this is a month long challenge. Then again, what’s one day? I mean really? In the grand scheme of things it’s nada … bupkis … nothing.

Best intentions. You know? Road to H-E-double hockey sticks … and all that jazz.

 

So, without further ado, I give you November’s Peady Photo A Day Challenge. Ta daa!

Follow @PeadyPics on Instagram and hashtag your photos #PeadyPhotoADay

 

If you have never participated in a Photo a Day challenge here’s all you need to know:

a) Read the prompt each day and take a photo that represents the day’s word.

b) Post the photo to Instagram (or your chosen SM platform) with the #PeadyPhotoADay hashtag. (You can also hashtag the prompt. For example, the prompt for November 1 (that’s today, remember?) is #LazySaturday.

c) That’s it, really. You’re done! Yay!

Simple, right?

Cool.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

I look forward to seeing your photos and I will be sharing my own, as well. You can see them by searching the hashtags or by following @PeadyPics on Instagram.

 

I have an ulterior motive as well. It’s nothing too sinister, I assure you.

I am hoping to use my photo a day challenge in conjunction with another challenge for the month of November called NaBloPoMo. Mostly, I am just really wanting to focus more on writing and I am committing to post something here everyday. Maybe I will share some of my photos here and write a short post. Maybe I will write about what I had for lunch. Maybe something great will come up. Who knows? It’s a mystery, really.

All I know is that I am feeling determined, I want to write more and between the photo a day and the NaBloPoMo I have enough fuel to keep the fire burning – at least for the month of November!

So…

Do you think I can do it?

I guess we’ll just have to wait … er … *write* and see!

 

 

 

*Source: http://www.rhymes.org.uk/thirty_days_hath_september.htm

**I “utter” it on the regular, if I’m being honest. True story.

***This post about NaBloPoMo made me laugh out loud.

****Photo A Day challenges are so fun, it’s easy to do more than one. Check out this one and this one, too!