Thursday, December 8, 2022

Day 3763: Trouble tree and decorations.



"The children": ink, digital collage

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Today's story ...

I hired a plumber to help me restore an old farmhouse, and after he had just finished a rough first day on the job: a flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric drill quit and his ancient one ton truck refused to start.

While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence. On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands.
When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation.. His face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.
'Oh, that's my trouble tree,' he replied 'I know I can't help having troubles on the job, but one thing's for sure, those troubles don't belong in the house with my wife and the children.. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come home and ask God to take care of them. Then in the morning I pick them up again.' 'Funny thing is,' he smiled,' when I come out in the morning to pick 'em up, there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.

Kristin Nicole Ost

My tiny Santa from Karen Hirota Tamura, 1956

I am late getting my minimal holiday decoration up. WonderWoman doesn't want me to get up on the ladder anymore, and that's where my single container of aged goodies reside in the garage. The next time one of my Grandhunks is here, I will ask them to lift it down while I pull out whats needed, and they can return the empty. Btw: they don't need a ladder!

When I was little, I was told that since my birthday was so near to Christmas, we would wait & celebrate both together. One gift for both on Christmas day. 
That went on for years, past when I realized it wasn't normal? So, for now, my decorations are my tiny Santa and my sweet little tree. I like them so much, they are up in the studio, year-round.

I love my tiny tree!


Throwback Thursday ... 

After class, Pho with Demura Sensei.
Santa Ana, CA 2016

A 5-minute video, ornamentshere.

Just because ...
Nicobar pigeon


Smiles for Thursday ...


laundry tree


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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Day 3762: Mauna Loa and word.



"Strategy": digital collage

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Mauna Loa’s unpredictable lava flow creeps within 2 miles of critical highway

The relentless eruption of the world’s largest active volcano has prompted Hawaii’s National Guard to step in as residents and tourists flock to see it.

For 10 days, Mauna Loa has been shooting jets of lava toward the sky and down the massive mountain. While officials say there’s still no immediate risk to communities on Hawaii’s Big Island, lava has now crept closer to Daniel K. Inouye highway – the main highway connecting the eastern and western halves of the Big Island. “Lava has approached within 1.75 miles of Old Saddle Road and within about 1.92 miles of the Daniel K. Inouye Highway,” said Mike Zoeller of the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The lava was advancing about 21 to 22 yards per hour, Zoeller said Tuesday. 


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After opening the choice of Word of the Year up to English speakers for the first time in its history, over the last two weeks more than 300,000 people cast their vote. The Oxford Word of the Year is a word or expression reflecting the ethos, mood, preoccupations of the past twelve months, one that has potential as a term of lasting cultural significance. Supported by evidence of real language usage, Oxford’s editors track candidates as they emerge throughout the year, analyzing frequency statistics and other language data in the Oxford English Corpus. Previous words have included vax (2021), climate emergency (2019), and selfie (2013).

And the winner is Goblin mode.‘Goblin mode’, a slang term, often used in the expressions ‘in goblin mode’ or ‘to go goblin mode’ – is ‘a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.’

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A 5-minute video, Balloon flying, here.

Just because ...
Black-winged Stilt
Smiles for Wednesday ... 




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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Day 3761: Flight attendant and Dad.


"Caught": photo, digital collage.

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 A 94-year-old former flight attendant saw a photo of herself at the airport.
Earlier this year, Gwendolyn Bruhn, 94, traveled from her home on the Hawaiian island of Oahu to the Hawaiian island of Maui to attend her great-granddaughter's wedding. In the inter-island departure terminal at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, Bruhn came face to face with an unexpected surprise. 
On the terminal wall was a large photograph from 1947, depicting Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants lined up in front of an aircraft, each wearing the uniform of the time: crisp shirt, mid-length skirt, flowers pinned in their hair. Bruhn is one of the Hawaiian Airlines flight attendants in the photograph. She's on the far right, in the top corner of the frame, gazing just past the camera.
Douglas DC-3 aircraft pictured at John Rodgers Airport, now Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, in Honolulu. This photo is from 1947, the year Bruhn started working at Hawaiian Airlines.

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I haven't done a Dad story in quite a while. While hunting for smiles, I came across this one and had even labelled it "Dad".

 This was my Dad, to a tee. He said he "hauled" Clint Eastwood a couple of times. He said he was a nice enough guy. Dad liked him because he looked at his Mason Shoes catalog that Dad conveniently carried in whatever car the studio gave him to pick up whichever star he was driving that day. Dad sold enough shoes to get awards from Mason Shoes. He already had the opinion at top, on his own. And he definitely didn't sugar coat.


A 3-minute video, Spellboundhere.

Just because ...
Paradise Tanager


Smiles for Tuesday ...



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