Fun Day Sunday ~ Krampus!


funday smileIf you’ve been here before then you know Sundays on my blog are all about wonder and smiles. In honor of mentally kicking back once in a while, Sundays are Fun Days! Each Sunday, visitors will find a fun, interesting, or unusual something here. I’m a nerd with a complex sense of humor and absurd wit. It could literally be anything.

As promised yesterday, here’s a bit more on the Krampus. No holiday parade is complete without them!

More~
A video collection of old postcards with the darker Santas and Krampus’

The Life and Times of Krampus (more vintage Krampus postcards in this one)

A cute Krampus exposé

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Vintage Greetings

holly4As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

Here’s one of my more perplexing cards. I suspect the guy in black is a chimney sweep rather than a ninja. I may be wrong.  Perhaps the artist had an encounter with those trippy mushrooms.
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Shooting Stars!


650x366_12121504_hd27Astronomy is old. Even the name is old. It comes from the Greek and literally means star accounting. People have been looking up at the sky since the dawn of mankind, and people have tried to explain what they were seeing for just as long. Then as now people will have their interests.
The earliest astronomers were most likely priests whose interest drove them to study the procession of celestial bodies and draw correlation to what night sky wonders were visible during which seasons. This was necessary to determine animal migrations for hunting and later for planting cycles. Knowing also played a huge role in when to have celebrations.

I had planned to have a Geminid Meteor Shower gathering tonight. Alas, the weather is not cooperating. Now I’m planning a quiet evening at home working on presents.

Geminid_Meteor_Shower_Peaks_Tonight-579f83423c0314de32e5baac41b851de The Geminds are always a good show and worth your time if you enjoy such things. The shooting stars come out of the section of sky where the constellation Gemini hangs.  For years this particular shower was considered a mystery because astronomers didn’t know where this space debris was coming from. Showers are normally tied to comets but there were no orbiting comets in this portion of the sky. In 1983 a rapidly moving asteroid was discovered in that section and it really got astronomers excited. For the first time since man looked toward the heavens an asteroid had been definitely linked to a meteor shower. I just love science nerds.  :)

So while I won’t be partying with family and friends under the stars tonight, perhaps you can. It peaks tonight and goes into the predawn hours of Sunday morning until sunlight blocks it from view. This is a very active meteor shower because the space debris hits the earth sideways. If debris comes in the from the side instead of head-on, we get to see long slashes of light as it burns up in earth’s atmosphere. NASA is predicting between 100 and 120 meteors per hour in rural areas. Now that’s a good show. Make a wish!

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Vintage Greetings

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As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

No holiday postcard collection is complete without a Krampus, but boy are they hard to find. Never heard of the Christmas devil? Here’s more:
http://news.nationalgeographic.com-krampus

http://www.thedailybeast.com-meet-krampus

:) Come back tomorrow for more Krampus!

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Your mountain is waiting #welovemountains


thToday is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way.
~Dr. Seuss

In case you didn’t know, today is the eleventh International Mountain Day.   Seeking to broaden awareness, the United Nations General Assembly designated December 11th as International Mountain Day. While I don’t live in a mountainous region, I do understand the important role mountains play in our water and food supply. Mountain awareness is important as mountain ecosystems are essential to the ecological health of the planet.

The rainmaker
Because mountains act as natural barriers for wind, there’s nowhere for the air to go but up. At higher elevations, this air cools. In a complicated process of moisture in the air meets cold upper atmosphere meets a drop in pressure, clouds form and continue to rise. Water droplets suspended in the cloud vapor grow and eventually become too heavy to stay suspended. This is when the clouds dump rain and snow on the mountain tops. And that translates into a lot of fresh water on one side of the mountain. Deserts are often found on the other side or lee side in what’s called the rain shadow. If you don’t know what the lee side is, imagine the wind is blowing hard and you duck out of the wind behind a large boulder. You’re on the lee side — the calm side.

There’s more to mountains than weather:

More~
http://youtu.be/E_-103QkOWE
Mountain Farming is Family Farming
http://www.un.org/en/events/mountainday/
http://www.mountainpartnership.org/

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imagesIt’s not your imagination. it is snowing on my blog. Members of my Exquisite Quills group have been sharing how to make it snow on various blog setups. Notice this wordpress bog has little floating flakes that go opposite of where you put your cursor. Apparently this fun little decoration here will disappear all on its own in January.

Weather is a little more complicated on my other blog. I entered specific HTML code and now my blog has six-sided falling snow flakes.
I just love learning new things.  :)
Take a peek!

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Vintage Greetings

holly7As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts.
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Here’s one of those scarce ink cards I mentioned last week. Inks were hard to come by a few years after WWI and so we see the mostly white background.

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Kewpies!


Vintage Greetings

holi3As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

kewpieGotta love those dancing Kewpies. Drawn by Rose O’Neill, Kewpies first appeared in Ladies Home Journal in 1909. One reference I found says Rose considered them happy go lucky wingless fairies and their name is derived from cupid.

Rose was more than an illustrator of little wingless fairies, she was an author and sculptor who had a head for business. Seeing how popular her little cartoon sketches were,  she licensed her Kewpies in many forms and the Kewpie boom was born. They were first seen on paper dolls and postcards like this one, but in short order the little cuties were all over the place. Kewpie Dolls were very popular and still are. The earliest were made of bisque (ceramic) and nearly all made by German doll makers. They were also produced in composition (fiber clay) and celluloid (early plastic). They’re highly collectable. You can almost hear the carnival barker saying, Step right up and win yerself a Keeeewpie Doll.

More~
http://www.dollkind.com/kewpie-doll.shtml

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Shine on


leonid-tishkov-029The moon has been so bright in the night sky as of late it’s been waking me up far earlier than usual, and I am by nature an early riser to begin with. It reminds me of an old cartoon, either a Disney or a Warner Brothers, where no matter what the guy does to block the light, the moonbeam manages to come into the room to wake him. I’ve searched all over youtube without success. I just don’t have enough to go on. Thinking on that cartoon now, I can hear the opera music too. I just can’t place it. Rats. It’s like a brain worm!

I read this the other day. How fitting.

The full moon of December is no summer serenader’s moon, no sentimental moon of silvery softness to match the rhyming of the ballad singer.It is a winter’s moon with more than fourteen hours of darkness to rule in cold splendor.

It is not a silvery moon at all. This is a moon of ice, cold and distant. But it shimmers the hills where there is a frosting of snow, and it makes the frozen valleys gleam. It dances on the dark surface of an up-country pond.
It weaves fantastic patterns on the snow in the woodland. It is the sharp edge of the night wind, the silent feather of the great horned owl’s wing, the death-scream of unwary rabbit when the red fox has made its pounce.

This winter’ moon is a silent companion for the nightwalker, a deceptive light that challenges the eye. It dims the huddled hemlocks on the hillside and it sharpens the hilltop horizon. It wreathes the walker’s head in the shimmer of his own breath, and it seems to whistle in his footsteps. It makes wreaths of chimney smoke and sweetens the smell of the hearth fire.

It is the long winter night in cold splendor, night wrapped in frost, spangled and sequined and remote as Arcturus.

~Hal Borland (1900-1978), Twelve Moons of The Year

More~
That fantastic moon image does not belong to me.  It was created by amazing concept artist Leonid Tishkov. Discover more of his surreal moon work and other projects here:
http://leonid-tishkov.blogspot.com/search/label/private%20moon

Here’s a list of works by American author and journalist Hal Borland. Very worthwhile and thoughtful readings on nature.  “No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
http://www.naturewriting.com/hal.htm

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As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

Here’s a fitting postcard. I do believe this card is Swedish. This too was pasted in a scrapbook. God Jul & Gott Nyar = Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

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gifts to the next generation


If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.
Charles M. Schulz

thOn this date in 1965, A Charlie Brown Christmas aired for the first time. The TV show was based upon the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Did you know this show has been on TV every year since? It was also honored with both an Emmy and a Peabody award. To be honest, as a child it used to make me feel so sad.  Still, Charles M. Schulz’ work was genius and he sure brought a lot of joy into the world with his Peanuts characters. I once read where he said Charlie Brown was basically him as a boy. Good grief, Charlie Schulz, I hope not. That would make me sad too. Here’s a clip from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

More~
https://schulzmuseum.org/

http://schulzmuseum.org/about-the-man/schulz-biography/

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Vintage Greetings

train cardAs mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

One of our best lithograph cards.  The colors are perfect. Most likely this is due to the fact it was once pasted in a book. It still has bits of a page glued to the back.  :)



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The secret life of…


3135_James_Thurber_cartoons_2December 8, 1894  is the birthday of that clever, sharp-witted, and most popular humorists of his time, James Thurber. Thurber was known for his canny cartoons and short stories such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Thurber Carnival, and my husband’s personal favorite — Thurber’s Dogs. A lot of Thurber’s humor had to do with the henpecked husband.
No, my husband enjoyed Thurber’s works long before he met me. lol

Here’s a reading of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (written in 1939) Enjoy!

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Vintage Greetings

postcard6As mentioned earlier this month, my husband and I are building a vintage postcard scrapbook — one postcard at a time. The album covers 100 years from 1860 to 1960 and has many slots yet to be filled. In the spirit of the season from now until New Year’s Day, I’ll share cards from my collection. Scroll down to see previous posts. Subscribe to get them in your inbox!

Here’s a cute one dated 1899.  Very good condition given its age.  Curiously, it’s not addressed to anyone. Written on the back: Hoping this card finds you well.

Hmm…It’s a mystery!



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