Friday, November 29, 2013

Square Dog Friday... end of November

Yesh my ummmmmmmmerrr our day ish finally here.
gud dug friday is for all dugs andme the bestest gud dug of all

i thehamish is tellin' cousin truffles a funny she is likin' it

im' thinking its' funny too

im' gettin ready to tel Dr. Watson a funny im' laughin' now

its' gud nappin in the sun

im' thinkin' i like big gud bird that you can eat immma full
more please
yert !


Here is your pretty for the start of the weekend,

remember how nice it is to take a breath,
slow down and enjoy the moment.

cheers. . . parsnip
music. . .  In The Bleak Midwinter, Annie Lennox
Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday In Japan... Thanksgiving

This is not a Thanksgiving in Japan post today.
Thanksgiving is not a holiday in Japan.
And I am not sure if you could even find a turkey.

But I thought I would post in it place some wonderful
food photos instead.

The Gyotakuya Restaurant we went to after Mia's Omiyamairi.


The little crab chopstick holder on the left.... I have some just like that !

Resturant at the Hotel/Hot Springs we stayed at at Yubara Onsen

Son made the Dinner resverations and you could chose from Fish or Steak.
He chose Fish thank goodness because it was fabulous.









Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers
and a very Happy Thursday to everyone.

fish. . . parsnip
music. . . One Summer Day,   Joe Hisaishi
Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 25, 2013

parley view parsnip... Thanksgiving, the good the bad and the good...

Sunday morning at my home.

A very cold storm blew in starting at the west coast heading to the east coast.
Dropping huge amounts of rain and snow and causing havoc.
For us desert dwellers in Tucson this storm came very early, January early.
November is usually filled with  nice days in the 75's  not 65 as it was today.

Thanksgiving is a lovely holiday in America,
Family and friend get together to enjoy the day and  have a lovely meal..
 Food is cook all day, the home is enveloped in the aromas of cooking turkey,
dressing, veggies, pies and cookies.
While games are played outside or everyone watching a football game on the TV.
After the meal, naps are taken then more nibbling begins with extra pies to be eaten.


When my Mum was alive she cooked our family's Thanksgiving dinner.
Fabulous meals filled with love and fun.
No matter if we were struggling that year,
there was always a wonderful meal on the table.
I don't know how she did it looking back now.
She could cook a meal from almost nothing.
I do hope I told her how much I loved her cooking, I am pretty sure I did
but what do little children know ? Excepted Mum and Dad will take care of them.
Lovely memories wrap around me just thinking of my childhood holidays.

And then I got married and lived far away
and I ended up at my MIL home for Thanksgiving.
The complaints would start the week before.
Then the horror stories would begin of all the hard work she put in to make this meal.
No one was ever allowed to cook Thanksgiving dinner but her.
I learned to just get through the day.
I learned to despise Thanksgiving.  Or maybe apathetic is a better word ?

But my story of woe has a happy ending.
My husband became my x
and I no longer had to go over to his families for the Holidays.
My children grew up and became wonderful cooks.
Daughter and her partner are vegetarians and daughter is wizard with veggies.
They both love to find new dishes to bring to the table.
This year is no exception.
They love this holiday as much as I learned to be apathetic about it and
have renewed my enjoyment of the day.
Son is also a wonderful cook and will make his special turkey dish.
Several years ago he was looking through one of my Ina Garten's cookbooks
and found one recipe that he like and just made it.
He now makes it every year if he is home.
Thank You, Ina !
Just enough for two of us with some left overs.
Daughter and partner will be bring several new dishes to the table this year
and I am so looking forward them.
So once again the joy and fun of Thanksgiving is in my heart and home.
Even though there are only four of us plus four furry friends (who love turkey) our
Thanksgiving will be  lovely.

And just because I can here is your pretty to start the week.

thehamish and Watson are (were) napping together.

thankful. . . parsnip
music. .  . Back In The High life Again,  Steve Winwood
Posted by Picasa

Friday, November 22, 2013

Square Dog Friday. . . everyday quiet

Is it Friday already,
wasn't it just Monday ?
Where did the rest of the week go ?
But if your a Little Square Black Dog
Friday can not come fast enough.
So lets woof it !

ummmmmmmm nice tall person who feeds us you holding a chkikin' strip ?
umm thehamish  we ummm thehamish like chkikin chickin'chkikin'chickikin'
is so gud
yert !
Yes, please I would like a chicken strip.


Ever since I moved the daybed into the studio
The Boys have claimed it as their napping spot.
It is not like they have a shortage of spots to nap.
There are lots of basket, rugs, pillows, sofas and beds.
But maybe because I spend lots of time in the studio they want to be there.
They are up higher and can see me at the computer or at the work table.
Plus I lurve them and especially Watson can sleep anywhere he wants.
Of course thehamish has to be sure to cuddle in too.

Sometimes Watson even has breakfast in bed.
Watson never has eaten much and now that he is sick
trying to get him to eat is a chore.
Sometimes, especially if he didn't eat the night before
I will try to get him to eat a little in the morning.
Sometimes it works sometime it doesn't.

Watson in the back and thehamish (figgy pudding) in front
are sleeping the morning away.
thehamish has many nicknames
and around Christmas we always call him figgy pudding. 
Because he is one.

Oh good they moved they are alive !

And here is my precious Dr. Watson napping.

squirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrel !

Sometimes I look over and thehamish is sleeping like this !
Why ?
Why does he do this.
Just looking at him gives me a headache.
Oh My Goodness.
yert !


Here is your pretty for the start to the weekend.


headache. . . parsnip
music. . . Someone To Watch Over Me,  Etta James

Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday In Japan. . . Mia's Shichi-Go-San

When Granddaughter was born our family went to Japan for her
Omiyamairi. It is a Blessing Ceremony.
If you click the link you can read all about it in three short paragraphs.
And a wonderful photo of the Shinto Priest.



This was held in the Koshikiiwa Jinja Temple.
One special part of the ceremony (that I love) is when the Shinto Priest chants the babies address so the Gods can be sure to find the baby and give their blessing.
Three years later Mia was back at the Temple for her  Shichi- Go-San Ceremony.
It is for girls who are 3 and 7 and boys who are 5.
It is a celebration of the growth of their child.
Parents pray for their children's prosperity.

Mia's Japanese Obachan, (Grandmother ) bought her this beautiful Kimono,
for the ceremony.

Lovely hair decorations.

Mia and one of the Foo Guardian Dogs

Such a lovely photo

Mia's cousin came to her ceremony.
I just adore this photo because it looks like a poster for the New Power Rangers !
Shunji is showing his little boy super air power attack.
 While Mia is fooling everyone with her sweet little girl disguise.

Then in a split second she calls up her power (super cuteness)

gathers strength

and shoots out her purse attack, that is filled with happiness.
All the while smiling and looking fabulous
as the Red Ranger.

Go Go Power Rangers !

And just because I can here is your mid-week pretty.
This photo is from two trips ago. Sparkly Mia shoes and her guardian
Watson who never left her side.

mumzilla. . . parsnip
music. . . Only Yesterday,  Soundtrack, Studio Ghibi

And as I said before...
May whatever you believe in find you and bless you too.
Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 18, 2013

parley view parsnip... what a great weekend !

Daughter call on Saturday, Roller Derby semi-finales  at 5pm did I want to come.
ummmmmmmmmmm, yes please !
My favorite team FTW, Furious Truckstop Waitresses
were battling the BNB, Bad News Beaters.

FTW, Pink 1950 waitresses outfits, black aprons.

BNB, blue and yellow jerseys.


Great evening, I loved it.
If I was 46 years younger and had knees I would so be there !
My team lost though, 60 to 279 bummer.

Winter is coming. and lots of critters are getting ready for the cold weather.
At all my south facing walls (they are warm in winter) lizards and others are digging in.
One morning I open the front door to this.
We think a Kangaroo Rat decided for warm and sheltered in the new home.

Well hello there mister cutie pie, where ever you are.
Kangaroo Rats are protected in Arizona.
They are very tiny and super cute !

And here is your pretty to start the week
a very suprising development !
Nature in the desert.

A windstorm knocked over one of my prickly pear cactus and broke off several pads.
I replanted all of them but 3 very tiny baby pad.
Each 2 inches tall.
I had 3 tiny pots with dirt in it and just stuck them in.
They will root and grow.

Then I remembered these pot had some very tiny Grape Hyacinths flowers.
And the blubs (?) were still there.

I just assumed they would never bloom again, hey this is Tucson and it is Fall.
Well guess what Fall or not, after I water the pots,

Surprise !

How beautiful

Here they are 1 weeks later.
I have no idea what will happen but what a lovely suprise.

suprised . . . parsnip
music. . . West End Girls,  Pet Shop Boys
Posted by Picasa