Saturday, December 28, 2013

5 years with a doofenshmirtz :)

Holly the day we brought her home
It was 5 years ago today that we went to the Elmsford Animal Shelter and found a small black and white dog called Skittles who they told us was a 5 month old Rat Terrier Mix. Crispy was smitten and we ended up bringing her home the next day.

Holly (in fact a Border Collie Mix) has now been part of our lives for 5 years and I can't really imagine life without her! She can be a total pain in the ass, but she can also be a total sweetheart. In a blog post at the end of her first year with us I wrote, "She can be sweet, infuriating, and underfoot- and often all at once", and that pretty much sums her up to this day :)

Going on the formula that on our daily walks we do an average of 3 miles a day, then we cover about 1,000 miles a year, and so Holly and I have probably walked about 5,000 miles together (well, I've done 5,000 miles- she usually does about twice what I do so she's up around 10,000!). I'd be in a lot worse shape without her ;)

She's always pleased to see us, always ready for a walk (whether in the woods or just into the parking lot to take out the garbage), and always ready for a piece of cheese! So, here's to the next 5 years (and beyond!), we were very lucky to find her that day :)

Holly in the parish hall at our Christmas Celebration this year.

Holly in the woods today...
...doing her best to look noble... full tilt...
...and with the world's most disgusting tennis ball!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Pictures

Click on the corny snowman picture for the usual Facebook album of family silliness :)

And click on the pretty wreath above to see the album of Christmas Eve pictures from the church services.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013


The power of Christ wishes you Merry Christmas!


...spoke to soon.

A'sprinklin' I must go (salt).

It's a Christmas miracle!

Just enough snow to coat the grassy surfaces, but not enough to need shoveling or salt :)

Oh boy...'s the middle of the 6:30 service and I just looked outside.

All part of the fun I guess :)

3pm service

A full house!

The calm before...

A few quiet moments in the woods with Holly while listening to Lessons and Carols from Kings :)

I can't really think of a better way to ground myself before the joyous craziness that will be my afternoon and evening!

My Year, according to Google ;)


If you've been backing up your pictures to Google+ all year they've sent you a little Christmas present care of their Auto-Awesome gang :)

(you can see a better version of it by clicking here)

Monday, December 23, 2013

More Christmas prep...

... just spent a happy half hour installing the new computer that drives the display screens in reception and the parish hall.

The old one was an old, donated machine that could barely run our simple informational Google presentation... the new one is much faster and can even run the fancy new Google Santa Tracker to keep the kids entertained before and after services tomorrow :)

Christmas Flowers :)

Spent the day working with the altar guild decorating the church- click on the picture to see the album on the church Facebook page :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Weird weather!

It's 4 days before Christmas and I'm out walking the dog in a T-shirt... 57F, crazy :)

Christmas Prep

Hundreds of candles ready for the Christmas Eve late service :)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Just a few sheets of paper...

...almost 2,000 bulletins printed in the last 24 hours for the 5 major services in the next week!

Roll on Christmas- I'm ready :)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Auto-Awesome :)

This is what Google+ has done to some of my recent pictures with their "Auto-Awesome" feature :)

Parking Lot Christmas Tree

While I was waiting for some of the Christmas Eve bulletins to finish printing this evening I decided to go out and play with some long-exposure pictures of the Christmas Tree in the parking lot :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dog (etc.) in the snowy woods

I need to get used to my new camera, so I took it into the woods today :)

-I kind of overdid the "blue sky" filter on a couple of these, but oh well ;)

I took this last picture as we went off trail and came down through the woods and was struck with the feeling that I'm very lucky to have this place to come to every day, and to have this dopey dog to share it with :)

Monday, December 16, 2013