Friday, December 9, 2016

Foreign Friday

west of Misawa AFB
Misawa, Japan
December 1979
The mountains (dormant volcanoes) in the photo were to the west of Misawa, and to view them I had to drive to the lake area on base. They are not as close as they appear, as the image was taken with a telephoto lens.

I grew up around mountains and missed seeing them everyday. On weekends, I would drive to the northern section of the base and look west at the distant peaks.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Signs in the Sky

sun dog
Riverton, WY
November 29, 2016
Two consecutive days last week I saw sun dogs: one to the north on Monday and one to the south on Tuesday. My mom always kept an eye on the sky and believed that sun dogs revealed a pending change in the weather - to the north indicated colder weather; to the south, warmer weather.

I groaned inwardly on Monday when I saw the sun dog to the north, as I did not relish having another round of snow. That afternoon and evening, it turned cold and tried to snow/rain. On Tuesday morning, I spied the large sun dog to the south and welcomed the prospect of warmer temperatures.

More information on sun dogs can be found here.

Have you seen a sun dog recently?

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Project Peace Cowl

Project Peace cowl
December 2016
I have joined over 16,000 knitters around the world in the Project Peace knit-along. The cowl pattern is free on Ravelry, and each day during the KAL, Christina Campbell shares thoughts of peace on her blog, The Healthy Knitter.

It's not too late to join the KAL, so check it out.

Pattern:  Project Peace Cowl (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Regia 6 ply Tweed (Bordeaux #00706)

Needles: size 6 US

Stitch count: 300 sts

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

First Christmas Card

card and gift from Kathyb
December 2016
The first Christmas card arrived in the mail on Saturday, accompanying a special gift made by Kathyb (Compassionknit), a lacy and soft neck scarf knit in my favorite colors.

Thanks, Kathy from making my day and for creating and sending me a special gift. I love it!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Sit Back and Relax

my view from the dental chair
December 2016
Last week, I had a 44 year old crown removed from a molar because some decay had worked its way under the aging crown. While waiting for the assistant to prepare the temporary crown, I enjoyed the view.

I've spent more than my share of time in a dentist's chair over the years and can honestly say that is the best view I've ever had.

The outside of the building can be seen in this post.

p.s. - The dentists in this office are fabulous, too. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Is Common Courtesy Disappearing?

East Sunset
Riverton, WY
November 2016
It boggles my mind how some people like to do whatever they like. While maddening, it's also downright disrespectful to others. 

Okay, I know it is only a parking spot, but this parking lot is small and serves two busy healthcare businesses. When someone decides to take up two parking spaces, it inconveniences others who may struggle just to enter the building. 

Think about how our society depends on courteous behavior: parking, four-way stop signs, pedestrian crossings, changing lanes, turning, signaling, etc, and that's just on the topic of handling a motor vehicle.

Yes, we have laws, but drivers still speed, park erratically, don't yield to pedestrians and other drivers, etc. Take away the laws, and it comes down to the character of the individuals behind the wheel. I am not suggesting that this is a generational issue, but rather a societal one.

In recent years, I have noticed this disregard of others more and more frequently in my community. Earlier posts rants on this topic can be seen here:
          •  free-range shopping carts

          •  neighborhood watch

          •  close quarters

          •  deja vu

          •  "parking challenged" drivers

In the end, it all comes back to common courtesy or rather the lack of it, which makes me ponder how much our society depends on the concept of courtesy and what the future will hold if it deteriorates even more. 

What are your thoughts?

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