Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Last Day

It is officially the last day of 2013.
Today was the 2nd day of my 30 day photo project.
I started the day with a tea party.
Actually, I started the tea party the night before
so I was ready to go in the morning!

After the tea party, I changed back into my overalls.
I do hope that I don't have to spend too many days of this project
in frilly dresses.

Later in the afternoon,
a friend on Facebook started a group
for one photo a week.
Each week has a theme.
This week's theme is a self-portrait.
How'd I do?

My person's day consisted of changing out a modem for the computer 
and the TV box to change her internet and cable service.
The really exciting thing about this new system is that it arrived
in a really big box!!!
She says we don't have room to keep the box,
but it is too good to throw away just yet.
Boxes make the best toys!

Overall, the last day of 2013 looked like this:

After the internet was up and running again with the new modem...
my person just kept taking my picture,
and posting it on Ipernity, Flickr and Facebook.
What are my friends up to?
Has anyone commented on my photos?
Has anyone posted photos for me to comment on?
What is everyone up to?

May everyone create new connections in the new year!
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Mari's 30 Days of Winter

With Christmas over,
and New Year's quickly approaching,
I thought it might be time to start something new.

Mari will be participating in a
30 Days, One Object Project

Mari's 30 Days of Winter
Ipernity Album

Come Join Us!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!

December 24th
It was Christmas Eve morning; sometime before lunch.
We headed north towards Taos for Christmas,
but instead of driving straight through,
we made a few stops.

 Our first stop was Santa Fe,
where we meandered the halls of the
Inn and Spa at Loretto.

The Inn and Spa at Loretto
 is next to the Loretto Chapel.
This gothic chapel was commissioned by nuns.
The current site of the hotel was once a school for girls.

The rosary tree is in front of the Loretto Chapel.

 The north side of the chapel was in the cold of the shadows,
with snow still on the ground.

The Santa Fe Plaza was busy!

Luminaria bags lined the walkways.
It must be a beautiful sight at night!

I posed for a photo on the stone that marks the end of the
Santa Fe Trail.

We walked past the St. Francis Cathedral
before continuing on our journey.

About half-way between Santa Fe and Taos,
there is a turn-off into the more rural areas of the mountains.
It was here that we visited the holy site of
El Sanctuario de Chimayo

This is a site of miracles, of prayers for healing,
and for thanksgiving.
Many faithful have left crosses, rosaries, or other tokens of faith.

The sanctuario was decorated for Christmas
with several Christmas wreaths, lights,
and electric luminarias.

The sanctuario has a rich history.

I visited this site last spring,
and it was much less crowded on Christmas Eve day.

Hundreds of faithful pilgrims walk to the sanctuario 
on Good Friday and during Easter weekend
as a part of their practice of faith
for the risen savior; offering prayers of thanksgiving,
asking for healing, and demonstrating devotion.
As an active parish, I'm sure they also have services at Christmas
and through-out the year,
but as visitors go, it was a nice day to be quiet and reflective.

After our stops in Santa Fe and Chimayo,
it was time to continue on to Taos and our Christmas Eve dinner.

December 25th
Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas morning:
by late morning it was time to get and go for a drive.
We visited the historic 
San Francisco de Asis mission church
in Ranchos de Taos.
More luminarias lined the adobe walls.

It was really cold out.
My little hands started to get a little too cold,
and so I was happy when the rest of drive 
was done from inside the car!

We hope that all of our friends,
near and far,
had a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!