MONDAY IMPRESSIONS — FINAL NABLOPOMO MOMENTS – 1-31

CAPTURING A MOMENT IN TIME - 1992

 

Good morning!  In this my final NaBloPoMo January Daily Posting, I thought I would wrap up a few things.

My theme for the month has been family (or family connections), which is a recurring aspect of my life.

Family moments are treasures to enjoy and remember.

Here are some favorite moments from the past couple of months.

 

Grandkids in November 2010

My Two Granddaughters

Youngest Grandson Enjoying a Treat

My Four Crazy Kids -- 1990

I love looking at family albums, too, which reveal a lot about family.  Someone recently said that photos do not truly capture the moments, because people put on their best face for photos.

Well, in my family, that isn’t the case.  We’re more likely to see the quirky moments, like the one above.

My grandkids like to make faces and we have to work hard to get anything resembling a “happy face” for photos.  Even then, their individuality shines through.

 

Happy Monday, and enjoy the upcoming month!

A BIT OF ME (ME): I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM! — JAN. 29

 

Today’s topic for A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book, is near and dear to me.

Yes, that’s exactly what I said!

This Weeks Question: What is your favorite Ben and Jerry’s flavor? Do you have more than one? Can’t narrow it down, tell us all about the ones you love!

Now ice cream is my favorite thing.  I love it so much, that a day without ice cream is pale and boring.  Well, almost.
My friends and family know that I love Coconut Ice Cream best of all…but Ben & Jerry’s doesn’t have that flavor.  At least I couldn’t find it on the list.  So my next favorite, of course, is anything with chocolate.  Like Cookie Dough Ice Cream.  Yummy!
I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
Has anyone out there heard that little ditty “I scream for ice cream”? Well, when I was a kid, we used to sing it while my uncle turned the crank on the ice cream maker. Yes, homemade ice cream is the best thing ever! And I haven’t had any in eons!!
What are you drooling over this morning?  And yes, I could even eat ice cream for breakfast! Please stop by and share some tidbits.

Noah and a Milkshake

CAT THURSDAY — JAN. 27

 

Yay, it’s Cat Thursday again! This event, in which we share the hilarity of cats and those special cat moments in our lives is hosted by Michelle, at The True Book Addict.

Today I took a trip on the web and found some delightful cat moments to share.

This one captures that special blase thing cats do.  Some call it “snooty.”

Ah, yes, nobody can give you “the look” more than a cat!

What about you?  Did you find something delightful on the web, or are you sharing your own cat moments.  I hope you’ll stop by and tell me about it.

ONE CHILD & ONE WOMAN ON A COLLISION COURSE WITH DANGER — A REVIEW

In a complex world of the juvenile court system in San Diego County, bureaucrats and individual social workers struggle daily to save the children in danger. For one social worker, Bo Bradley, the daily battle is enhanced because of her own condition of manic-depression (bipolar disorder). Only one person with whom she works knows of this condition—her friend and colleague, Estella Benedict. But whenever the symptoms begin to reappear, a difficult job becomes almost impossible.

When one day a four-year-old boy, tied to a mattress in an old shack on an Indian reservation, is rescued by an old Indian woman, life just got a whole lot harder. Saving the boy, who turns out to be deaf, from whoever hurt him and is still trying to kill him, becomes a full-time obsession for Bo Bradley. Like a one-woman army on a hunt-and-capture mission, she digs into the clues at hand, flies to a neighborhood in Houston, Texas, and begins to realize that the only way to save the boy is to hide him.

Intermingled with the tale of rescuing the boy called “Weppo,” the author weaves a bit of Bo’s history, including the loss of her own sister—also deaf and plagued with manic-depression–many years ago. A Native American theme casts Child of Silence and its characters into a tapestry of mysticism and spiritualism that lends beauty and hope to the story of one child and one woman on a collision course with danger.

Five stars!

TUESDAY IMPRESSIONS — JAN. 25

Berlin Festival of Lights: Craig Robinson, Berlin Photographer

Here we are nearing the end of January, and my NaNoBloMo challenge will be at an end.  Unless I sign up for next month, too.

Hmm…maybe not.  I do this kind of thing only occasionally, partly because I have so many blogs.

Today I am thinking of family. Not unusual for me, especially when some of my family members are SO FAR AWAY!  I’m especially thinking of my eldest son, who lives in Berlin.  His web moniker:  Berlin Photographer. One of the ways I feel closer to him (other than Facebook, Skype, e-mails) is to post some of his photos.

I love the one in my header today…and at the top of this post.  The Berlin Festival of Lights is an awesome visual treat, don’t you think?

Recently, I read a book that was set in Germany, albeit Munich.  1920s Munich, with the malevolent presence of Hitler on the rise shadowing everything for the characters in this story.

Straight Into Darkness, by Faye Kellerman, is an awesome read.  (Click the title for my review).

Currently, I’m reading some more books from my TBR stacks: one of them is featured today in my Teaser Tuesdays post.

Okay, now that I’m winding down on this topic, I know that a part of me is procrastinating…avoiding working on my WIP for the ROW 80 Challenge.  Tomorrow will be another check-in, and I’ll have to report that, in the past few days, I’ve missed writing on 1/19 and 1/24!  Not good!

So why is this happening?  I know that I need to tie up loose ends and bring this story to a conclusion.  Even though the characters seem to be leading me, they aren’t heading toward a conclusion.  Maybe they want to hang around for awhile!  LOL

I need to get them under control!  What do you do when you want to end a story and your characters are fighting it?

CAT THURSDAY — FAMILY/CAT CONNECTIONS — JAN. 20

Good morning!  How can it be Thursday already? I can’t believe how quickly the days are flying.  The good thing about Thursday, though, is CAT THURSDAY, which is our celebration of the fun and hilarity of cats, our little animal family members. This event is hosted by Michelle, at The True Book Addict.

Click on the link to join in.

Here’s a cat after my own heart….

AN INTERIOR DESIGNER KITTY???

When I saw this one, I had to laugh and say to myself that it was perfect for me, since I’m a “frustrated interior designer.”

 

How about the rest of you?  What delightful, funny, cute, and lovable cat photos do you have to share?

HUMP DAY IMPRESSIONS — JAN. 19

HUMP DAY CHAOS

Welcome to another day in the blogging world of NaBloPoMo.

Today’s episode will touch on all the Hump Day events around the blogosphere, as well as on my own family stuff.

Over at Embrace the Whirlwind, you’ll find the new book I’m waiting for…full of family moments.

Then, at Creative Moments, I updated my progress on the ROW 80 Challenge.

Today is my day to pick up youngest grandson Noah at school, and the manicurist is also coming by to do my nails later this afternoon.  All morning, I’ve been cleaning!  In-between those tasks, I’ve been blogging, writing, etc.

Moments with Noah

The book I finished yesterday is reviewed at Chasing Stardust.

 

Lots of family and friend moments in this one, too.

I started my next read, which I was really excited about…but, for whatever reason, just couldn’t connect with the characters last night.  Maybe today…

If things don’t improve, I’ll have to find another one on my stacks.  My vow:  to read at least one book a week from my Old TBRs (as distinguished from my newer ones).

Now I’m off to do some more writing before settling in to read.

 

TUESDAY IMPRESSIONS — JAN. 18

Craig Robinson - Berlin Photographer

Today descended like a dark, cold blanket—no fog, just a lot of darkness, even at this hour.

Surreal….

I could use a lamp like the one in my header, lighting my pathways today.  Speaking of the lamp in my header, my eldest son, Craig, Berlin Photographer, captured this a few years ago.  As I gaze at it, I am carried along fantasy pathways.  Many who have noticed it have mentioned that Narnia springs to mind.

I love images like this one.

Or how about some of these images, captured by the same photographer (my amazing son!) in an old abandoned sanitarium outside of Berlin.

Beelitz Sanitarium

Or how about these decaying images:

BEAUTY IN DECAY

Capturing the ordinary moments in our lives in a unique way is the gift of the creative photographer.

I try to capture those moments in the life around me through words.  As a blogger/writer, my journey takes me next to my WIP, in which my characters are leading me along, hoping that I will see the world through their eyes.

Meanwhile, I have posted my Teaser Tuesday for today at my Potpourri blog.

I entered a new header at that site that also conveys ordinary moments in a unique way, from the vision of Mary Engelbreit.

I like the sentiment expressed in this one:  Everything You Want in the World is Just Right Outside Your Comfort Zone.

What is your vision for today?  What thoughts are carrying you forward into your day?

FAMILY/CAT MOMENTS — CAT THURSDAY — JAN. 13

Welcome once again to a “family moment” here, spotlighted for the purposes of NaBloPoMo.

Our special Thursday moment is one we call Cat Thursday, which is hosted by Michelle, at The True Book Addict.

I found today’s cat on that great website that specializes in funny (or contrived) cat moments.

This one I’m sending out there for all of you who love vampire tales. Perhaps you can add this to your “blood-sucking” hall-of-fame moments…LOL.

 

Scary, huh?

What did you find this week?  Did your own cat do something cute or funny?  Or did you, like me, scroll through LOLCATS for your week’s treasure?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

DAY TEN — NABLOPOMO & FAMILY CONNECTIONS

TWO VERSIONS OF FIONA

 

Posting daily on this site (for NaBloPoMo) has focused my attention on some of the reasons I started this blog.

My topic for the month is family connections, which is one that is near and dear to me.

This site started out as Snow Connections, but then I merged my Blogger site called Snow Impressions with it.

It’s a bit of wordplay between my name and the weather condition of snow.

On my previous site, my header featured my two granddaughters playing in the snow a few years ago.

 

SNOWBUNNIES -- 2004

 

Today, my blog header captures one of those girls as she is today, and how she was a few years ago.

Don’t you love photos?  They transport us back to special moments in our lives.

I have many albums, but lately I’ve really enjoyed uploading the photos to my computer and using them in blog posts.  Or, as in the case of the current photo of Fiona above, this one I “grabbed” from her Facebook site.

Don’t you love that feature?

I’m thinking of Fiona and her cousin Aubrey—both girls were born in February, the same year—so they seem like “twins,” almost. Except that they are very different.  In appearance and in many other ways.  But they enjoy spending time together.

My thoughts take me to the snowy day years ago, as well as one summer almost three years ago when the two of them spent a week with me.

I look forward to many more family connections with them, and with my other grandkids.

What connections sustain you?  What special moments stand out?