Saturday, December 23, 2006

Waiting for Santa


Blogger micki said...

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Wow, what a busy day yesterday!! I baked cookies, made a pie, made flatbread for meatball wraps (quite yummy, I must say) and made a batch of soap. I’ve been putting off the soap making until the last minute and finally had to do it. We’re almost out. I haven’t bought soap in eight years, maybe more. Anyway, I’ve been putting it off because it can take so much time to mix the concoction up. Yesterday I didn’t have the time, so when the lye water was at proper temperature and I had the oils and fats at their proper temperature, I combined them, mixed them with the hand mixer for five minutes and set the pot aside. Usually I mix it for much longer, but no time to do that this time. So, I stirred with a wooden spoon every half hour or hour for five minutes and before I knew it, it was ready to pour into the mold. (When it’s as thick as pudding, it’s ready to pour.) Then I remembered the cake pan I usually use as the mold had a turkey in it. So I had to find something else. I did. Now my soap is drying under the sink and I’ll cut it into bars tonight or tomorrow. In three weeks I’ll be able to use it.

In the middle of it all, we noticed a deer in the yard, then another, and then another. In the end, there ended up being five at a time, with a very large one coming in and out of the scene, so there may have been six, all does. We’ve never had more than three, so this was quite a sight to see. It was raining out, so the exposure was long. I only took one shot, because of all my cameras, only one had color film in it…ISO 100. At the same time, squirrels were scampering about and a woodpecker was hanging on the feeder right next to the patio doors. Quite the scene. Living in the woods is pretty cool.

Everyone enjoy your holiday!! My warmest wishes for the best one yet!

11:00 AM  
Blogger Don said...

An appropriate picture for this season. I think this wonderful season brings with it lots of tension and a myriad of little things to get done. I think i"m through..and another thing pops up. :-) Best wishes for a fine holiday with friends and loved ones.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous john said...

Good job Santa is not hindered by a weight problem, when you think of all the goodies left out and consumed. Nice shot, have a great holiday Micki with
the family.

11:33 AM  
Blogger photowannabe said...

It sounds like you live in a magical place and I admire your resourcefulness. Soap making..what a wonderful skill.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

1:29 PM  
Blogger WJWilson said...

That one makes me feel all warm. Beautiful photo. Thanks for the nice comment. Merry Christmas to you!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous riesenriel said...

Have a nice christmas!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Wow what a day! Sounds like a wonderful spot to live! I dig the photo. When I was kid we left beer and pretzels for Santa :-)

3:21 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Now, that’s a lovely little reminder of the childhood wonder of Christmas . . so warm and full of expectation.

Holiday Greetings to You and Yours, Micki.

3:25 PM  
Anonymous H.O said...

Oh,don't give too much milk to Santa :D
very nice image Micki!!

3:26 PM  
Anonymous Doug said...

Nice, warm holiday image. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Oh you are a master of many trades my dear Micki! Love homemade soap..lavender please! I actually buy homemade soap from a family in Paisley ontario Canada and that is the birth place of ~*miss Paisley*~ who you well know!
~*Peace love and joy*~ to you and your family in the woods..hugs NG

9:06 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

You never cease to amaze me Micki! I wish I had your energy. I heard that Santa was lactose intolerant so we leave him a nice hearty Shiraz and some stuffed mushrooms:).

9:09 PM  
Blogger pcfranchina said...

Great shot! Merry Christmas!


11:04 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Love the warm colors and nice dof! Merry Christmas and wishing you a great year ahead!!

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Ron said...

Wow! I love this post! Both the picture and the story!

1) Meatballs wrap.. Never had one, but it sounds GREAT!

2) You make your own soap!? That's amazing!

Have a GREAT Christmas, and I hope Santa is good to you and your whole family!

1:20 AM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

Merry Christmas Micki! Have you been nice this year? ;)

2:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice. Merry Christmas, Micki! :-)


3:27 AM  
Anonymous Christian said...

Very funny Christmas shot Micky

Have a great Merry Christmas with all of your family.

all the best

4:25 AM  
Blogger james m said...

Have a very merry christmas micki :)

6:48 AM  
Anonymous moonhead said...

Have a great Christmas.
All the best
John [moonhead]

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

My mom used to make soap, in ball form, and candles when we were growing up. I never quite got that bug in me but thought it was pretty cool at the time.

This is a perfect photo for the season. There is electricity in the air, particularly when little children are about. We saw some very excited little ones when we went out to dinner last night with the family. It brought back loads of memories when I heard one mom remind her rather overly excited little boy that "Santa was watching!".

Have a very Merry Christmas with your family Micki. It's been so wonderful to get to "know" you through your pictures and wonderful stories here on your blog.

8:53 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Such a warm capture of an iconic seasonal scene...

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Kris [PiXistenZ] said...

Lovely, nostalgic photo!
Happy holidays!

12:00 PM  

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