December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Holy Hathor - Passed My First MN Blog Anniversary!

Hathor is the cow-headed goddess of ancient Egypt and she predates the Egyptian dynasties, nobody knows really how old she is!  So instead of saying Holy Cow I say Holy Hathor :)  Just a little aside...

I can't believe it.  For some reason, I figured that I had started this blog in February, 2012, but when I looked back a little while ago I saw that my very first post for this blog was on September 17, 2011, so I started it shortly after I got back from my trip to the CCI meeting and Kings v. Queens Tournament in St. Louis.  Wow - how time flies!

So, Happy Anniversary to Me :)



Every blogger knows that it's a love/hate relationship with your blog(s).  Mostly love, but sometimes it's a drag, particularly if one feels obligated to blog every day no matter that you maybe don't have anything to write about, or just don't feel like writing. When I started the Goddesschess Blog to accompany our then online website (we took it down some months ago, but I suspect it will be resurrected again) back in April 2007 I never suspected that I would get so intently caught up in it.  But I did.  But I have also got over the thing that I must post every day else the fans will go away!  Well, for Goddesschess that's very important to us, of course.  Fortunately, although I've lightened up my blogging at Goddesschess blog, our fans have not deserted us!

But Maison Newton, which is purely personal and not to advance any goals other than those of my ego, which are goals, I'll admit, but not very worth ones, not like supporting getting more females to play chess because of all of the game's known benefits in developing emotionally and cognitively, for instance, and helping to promote the game where we can for female players -- well, I'm a little more loosey-goosey about posting here regularly.

Here's to the next year!

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