Friday, March 22, 2013

MISCELLANY--EARLY 2013...
 
As the New Year begins, there are many activities at Cielo Azul that do not generate enough photos for a complete post, so I have lumped them together in a little assortment of memories.....
 
Like preparing our contribution to the eats at a Core Kids Super Bowl Party.  P.S.  We are San Francisco supporters....
 
 The Garage Sailing gang is not intimidated by the cold weather.....


 Although I am apparently the only one who found a treasure at this particular sale....

 Of course, Danny can be counted on to challenge the validity of calling it a "treasure".....

 We have a SPECTACULAR day of TV watching on Inauguration Day....

 "Hail to the Chief" and thanks for all the errrrr HOPE!......
 Next day, I delight in the coverage of a fabulous Inauguration Address.

But Giano was more interested in what Michelle wore to the Inaugural Ball......

In the winter, all three dogs can be found lying in a row in the patches of sunlight coming in through the French Door.......

Although the outdoor life is just fine with some cats like Topaz....

Because her fur is so fine, Zsa Zsa needs a little warm T-Shirt on cold days,,,,,

We make a sad trip to Isleta to say "Goodbye" to Dwight's very good friend, Louie....

Here his clansmen make the sad trek to Elizabeth's house with the liter to carry their friend back to the church one last time.  As is the Indian way, all services were concluded before sundown on the day Louie died.  Goodbye to a wonderful good-hearted guy and a loyal and trusted friend.....May you rest in well-deserved peace.....

No T-shirt, must be a warm day.....

Diana playing dress-up in preparation for the Chinese New Year party.....

And trying on fancy tops with her pajamas.............

After delighting us for several months, after the party, it is finally tine to take down the village.....so there will be no more little Parisian school girls enjoying a trip to the museum....

Or folks like Terrie and Richie enjoying a sip in the coffee house of some European square.......Actually, one of the reasons the village was up so long this year was because all of the Core Kids at the Chinese Party had to find themselves in the metropolis that is the Village.....

This year it is especially sad to take it down, because I have decided that because of the huge allotment time needed to set the village up, I am not going to put up until another two years.......

Oh my goodness!--is that Winston trapped in one of the village boxes?........


He can get out anytime he wants..Well, it IS him, but he's not trapped, he just loves to climb into every box that makes it's way to Cielo Azul......

Tallulah thinks he just want too much attention for his cute antics..........


But after all, he IS the cherished Prince of the Palace......

 Valentine's Day arrives again....

 And 2013 is another extravaganza of love and loot.....

 But come March, who is that lurking in the bushes?.....

 Why it's Zozobra's pint-sized Tio Coco put up by the Kiwanis Club.....

 For just a handful of people......

 And some of the Cielo Azul faithful.....

 The really best view is from Patrick's balcony....
 "Why I remember when Santa Fe was a simple town and people were satisfied in only ONE Zozobra a year".........................
 "Get over it, Mom--Times Change........"

 Twilight becomes Giano

 The requisite fireworks.......

And our trouble burn away--AGAIN..........
 So, as Spring approaches, all the felines at Cielo Azul.....


And all the canines too--wish you a fun and joyous springtime!  Oh, and the human concur as well.....

Saturday, March 09, 2013

PRESENT TIME--XMAS MORN 2012
 
 Catching up with our final post of the 2012 Christmas Season:  We are waking up to Christmas morning 2012....

 And while it is cold and snowy outside.....

 We are warm and cozy inside.....

 And so while the goddess Diana keeps a frozen vigil.....

 We delight in the joy of our cuddly pets and even cuddlier children.....

 Frannie is first with some Rosie the Riveter socks and a delightful companero--Ah!  Life is good!....

 Binks models her gift--a Warrior's hoodie which will get great wear.  Those San Franciscans are blessed with powerhouse sports teams.....

 Giano gets some help from that curious little Zsa Zsa who is spending her first Christmas at Cielo Azul.........

 More socks--feline beauties for Baby Binks......

And Dwight will be sooo warm in his new scarf......

 Miss Binks is thrilled with her Cadillac belt fashioned for her by Kelly from old seat belts and silver conchas.....

 Mommie loves Solange and Solange loves Mommie....

 A posey for Miladie's hair......

 Shoes for our Carlitos....

 "Gee, I was hoping for some socks...."

 A portrait of that little wrappings chaser:  Mr. Winston.....

 Someone might have a beautiful garden this summer inspired by this book........

 She fought the stadium, but she's supporting the team..........

 Love, love, love the pearls..........

 Winston gets exasperated by the slow pace of opening of presents and lends a hand, er, paw........

 Binky has always loved Dumbo......

 Solange is mortified by the insolence of the cats......

And Mommie has to hold back the irascible little Zsa Zsa........

 Perfect!--especially if you are skiing with Joan Collins....

 "Are you sure that tag doesn't say 'Zsa Zsa'?"........

 My friend Louise gave us this silver cross for the Christmas tree, but not being know for subtlety, myself--I might wear it with Fiesta clothes......

 Winston's ribbon monocle makes him look like Mr. Peanut.......

 Speaking of Fiesta clothes.....

 VIVA LA!!....

 Of course, the best presents don't come in fancy wrapped packages......

 But Frannie is pretty delighted with her book......

 If you're missing Mei Toy, she is in the thick of things--sleeping away.....

 Some one sure knows how to take an endearing photo......


The battle to indoctrinate Zsa Zsa to Christmas continues.....
 My friend Josina made this gorgeous crocheted scarf for me......

 Now, THAT'S a shirt!......

 And THAT'S a hat!.......

 And THAT'S a super kitty!.......

 The hit gift of the morning--a tool that can unwrap any present and open any packaging!  Wished we had opened it FIRST!

 Binks is also happy with her book.....

And Checka with yer another METS jacket....

 "Peak-a-boo!"
 Dwight and I are sharing this painting of Mickey Mantel that the girls got together and bought us from a Canyon Road gallery.....

Hope the Laplanders won't be offended..........

 Baby Binks loves her ultra-soft pajamas and matching blanket....

 Thanks everyone for all the beautiful gifts--we all treasure them....

 Just as we treasure all our furry friends......

 And our precious family!...

Especially for Kiki who couldn't be here, attached is a link of video that we once again took by accident, but which will make you feel like you were here with us--we all missed you more than you can know:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmFfTUe0TxY&feature=youtu.be


So,  final goodbye to the glowing sights and sounds and feelings of the Holiday Season.  All our best wishes to all!!

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