Archive for December, 2012
Here we are, on the final day of 2012. What a year it’s been. We survived the Mayan non-apocalypse and the US presidential election. But forget that stuff, because it’s New Year’s Even, and it’s time to party.
As you can see in the clearly totally real and not at all Photoshopped photo above (for the less festive version of this photo, click on the thumbnail at right), even the cows of Stayton are getting in on the party. Except the one facing right, who has already passed out from all the festivities.
But they kept it safe, and did all their partying at home, where they wouldn’t have to drive and put themselves and others in danger. I hope everyone else out there will do the same. Don’t drink and drive, don’t let others drink and drive, and don’t ride in a vehicle with anyone who is drunk or even tipsy. It’s dangerous and flat out stupid to do otherwise.
Guest photographer Dorothy Loftin spotted this adorable mailbox all decked out for the Christmas holiday. Her description:
I just love this mailbox, what a great simple decoration that really brings some of the beauty to the street without having to be too flashy. I bet the mail person likes it too!
Why, yes, this is a wall and sidewalk. I’m sorry if I’ve overwhelmed you with how exciting this photo is. I’ll understand if you need to go lie down to recover.
This thrilling photo was taken at Stayton Intermediate School on Shaff Rd.
In an effort to stop posting photos of Christmas lights and decorations, I dug back into my photo archives and found this photo I took earlier this month at the Stayton Fire Department on Ida St. The hat (helmet? I’m not sure which term fits better) belongs to Jack Carriger, the fire chief at the department.
Now that Christmas is over, Santa Claus is taking a break. He and his old pal Frosty the Snowman decided to spend some time getting caught up on everything that’s happened since last winter. Santa spent all his time organizing this year’s sleigh ride, moderating elf disputes, and making his naughty and nice lists. Frosty on the other hand spent most of the summer in Antarctica, because he’d never been there before. He made a lot of good penguin friends, though one thought it was funny to steal Frosty’s magic hat and put it on random lumps of snow to see if they would dance around like Frosty. They did, though Frosty never saw them. Without his hat, he couldn’t do or see a thing. Darned penguin.
All in all, it was a good visit, though by the end of it things became a bit strained. Santa was really tired and wasn’t his usual jolly old self. Frosty said he wasn’t sure he’d want to visit again next year, but Santa wasn’t worried. He knew Frosty would be back again someday. Even if he wasn’t, Santa has ways of tracking people down. It’s what he does.
Why, yes, I am posting a photo of Christmas lights after Christmas is over. That would be because I have one singular non-Christmas photo I can post, so I’m taking advantage of the near-Christmas vibe for as long as I can. This house happens to be my own.
I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a great holiday, and that everyone in general had a great Tuesday.
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the day! And happy Wednesday to everyone. We aren’t having a white Christmas here, but this photo, taken during a recent snowfall in the hills outside Stayton, by guest photographer Denny Barnes makes it feel like we are. Thanks, Denny!
Merry Christmas Even to those who celebrate the day, and happy Tuesday to everyone everywhere! Unless you are on the other side of the world, where it is probably Christmas already, so… Merry Christmas! And happy Wednesday!
Today we have an intentionally out of focus Christmas tree. It’s not my Christmas tree, though, it’s actually one my neighbor’s had decorated in their yard. But if you want to see my tree, click on the thumbnail at right. It’s actually in focus. Funny, that.
Tomorrow I’ll have another Christmas tree, taken by a guest photographer. Stay tuned.
Oh, look. Christmas lights. I haven’t posted those for the last several days or anything. I took this photo in my front yard, because there are lights in my front yard, and I have a camera. So I took a picture. And posted it here. Today. Well, technically, I wrote this a few days ago, but it’s getting posted today. Whenever today is. I’ve lost track.