Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Wishes

GR&&DF this is the last post for a week or so as I will be leaving on my Christmas travels at the crack of jack in the morning - with a 4:10am Super Shuttle pick up it will be a longish day. I did want to leave everyone a little card....


and a quote from my favorite - "A Christmas Carol" - by Charles Dickens

".... I have always thought of Christmastime when it has come around, apart from the veneration due its scared name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that; as a good time, a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time, the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut up hearts freely and to think of people below them as if they really where fellow passengers to the grave and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.... And therefore uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good and will do me good and I say: God Bless It!...
- Fred, Scrooge's nephew

I also wanted to post a progress snap of Alphablocks....

Last night I got a bit of Christmas cheer watching the annual production by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the tube. This year it was called "Ring Christmas Bells" with guest soloist Brian Stokes Mitchell and guest performer Edward K Hermann. What a treat, as it always is!!! If you get the chance to see it you will not be disappointed!!

After the concert was over I popped in a DVD - "The Sea Hawk" -1940 - starring Errol Flynn, Brenda Marshall, Claude Rains, Flora Robson, Allen Hale and Donald Crisp. What a super swashbuckler type movie. Beautifully shot in B&W and wonderfully directed by Michael Curtiz.

I wanted to also answer some of the super comments from yesterday... Sharlotte mentioned "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" - 1947 - starring Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison and George Sanders - I love this flick and would highly recommend it to anyone!! Gene is at her pinnacle of loveliness - between this flick and "Laura" - 1944 you got two super Tierney flickers!!! Lorraine mentioned another flick - "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill" - 2003 - what a great little film. We live on a promontory called Red Rock on many older maps of SF and the cliffs around us are heavily laden with scrubby trees - these trees often have these city parrots roosting in them. We see lots of birds up where we sit overlooking the city and a colorful parrot or hummingbird really adds to our city wildlife. Wrapping up with a comment from Karen about "The Bunny House" - she mentioned a quote about a single mahi - a totally funny line - another really funny moment was also in the restaurant with a little table and a piece of gum!! I was LOL at that!!

There you go sports fans!! I'll be back in a week or so - have a great Christmas and Holiday season!!!!

Take care -
edgar

39 comments:

Stitchinowl said...

What a pretty antique Christmas card and nice quote from Dickens' A Christmas Carol My youngest son is reading it in school. Of course, we appreciate the story now as adults!

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Carolyn

Nancy said...

Merry Christmas Edgar, and a very Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for the lovely card.

The little speech you quoted from Scrooge's nephew is wonderful, isn't it? And, in the version with George C. Scott, his nephew is my favorite character in the movie. So cheerful and bubbly.

Your alphabet is looking beautiful!

Travel safe, and looking forward to your posts in 2010!

Catherine said...

I am so glad I found your blog - you always have something to brighten my day. Have a Merry Christmas and journeys that are safe and memory making.

Lee said...

Happy Holidays Edgar! I wish you every happiness!

Carol R said...

Love the card and the quote - thank you for sharing.

A Merry Christmas to both you, Rico and the pooches and keep safe on your travels.

[[[hugs]]]

Luned said...

Nadolig Llawen!
I hope you have a peaceful Christmas and a wonderful holiday.

Berit said...

We will, I hope, finally be watching Scrooge at my house tonight! I can't wait to see what Dear Marc thinks of it! Your alphabet is coming along quite nicely; you had mentioned a progress pic could be dull because it was just border-filling, but I'm stil excited to see it--makes up for the lack of progress I'm having! (Only house-cleaning, no needleworking as of late!) We have been enjoying the treats you sent here; please look for a proper thank you soon! (My procrastination is a thing terrible to behold!)

Please have a good trip and come back safely!

Hazel said...

Have a good trip Edgar and Merry Christmas. xx

Peg said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hope you have a wonderful one. The card is beautiful. Alphabet blocks is looking good. Hope my fabric arrives in time for me to start it Christmas day.

valerie said...

Safe travels Edgar! Wishing you and Rico a wonderful Christmas Holiday!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Merry Christmas Edgar. Safe travels.

Sharlotte said...

Have a safe and very Merry Christmas Edgar! Take lots of pics for us to drool over!!

Margaret said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happpy New Year! Safe travels!

Jennifer said...

Wishing you and Rico and very Merry Christmas and safe travels. You have brought such joy and inspiration into my life in 2009, a year that has not been one of the best for me. Thanks so much for sharing the good times and making the not-so-good times more bearable. You embody the true meaning of Christmas every day of the year.

Karen said...

Have a safe trip and a very Merry Christmas! And, go for it, get the double Mahi. LOL

Barb said...

Edgar, thank you for the lovely card and the quote! Have a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy your trip and I look forward to your very interesting blog in 2010!

Colleen said...

Have a wonderful Holiday! I'm going to miss you :) You're my first blog reading every day. Hurry back :)

CindyMae said...

Gorgeous stitching!! Hope you have a wonderful and Very Merry Christmas with safe travels!

stitcheranon said...

Have a wonderful christmas and a peaceful new year.

Marjo said...

Love your stitching. I am working on that same piece and have chosen not to fill in the bottom blocks as I am just not sure what color to use as bittersweet is too orange for me but am afraid the whiskey is too yellow. I have stitched the outlines of all the blocks and the green of the vine and am just filling in as I go. I am on goose. I have not done the flowers on the vine but will just use one varigated color I think.
Merry Christmas to you.

Bronny said...

Thank you for the pleasure of reading your blog this past year - I wish you and your family and friends a spectacular Christmas and look forward to reading your blog again and watching your lovely stitching progress in the New Year.

Myriam said...

Merci pour cette jolie carte et joyeux Noël à toi et aux tiens!

ariadne said...

Have a great trip,enjoy yourself,Merry Christmas to you and yours!Ariadne from Greece!

Patti said...

What a lovely card. I hope you have a really great Christmas and see you when you get back. You shall be missed.
Love
Patti xxx

Mary said...

Merry Christmas, Edgar! I hope you have a wonderful trip!

Julie said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and safe travels! I'm off to watch "Holiday Affair" with Robert Mitchum.

Lois said...

Safe travels and have a lovely Christmas.

Laura said...

Safe travels Edgar and happy holidays to you and Rico!

Tracey said...

Wow I am sooooo behind on my blog reading.. been so busy! By the time I post this you will be on holiday- I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! The alphabet is coming along wonderfully and I love your vintage Christmas card. Merry Christmas to you and yours! :)

Andrea said...

Have a safe trip and a very Merry Christmas!

Charlene said...

Merry Christmas!!

Bette said...

The Christmas Card is lovely, and so is your alphablocks. They are coming along nicely.
"A Christmas Carol" has always been one of my favourite Dickens books.

Merry Christmas to you and yours

Babs said...

Enjoy your Holidays and I want to wish you a Merry Christmass and a Happy Newyear.

Paula Nunes Lima said...

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2010!
Hugs
Paula Nunes Lima

Loraine said...

Your sampler is amazing! So inspiring. I have my mom peaking at your blog, as she is getting ready to start this one, and I told her your colors are perfect!
What fun to see the parrots from your place. I had no idea wild parrots were in the city. I've been there several times, and never been lucky enough to spot one. The film said that we have a flock in southern Utah as well. That was a big surprise to me.
Loved the Tabernacle Choir concert as well. I never get tired of hearing their beautiful music. I keep wanting to take my kids to Salt Lake for a concert, as they do many throughout the month of December. Alas, I don't think it will be this year, as it is almost over!
Take care, and safe travels to you. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Cheryl said...

Hi Egdar, Just stopping by to wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2010!

Susimac said...

Merry Christmas to you and Rico

Hugs Su x

ariadne said...

Dear Edgar,
Merry Christmas to you! Thank for blogging and inspiring me to do more and more cross stitch!You and Becky from whose blog I came to know you.Ariadne from Greece!ariadnesky@hotmail.com

DaisyGirl said...

Merry Christmas Edgar and Rico! I hope you had a blessed holiday!
Love,
DaisyGirl