Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winding Up 2010 . . .

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2010 . . . what a crazy year it has been. Now it is winding to a close. Some of us will be crawling across the transition line to 2011, after the Xmas season madness. After the weather tantrums. Without mentioning any of the world's many woes.
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May your holidays be full of music and joy and the peaceful satisfaction you may rightly enjoy as your reward for simply having survived another year on planet Earth.
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To serenade you through the coming days, I found a couple of singing frogs.
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28 comments:

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Do you feel like you've been on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride? Cheer yourself with the robust actions of the so- called lame duck Congress. Least ways, I do. Happy Holidays and best wishes for a stirring 2011.

Deborah said...

Owen, I am so completely out of the loop that I'm not even sure how to leave comments anymore. That's my excuse, anyway, if I'm repeating myself here by wishing you and La Grenouille and your two fillettes a joyful Christmas and a very Happy and Adventurous New Year. Now I'll go back and see if I did actually leave a comment on the last post!

Jidhu Jose said...

nice painting.

Merry Xmas

K'line Bloom said...

Owen,
C'est plus facile de survivre une année de plus grâce au spectacle perpétuel de la lanterne magique ! :)
Je te souhaite une très belle fin d'année, du repos aussi et de très bons moments en famille.
Bises, à bientôt !

babbler said...

Owen,
Mr. Slug and I have been enjoying the high water content of the seasons best, and hereforth extend to you, and your fellow frogs, the finest flies and bugs that dare to fly close to the maw.

Mr. Slug has been busy at school this past semester, and I am happy to report a respectable array of grades has been obtained thus far. This business of learning has kept me quite busy as well, as my latest posts have been more complicated in nature so that Mr. Slug can stay sharp, keeping the optical tentacle glued to the books. I intend to post another entry of Mr. Slugs latest adventure, very soon, so please keep your portruding eye peeled for developments. Very Truly Yours, Mrs. Slug and the "now quite scholarly" Mr. Slug.

Le Journal de Chrys said...

Grand merci et belles fêtes à toi également!

Elisa said...

Merry merry christmas to you and your family :) I sure hope you have lot warmer than we have now.. but our mind is warm and peaceful. And that is the most important thing.

Lulu Sorcière said...

Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année à toi Owen,ainsi qu'à tes proches, bravo et merci pour tous ces moments de complicité, de sensibilité, d'originalité, d'humour, de gravité qui accompagnent le chemin cahin-caha de nos vies, un p'tit coup d'blues? Un p'tit coup d'écran et c'est reparti !
Bises !

Steve said...

Back at you Owen - hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a superbly creative New Year!

Laurie said...

From the cold North (of England), just a note to wish you and your family a joyous Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Thank you for taking us all on such a wonderful year-long photographic adventure. It's been wonderful. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with next year!
Laurie

the fly in the web said...

I owe you...for making me see more what's around me.
Mark you, that can be hazardous in San Jose when someone steals a manhole cover!

Have a merry Christmas and a very happy 2011.

Dedene said...

Thanks for the nice year of photos and posts.
The painting isn't of Mme. Grenouille is it?

Stickup Artist said...

My Dear Owen, Wherever did you find those paintings? Love the colors! I'm thinking your last photo was shot in good old PA. Good one! I'm happy to report that after 8 soggy days in a row, the sun is shining! It was a warm storm but there is a little dusting of snow on top of Cucamonga Peak. I hope your weather has calmed too.

It's been a wild ride following you about on your escapades and philosophical musings peppered with your undeniable, irrepressible artistry, compassion, sensitivity, and yes, good humor. You shine the light of your magic lantern and illuminate with grace and beauty all that you touch with its glow. I send my warmest wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Holiday filled with peace and joy!

Nevine said...

Dear Owen,

I'll keep it simple and short. I wish you and your family and anyone else in the world that you care for a joyful holiday season and plenty of prosperous times to come. May you all be happy... and safe... and together... always!

Nevine

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Please have you all a blessed Christmas.


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...louciao... said...

Lovely of you to end off the year with a family portrait. And a bit of rust and roots.

Revel, savour, indulge the holiday spirit with those near and dearest to you.

Lynne xo

Rebecca said...

Pretty cool find.

Mary Ann said...

Owen, wishing you the best for the holidays and the new year.

Olga said...

Have a wonderful 2011!!!

Nadege said...

Merry Christmas Owen as well as your family!

Amy said...

Thank you for the singing frogs! I hope you have a wonderful holiday, Owen!

Clytie said...

Well Mr. Toad - LOVE the serenade, too bad I didn't hear the music.

Merry Christmas!

And a Good Year to you as well!

Roxana said...

dear Owen, my warmest wishes for Christmas and these last days of the year, may they be full of joy and harmony, relaxing and enriching for you, your family and all your dear ones...
a hug, a smile and all my tender thoughts...

Pastelle said...

Merci pour la sérénade originale.
Elle devrait nous aider à survivre encore un peu.
Merci et heureux Noël à toi et ceux qui t'entourent dans la lumière de ta lanterne.

TechnoBabe said...

Good sign for wishing a good year. Ha.

The Sagittarian said...

Ho Ho Hoping you have a great time with your family, enjoy the snow and doen't worry too much about your l'il sis down here, we have plenty of sunblock!! :-)

Owen said...

To one and all,
I thank you all deeply for you fine holiday wishes here, it has been the most wonderful pleasure corresponding with you over the past months and year or more even... Can't tell you how much sunshine your company has been bringing to this immigrant exile in a foreign land...

The frogs were decorating the entrance to a lovely little pub in Williamsport PA, seen on the trip there in September...

I wish you all the happiest of holidays, a fine end to 2010, and much happiness and peace in 2011, and lots of good blogging time...

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Un très, très grand merci à toutes et à tous, vos voeux me rechauffent le coeur par ce temps de grand froid !

J'ai dû travailler beaucoup ce dernier temps pour ratrapper les retards engendrés par tout ce mauvais météo, travaillant même la veille et le jour de noël... mais maintenant j'ai un peu de vacances, et j'espère passer un peu de temps en faisant le tour à tos vos blogs, en votre compagnie chaleureuse... mais aussi en famille, profitant de la présence des proches...

Merci profondement, votre amitié le long de ce chemin virtuel, mais qui ne me semble plus virtuel, mais bien réel, est une grande source de plaisir dans ma vie à présent...

Bonnes Fêtes à tout le monde !!!

James said...

I'm not sure how I missed this post but I'm glad I found it. :)
Thanks for the singing frogs and the cool and appropriate sign. I just wish I could hear the frogs over the 50+ mph snow and wind gusts. :)