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Niece [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps sent this series of cheery doggie pumpkins to me a couple of days ago and I must share it with you...

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More in here... )

And our Papillons, Faline and Jack, went to the groomers on Friday and have Halloween bows!

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Faline doesn't mind wearing a costume, but Jack gets very depressed when we dress him up.

Here he is in '06, when he was just a baby... )

And here's a repeat of the PotC pumpkins my daughter carved a few years ago, with niece's help...

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More in here... )

And finally, [livejournal.com profile] aletheiafelinea suggested starting this Icon Squee Meme again, which was going around back in April of '08. Sounded like a good idea to me!

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of Icon Squee!
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It's [livejournal.com profile] porridgebird's natal day, and I believe our dear webmaster of the wonderful Horizon archive deserves some Sparrington, as well as every happiness and blessing!
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] azalaisdep in [livejournal.com profile] celandineb's [livejournal.com profile] 3fan_holidays fic exchange, with many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith for her sharp eye in editing. This is the fifth story in a series I began writing in 2004…

First Christmas: The Christmas Guest – in which Jack spends Christmas as a guest in the governor's house and certain proposals are made.

Second Christmas: The Perfect Gift – in which Elizabeth talks Jack into helping her obtain the perfect gift for Will, and a misunderstanding occurs.

Third Christmas: Making Amends – in which Anamaria is at odds with Groves, until a desperate situation arises during the holidays.

Fourth Christmas: A Christmas Accord – in which Jack's roving eye lights on Elizabeth's maid, Estrella.

And now…

Holly Branch~ The Fifth Christmas ~

The roast goose was like ashes in Elizabeth's mouth... )
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I love writing -- and reading -- Christmas stories! This one is set a year after Home for the Holidays, a story I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] erinya, formatted as a series of drabbles that were set in my post-AWE Shipwreck Cove universe (which was originally borrowed from inspired by [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra's fabulous Outlaws and Inlaws series). One of said drabbles featured Pintel and Ragetti, and this year, in the [livejournal.com profile] merrypirates holiday fic exchange, [livejournal.com profile] were_lemur requested some more P&R - "discussing /arguing /geeking about something Christmas-related a la the krayken/krawken discussion. Or just messing up christmas in some hilariously well-intentioned way". This story is the result.

Many thanks, as always, to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith for editing.

There weren't many pine trees on Shipwreck Island... )
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
Thought I'd post this here, as well...

Every year at Black Pearl Sails, the Yahoo Group, we've had a Secret Santa Fic / Fanart Exchange, and this year I'd like to open it up to our members on Live Journal, too. It's a little more laid back than some of the exchanges. Just comment here with what you'd like to write/draw and what you'd like to receive, and I'll match them up. Fics can be any length, and the deadline will be between December 20-25 -- you'll be responsible for posting your own work.

If you'd like to join in the fun, comment to this post, where all comments are screened. Or email me at geekmama at gmail dot com if you have further questions or comments.



I'll be matching up participants on Wednesday, btw, so Wednesday morning is the deadline to sign up.
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Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] viva_lla_gloria for this beautiful graphic, and a very Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of you who celebrate! It's a warm and windy day here in Southern California, there'll be eleven of us at dinner this evening (we're not eating until 6:00 to give [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps a chance to get home from work) and the menu is as follows...

Appetisers: Mexican Layer Dip & Tortilla Chips, Vegetable Dip with Crackers and Crudites, Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Dinner: Turkey, Dressing, Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Jelled Cranberry Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Yam & Apple Casserole, Peas & Pearl Onions with Cream Sauce, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Roasted Carrots, Pear Salad, Sliced Fresh Pineapple, Oatmeal Rolls and Butter, Relish Tray

Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Tangerine Cranberry Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

May every one of you have a happy and blessed celebration!

Gotta scoot -- the Macy's Parade is starting in a half hour!

*hugs*
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As I grow older, war makes less and less sense to me, and seems to contradict particularly what Christ taught, precepts that are not meant to be revered for only an hour on Sunday. My father was a veteran of World War II, as was my uncle. I love and honor them. And yet...

Why of course the people don't want war... )


Facing It )


Borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] penknife...

I 'listed at home for a lancer )


And from [livejournal.com profile] matociquala...

"When I was a boy, all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one and another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind."

~ Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut, 1973



Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Norrington - LOL by Marinarusalka)
Purchased my PotC Egg Coloring Kit at lunch today. *G*
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
We started a little late, but had a very successful Secret Santa Fic Exchange at the Black Pearl Sails Yahoo group.
I got mine in just before the deadline today, due to research needs, flailing indecision, and (as usual) procrastination of a high order. Fortunately I was able to get down to writing on Sunday evening, continued (with some interruptions) all day yesterday, and sent the last of it to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith to edit early this afternoon (and thank goodness she was available to look these over for me).

There are twelve drabbles of varying lengths, written for [livejournal.com profile] erinya per her Secret Santa request: Jack visiting Shipwreck Cove for Christmas. In the spirit of hundreds of movies about coming home for the holidays. Humor, romance, family antics--whatever strikes Santa's fancy. If she wants to add a little J/E romantic comedy in there, so much the better, but I won't mind if she doesn't. Some sappiness is totally okay.

Obviously the whole thing is very Christmassy, but I know there are folks like me who truly love the holiday and won't mind a little recap of last week's joy.

Lastly, yes, this is Jack/Elizabeth, for the most part, though lots of other characters get to put in their two cents. And yes, once again I'm borrowing elements of [livejournal.com profile] artaxastra's wonderful post-AWE series, Outlaws and Inlaws. My deepest thanks to her!

Home for the Holidays )
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
We're doing a Secret Santa fic exchange at Black Pearl Sails (the Yahoo group) and [livejournal.com profile] compassrose7577 presented me with The Point of Christmas, featuring CR's OFC, Kate, and Captain Jack Sparrow. Sentimental and sweetly sexy. *fans self* Just the thing for the holidays!

And [livejournal.com profile] celandineb wrote me a wonderful holiday drabble, All Celebrations Should Involve Rum.

Merry Christmas, everyone!
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
[livejournal.com profile] celandineb posted my [livejournal.com profile] 3fan_holidays story, which I wrote for [livejournal.com profile] ceria_taliesin per her request of W/E/J. The story stands all right on its own, but it's part of one of my post-Curse of the Black Pearl A/U's, and takes place a year after The Christmas Guest, two years before A Christmas Accord, and about six years before Dancing Day. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith for editing and many helpful suggestions!

~ The Perfect Gift ~Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
dwgm: Kimi Birds (Jack Santa by Gryphons_lair)
I wrote this story for [livejournal.com profile] celandineb's [livejournal.com profile] 3fan_holidays challenge. The recipient was [livejournal.com profile] ceria_taliesin, and she wanted W/E or W/E/J. This story stands all right on its own, but it's part of one of my post-Curse of the Black Pearl A/U's, and takes place a year after The Christmas Guest. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] hereswith for editing and many helpful suggestions.


~ The Perfect Gift ~ )
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I've been fooling around with the layout of [livejournal.com profile] prettygoodfood today -- I think the one I came up with is prettier, and more legible. I posted a few recipes, too, and hope to work on it a little each day, and get the rest of our family cookbook posted. I know, I know. I've said that before. But this time I mean it. Not that I didn't the other times. Many thanks to all the friends who've joined and posted their family favorites there, too. Everything is tagged, and saved to memories.

Took a few days off to commandeer [livejournal.com profile] viva_gloria from LAX last Monday. We drove many miles in search of beaches, good seafood, and Disney adventure (for which [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps was our kind hostess -- many thanks to her!), and had a small but lively pirate gathering on Halloween evening with [livejournal.com profile] choose2live, [livejournal.com profile] hippediva, and [livejournal.com profile] smutcutter, with a brief appearance by [livejournal.com profile] hazelhawthorne and company. [livejournal.com profile] viva_gloria was an ideal guest, and I hope she had as much fun as I did (in spite of jet lag).

Here are pix of the PotC pumpkins that [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6 made for us. Just like some that were posted awhile back at [livejournal.com profile] arrrrr, but these are OURS! They're made with those craft pumpkins, so we'll have them for years to come (if Wee Monkey will bring them home from work -- she took them in to show her co-workers).

Piratical Pumpkins )

All right. It's after 5. Still have to go to store, make out bills, make dinner, and watch Deliverance with [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and [livejournal.com profile] weemonkey6. Haven't seen Deliverance since I was an impressionable 19 year old. Should be interesting.

Y'all have a great week!
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Went to Disneyland today with [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps and admired the Halloween decorations. Here's a holiday picspam from the Magic Kingdom.

Probably not dialup friendly... )
dwgm: Kimi Birds (J/E Fire by Erinya)
Just have to say...

Happy Birthday, Hereswith!!!

May all of your wishes come true!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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