Thorin’s found a new friend . . .

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Meet Thorin’s new friend, Mauriel the elf.   He’s striking a blow for better Middle-Earth inter-race relations. She’s pretty cute, I must admit. Poor Thumper will just have to deal with the competition, I suppose . . .

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I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. Mauriel is cute, but reassure Thumper that no one can purr like she does. Thorin will no doubt return to her loving paws. (Besides, we know that Mauriel is just standing in for the real Christmas elf in your house.)

    • I think Thorin just needed a break from all those dirty, naughty, smelly, filthy boy dwarves. But I agree–no mere elf can outdo my Thumpie’s purr. The “real” Christmas elf’s toe is still “elf shoe” resistant (some child in the grocery store pointed to them one season and said, “LOOK, Mommie, elf shoes!!” 😉

      • So sorry the toe continues to give you grief. I hope it will be healed soon and you’ll be back in your elf shoes in time for Thanksgiving, when Santa officially comes to town in the U.S.

        • It is a lot better–not so puffy and the bruising is largely gone. My elf shoes fit the foot very closely, however, and that foot is already slightly larger than the other. The toe is still stiff and achy so I’ve stuck with slippers. Truth be told, the ankle straps are almost gone on the Reeboks. I have tried repairing them, but they are pretty much shot.

          I bought them for $13 years ago at an outlet mall and boy, did I get my money’s worth out of them. You don’t find red suede Reeboks just everywhere. 😉

          Quite the conversation piece with green glittery laces and gold jingle bells, let me tell you. I think I’ve brought a lot of smiles to people’s faces over the years with those shoes. 😉

          I have a pair of regular red leather hi-tops somewhere–maybe if my toe improves enough, I can dig those out, put some new green ribbons for laces (the old ones are shot, too) and add the bells.

          The Christmas parade is early next month. I really, really hope to go, even if we have to take a folding chair so I won’t have to stand for a long period of time. The downtown looks like a fairyland and there are carolers and live bands and the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. I think that would boost my spirit even further!! Oh, and Thanksgiving weekend we are also going to Alabama Shakespeare Festical to see their staging of “A Christmas Carol.” This will be our fourth or fifth time. 😀

          • Pity about the Reeboks, but the red leather high-tops sound like a plan. I thought I saw green/metallic shoelaces at Target last year. Failing that, Joann’s or Michael’s will usually have fun ribbons on sale, as well as jingle bells. Here, I might be able to find something at the bazaar (the equivalent of a dollar store), I want to make a toy with bells inside for Lucky, and I might as well thread the extras on my bootlaces.

            • The Wal-Mart Supercenter here has a pretty nice arts and crafts dept.–I think I could find what I needed there. I probably won’t get to Montgomery before we go and see the ASF production–and then for The Hobbit!! 😀 I could also check our Dollar Tree. It’s amazing the stuff you can sometimes find there.

  2. Little Thorin has found a lovely elf friend, I’m sure they will be very good friends. Angie, I hope you’ll feel better for Christmas parade.

      • 3 1/2 weeks should have you back in the pink, especially if you’re careful not to re-injure the trouble spots. That alone will be cause for celebration! Then the parade and the town all decorated for Christmas should be wonderful.

        • I am really trying to be careful. When my mom was still alive and well enough to go, I used to pick her up and take her to the parades. I would stick one of my hats on her head, wrap a scarf around her neck and bundle her up properly, take a folding chair along so she could sit and watch. She really enjoyed it.

          We started holding the parades at night again several years ago. The parades are always fun at any time, but at night, with the lights glowing, it’s an enchanted time.

          • When I was very young, I loved going downtown with my grandmother at Christmas time. It would get dark early and the lights seemed magical. In the neighborhood, I loved when the little store would put out the fresh Christmas trees and I would write Christmas cards (back when postage was 3 cents). I did craft projects for decorations and gifts, and baked traditional cookies. Christmas was not the enormous commercial extravaganza that it’s become in the U.S. now.

            P.S. Lucky is taking his after-breakfast nap curled up beside me.

            • We’ve been thinking about cutting a pine tree on our own acreage like we would have done back in the old days. Back then, we’d all pile into the pickup truck (including the back) and ride into the back forty of the farm to choose a tree. We put our tree up a week before Christmas. My sisters and I would decorate it as soon as we got out of school for the holidays. They wouldn’t let me have any icicles (silver streamers)–they said I globbed them on, which I probably did! LOL

              I used to hand-draw Christmas cards for family members and friends. Our first Christmas together as a married couple, we didn’t have much extra money, and so we baked fruitcakes and let them age and I made Christmas ornaments of various types. It’s good when you can put some of yourself into your gifts. Makes the season much more special.

              • Oh, I’ll bet you have some really lovely trees on your land. Are the “Carolina” firs that smell so wonderful? And today, with a good saw, it should not be too hard to cut one that you can tie to the 4X4.

                This year, it’s going to be a very quiet Christmas, but I want to have a real tree if I can. You get them at the florist, in a little pot. I’ll plant mine in a larger pot and see if it will grow well. This year, the tree will have to be kitten-proof, so no breakable ornaments or lights, but when Lucky is older, he can learn how to appreciate without climbing the tree or trying to chew the light cord.

                Almost all of the gifts I give will be homemade this year. I like making them, and people say they enjoy them. I have been invited to a holiday lunch and I’ll bake something to bring, too. Here, pineapples and walnuts are traditional Christmas treats (as well as turron and polverones).

              • We’ve got a chain saw–handy when a hurricane hits, let me tell you. Even though they bother my allergies a bit, I do love the smell of a real tree.

                When we were in South Dakota, we won a live Christmas tree and the lights and decorations for it. We displayed it outside and then after the holidays we planted it in the yard there. I wonder how it’s doing now. That was more than 25 years ago. I still have some of those decorations–little translucent angels that fit over individual lights. silver and white glass ornaments.

                Pineapples and walnuts sound like a yummy gift. Judging by what Benny said the last time he bought some walnuts for baking, they are a rather valuable commodity here. 😉 If I make fruitcake cookies, I will need to get candied pineapple and cherries.

              • Lucky is doing just fine. In the week I have had him, he has grown, and he has gained weight and muscle tone, although he is just catching up with where he should be. He has been leaping and pouncing, “hunting” a sock and my feet under the blanket. He’s now on a 6-hr feeding schedule and eating all of his solid food, less of the milk replacement. There’s still no evidence of fleas, ear mites, worms, or any of the other issues that often affect feral cats. He is using the litterbox perfectly, and his digestion seems fine. Lucky has learned that the electric heater is “no”. He accepts that the bedroom is his domain and doesn’t meow to leave it. Thankfully, we had a dry day yesterday and today, so this morning he slept in a sunny patch. He is sleeps next to my pillow at night, often resting his head on my arm. Lucky is so affectionate and sweet,. He has gotten over being frightened and shy very quickly.

  3. Ahh Thumper does look a bit jealous bless her! 🙂 Mauriel is very pretty ! I hope she and Thorin can have a bit of fun. He does need a break from all that fighting!

    • She is just a bit jealous. But she’s gotten lots of attention from her parents today, so she’s fine. Mauriel (who is distantly related to Tauriel 😉 ) is enjoying her friendship with Thorin, who does need a bit of R&R.

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