Monthly Archives: December 2014

Make a Wish


“…the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

~ Vincent Van Gogh





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Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow


We went over to my sister’s new house yesterday where I snapped this photo of one of her Star Trek ornaments hanging on her tree.  It’s not anything spectacular, but with the yellow Christmas light shinning there next to it, I thought it would be fitting for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow.

Christmas trees, the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise



As a bona fide Trekkie, over half of my sister’s Christmas tree ornaments are Star Trek themed ornaments, and some of them are pretty darn cool.  My favorite one is the Borg cube, where when you press it a recording says: “We are the Borg, enjoy your holidays, resistance is futile.”  Hahaha gotta love it!  (Only other Star Trek fans will get that).


With just a few more days to go until Christmas, my hope is that your holiday would be ‘assimilated into the collective’ of the beauty, the wonder, and the joy of the True meaning of season.  Many blessings to you and yours.  Merry Christmas!



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One Last Time

I’m so excited!  My sister and I are taking a little trip to Middle Earth today one last time!  We’ve been “there and back again” many times over the years and it’s been a wonderful adventure!  😀

In case you’re not a nerd like me, and didn’t know… the third and final segment of the Hobbit movies came out on December 17th.  As with any movie that is based on a book, the films are never as good as the books, but I think they’ve done a great job with them and I’ve really enjoyed watching my most beloved story come to life on the big screen; first with the Lord of the Rings, and now The Hobbit.  I’m a huge fan of Tolkien and the wonderful, imaginary world he created in his stories ~ best reading adventure I’ve ever experienced!

And it’s all thanks to my big seester.  ❤

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, my sister introduced me to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, and I fell in love with the story of Middle Earth.  Then when the first film came out in 2001, her and I traveled there together ~ to the theater, and to Middle Earth.   😉

We were so excited and went on opening day to the very first showing.  We got to the theater hours ahead of time to be at the front of the line in order to get the best seats.  In my opinion the best seats are the ones in the middle of the middle ~ not too close, not too far, and smack dab in the middle, full front on with the screen.  Ordinarily I’m not such a stickler about my seats, but this was different, this was going to be an epic movie, of an epic story, my favorite story, of all time, so it was big deal, and we were so pumped!

And wouldn’t know that 3 minutes before the movie was to start, with the theater completely packed, only a few random single seats remaining, these two guys come in (did I mention it was 3 minutes before the movie was to start?) and expect us to move over a few seats so they could sit next together.  The audacity of some people!  Don’t come into the theater on opening day of the first showing of an epic movie 3 minutes before the movie is going to start and expect others who arrived hours ahead of time to get THE perfect seats, to move over for you!  Yeah… I said “no.”  And not very politely.  I may have seemed rude, but honestly, I thought they were being rude.  Sorry, but my laid back, good natured attitude has its limits, and apparently that was its limit.  😉

Needless to say, that was certainly a memorable movie-going experience.  My sister and I went to see the other two Lord of the Rings movies together as well, but thankfully, without any unpleasant seating arrangement incidences.

Today I’m not feeling quite as possessive about my seats (although we are planning to get there early), and it’s not the first showing on opening day, but I’m feeling almost as excited for this last Hobbit movie as I was for that first Lord of the Rings movie.

And I’m filled with nostalgia.

Feeling a bit of sadness at the ending of a movie journey in Middle Earth, and also feeling sentimental about precious memories from the various adventures that I’ve had with my big sister over the years.  Plus, it’s Christmas time.  ❤

Well, I had better get off this computer and go and get ready…



I’ll leave you with this clip of the movie.  Did I mention how excited I am to see it?!

And with this photo I snapped of what I’m sure is a “Hobbit hole” that we found while on one of our adventures through the Hoh Rainforest back in 2005…


I wonder if it leads to Middle Earth…?  😉


Hope your day leads to wonderful and magical places today!




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Please Sir, I Want Some More


I don’t ask for much, I’m pretty easy please

but I want enough snow to at least cover the leaves…





It hasn’t snowed here nearly enough for me, and it’s almost Christmas.  We had some “warmer” weather recently and although it was nice to have the milder temps, it melted all the lovely snow we had.  Then the other day it rained.  Rained, in December, in Minnesnowta.  Sigh… if all that rain had been snow, it would have been a beautiful, magical, amazing winter wonderland around here.  And I for one, want that.  At least for Christmas, then it can melt if it wants to.

I was out running errands the other day in that rain.  There’s nothing more unpleasant than running errands in the rain.  Now don’t get me wrong, I actually love the rain, and it was foggy out too, and I adore fog, but not in the winter, in the winter I want SNOW, especially at Christmas time.  And even as potentially hazardous as the driving might have been, I would have much rather been running those errands driving around in the snow.  Heck… isn’t that what 4-wheel drive is for?  And besides, if you’re gonna get all wet while out running errands, it may as well be from some festive, pretty, white, wet snow.  😉

I was wishing so much that all that rain was snow, and guess what happened… after that long day of running errands in the rain, I awoke the next morning to find snow on the ground!  It was so lovely, and how fun is it that I got my wish!?  Hey, wishes can be powerful things!

But I think I need to wish just a little bit harder, because it wasn’t quite enough snow for a true white Christmas ~ as you can see above, it barely covered the leaves.  There isn’t any snow in the forecast between now and Christmas either, so I may need to have a talk with the weatherman…

  “Please Sir, I want some more.”    😀



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle


My contribution for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle


Colorful lights transform into hearts

doubling the joy their twinkle imparts.



This was another one of my failed attempts at photographing the last full moon we just had.  I purposely snapped it from indoors trying to capture it amidst all of the colorful little twinkling Christmas lights that I have hanging in my bedroom window.  But I hadn’t meant for them all to turn out looking like hearts, just got lucky there I guess.  😉

Even though it didn’t “turn out” how I was planning, I actually really like this photo.  It’s cute, and looking at all of the colorful little hearts makes me smile.  Not to mention how much I love the moon.  ❤


May you have a wonderful week ahead, filled with all that makes your heart twinkle!




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Silent Sunday





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Long Nights Moon


Even as the cold of winter tightens its icy grip

and the hours of blackness increase

the Long Nights Moon illuminates the darkness

glowing with its beautiful and mysterious light.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014



The full moon the other night was absolutely stunning, and once again I was out there attempting (and failing) to capture it with my camera.  But as I’ve said before, I love the moon so much and I’ll never stop trying…                             “Never give up! Never surrender!”    😉

December’s full moon is sometimes called the Full Cold Moon to signify winter’s colder temps setting in, or the Full Long Nights Moon because the nights become longer.  How wonderful of the moon to help make those longer nights a little more brighter.  ❤




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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

So many things come to mind when thinking of the theme of this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Mostly I think of my Papa, as this past Friday would have been his 86th birthday.  He passed away in 2011, and I miss him more than I can say.  But in all the photos we have of him, I wouldn’t begin to know or remember which ones may have been taken by me.

I also think about my dog, Junior.  He was such a good boy.  I had him for 16 years, and he was the best little companion to me, such a wonderful, loving, and loyal soul.

I think about my garden too.  Gone now are the lovely blooms and delicious fruits, of which I have zillions of photos, so they are definitely “not forgotten.”

But what I would like to share for this challenge is this photo I snapped of my daughter when she was working on a CD cover for her music…

Cover 2 Edited


One of the reasons it comes to mind, is because one of the titles on that CD is called “Not Forgotten.”  It’s such a lovely piece of music and fills me with so many emotions and memories of things “Gone, But Not Forgotten.”

Have a listen to it if you’d like.  You may need to adjust the volume on your listening device, as it’s recorded at a rather low volume…




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Snow Art

So beautiful, creative and unique, like crop circles in the snow!   😉
I’m a huge fan of #14…


‘Snow artist’ Simon Beck creates the most amazing temporary artworks using just a compass, string, measuring tape and a pair of snowshoes. Beck graduated in Engineering from Oxford University but decided later on to leave his office job in order to become a cartographer.

In December 2004 after a day of skiing, he got the idea to draw a star on the small frozen lake in front of his place. His sense for orientation in combination with his passion for outdoor and physical activities inspired him to complete a snow creation. The day after, looking down from the ski lift; he was impressed by the result. After the next snowfall, he repeated the exercise by creating an even more complex drawing. For Simon, a new passion was born.

Beck’s creations have garnered him hundreds of thousands of fans online. His Facebook page boasts over 280,000 Likes and he has just…

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Glimmer of Hope


Even when my world is closing in

and my vision becomes obscured

A faint light glows softly in the distance

giving me a small glimmer of  hope.


© Julie Rehnelt 2014





Struggling a bit emotionally here today, but also feeling grateful for the faint light that still glows softly in the distance.  And within.


May you too be filled with hope and light today, and with…



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