Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hitting the reset button

After hitting "publish" on my blog post last Friday, I started reading others' new posts. Tombstone Tidings' short post said something dreadfully cryptic about Connecticut, sending me in search of more detailed news – and then into a tailspin when I found it. I already had another 'Christmas spirit' post half-composed in my head, but how could I publish it while thinking of so many homes whose Christmas plans had just been shattered in a million pieces? But of course our lives here must go on, as do the lives of those affected by unimaginable tragedy around the world. As many reminded us in the wake of 9/11/01, NOT going on means that evil triumphs. And evil hasn't triumphed; Robbie Parker, father of one of Friday's young victims, is proof of that.

So back to our regularly scheduled programming.

On Friday we received a box of "Christmas" from Arizona. Rick's mother shipped us a box of oranges (with a few lemons) from her own backyard trees. Why are oranges "Christmas"? Because this is the season for fresh oranges, something we tend to forget in these days of year-round produce shipped from around the world. When my mother was a child growing up in Ketchikan, Alaska, oranges were a rare and expensive treat you might find in your Christmas stocking.

The other thing Rick brought home Friday was a gift from one of his clients – a bell-bedecked dog collar. Brian immediately had to try it on both the dogs in turn. I thought it might frighten Jackson; he is, after all, afraid of squeaky toys. But it didn't bother him at all, and the collar made the merriest of sounds as he jumped around, excited because I started singing "Jingle Dog." Dozer gets excited at the sight of a collar, period, so he was happy to model it.


Jingle-jingle-jingle from . . .

12 comments:

Mary Ann said...

I have never had a belled dog collar! I think sometimes it would be good for Lilly, so she couldn't sneak up on the birds!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

lovely box of sunshine! as to the madness, we've told God He isn't welcome in our schools, our government, our lives and when something tragic and evil happens, we wonder what happened. What happened is God honors our requests, even when it's not to our good. The madness will continue to grow as long as we stay God's love and hand.

Sharrie said...

My dogs each wear what was supposed to be a leg bracelet with bells on it on their collars. I love to hear their bells. I really love to have bells on my sheep. I don't have any now. It reminds me of the bells on the Brown Swiss cows in Switzerland.

Tombstone Livestock said...

I think you need to find another twin to the collar so no one's feelings are hurt, LOL. Looks good on both of them.

Laura said...

I made a strap of jingle bells that I put on the back of my saddle when riding my Arab at Christmas. I lunged him to make sure he wouldn't freak out (he didn't), and then went on a ride. He would walk up behind other horses and then put in a couple of jog steps to make the bells ring, just to watch them jump. He had quite the sense of humor...

Thirteen Sheep (Or More) said...

Ooooh. Arizona oranges fresh from the tree! I miss them.

Wonderful collar!

Ruth Dixon said...

I love the thought of a jingle bell collar, but not on all 5 of the dogs, I'd go bonkers. Love the picture of the fresh oranges. I love fresh juice in the am.

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

my mother once told me that she got an orange for Christmas during the war in Germany...they will always bring back that special memory.
sending you soft hugs during the dark times ahead...it is good to know we can stand in the SONlight <><

Susan said...

I should try to put a bell or two on my two's collars - although Miss B would probably be terrified. That box of sunshine just made me smile. When we were kids, we got a tangerine in our stocking - it was very exotic at the time.

Lori Skoog said...

I would love to have that box of oranges! and the dog collar too!

Leigh said...

Those collars are great! And I remember getting an orange in my Christmas stocking every year too. I'm afraid I was too spoiled then to appreciate it.

I was slow in learning the horrible news too. We don't have television and I don't sit still long enough to listen to radio. Something to commit to serious prayer.

A :-) said...

I always had an orange in my stocking when I was a kid :-) I have jingle bells on my front door!