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My life

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…and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Christmas keepsake

I have a few holiday ornaments from my childhood that I cherish.

A cobalt blue ‘Silent Night.’  Snoopy on his doghouse. A red and white frosted star.

And tonight I added a new one to my collection that is already priceless.

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This is a hand-painted rendering of my dog Rory on a glass ornament by artist Meredith London.

Thank you, Beth Rogers. I will treasure it always.

Something’s cooking

My niece dressed as Martha Stewart at her office for Halloween this year. An essential part of her costume?

An apron.

I realized when she posted a pic that I hadn’t worn an apron in years and have only owned one in my entire life — an apron that I made in my home economics class in high school.

snoopy apronIt looked much like the one at left, except mine was constructed out of blue denim.

It featured Snoopy and Woodstock and the dog bowl, too…and I think one of them was holding a sign — appliqued, you understand.

I got an ‘A’ for my sewing job…and I think I could probably still pull it off today.

Not sure my cooking skills would make the same grade.

Dog days

Is Snoopy happy here?

That strategically placed leaf gives the appearance of a smile. But what is the greatest spokesdog of all time really thinking?

I’ve decided he’s happy.

Possibly not at being blown around by the wind at that particular moment…but I was none too pleased at getting caught in a surprise shower yesterday before my trip to Boston, and I’m still awfully glad to see the arrival of fall.

In fact, I’ve been celebrating all the firsts. First socks. First pair of boots. First sweatshirt, first fleece jacket, first quilted vest.

When I can put on my flannel jammies — well, that will be a real party.

Welcome autumn! I’m so glad you’re here.

Hot scare

The organizers of the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade certainly have a bug up their skirts.

They’re not angry; they literally have a bug in the parade lineup.

The new balloon is from the mind of the master of macabre himself, Tim Burton…so he’s no cute critter clutching a flower in his teeth.

The balloon’s name is B. Boy — or B. for short — and, according to Burton, was created from the used balloons leftover from children’s parties at a London hospital.  Patched together and covered with stitches, the design is classic Burton…which makes it definitely not classic Macy’s.

You don’t see the Hello Kitty balloon sporting any fangs on Turkey Day morning.  And while Snoopy’s flying ace getup might pass as a Halloween costume, I don’t think any children are frightened by his goggles or red cape.

But what of B.Boy?  Is his Frankenstein-like face too scary for Thanksgiving morning?

Not with those big, innocent eyes.

Man up, kiddies.  There’s a new bug in town.

A good man

Merry Christmas Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

Your unforgettable holiday special marks its 45th year on television with this year’s broadcast on ABC.

I can’t remember a Christmas without the Peanuts gang (although clearly there were a couple).  All the kids skating on the pond.  The Christmas play.  Snoopy’s uber-decorated dog house.  The sad little tree that ‘just needs a little love.’  Those funny round heads singing “Hark the Herald Angels.”

When I started working at Hallmark many moons ago, my first assignment was editing Peanuts cards.  In the world of greeting cards, Snoopy is the perfect spokes critter.  He can say or do anything, speak on behalf of any occasion or holiday, wear everything from a space suit to a Hawaiian lei.

If there was a Snoopy card in a category, it was usually the top seller.

Charles Schulz was pretty awesome, too.  When I was volunteering for a humane shelter in Kansas City, he donated an original piece of signed cartoon art for our holiday silent auction.  All I had to do was ask.

“That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”