Thursday, January 5, 2012

friendship train

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco (5 january 1932) semiotician, philosopher, and writer

happy new year friends!

we are already nearing the end of the first week of 2012 - how did that happen? i hadn't planned on taking a blogging holiday but that's pretty much what happened since my solstice post.

i can't recall a december that was as packed as december 2011 and we didn't even go off on any wanders but stayed here on the north coast the entire month. i'm happy to report that on the whole it was a pretty wonderful holiday season.

we were blessed with so many special times with family and friends.

a few random snaps of the last couple weeks -

on the solstice, friends host an annual gathering - one of the last parts of the solstice celebration is for each person in attendance to light a candle and share their hopes for the days ahead.

a new member of the household arrived a couple days after solstice.

i should preface this introduction by mentioning that the number of cats at casa mouse dropped to a historic low of two while running errands with my daughter, em noticed that we were very close to the apl and mentioned that maybe we should drop in and look around. it didn't take long for me to completely fall for the gregarious orange (7 month old) kitten baxter (now formerly known as baxter).

on the ride home em and i discussed baxter's name - we already have a cat named baxter in our community of friends, and two baxters, well that is one too many. on the ride home with the sweet, mellow cat on my lap, the name merton arose and it just fit! as t.s. eliot states the naming of cats is a difficult matter - it isn't just one of your holiday games.

i'm happy to report that merton baxter gets along famously with tsuki and relations with the other critters are peaceful. merton wants to play with stella, but she would rather he keep his distance - which he does. merton even tolerates dixie when she comes over to visit and i have high hopes that one day he and dixie will be as good of friends as tsuki and dixie are.

the same day i adopted merton, bingo turned one! that night there was a wee birthday holiday celebration at bingo's house.

bingo receives a little candle blowing help from his mama and big sister ms t!

then it was christmas weekend!

we spent a cozy christmas eve eve with friends in oberlin

christmas day got off to a tasty start with breakfast crepes - courtesy of daughter em who is a master crepe maker! later on christmas we were blessed with the arrival of out of town friends and fictive sisters from metro dc.

the day after christmas we headed over to the cleveland museum of art where we met up with other friends. as everyone is an art lover, we checked out the special fu baoshi exhibit, looked at the progress of the new atrium, and wandered about the galleries of the permanent collection.

friendship, peace, love, and health to all!

2012 is off to a good start! all i have to do is get aboard the blogging train! i confess, along with not posting on the mouse, i'm totally out of the loop in terms of visiting friends in the bloggyhood! but i'm not worried after all, tomorrow is another day.

gladys knight and the pips performing friendship train in 1972. friendship train (1969) is one of many classics written (or co-written) by norman whitfield. whitfield is credited as one of the creators of the motown sound and he was also instrumental in the development of the sub-genre of psychedelic soul. by the way, other whitfield hits include: papa was a rolling stone, i heard it through the grapevine, ball of confusion, and just my imagination (running away with me)!

Calling out to everyone across the nation
Said the world is in a desperate situation
Stealing, burning, fighting, killing
Nothing but corruption
It looks like mankind in on the eve of destruction
Oh yes it is now people let me tell you now
We've got to learn to live with each other
No matter what the race, creed or color
I just got to tell you what the world needs now
Is love and understanding get aboard the friendship train
Everybody shake a hand make a friend now
Listen to us now, we're doing our thing
On the friendship train

We've got to start today to make tomorrow
A brighter day for our children
Oh calm down people now we can do it
I can prove it but only if our hearts are willing
[ From: ]
Now get aboard the friendship train
Everybody, shake a hand, shake a hand
Yes I'm talking about the friendship train
It don't matter what you look like
People or who you are
If your heart is in the right place
In the right place
Talking about the right palce
You're welcome aboard now

This train stands for justice,
This train stands for freedom
This train stands for harmony and peace
This train stands for love
Come on get on the friendship train
People listen to me now
Harmony is the key my sisters and brothers
Oh yes it is I say
Harmony is the key my sisters and brothers
People can't wait cause another day might be too late
Come on get on the friendship train

top photo: cleveland, 3 january 2012


Tom said...

fantastic pictures and happenings...happy new year

Rubye Jack said...

I so much love the look and serenity of the Oberlin room, and who should ask for anything more than their own bottle of wine.

Unknown said...

Happy New Year, Mouse! Sounds like your holidays were really nice.

Steve Reed said...

Happy New Year, K! I love your friends' house. And congrats on the new member of the family!

Watson said...

As always, awesome photos to tell the story, mouse! Merton Baxter is a most handsome additon to the family, and the friends relaxing in Oberlin make me want to just curl up in the nearest sofa.

I have missed you btw, but we have had our own adventures! May 2012 be a year of peace for all.

Ed said...

Happy New Year

gradydoctor said...

This is a great post!

Kate Hanley said...

Happy New Year! And Welcome Merton. Everytime we go to the Petsmart for cat food my kids want to adopt another kitten but alas, we have room for only two. By the way, thanks for the comment on my chafing words post, I didn't mean you should not use "nibble" because mice do nibble. Humans eat!

Betty Carlson said...

What beautiful photos of your holidays! I'm a bit relieved to know that even YOU take a blogging break from time to time -- yours post are always so fabulous.

Happy New Year to you too!

Megan said...

Here's to a wonderful 2012 for us all!

karen said...

Happy New Year dear one....looks like you had a wonderful holiday...and happy birthday bingo!

Congrats on the new kitty addition...merton's a great name!

karen said...

I guess I should let you know that karena above is Maggie's secret garden....although maggie the star of the older blog is now sick with lymphoma and has just weeks to live...I just can't bring myself to post on that page anymore and started fresh...I'm gonna miss our sweet little pooch. We get so attached to our animals... they are as close to me as my own kids.

sending love to you kim.

tony said...

Happy New Year Mouse!Great Photos.Regards From Tony.

Anonymous said...

Happy 2012 and happy friendship across the miles. Baxter is a great cat name, and two would not have been to many. But he probably does need to feel his unique identity.