Month: December 2017

A Very Shiny Tradition, Part V: A Vitreous Lunch, With Some Guests.

All of this glass-gazing and boosting Sigyn up and down have given me an appetite.  All of these fruity paperweights aren’t helping.  Look at all of them!

Apples and pears.

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A cluster of…something.

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Ooh!  And Sigyn’s favorites–strawberries!

strawberries

Don’t eat the green ones. They’re not ripe yet.

Our repast has drawn the attention of some critters (none of whom are vegetarians, but whatever.)

This dragonfly has lacy wings,

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but I think there’s something wrong with his eyes

Hey, this one looks a little like Flannel Cat.

kitty

Oh, now we’re talking!  Look at this venomous little beauty!

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And more examples of ophidian pulchritude!

snakes

I very much like the spotted one!

And if you look very closely, there’s a little feathery friend for Sigyn here:

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Let’s make sure he doesn’t end up in the same case as the cat.  It looks a little hungry

Well, my dear, did you have a good trip to the museum?  You did?  I’m so glad.  Happy Yule, little one.

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part IV: I See a Little Silhouetto

This exhibit is sorted by them or type.  Here’s a whole case full of paperweights that have silhouettes in them.

silhouette display

Look, Sigyn!  We can play “I Spy.”

I spy, with my little eye, a weiner dog and two little chickens…

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Some of the shapes are easily recognizable.  Like this long-tailed tree rat.

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Or this pelican fellow:

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The sign says this one is a goat.  Sigyn says it’s a giraffe with short legs.  Either way, the critter has righteous horns. Two thumbs way up!

giraffesilhouette

This one is supposed to be a horse.  I don’t see it…

horse

Sleipnir’s fetlocks!  Now I do! The one in the middle is not a silhouette.  It’s a face-on view of a horse with a white blaze.  But what are all the other little shapes?

Perhaps I should bypass the alarm and take some of the more problematic ones home with me to puzzle over at leisure.  Sigyn, which one do you want?

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part III: A Glass Garden

In the last case, we saw a paperweight that had a lamp-work flower in the middle of the little flowery cut canes.  Here’s another one.

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And another.

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It’s obvious the human female did NOT get a new camera for yule.

Some of the flowers are sort of…generic.  Take this white one:

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That could be almost anything.

But quite a few of the paperweights on display have flowers so perfectly wrought that Sigyn can tell what they are meant to be!

There’s a waterlily…

waterlily

And some violets… (Thanks for boosting Sigyn up, mortal.)

violet

An orchid…

orchid

A morning glory —-with a bonus butterfly!

butterfly

A maybe a quince?  Or a peony?

 

quince

Or is this the quince???

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An I’m not sure WHAT this one is.

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(Fine, maybe they’re not all botanically correct.)

Roses seem to be well-represented.

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And then there are a number of bouquets.  Sigyn likes this one because of the blue Veronica flowers.

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The detailon some of these vitreous nosegays is amazing.

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Sigyn says they look real enough to smell.  Know what they smell like Sigyn?

redflowers

Silicon dioxide with traces of impurities. 

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part II: I Don’t Know Who Millie Is, But She Has Lots of Flowers

Not all of the paperweights are holiday-themed.  There are a number of the Millie fiori sort.  Sigyn is just fascinated by all the little flowery slices.

moremillefiori

I have seen candy that looks like those.  But again, Sigyn, these are not for eating.

millefiori flowers

How did they get all of those in there??

This one has all the flowers in a basket.

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This is what it looks like from above.

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Sigyn really likes this one.  She says the hearts and pansies would be good for Valentine’s Day.  (We might have to come back and look at this again.)

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This one has a lamp-work flower in the middle of the tiny flowers.

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Ehehehehe!  Looks like someone just swept up all the bits and schnibbles after making all the other paperweights and jammed them all in one big blob.

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Probably what it would look like if the human female tried her hand at this…

More to come!

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A Very Shiny Tradition, Part I: Seasonal Sparklies

Sigyn and I have a little Yule tradition of our own.  Rather than exchanging gifts, we like to go to a museum as a special treat.  Sigyn is a huge fan of glass paperweights, and one of the art museums on campus has a collection that they rotate through the display cases, so that is where we usually end up.

And here we are!  Look Sigyn, the whole glass area of the museum is paperweights this time!  We’ve hit the paperweight motherlode!

twistycanes

Some of these look like very fancy candy, don’t they, Sigyn?  Pepperminty!

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I wouldn’t recommend licking one, though.

The tag on this one says it’s a dahlia flower, but it looks plenty poinsettiaty to me.

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Ooo!  Look at this green one!  It’s all sharp edges.  I like it.

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They say this one is lei-style, with all the little flowery bits in lines.

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Sigyn thinks it looks like ribbon candy.  She’s not wrong!  (Still wouldn’t lick it, though.)

Oh, and I guess if you don’t celebrate yule, this one might be for you.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Sleighbells ring, are you listening?  In the lane, snow is glistening.

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A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Parson Brown.

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He’ll say, “Are you married?”  We’ll say, “No, man.”

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“But you can do the job when you’re in town.”

Later on, elf’s flat tire…

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A little help… is required.

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It’s fixed so my girl can go for a whirl,

Riding in a winter wonderland!

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Music and Mischief

The humans are creatures of habit.  Each year about this time, they like to attend a concert at one of the local churches.  Now, being a Norse god, I’m usually not welcome in a church, but sometimes, when I absolutely promise to “sit there and shut up” (the human female’s words, not mine), sometimes they let me attend, just for the music.

Look at all the music-makers.

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You’ll never find the human female’s name on something like this.  Don’t nobody want to hear that one sing.

After the concert, there is always a little recept-together in the parish hall.  The human female, who has had a cough and a scratchy throat since October, has made a beeline for the water.

scconcert-water

I got there first.   Ehehehe.

Now she’s filled up her plate with goodies .

scconcert-goodies

Please tell me that is not a big cockroach!

Oh.  I see.  Sigyn says that is something called a date.  That is all well and good, but someone else has to taste it first.   Looks like she also has some pumpkin bread and a bit of cake.

Mmmm.  It’s a lovely, boozy rum cake.  Loki approves.

Now, what is this?  The human female saw it when she went through the comestible line the first time.  She thought it was bread pudding and was about to take a great, big spoonful of it, when someone told her it was baked brie cheese with fruit, which she loathes with the passion of a thousand burning suns, fruit or no fruit.

scconcert-brie

But now one of her friends has tried some and says it is some sort of eggy custardy thing.   So now she’s served herself some and is eating it.

And making hideous faces.  Apparently there’s more than a hint of brie about it after all.  Ehehehe!  Now she’s back at the treat table, looking for something to take the taste out of her mouth!

Got what I wanted for Yule.

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