March days

 “It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations


Feel free to share a favorite quote with us, it doesn’t have to about the seasons!

Dead as a doornail….just how dead is it?

front door detail-1My Phrase for the day is “dead as a doornail” which brings to mind “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. But in fact, the saying is much older than that,  from the 14th century. There’s a reference to it in print in 1350, a translation by William Langland of the French poem Guillaume de Palerne:
“For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenayl.”

Langland also used the expression in the much more famous poem The Vision of William Concerning Piers Plowman, circa 1362:
Fey withouten fait is febelore þen nouȝt, And ded as a dore-nayl.
[Faith without works is feebler than nothing, and dead as a doornail.]

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Some of my favorite holiday movies…..

I’m enjoying the new holiday movies with Tim Allen…The Santa Clause, it is a great modern take on keeping the Santa tradition alive. Check it out if you get a chance!

I also have an unusual choice, called “Twas the Nightmare before Christmas”. It’s not a horror movie, it’s an animated movie about how all the holidays “live” in a land of their own and how Halloween got mixed up with Christmas one year. Very witty! (The music is by Danny Elfman.)

My new favorite Dickens “A Christmas Carol” is with Patrick Stewart as Ebenezer Scrooge. I think it’s well done and uses less of the special effects and relies more on the acting to make it meaningful and authentic.

Would anyone else like to share their favorite movies at this time of year?

Snuggle up with a friend and have some hot cider, chocolate, or tea, and enjoy!
Diane Tegarden