Sunday, December 14

This Week in the Civil War: Dec. 14, 1864

Fighting in Nashville, Tennessee

Union forces smashed into a sizable Confederate force in the Battle of Nashville on Dec. 15-16, 1864. The fighting 150 years ago during the Civil War came as a Confederate army led by Gen. John Bell Hood sought to make a last attempt to drive Union forces from the region. Fighting raged until nightfall on Dec. 15, 1864. The next day, fighting seethed along a hastily erected Confederate line before federal forces overran the Confederate positions. The Southern army, driven off, was forced into retreat toward Mississippi with Union forces in pursuit.

Thursday, December 11

2-4-6-8, Who do you appreciate?

Who's excited for Phoenix Comicon's Fan Fest this weekend?

I am!!!

Why? To see The Doctors, of course.

Colin Baker is best known for playing the Sixth Doctor on "Doctor Who" from 1984-1986, beginning with the episode "The Caves of Androzani" where he regenerated from the Fifth Doctor. While he portrayed the Doctor for three seasons on television, Baker also appeared as the Sixth Doctor in Doctor Who audio plays, the stage production "Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure," and the Children in Need sketch "Dimensions in Time."

In 1996, Paul McGann became the Eighth Doctor for the television film "Doctor Who." The film was produced by the BBC, Universal Studios and Fox. If successful, McGann would continue as the Eighth Doctor in a television series. The series was not picked up, but he continued to play the Eighth Doctor in a series of audio plays, and his image was used on Doctor Who novels. For the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who," McGann was seen regenerating into the War Doctor on the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor."

Who do you want to see there?

Wednesday, December 10

Let it sew! Let it sew! Let it sew!

Look at what Grandmomma gave Me and Momma as an early Christmas present!

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Machine measures 12.25"L X 6"W X 12.25"H. Adorable accessory set included too! 
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Tuesday, December 9

We're just a couple of Misfits

Oh my.

Tonight is the 50th broadcast year of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on CBS.

50 years.


The television special was based upon Johnny Marks' 1949 song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which was itself based upon the 1939 poem "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" written by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May.

Momma was nearly five months old when Rudolph aired on television for the very first time on Dec. 6,1964. (Yes, Momma is older than Rudolph!)

While she doesn't remember that first airing, she also doesn't remember a time when watching Rudolph, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," or "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" wasn't a holiday ritual.

Back in her day (before videotapes, DVDs, or cable) children anxiously watched to see when those favorite holiday specials would be on - because there was one chance and one chance only to see it.

If you missed it, well, there was always next year.


You know where to find me tonight.

Sunday, December 7

A visit from St. Addie

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that Steampunk Addie St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On Cupid! On, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."