January 9, 2004,7:00 PM EDT
to My Newsletter!
new! Sweet wishes for a Happy 2004 to everyone. How were
your holidays? I had a rather peaceful Christmas and got some goodies I really
love. A sweater, some bath oils with Almond and Honey that made the best bath
ever, a precious shirt with frogs on it from down under, a cart on wheels for
my printer, and a miniature lighthouse to start a collection with. For my camera,
loved getting another memory card for it and I also added to my accesories
a tripod! The children lived it up over the vacation time, having visits with
their brother back from college and over night guests that stayed a few overnights!
I enjoyed my time off school, mostly doing experiments with photography and
taking the children to bargain shopping outings.
everyone knows how much I love the Terragen 3-D scenery generator by now.
Terragen is a program
in developemental stages, but recently was boosted by having some images on
the January Issue of National Geographic.
The cover features an image of Mars by Kees
Veenenbos. There is also a double page image by him in the article.
of Roses Parade (not just for girls)
New Years Day morning I would climb on my dad's lap as a little girl, and
watch what I thought was the grandest parade ever to watch. Over the years
we kept that routine, the morning belonging to him and I while mom prepared
for a New Year's Feast with guests coming and the day would be filled with
holiday foods, canasta & pictionary games, with a mess of football games
going in the background.
is not your average parade; the floats have to be covered completely in
organic materials, follow a theme for that year, (this past theme was "Music,
Music, Music" and seen in 28 countries around the world.
Float construction begins shortly after the previous year's Parade is over.
The process starts with a specially built chassis, upon which is built a
framework of steel and chicken wire.
In a process called "cocooning", the frame is sprayed with a polyvinyl
material, which is then painted in the colors of the flowers to be applied
later. As I said before, every inch of the float must be covered with flowers
or other natural materials, such as leaves, seeds, or bark.
If you have never watched the Tournament of Roses Parade that takes place
every New Years Day in Pasadena, California, I pass on my sincere wish
that everyone would! Along with a wish for a Happy New Year to everyone!
of Roses Official Site
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