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The thing about those bow-tie HPLHS Solstice CDs is you gotta be in the same room with them, hearing the lyrics, or they just start sounding like the putrescent Xmas Muzak we must suffer if we are to have groceries. We went out to the market last night, and there was actually Shirley Fucking Temple! No, really. I swore that next November we're laying in supplies.

And here we are, on that shortest day of the year (well, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere; if you're below the Equator, strike that, reverse it), and, to those who wish to be wished such, Happy Yuletide. Or Midwinter. Or what have you.

There was a dream about changelings. I almost typed, "and not the good kind of changelings, either," but then reminded myself how the world and I often have different operative paradigms about things like changelings. Regardless, first they were Italian, then Greek. Dead chickens were involved.

Yesterday, there were errands (aforementioned grocer, liquor store, and chemist). We decorated our Cephalopodmas tree (photo behind the cut, below!). We had the last of Sunday's chili with Annie's mac and cheese. I took two naps in the middle parlour; I blame the fireplace. And – sorry, changing the subject a moment – it just occurred to me how much The National sound like Roy Orbison. Anyway, last night there was rain and much wind, and too much SW:toR, and I slightly over "self-medicated," which is probably why I was visited by Greek changelings with dead chickens.

For dog's sake, I fucking hate December. I am July.

But, today we are going to the sea.

And here are photos – the Cephalopodmas tree, Cephalopodmas cookies, and – just because – Idumea, still a work in progress:




Green octopuses and pink jellyfish. Spooky made them.


I drew an elder sign on the red bauble, but I'm not sure you can see it. Maybe if you squint.



Idumea



Idumea, detail 1.



Idumea, detail 2. (This is not true colour; the camera went wonky on this shot. We blame the yellow.)

All photographs Copyright © 2011 by Kathryn A. Pollnac

Date: 2011-12-22 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vulpine137.livejournal.com
*cheers the Cephalopodmas tree* I have the same giant squid.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I have the same giant squid.

That's my little one.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
Doesn't including the Elder Sign ensure that you won't be visited by cephalopods this year? Sort of the mythos equivalent of begging for coal in your stocking?

Date: 2011-12-22 05:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Doesn't including the Elder Sign ensure that you won't be visited by cephalopods this year? Sort of the mythos equivalent of begging for coal in your stocking?

The Elder Sign never actually protected anyone from anything. That's Derleth's nonsense, not HPL. Brandishing an Elder Sign is more akin to taunting, which only insures visitation.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

In this respect, Derleth did a great deal of harm. Indeed, the five-pointed Elder Sign he drew, that most are familiar with, isn't the sign HPL drew.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joshrupp.livejournal.com
Then again, if I worked for cosmic horror, and my name was Derleth, the first thing I'd do was redraw some publicist's Elder Sign and say it does a bunch of stuff it doesn't do.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] insanitybook.livejournal.com
My best friend and her husband bought me that very same Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

You're making me want to start my own holiday.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

My best friend and her husband bought me that very same Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

It's massively bow tie.

You're making me want to start my own holiday.

Go for it!

Date: 2011-12-22 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girfan.livejournal.com
Now I want to decorate my tree like that!

Date: 2011-12-22 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'm hoping it becomes a commonplace sight.

Date: 2011-12-22 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
Blessed Solstice, and a Multitude of Wishes for a Bow Tie Cephalopodmas tree!

That is a wonderful tree, (I didn't know they even made a Charlie Brown Christmas tree).

The painting looks quite intense, thanks for sharing.

I hope your trip to the sea brightens your day.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The painting looks quite intense, thanks for sharing.

It has been. I've been working on it over a year now.

I hope your trip to the sea brightens your day.

It helped.

Date: 2011-12-22 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oldfossil59.livejournal.com
That was supposed to read : A Multitude of Best Wishes for a Bow Tie Cephalopodmas! (sorry)

Date: 2011-12-22 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

No apologies necessary.

Date: 2011-12-22 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timesygn.livejournal.com

So glad you're taking a vacation and self-medicating. Oh, the charms of wine and Netflix ...

Here's wishing you and Ms. Spooky a lovely Solstice/Cephalopodmas.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

So glad you're taking a vacation and self-medicating.

Well, it wasn't wine...

Date: 2011-12-22 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashlyme.livejournal.com
Enjoy the sea, Beast.

I'll toast the Solstice with an old friend; a raise of the glass to you and Spooky, as well.

- Ash

Date: 2011-12-22 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I'll toast the Solstice with an old friend; a raise of the glass to you and Spooky, as well.

Thank you.

Date: 2011-12-22 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
Happy Solstice and Cephalopodmas to you and Spooky! The tree is the bow tie-iest tree in all the land.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

The tree is the bow tie-iest tree in all the land.

Hence, Cthulhu did not drive us mad last night.

Date: 2011-12-23 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] corucia.livejournal.com

Hence, Cthulhu did not drive us mad last night.
How can you be sure...?

(And may your days continue to brighten as you emerge from the well of the solstice)

Date: 2011-12-22 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizliz13.livejournal.com
Lovely photographs. I want the cookies. And the painting. Also, a fine Cephalopodmas to you, Spooky, and the cats.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

And the painting.

I think this one disturbs me too much to ever let out into the world.

Date: 2011-12-22 07:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyblue56.livejournal.com
Apropos for the celebration of Cephalopodmas, Cthulhu Claus!

Drawn by author Christoper Lincoln of the 'Billy Bones' series.

Image (http://www.flickr.com/photos/99036531@N00/6555389871/)

http://web.me.com/chrislincoln/Site/Store.html

Date: 2011-12-22 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Adorable! And tahnk you for the link!

Date: 2011-12-22 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
I love your tree! This morning's paper featured this little Cthulumas tribute:

http://blog.oregonlive.com/edge/2011/12/thursdays_edge_jingle_bells_ct.html

There was also a charming illustration, but it wasn't featured online. Sometimes I really love living in Portland!

Date: 2011-12-22 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Sometimes I really love living in Portland!

We have considered it. Kathryn once lived there.

Date: 2011-12-24 01:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lois2037.livejournal.com
It is very, very nice here, but winters are dark and wet and seem to go on forever. I like that sort of thing (except for the chilly temperatures), but many do not.

Date: 2011-12-22 08:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stsisyphus.livejournal.com
Merry Solstice, Felix Cepholopodmas as well. I know something is coming for you in the mail; I'm still trying to negotiate exactly what do to for Spooky, so that will probably be late.

Unforunately, I don't think I'll be in game for Rift tonight, too much last minute secular holiday shopping and an early day at work tomorrow. Still, I hope your celebration is warm and relaxing.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

I know something is coming for you in the mail; I'm still trying to negotiate exactly what do to for Spooky, so that will probably be late.

You are kindly.


Unforunately, I don't think I'll be in game for Rift tonight, too much last minute secular holiday shopping and an early day at work tomorrow. Still, I hope your celebration is warm and relaxing.


Actually, I cancelled RP tonight. So, now worries.

Date: 2011-12-22 08:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackestdarkness
Great photos. Thanks for sharing them.

Date: 2011-12-22 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

You are of a certain most welcomed.

Date: 2011-12-22 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phaedrine.livejournal.com
Merry Cephalopodmas to you and Spooky!

Date: 2011-12-22 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greygirlbeast.livejournal.com

Love the icon!

Date: 2011-12-22 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iterum.livejournal.com
Now I have Cordelia's Dad's version of "Idumea" in my head (which is not a bad thing).

If you or passing readers know not whereof I speak, it autoplays as track 1 here (http://www.timeriksenmusic.com/howcanisleep/).

Date: 2011-12-23 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katesavage.livejournal.com
Thanks for the link to the HPLHS Solstice music. I was in a pretty crappy mood and listening to "Blue Solstice" made me feel a little less crappy.

Happy Solstice!

Date: 2011-12-23 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sovay
I drew an elder sign on the red bauble, but I'm not sure you can see it. Maybe if you squint.

That is a terrific Cephalopodmas tree.

Thank you for the photographs of Idumea.

Date: 2011-12-23 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] everville340.livejournal.com
Happy Solstice and a Most Gibbous Cephalopodmas to you both.
Love those cookies!

Date: 2011-12-23 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tziedel.livejournal.com
Happy Solstice & Cephalopodmas to you, Spooky, Hubero and Smeagol.

Date: 2011-12-23 03:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fusijui.livejournal.com
Have only played the old Bioware console SW:tOR games, not the online one -- but it induces dreams of changelings and chickens? What am I missing out on here??? Do tell.

Winter solstice is always a kinda sad for me, because I love the cold and dark season and it's going away now. But virtually everyone I know or meet is miserable then, and so I am happy for them.

Not in any bodhisattvic benevolent sense. Because maybe then they'll stop being such moping miserable bastards for a couple months. (Honestly, S.A.D. Washington residents? Fuck off back to California or wherever, leave the Northwest for people who are happy here.)

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