1977 Sandy and I have had a tradition in our home around Christmas
time. It started when we brought or first real tree home. I am not
overly fond of the idea of having an artificial tree so we got a real
one and brought 'it' home and set it up in our two bedroom apartment
on 800 E. in Salt Lake City, Utah (La
Parisienne Apartments). We
had decorated 'it' and one of us said something like he looks like a
Willie. The name stuck and Willie became our first tree. Since that
time we have named our trees.
process goes like this: We go out and pick a tree. As the children
grew we alternated who got to pick the tree. It was something they
all looked forward too . After we decorate the tree we have a grand
lighting ceremony that evening. We start by reading the list of all
the names of all our previous trees in memory of their beauty and the
joy they gave us. We then sit and talk about names and wait for the
tree to 'tell' us his or her name. The only criteria is it has to
end with the 'ee' sound (ie, y, etc) Once the tree is named the new
name is entered onto our list. This is the list and who picked it.
Note, some have 'nick names' and alternate names.. it is just how it
happened that year.
Willie, our first tree
Harvey (he lost all his needles as we took him out)
Fat Freddie (short and fat)
Bernie (not named after my father but almost)
Benny Picked by Jennette (Jenny insisted he was called Ben)
Annie (our first girl tree) Jenny helped here too
Shorty (yes he was)
Hayley (inspired by Hayley Mills aka Pollyanna)
Judy Jenny helped pick her
Heidi (Jenny called her Greenie)
Brity First tree picked/named by Trina
Tommy the Twismas Tree/Twee Named by Bradley and picked by him
Hilary Picked by Vicki and named by her)
Harry Christmas (named by Jenny and picked
Mandy Named and picked by Trina
King Jerry Named by Bradley and picked by him
Mary Christmas Tree Picked by Vicki and named by her
Georgie First tree picked by Matthew
Stanley Bradley (nick named Studdly)
Christmas Evie Vicki
Destiny Tree Matt
Bethany Trina (Jenny has moved out)
Glory (Gloria) Bradley (Trina has moved out)
Zoley Vicki (Brad thought it might have been Zoey.)
Swooshy (pattern reminded Brad of the Nike swoosh)
Tippy Brad This is the only tree that fell over on us) Vicki and
Matt have moved out
Alfie Centarury Brad ..First tree with a true star on it
Goldi Named by Sandy.. and agreed on by Bradley and I..picked by us
Robbie Named by Martin Our theme is robots and robot toy factory
Just met a wonderful lady whom I believe is a Queen in the world of Trolls! Here's to Sherry Martin-Groom.. Her site, The Troll Hole, is fun and picturesque and should be visited. the URL link is posted with all my other links..so drop to the bottom of my page.. click on the name and say "Hi!" (And while you are there drop in on the others as well. I am sure they would love to meet you!)
Once upon a time there was a child who thought;
“Wouldn't it be “staringly grand” (her favorite made up
phrase) if there was a spaceship that was so special and so
wonderful it could travel any place it wanted? And what if it were
kinda magical and it's crew were from the faerie and myth world and
other unusual dream stuff. And it would be able to go and help
people in trouble and change size and all kinds of stuff. That would
“Impossible.” concluded someone who was older and
believed they were much wiser than the child.
The child looked at the person. “Why?”
“Because no one believes that kind of stuff is even
possible so it can't happen.”
“Because of the rules.”
“The Rules of the Universe. They say so.”
“I don't know. I didn't make the rules. All I know
is that the rules say it is impossible.”
“Oh.” replied the child fighting back a tear or
three. The child knew better than to argue with “the rules”,
even the silly ones.
But the stars heard. The universe chuckled and a small
speck of light moved out of the blackness and began to grow. After a
moment it took on an almost valentine heart shape with two pillars of
fire exploding out of the wide end. The speck shot forward cooling,
taking shape, becoming a starship made of magic, fire and a child's
In a small gesture to a future cherished memory and to
the hoped for delight of the child, letters and numbers formed on the
hull. NCC 10101 in jet black letters became clear under the strong
outer lights. The ships 'name' erupted in sparkler like flames which
burned out quickly leaving “DSS Entrollprise” emblazoned for all
to see on the heart like wedged hull.
In the command chair sat what looked like a four foot
tall troll doll, his short legs not even reaching the floor. His
name is Captain Flint Deepcavern and this is 'his ship' and this is
After taking a moment to survey his bridge crew and the
various readings on each of the work stations the Captain smiled
warmly. He knew his first order of business was to visit 'the child'
and so with a simple nod to his 'helmsman' (who also knew the
mission) the USS Entrollprise shot forward and into a small child's
dream and a future they KNEW no one would believe.
Blogging is hard with no followers AND if you do not do it regularly.
I have taken on my fair share of stuff over the years and commented on things via facebook and other media and esp. in person type chats but when I started this blog a couple of years ago I never realized that I would only get back to it every other decade or so and that picturing fun pictures of trolls and other fantasy figures would draw so little. I decided on the day I created this blog that I would not be controversial in an overt way and that I would post things that I hope will make people smile (#1), see something good for them and/or our planet (#2) and lighten their load a little because of what I have posted. (#3). I also hoped to use it as a forum to share some of my poems, stories, etc. I realize these may never win a prize for literature and/or make me a million or three but I do want people to read them and find some little break from reality that I strive to offer with most of what I write.
I have also learned that to be a blogger you have to look at other people's blogs and follow them. I am lousy at that and it is probably for the same reason most people who have visited/stumbled onto my blog don't read and or comment on it..TIME. It is perhaps the same reason I do not post more often.. I have "better" things to do with MY time, and this is sad and still true (and I do not ever play computer games or FB games or study various political agendas, read movie reviews, or twitter, or do any thing that I think is a waste of time (though I do confess to playing 'Free Cell' to unwind momentarily almost every day).
So what am I going to do about it. I DO NOT KNOW. I am going to keep posting from time to time, I am going to perhaps comment more with my POV on some topics and just keep trying to make people SMILE or go.."cool" or "that was funny/fun, glad I visited for a moment.
I am also going to invite all of you who got this far to visit my blog at http://martinstrollcave.blogspot.com/
So come on by, read and/or look at what I have already done and take a smile or two away, after all the are free!!!