Thursday, November 03, 2011

Big Sky Country HNT

You know, I complained a bit yesterday about the fact that November is now here, and it's certainly not October. Well it is, but then a FB friend made the comment on my status that I live in Montana. And it's November. And you know what? It's still a pretty good place to be living! And could be SO much worse... (gotta work on that whole exposure thing on the iPhone)

"The amorous evening star is rose,
Why then should not our amorous star inclose
Herself in her wish'd bed? Release your strings,
Musicians; and dancers take some truce
With these your pleasing labours, for great use
As much weariness as perfection brings.
You, and not only you, but all toil'd beasts
Rest duly; at night all their toils are dispensed;
But in their beds commenced
Are other labours, and more dainty feasts.
She goes a maid, who, lest she turn the same,
To-night puts on perfection, and a woman's name."

Epithalamion Made At Lincoln's Inn

John Donne (1572-1631)

This week's Mystery Guest should be well-known to most of you, even though she's not doing HNT anymore. She'll be revealed on Thursday afternoon, so be sure to check back!
I shouldn't have to reveal her here, since you either already knew, or you would have found out when you clicked on the Toys for Tots link below! This is, of course, Ashly Star. Now click the link and go contribute!

Another good selection of pics over at "...the Other HNT" this week! Stop by and check out your fellow HNTers. Leave some comments too--they like comments! And it's the least you could do... Don't forget, it's definitely NSFW!
Since it's now November, I guess I can use the "C" word (note--the capital "C", not the lower case!). Especially when using it for a good cause. And this is one of those good causes.

For a number of years now, and getting her Christmas spirit started early, Ashly Star has been donating to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots program. Below is their mission statement:
"The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted."
In 2009, Ashly decided to ask her fellow bloggers to join in and help her. And help her they have! She has a PayPal account set up to take monetary donations, which she then cashes out and goes on a toy-buying spree! And the glory of it is that it doesn't take huge amounts of dollars on your part! Any amount-- $5, $10, $ 13.79, $20 --every little bit helps, and you wouldn't believe how far a dollar will go!

If you have a question as to whether or not it's a definitely isn't! She even takes pics as she's shopping, and then a final "this is what we bought" picture. Though it's not really easy to see, the button at the top of this story is last year's loot! All money donated is spent on toys, as well as quite a few bucks of her own. There's no "administrative" costs taken by her or anything like that.

This is the third year that she's inviting the blogger world to join her. Do something good. Do it now before the stress of the holidays start to pile up. It's easy to do--just click on the button above, which will take you to her site, and click on the PayPal button at the top of her sidebar to send money. I've already done it--won't you?


Elle said...

Looks like a beautiful day to me!

I'm up :)

Osbasso said...

Cheeky Minx is looking as inviting as ever. Go see for yourself!!

the late phoenix said...

oh how i miss the MG, wish she'd come back to us

i'm up...with a sex scene

V said...

We’re up and I almost feel sorry for L, poor guy!

Semi-Celibate Man said...

Hi Os.

There is starting to be a chill in the air...

I'm up, and cocked. (Bad pun alert)

Happy HNT.

JM said...

The view looks pretty good to me OS. I'm up, making good use of some tools! I'm off to see a friend tonight, so will get around to everyone tomorrow.


Gucci Mama said...

You're makIng me miss home!

I'm up.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to visit your fine state eventually. Maybe not in November of course. :)

I'm quietly up.

Anonymous said...

I'm up feeling full of super powers ... Hoping novemeber goes by quickly and December can bring new sunny days.
Check me out
Bundle up O cuz it's getting dang cold down here

heelsnstocking said...

I'm up :) and about to get what I'm begging for

I love this season in England, tree colours, early morning frosts, the landscapes look so crisp.

Happy HNT xxxx

Jack and Jill said...

As much as we love Halloween, the beginning of November always finds us quite excited for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both holidays invariably see us surrounded by family and close friends, to say nothing of great food. Somehow we've still got warm weather in Northern California, and as it may not last much longer we've been trying to get out of the house as much as we can, taking our daughter to the park or the beach frequently.

We're up. Well, Jill is, anyway.

Cheeky Minx said...

Your view is spectacular. Although I think that cheeky grin should have the Harbour and the Bridge and Opera House as its backdrop very soon.

Thanks for the upping - and the view of luscious MG... xxx

Molly said...

I think you are very lucky to live where you do, here in the UK you could not find a view like that no matter where you went and now it's November it is constantly cold, damp and the bit I hate most, grey!


Ps... I am playing again this week.

Anonymous said...

We like it here in Ohio; but the scenery is doesn't come close to yours. You've got a great view out your window all of the time.

We are up at Married In Ohio.

Anonymous said...

That is a pretty amazing view!

I'm up!

KaziGrrl said...

We have snow here too... and the Berkshire Hill were lovely with it, even this early...

I'm up enjoying this last bit of summer!! :D

~Kazi xxx

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Pretty view!


viemoira said...

I am up @ the cavern. Os- you look very happy.
I know that hot MG!!

Fat Controller said...

What happened? I put a comment up this morning to say that we were up, but it appears to have got lost somewhere between where we are and where you are!

Anyway, we're up. Just a little later than usual.

Sexy Smile said...

The sky is certainly big but it's the blueness that is breathtaking!

I'm up, recuperating after road trips.

BluEyedBader said...

Never a bad view when you are in big sky country...

I need to get back to the mountains soon.

Im up... side down at my blog today... Have a happy HNT!

boneman said...

Thanx to the clown circuses everywhere in the USA, Daylight Savings Time, a completely worthless bit of mish-mosh, has taught me something I had forgotten.\Time of the year?
It is whenever you want it to be, and that's that.
I mean, I'm up with my Halloween costume because hey...Halloween is for anytime you want some candy.
Christmas is when you give people things they didn't expect. The 4th of July is at every parade with soldiers.

(...and THURSDAYS are HNT!)

Osbasso, not because I was Army Airborne, mind you, but, aren't you afraid that if you give a great big box of toys to a group of Marines...that they'll maybe try out stuff? You know....just to make sure everything works good...

Inferno said...

I am up with Candyland

nilla said...


How could things be "bad" in any month with that kind of view? You could live here in the east where we were surprised by an early and shocking gift from MOm Nature...15 inches of snow...with leaves still on the trees...

And Montana, Osbasso. oh, Montana...(just a teensy bit jealous here!)

up with my hnt, too!

Anonymous said...

oohhh now I want to visit you. Love the view and your little smile. :)

ah the C word I am not prepared....

We do the toys for tots here is a great program.

Oh and I am here...