"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tejano Night Before Christmas

I'll be signing off my blog for the rest of the year, but before I do I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas, Holiday and celebration with your family and friends.  I've enjoyed your company all year and have truly met (even if only over this vast internet) some wonderful kindred spirits.  You have inspired me with your beautiful art, touched me with your open hearts and encouraged me when I needed it.  Thank you for sticking with me on this ride!

May you all be blessed in the New Year and may we all
Prosper in Life Spiritually, Physically, and Financially!

I leave you with a Christmas poem my Uncle always recited by heart to us during the Holidays

Tejano Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring -- Caramba! Que pasa?
Los ninos were tucked away in their camas,
Some in camisas and some in pajamas,

While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos.

Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think quien era?

Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero
Came dashing along like a crazy bombero.
And pulling his sleigh instead of venados
Were eight little burros approaching volados.

I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre
Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre
"Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Chucho, ay Beto,
Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco, y Nieto!"

Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho
He flew to the top of our very own techo.
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea,
then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos--
For none of the ninos had been very malos.

Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento,
He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento.
And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad,
 
Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad!

7 comments:

Luthien said...

hey hey :) Happy Christmas to you too!! and a blast of a New Year :) are you gonna be going off to somewhere for Christmas? or is it just prep from now till Christmas? anyhow, wishing you and the family a really joyful one filled with wonderful surprises :) xoxoxo

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Love the poem your Uncle recited! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. May 2012 be kind to you. May it bring you everything you need, and all you long for. xxLady D

stonepost said...

Merry Christmas, SoozeeQ, my friend! What a great poem and a wonderful way to increase my Spanish vocabulary! Hope to see you again next year, and Happy Welding!

Barry said...

SZQ - it has been a good year and all the better for being able to share blog posts etc with you. Thanks for the inspiration. We will work on the leaf, tree, peace project in the new year. Enjoy the Christmas period. Hope to reconnect in 2012. Go well. B

SooZeQue said...

Thank you everyone for all your well wishes and for sharing your world with me!

soraya nulliah said...

Dear SSQ-thank you so very much dear lady ...for opening up your heart to us. I wish you and your family a very merry merry Xmas and...all the very best in the New Year. I can't wait to see all the amazing kick-ass things you do in the months to come. XXX

CabariBeads.com said...

Super poem! Thanks for sharing it and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. :o)

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