Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
This image manipulation thing is relatively new to me, so please pardon the very unpolished look to this post. An hour or so ago I wandered around the house with my camera and captured images of the season to share with you. To the left is the blue led snowflake hanging in the living room window. It helps me locate my house when coming home in the dark.
The bucket of festive holiday headgear waiting to be donned.
Reindeer in a basket in the family room downstairs.
View of the stairwell decorations that were so difficult to place. They may remain on display until spring.
This is Sparky, the largest snowman in my collection. He is not allowed to light up that pipe in the house.
Christmas themed mugs on the shelf in the kitchen available for hot chocolate, coffee, tea, etc.
Do you know how difficult it is to find a blue Santa Claus? The three that I have are atop the refrigerator this year with the cobalt glass items that are there year-round.
Yes, I decorate in the bathroom! This little scene is just above my bathtub where I regularly doze off while I'm soaking in the hot water and bubbles.
A sure sign of the holidays, my college age son has brought home his dirty laundry.
The dining room, which is technically not a separate room, just the east end of the kitchen.
I just adore these fat cardinals. They reside on top of the tv cabinet with my elder son's high school graduation photo.
My cat, Newton, peeking out from under the coffee table in the living room. He mostly ignores the holiday decorations unless it would involve him being the recipient of a belly rub.
The Santa Claus collection on the bookcase in the living room.
My cat, Einstein, doing his best to ignore the fact that he is under the Christmas tree...
...and eventually caving and taking a bite. More than once I have caught him walking off with a pink bow in his mouth. To his credit, the tree has been tipped over only once. So far.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Friday, December 14, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I know it was foolish
But I couldn’t resist
In the newfallen snow
On the hood of your car
I reassured myself
You’d never see
My frosty declaration
By the time you returned
Either the relentless wind
Or the still falling snow
Would have covered
My amorous confessional tracks
Saturday, December 1, 2007
It snowed overnight. Two or three inches worth out there. Enough to warrant shoveling but not so much that it's painful. I realize that I would find it very difficult to live somewhere where it doesn't snow. Despite the inconvenience I love winter. There's something about the cycle of seasons that feels complete and right, but maybe that's because I grew up on the plains. The summers are scorching and winter is harsh but it makes me feel alive to experience such extremes. This weekend's activities shall include baking cranberry lemon bread, digging out the Christmas cd's that set the mood for holiday decorating, and now that the snow is letting up, shoveling. The enormous pine tree in my backyard looks so beautiful with a dusting of white. Edgar, my anatomically correct gargoyle who sits under that tree, looks mildly annoyed about the whole business. Somehow I managed to forget to do the fall routine of putting away summery stuff out in the yard. The umbrella on the deck table looks a little out of place, as does the hammock that can't collect a remarkable amount of snow due to its stringy surface. The fifteen yo wants chocolate cake for breakfast. I don't know why it makes me feel better to say no to that request. Is it really much different to say yes to cherry pop-tarts? Probably not. And now that I have a digital camera, maybe I can take a cool snow picture and post it with today's writing. Now, if someone could explain to me why Newton wants desperately to get into my closet. I hope the reason isn't a mouse.