24th December

It is so mild I am sitting here at 7.15 p.m. with the window slightly open. Even spenbt some time in the garden - without a coat.

Yesterday it poured with rain for a short while - and who knows what tomorrow will do!

Merry Christmas!


22nd December 2011

Winter Solstice

Today is the shortest day of the year
when the sun is furthest from the Earth.

May the Sun and the Moon shine forever on your face
And may all Shadow fall behind you

It is 7.15 a.m. and I am sitting with my office window open, awaiting the sunrise.
I thought I would share some images that are on my screen saver

Bright Blessings
to you all


21st December

I created this graphic last year to mark the beginning of the Winter Solstice - and shamelessly borrowed a quote from Helen! Thought I'd post it here as well.

The sky is shrouded in fog and steel-colored clouds. I was nearly drowned while out running errands this morning - the roads are saturated with rainwater. It's chilly - 58F/13C and I'd like nothing more than to crawl beneath a thick comforter and snooze the rest of the day away.

I also created a Holiday Greetings video and would like to share it here as well. Thank you for the brilliant idea, Helen! And thank you to Bronwen Harrison for the gorgeous  music she wrote especially for the video!

Bright Blessings!

Shortest Day

It may be the shortest day but it is one of my busiest, and that is without picking up a pen! House to be cleaned, dogs bathed, more biscotti to be made (I tested one too many of the previous batch) and then the beautifying routine (the longest of the activities) ready for the arrival of the gorgeous one tomorrow.

I have been blessed with a lovely warm day, for which I think the dogs are also grateful. 17C by half past eleven this morning. Damp dogs are now steaming in the sun.

I've noticed that many people are getting excited that with the winter solstice out of the way that Spring is only around the corner. Well, we know that's not true; the solstice is the start of winter not the end! Yes the days may lengthen ever so slightly but it is still going to be cold(er) (and in the UK no doubt wet), and anyway if you don't have winter you can't have spring, unless you're in southern Spain. Down here we have two springs and a summer!

Anyway, back to the housework.

Have a super Christmas!


19th December

Sunny and mild here today. Dog is asleep in the sun on the back porch. Plump Wren is stuffing herself on the bird feeder. I will no doubt need to fill that back up very soon. Nearly reached 60 degrees (15c) today, almost. At least its sunny! I still required a sweater to walk down to the mailbox earlier.

19th December

It is absolutely pouring.

The fish are all down the bottom of the pond - I've been scooping out fallen leaves from the water these last couple of weeks (using a fishing net) noticed a couple down on the bottom of the pond toady.

Sorry absolutely NO WAY was I putting my hand and arm in there! Too cold!

Not sure the fish particularly appreciated me fumbling about with the net along the bottom though. Still, said leaves now removed.

Taken Spring 2010


18th December

It tried to snow this morning. Fortunately it didn't try very hard.