Merry Christmas! For those not celebrating Christmas, Merry Day!
Yesterday afternoon, as the sun hit the Christmas decorations adorning the yard and home of the neighbor across the street, the sparkle and shimmer reminded me of the morning frost at sunrise. I delighted in the idea that Christmas decorations are a way of imitating Mother Nature’s glitz and glam. You might think I was the first person to think of this idea. You’d be wrong, of course, but you might think it based on how delighted I was with the thought. Read the rest of this entry »
By the time this scheduled post goes out, I will be somewhere in Pennsylvania, heading east towards New Jersey to spend Thanksgiving Day with family. The house-sitter should be all settled in, ready to enjoy a few days by the pond and with the kitties. She’s going to have some nice weather. It should be nice back east too.
I wasn’t going to (live) post today. I had something scheduled to go out without me, but the house is quiet and feeling a little… I was going to write “empty” but that’s not true. M and I and the cats are here. The house isn’t empty at all. It’s just not as full as it was with our sons, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and their assortment of dogs filling up the place. The echoes are still here, not yet faded into memory.
Wishing you a day filled with love, gratitude, and happiness. Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s not really that dark. I went a little extreme in Photoshop. But it seems to fit the season, with Halloween coming up soon.
It is, however, gray and gloomy. I took this view of the pond around noon. There was not a lot of light to speak of. It’s quite a contrast to yesterday’s sunshine.
Today’s outdoor adventure was pretty uneventful. Or it was eventful in small ways but I can’t think of a thing to write about so I went to Plinky for a prompt. Today’s prompt is: Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not?
Well, I don’t, really. We live out in the country so decorating and having candy handy for the Trick or Treating little folks is a waste. Nobody comes by because it can be a long walk between houses. We do have a pumpkin and some mums livening up the deck as a nod to the season, but Mother Nature does such a brilliant job of decorating this time of year that I don’t feel the need to do it myself.
Sometimes I celebrate Halloween as a harvest festival, as another turning in the wheel of the year, and to mark the end of summer. We usually have our first snowflakes by Halloween, a clear indication that winter is not far off. Daylight will continue to dwindle until the Winter Solstice and outdoor temperatures will do the same. Hilgert’s, the local farm where we do our produce shopping when in season, will have an abundance of greens and winter squashes this time of year. Our diet will change to more soups and stews and heartier dishes than we eat during the summer months.
It will be time to put away the summer clothing and get out the cold weather gear. Sweaters, sweatshirts, thermal underwear, coats, scarves, gloves, hats, and boots will replace the t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and flip-flops. We usually have the storm windows installed by Halloween, to keep out the winter drafts of cold air. The swim platform and boats are put away for the season, a chore that we did this past weekend and one that always brings a tinge of melancholy with it. I don’t get too sad, though. The trees are still displaying color and once the leaves drop we’ll be able to see and explore what’s behind the tree cover. I like the winter landscape (just as I like the other seasons). We’ll have snow to play in. We can make snowpeople, go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and sled down the sledding hill. The pond will freeze and there will be ice skating. There will be warm, crackling fires in the fireplaces. Hot chocolate to drink. And lots of cozy evenings cuddled up with a good book or with my wonderful husband.
Just before the death of flowers,
And before they are buried in snow,
There comes a festival season
When nature is all aglow.
~ Author unknown
How about you? Do you celebrate Halloween? Why or why not? And if you do, how do you celebrate it?
We’ll be doing the drawing for the Give-Away at 7:30pm (eastern time) tonight. I’ll announce the winner tomorrow. See ya then! 🙂