Saturday, January 24, 2015

Walking in Sunshine...

Finally, the rain and grey skies are gone… glorious sunshiny day! On the cold, wet, cloudy days, I find myself withdrawing into my little nest at the end of the sofa. Book, magazine, or iPad in hand, I huddle leaving only long enough to do the required meals and daily chores. 

For a few days this week… oh my, glorious turquoise skies and brilliant sunshine. Mild temperatures and sunshine... and irresistible combination for someone who has too long been away from her camera. The short walk out behind my backyard neighbors was awakening... inspiring!

Sometimes we have to walk through the shadows to appreciate the sunshine.

The sunshine on the other side was a gift.

If anyone north of the Mason-Dixon Line wonders where the geese come to Winter... here is one answer. 

31.7156° N, 83.2564° W

The beauty of the sunny, mild Winter days gave way to more chilling rain and cold. I have said this before... if you don't like Southern weather in the morning.. just stick around until lunch.. forever changing! 

Joining Karen over at Sunlit Sunday. Thanks, Karen, for getting  me off the sofa and out with my camera. Hope that wherever you are you are having a "sunlit" day... and good wishes for a pleasant week.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh, Christmas Tree(s) in the House!

Each year the decorations here seem to be fewer and fewer. The garland and bows are missing from the front of the house... however, I did manage a wreath on the front door! Mr. and Mrs. Snowman aka Jer and Nandie, thanks to our granddaughter many years ago, are out. The Christmas china is still in the cabinet as are the napkins and the tea towels. A few candles have appeared around the house. The Nativity is in its place of honor. The mantle is dusted, but pretty much the same as always. Thank goodness, the motivation was here for the big tree, the little tree, and the silver tree. Each has a story... 

The big tree is done in memory of my dear friend who passed away 10 years ago and loved Christmas more than anyone I have ever known. The last Christmas card she sent from her family to ours graces the branches as does Angel Gayle near the top of the tree. 

The small tree sitting snugly in a galvanized pail on the hearth is very rustic featuring several hand carved wooden ornaments purchased by our son when he was a little guy. We may have the only tree in town with a cross and a Star of David.  The late C. M. Copeland, a gifted local artist, rendered many beautiful wooden animals over the years. I know, at some point, I will have to hand these over to him and our precious daughter-in-love... maybe next year...

Metallic silver all aglow from within by LED lights that change from white to pink to red to blue. This little one in the dining room shines in memory of my parents and their wonderful aluminum tree with the rotating color wheel. 

Christmas trees are always an opportunity to revisit Christmas past, enjoy the present, and look forward to new memories in years ahead. Our trees have changed over the years. Ornaments are added and lost and all very special in their own way.  The little sequined Mary Engelbreit teapot ornament is one of the last gifts from my sweet "chosen sister" Cindy, who left us much too soon. The little cork reindeer were a gift from son and d-i-l...I am sure no wine was wasted in the pursuit of making these cuties!  

Once the trees are up, I am reluctant to take them down. Mama used to call January 6th "Old Christmas Day"... I am not sure why, but since that is Epiphany, it is a good excuse to enjoy the glow a bit longer! 

Join Jane over at Small But Charming for Christmas in Da House festivities. 

Hope your holidays are filled with love...

May your days be merry and bright! 

Click below for one of my favorite Christmas songs (There are some pretty pictures to go along with the tune!) about my part of the world!

Christmas in Dixie by Alabama featuring Kenny Chesney

P. S. In full disclosure... they are all artificial. Many years ago when our son was a toddler and suffered from severe bouts of asthmatic bronchitis, we were cautioned by our wonderful family doctor about having a "live" tree in our home. The possibility of mold, mildew, and pollen causing an allergic reaction were just too great to take the chance. The tradition continues... better safe than sorry!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer in the South ~ Air You Can Wear

HOT, HOT, HOT ~ Air you can wear!

Weather is all something we can relate to... 
love it or hate it... we have no control!

Temps were above the 100 degree mark for several days last week.... 
now we are more than 10 degrees lower and NO humidity!
Outside activities are doable and pleasant!

Just a glimpse at my summer...

Cape San Blas, Florida on the Gulf of Mexico 

Summer means happy times and good sunshine.
It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.     Brian Wilson

Click here for bit of beach music...
"Do It Again" by the Beach Boys 1968
written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love

How about yours?
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods!

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