The Rush Ranch, Oregon
Snow falls heavy and drifts across the roads, hills and valleys. Everything is bathed in the white brilliance of cold crystals. The sound of everyday activity in this neighborhood is now silenced by the heavy blanket of snow, snow and more snow. We wait. For sunlight, for warmth, for the snowplow. We wait. I have soup in the crockpot, and bread rising on the kitchen counter. The winter calls for warm kitchens and plenty of comfort food for the family. I offer hot tea flavored with cinnamon honey. I think about our eldest son, and how he and his love are leaving today for the Caribbean. I think of our Grandson teaching English to children in the jungles of Viet Nam. I think of my friend Terri, in the warmth of South Africa. Blue skies and sunny beaches are hard to imagine, when standing in knee-deep snow shoveling a path to the front door. I am happy for them, and look forward to photos of suntans and smiles.
I hope you have had a delightful and blessed holiday season. I hope that you were able to gather with family and/or friends and take the opportunity to tell them how much you love them. I hope your dinner table was set with favorite recipes, and that laughter and joy was ever present. I live in a part of my country that has snow at this time of year. It is easy to imagine Santa and his reindeer racing across the night sky, fulfilling the dreams of children the world over. There was a time, many years ago, when even savage wars were put on hold for Christmas night so that all could imagine for a moment, peace on earth, goodwill toward men. I wish that future for us all: peace on earth, goodwill toward all.
And the reason why you are here, it's another blog hop, this time for January. It has been a long time since we've had a strong masculine theme at Pixelscrapper, so this one is for the boys. The colors were a combination of browns, greens, and blues. I'm excited to see the other designer kits because we don't coordinate before hand. It is always a delight to see how different designs and ideas emerge. The palette of greens and browns made me think of camo, the great outdoors, fishing and camping, etc., so I went in that direction. I did drop in a few garage tools, just in case. I guess the truth of it is that I have a scattered mind flowing in too many directions to harness a single theme.
Thanks for putting up with that. Here we go - all of these items are free to you for use in your personal or commercial endeavors, as my "random act of kindness". Please pass along the good intentions to others as you can. It's up to us, each individual, to try and make a difference no matter how small. My TOU is at the bottom of this post. You'll find all of the other designs for this bloghop, here.
I'll have another download for you in a matter of days, so if you have not subscribed for notification of downloads, check back here on January 4th. Blessings and Blue Skies,
Photo of our Lab, Murphy