December 1, 2016
Did you have a terrific Thanksgiving, those of you in the USA? I sure did. It was wonderful to be with family, and we also had two people that had no place to go. It was great to serve as their family, too. I can't believe how the months are flying by. I could have sworn I was just looking out the winter window a few days ago, looking for spring and summer. Now they are behind me, growing smaller in the distance. Next year I need to do something different. At least once a week I'm going to take a blanket and lay out in the field to watch the clouds drift by. I'll let the day fill me up inside with sounds of the birds, sounds of the breeze blowing across the faces of wheat stalks, and the sound of bees taking pollen back to the hive. I'll watch the evening sky fall into night, and gaze upon the velvet darkness scattered with the magnificent ribbon of stars. Come back to me, warm days of summer.
I live on a hillside, above the world's second largest valley. Some days are magnificent, and other days are like today, as the winter wind races across the face of this mountain like a zephyr. But somehow, even the quail manager to waddle about, eating sunflower seeds along the patio that have blown out of the bird feeders. I'm surprised that they haven't been blown over into the next county, but I suppose that is the blessing of being a bird, knowing how to maneuver through the storms.
I just ate an apple called a "Pacific Rose". Wow, they are good. Sweet, juicy and crunchy, like a Honeycrisp, but only better and less expensive. I hope you look for a few at your local grocery store. I didn't even know about them, but the produce fella was putting out new fruit and told me that he thought that they were the best apple ever. They are big with a delicate pink and white color. They are now my "Go To" apple. The produce guy was greatly disappointed when I grabbed a bag of the less expensive apples to feed the horses. Apparently, he doesn't like his precious fruit going to animals, and I don't blame him. But our two horses get a treat every morning, and they are more like children than horses, anyway.
Now that it is December let me just say, I am SO GLAD that the election is over. No matter who you were voting for, the anxiety and tensions were tantamount to a mad house. I don't think I have ever seen such a tidal wave of emotions grasping our nation than during this particular election. I hope that things soon settle down and that we all can find common ground. We all need to come together in harmony somehow, and be kind to one other.
I hope that you have wonderful plans for the holidays, no matter if you celebrate or not - we are going to visit my daughter's family for the holidays. They live in another state, so it's a long drive. I don't get to see them as often as I would like, but my husband makes the occasion very special for me.
December means another Blog Hop. The assigned subject is "At The Table". I went for a theme that had more kitchen gadgets and word art about gathering together at the table - But guess what - I took a look at the preliminary work of the other members on Pixelscrapper, and realized that the majority were putting together Christmas decorations - and they sure looked beautiful! So, just to balance my own kit, I made a few Christmas things for you. I made a snowman, a moose, and a mouse, as well as some other designs. I'm just learning how to use my shape tools to make my funky animals, so I need to improve. I'm thinking about buying a graphics table for drawing, but haven't made up my mind if I would use it often enough. If you want to see the other kits in the blog hop, you can find the final list in the Pixelscrapper forum, under "Pixelscrapper Blog Hops". It's free to join. It's free to download the blog hop kits.
Blessings and blue skies,