Monthly Archives: December 2015

Shared Secret

A secret to be shared. Keep believing.  Hold on to the wonder and peace of the season, and the spirit of Christmas will live long after the holiday lights have dimmed.

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Must Be Winter

  I took a knitting class last winter. When the instructor asked why we had joined the class, I responded, “Winter!” Well, it must be winter again because after a spring, summer, and fall of neglect, I rummaged through my … Continue reading

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Just a light dusting. More reminder than impediment. Winter has been stealthy in its approach this year. Tiger-like, slow and steady, checking out the territory before it settles in.

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Day After

Holidays end in a flurry of excitement, wrapping paper, and ribbon.  Quiet day today. Time to simplify. Christmas tree will glow until the new year, but window candles will be dimmed. Christmas dishes wrapped and tucked away. Kitchen birds no … Continue reading

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Looking at the mass card on my desk and thinking about Emma. Wake today; funeral tomorrow. A force of nature we all thought invincible is at rest after 101 eventful years. Emma was the stuff of legends. Her exploits and … Continue reading

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Bike Path Reindeer

cluster of reindeer well crafted by clever hands eliciting smiles

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Rosemary and Cranberries

A few sprigs of rosemary, a handful of cranberries, a sprinkle of sugar, and a perfect holiday garnish is ready to decorate platters of food and trays of cookies. I’ve posted the directions for this simple garnish before, but as I … Continue reading

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Yesterday with Betsy and Lauren at a performance of The Nutcracker, it flashed through my mind that it wasn’t really Christmas until the tree was touched with magic and grew to reach the top of the stage. That’s the thing about … Continue reading

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Tender Meatballs

This recipe for meatballs from Rao’s restaurant in New York has been appearing on various sites for a while now. It was also included in Food52’s collection of Genius Recipes. I finally got around to trying it this week. The … Continue reading

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Stalwart Geraniums

Perhaps a sign of optimism. Or a flash of sheer stubbornness. The geraniums of summer refuse to bow to Nature’s chilly snub, and make the choice to stand tall and live.

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