It has been one of those quiet Christmas seasons! Only one of our kids is around for the holidays and she lives in Cascade year round BUT we are very thankful that she and Choochie have spent lots of time with us. The other two will be here for Winter Carnival so it will not be long before our home will be overflowing with laughter but for right now we are missing those people and all the grands that come with them! Family… gratitude… just go hand in hand.
I found some fabulous icicles in nature today and some wonderful pine tree shots. There is also a couple of the neighborhood crane that resides in our area all winter. As we get nearer to the beginning of a new year we think about the past year and count our blessings and we turn our hearts towards the new year and thank God that He will make way for more blessings if we allow Him to move in our lives. One resolution I will have is to smile bravely even as I grit my teeth (Hublet-that’s for you!)! And I am going to strive to have less self-pity and more ruthless trust. (I will talk more about that at a later date!)
Hoping the “Best-Ever” in 2015 for Each One of You!
Icicles Hanging In A Row! So Creative!
One Long Cicle
Pine Branch Explosion
To The Center of Things
This is a lacy icicle!
Can you find the bird on the right side of the pine tree, flying low?
Here he sits on a log in the river
It came again… It will probably “went” again…
December 14th! What?
AND IT DID!
But even without snow – the Christmas show must go on – so to speak!
Christmas Cactus (Always blooms for Thanksgiving!)
Tried to get Chooch to show some Christmas spirit but she was feeling Schroogish!
Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!!
Here are some pics from our Thanksgiving trip:
Some Down Time
Zeke scored a point on a great game invented by Sadie!
Tickle Chooch Silly
Games and Snacks
“Everybody Dance Now ” – Dance party with Uncle Jess!
A little bit of Settlers of Catan on Thanksgiving
Snow Doggy Sammy
Life is full of little lessons. I thought of three just in the half hour it took to walk my dogs when I got home from work the other day.
The first lesson was “Find Joy in the Little Things!” Two words come to mind regarding my dogs when we start out on our walk – “wild abandon” -They do their own face plants and rub their snouts left and right in the new snow. They prance with their tails high. Makes me laugh and I realize joy is a simple thing found anywhere. And it’s infectious!
As I walked along the river I heard a lone goose honking across the way and sensed it was flying closer. Then I heard a sound I did not understand. As I was looking up for the source of the sound I was half afraid that I woud see a space ship hovering over me. I was dumbfounded when I laid eyes on a gaggle of silent geese flying over, in their proverbial V formation, with only one sporadic honker/leader. Because there was only the one goose honking I was able to hear their wings flapping and it was a very sharp, whirring sound that I had never heard before. Lesson – in a big group, quit honking and listen to the leader and you might hear the sound of wind in your wings
The final lesson: I was tired and sorta wondering how I would make it up the hill that I must climb to get home. I quit worrying about it and just trudged on, putting one foot in front of the other and suddenly I was surprised to find myself on top of the hill and didn’t even remember the struggle of the climb. It’s good to learn to take your eyes off the looming struggle and just focus on what is before you, casting your worries aside.
This ends my lesson for today students. Your homework assignment: Search out Life Lessons in your all life – you will be asked to share tomorrow!