Thursday, December 6, 2018

Endings and Beginnings

Hello friends 

it has been quite the year for me.  I have filled my life with family, adventures, enlightenment, and at times despair.  Yes, it is not a perfect world, where no one dies and no one suffers.   That thought was a challenge for me this year, as I lost dear friends, saw untold suffering, and started to see the aging of myself and others.

I have been so lucky to have a good life, a measure of good health, laughter and love of family, plus no disasters in our area.  But, others weren't so lucky, and it has been hard to know how to help friends who are struggling right now.

Mostly, I am grateful.  I have worked hard this year on my art, and it has brought me so much pleasure.  I have renewed friendships with High School friends.  I have supported dear friends through life's hardest journeys.  I have found a way to stay more healthy, through daily walks and Yoga.  I have a partner to walk with, and laugh with, and vent with, as needed.  He is healthy and near my side, every day.  I am grateful. art work this month!  Instead, I decorated for Thanksgiving...then, put that all away and decorated again.    We celebrate a bit of Hanukkah and a bit of Christmas in our house, as we share many faiths in our family.  So, I do up the house, and celebrate these special times with the kids, whenever we can find time to gather.

The 'outdoors' still feels like Summer, with plants and flowers blooming all around.  Our garden is happier when it is just a touch cooler.

our palms follow us all year long! do the black bamboo.
This is my favorite planting - a place of zen.

The bright red of the hibiscus
is a lovely pop of color in the garden

Or neighbor's lemon tree is overloaded with fruit.
We are definitely sharing  in this abundance.

Our Honeybell oranges are getting ready for juice time.
We like to share carafes of OJ, with our neighbors.

They come back for seconds and thirds!!

we even have a few key limes left on our tree.
pie or drinks....
whichever is your favorite!!

We are experimenting with coffee beans.
If we are lucky, we may get ONE cup of coffee out of this first batch!
We planted these for our kids, who know a thing or two about coffee.
They will harvest and prepare the beans
and share the results.
(we do have demitasse cups, just in case there is only a sip for each of us)

The Pool is surrounded by succulents and bougainvillea.

We purchase Poinsettias each year to place by the front door.
Some neighbors can get them to grow in the soil and come back each year.
We don't seem to have that kind of green thumb.

I thought that you might like to see the inside of our house, which I rarely share.  I do love to celebrate this season, with cards and letters, decorations, friends, and family.  What ever it is, the festive approach to the darkest and shortest days of the year, is a most enjoyable thing.  We also add lots of twinkle lights around the house, so that we can sparkle through the season.

This year we received this beautiful Amaryllis for Thanksgiving.
It was ready to bloom, and we have had EIGHT flowers from it.

We are in the midst of Hanukkah.
We have many menorahs, gathered over the years.
They are tucked behind and around the main menorah,
which is lit every evening for 8 days.

I keep lots of candles nearby.
dreidels are also ready for play.

We like to decorate the rest of the house in a secular fashion.  Growing up with the celebration of Christmas, has never left me, so I still like to enjoy it just a bit. 

Soldiers watch over the sweet treats that are around this time of year!

We have our own elves on our shelves.

An old favorite made by a forever friend
This is one of my treasures

The table is ready for a celebration!

This tyrollean cottage came from my childhood, when our family
received it as a gift from friends in Switzerland.
I have found the trolls and Mr. & Mrs Santa over the years.
The plate is from a visit to Pennsylvania, many years ago.

home made, gifts and memories remind me of
our long ago lives in Germany.
Each one is a treasure.

Of course, Monsieur Le Pig is ever present to delight us.
He is dressed up and ready to help me cook for the holidays.

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

It all sort of flows together 

So, there you have it....our holidays from head to toe....inside and outside.  It allows me to be creative in a different way, and take a small break from painting and drawing.  As 2018 ends and we enter into the New Year of 2019,  I hope for Peace and Kindness in our world and good health for all.

I will be back next month with some art work 

 Please take time out for:

Peace - Harmony - Laughter -  love.