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.
However....no 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!|
|...as 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!!
|This year we received this beautiful Amaryllis for Thanksgiving.|
It was ready to bloom, and we have had EIGHT flowers from it.
|I keep lots of candles nearby.|
dreidels are also ready for play.
|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.
|It all sort of flows together|