Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.Kahlil Gibran
Sunday’s snow wasn’t the first of the season, but it felt like it…because we actually had to shovel and it has lasted for days!
One tenacious new branch in the lilac tree refuses to give up summer, proudly displaying unyielding green leaves, while every other tree in our back yard is completely bare.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.Mahatma Gandhi
Nature invites us to experience it with all of our senses, including our sense of touch. Silky and smooth, hard and rough, hot or cold, fluffy, furry or fuzzy. Well, maybe not everything should be touched – poison ivy and bumblebees, for example. Even isolated at home, there are wonders in nature to be savoured, if you take the time to look for them.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. – Hal Borland
Moss is popular for her unusual beauty, but what distinguishes her is that she is accessible and down to earth. – Rita Clifton
Green moss shines there with ice encased; The long grass bends its spear-like form; And lovely is the silvery scene When faint the sun-beams smile. –Robert Southey
This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks, Bearded with moss, and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight, stand like druids of eld, with voices sad and prophetic. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We found the way out
The city takes everything it can
But outside the crowds
I can feel my lungs again
Born for the blue skies
We’ll survive the rain
Born for the sunrise
We’ll survive the pain
– Switchfoot, Dark Horses
Last Christmas, I got restless. I wanted to try something new & who knows? Maybe start my own business? Yeah right!
While there’s no business in sight, I certainly enjoyed my “geeky” creativity through the year, and turned my traditional Christmas tree into a “Geek Tree”! I’ve frittered many happy hours crafting ornaments from video games (Mario, Starcraft, Portal & Overwatch), anime (RWBY)…and a few others that I can’t share because they’re Christmas gifts. Game of Thrones, Star Wars & Star Trek are in the works. Of course, I’ve ventured into animals, tea & coffee too! Everything is hand-stitched – not a drop of glue in sight!
And the finished project is…well a little sad. But I have another year to remedy that!
Deck the halls with boughs of holly – Fa la la la la, la la la la
‘Tis the season to be jolly – Fa la la la la, la la la la
– Thomas Oliphant
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