Friday, November 9, 2012

It's Friday. The sun is shining. I'm Alive.

I mean what more could I ask for.

I'm almost ready for my show tomorrow.  It is a little one in my home town.  Actually I think it is really the first time I've ever shown my work here in Ellington.

I've done 24, 18, and 12 inch decorated trees.  I've made lots of candles and greens in clay pots. I've made wooden wall birdhouses with Cardinals. Add to that lots of mice and lots and lots of wooden ornaments.  I have some beautiful wall pieces: swags and wreaths and baskets left from my last show.

I need to make some nice BIG price signs.  I need to find the table cover.

So...I am almost ready.

I ALWAYS get the biggest case of nerves before a show.

Here's hoping the customers will be just NEVER KNOW.

Happy weekend everyone.  Stay warm and hopeful.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

First Snow

On November 7th before noon the flakes began to fall.

What is it about that first snowfall?  The beautiful flakes gather and coat all the brown of fall.

Everything looks so white, so clean, so beautiful.

When we first came to 18 Hayes Avenue there was not even one evergreen tree.  I was so  disappointed.  Why?  Because at our last house at 10 Hayes Avenue (yep, that's a whole other story) we had the most wonderful cardinal couple that visited us every year.  Cardinals love evergreens. No cardinals.  So... I had to visit a local farm where you could dig up evergreens at a very reasonable price and plant them in your yard.  I dug up a DOZEN.  That was the easy part.
Digging the holes for the trees in our yard was a CHORE.

Thank godness I was in my late 30's at the time. I still had energy.  The result?  Yep. The cardinals have come back EVERY year since and they brought friends.  Now I get to watch THREE couples.

After the snow fell it was so much easier to spot these beautiful male birds and their somewhat less easy to spot mates. I love it when they land on a wispy feathery branch and a bit of the snow falls off.

As so much of my life is still in chaos I am trying to concentrate on the beautiful things in life that are free and joyful.  I know there are so many.  Each day I am trying to find one.

Look for joy today.  It's out there and some of it is free.