Lately, my head has been full of plans for the future and a growing list of things to accomplish, matched only by my lackluster state of mind. A few months ago, I took a photo of a street light while exploring the old city of York, and have wanted to paint this ever since.
On Tuesday, as I finally made myself put the paint-loaded brush to paper, the ease came back. Painting the weathered stones and the walls was quite cathartic, and the warm light became the proverbial beacon.
Thank You for keeping me going with your lovely supportive words and personal emails sharing memories evoked by my work.
A few weeks ago we went back to Point Reyes National Seashore. On our way back, we came across these Tule elks grazing right by the roadside. They were introduced back after their extirpation from this region in the 1850s. Warms my heart to see them back in their natural habitat.
Last rays of the setting sun
I made a pair of mitts for my friend Kris before. It was about time I made this matching hat for her. This hat, along with a few other things made it out there on Monday. She loves it and said the hat snuggles her ears too. Perfect!
We haven’t had much rain or snow here this year. Instead, our beautiful California has been burning from north to south. Snow-covered landscape has been scarce this year, as has the winter rain.
Colonial House pattern on Etsy
That photo I took of Yosemite reminded me of sitting by a large stone fireplace, sipping on a warm drink after a wonderful day out in the snow. The parks here have common rooms with warm fires in large stone fireplaces. We will not be going to the Sierra mountains this year, but that won’t stop me dreaming of my favourite place.
At home, looking out of the window at the bare trees and at the bookshelves beside the window gave me an idea for a small sewing project.
The time has come for my holiday hibernation away from the computer. This year with everything that has been going on, I will need this time to gather myself more than ever. Time to bask in the warmth that old man winter brings to me. This comes in the guise of admiring my favourite star clusters during the long winter nights, and walks wearing my favourite woolens during the days.
Inside the home, long hours of video game playing with my husband has become a tradition. I love to paint in the soft winter sunlight. Ink and paper adventures await me, along with the prospect of a warm beverage, fireside and kitty cuddles.
Happy Holidays, everyone! I wish you a warm and safe holiday season full of wonder and magic!
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