Mother Nature is busy day and night producing one miracle after another, but every now and again she delivers an extra special treat.
And a couple of days ago it was fog. Dissipating. Retreating. Going away. And in such a pretty fashion!
I have been pretty wrapped up in baking (and eating!) the past few weeks and haven't taken much time to do any outdoor shots.
Well, we had our first snowfall late in November and I was feeling optimistic that we might have a deliciously snowy Christmas, like last year.
The snow is all gone now, but I haven't yet given up hope that it will be back with a vengeance before long!
The boys put some lights on the tree at the end of the driveway and it looked so pretty after that first snowfall that I had to sneak a few pictures.
The first snowfall. It has been the topic of lots of poems and songs over the years. I have this 'thing', some kind of neuronal tick, that connects my sentiments to song lyrics so that when I am feeling a particular sentiment a line from a song will pop into my head that somehow addresses the sentiment. Well, each year during the first snowfall I find myself singing ''...there's a kind of hush..." a lot. That is one of the defining features of the first snowfall. A muffling of sound and smells; a hush.
I thought I would do an iStock shoot with the dinnerware my Mom and Dad got when they were married. Technically, the dishes are china. Econolux. Made in Japan.
You can be pretty sure that if it has 'econo' in its name it is...economical (or, to quote my Mom, cheap).
And economical is not a bad thing.
They are awesome dishes, whether they were economical or not. They saw lots of Sunday dinners, birthdays, and Christmas feasts.
And they have cracks and nicks and dents. Many. Each one with a different story.
Christmas gift giving. It is one of those topics that you shouldn't really bring up at the water cooler.
Unless you are the kind of person who enjoys the occasional firework, punctuated with a few spittle-laden expletives! If so, then I suggest you saunter on up to the water cooler today and, in a cheery voice say, "I sure love Christmas! Giving gifts is my favourite part"...then just stand back and enjoy.
And if you really want to see someone blow a gasket, tell them, in an equally cheery voice, that you have all your shopping done, wrapped and ready to go. Boom. There will likely be a mess to clean up, so be sure to wear protective gear.
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