|Sunset by Gene Sasse |
The emotional power of formless forever stills the mind. The glorious beauty in Southern California sunset wrapped days surely have seduced many a snowbird to stay.
December is officially underway. Clear just a few days ago, my desk is somewhere under the disheveled pile of paper- which apparently while my attention was turned to deadlines and decorations cloned itself onto the credenza . My mind screams, "Enough!" This is the last month of the year. Finish in style.
Like the first and last note of the orchestra, December and January are the most important notes to play cleanly. Now is the time to prepare for the last note of the year- which ironically sets up the first note of the year to follow.
|Christmas Tin ready to be sent to soldier or sailor|
The year "we" sent out 600 Christmas Cards was the year, it was clearly time to recognize overwhelming equality is fruitless fantasy. Rather than spreading resources filo sheet thin, the Christmas greeting budget was changed to reflect what we hold dearest. The postage saved on minor acquaintances more than paid for jerky to be sent to loved ones. Candy for children and cookies to anonymous servicemen.
For the last, I must thank Patty Gee. She makes it so easy. I pack some tins full of goodies and she handles the rest. Thank goodness of people who make giving so convenient. I don't think she'll tell on me: this year Albertson's did the baking and helped with the candy):-
There are still Christmas greetings sent by mail. There are people who deserve to be acknowledged. When the list becomes stressful, listen to the inner voice. Stop. Slow down. Stroll through the garden for equilibrium. Learn lessons of life from the silent voice of the garden: her flora.
|Rosa 'Dick Clark'|
Sticking your nose in a flower is healthier than sticking it into someone else's business
|Rosa 'Our Lady of Guadalupe'|
My niece Anka chose this rose. I think of that lovely young lady every time I walk up to these beauties.
Writer Debra Lee Baldwin made it easy to fall in love with succulents. I do hope she's at the GWA* event this weekend.
|Rosa 'Betty Boop'|
I hope that as I age, my beauty holds as well as it has in this rose. She is finishing in style.
GWA- Garden Writer's Association.