Since Mark and I started celebrating Winter Solstice for the winter holiday season my enjoyment of this time of year has increased greatly. Each year over the past few years we have added to what we do to celebrate this time of year. Autumn turning to Winter and we mark with celebration the time when the shortest day and longest night give way to more light, as the sun seems to begin its journey of migration back to us here in the Northern Hemisphere after it’s frolicking in the South. We gather fallen greenery, carried to the ground by late autumn winds. We respectfully harvest a few berry sprigs to add to our decor and to the smorgasbord of tasty treats we put out for the local critters, winged and furry alike. (Even our neighbors cat enjoys little piles of birdseed, odd critter that it is, often chasing the birds away from the bird seed rather than just chasing the birds!) We weren’t the only ones harvesting berries that day, either! Robins and a large flock of Ceder Waxwings were busy gobbling up berries too!
We collected fallen pine cones and this year Mark shared a memory from grade school when he learned to smear peanut but on cones and then roll them in birdseed. It was wonderful messy fun. We decorated our live Solstice tree that stayed outside this year on our front porch, potted up in a beautiful green planter and adorned with seed smeared cones, berry sprigs and shells hung from string.
I especially like the coupon for a poetry picnic! How fun!
Then he really surprised me! Saturday night he asked me for a crash course on using the sewing machine. Then he locked himself up in the den for quite along time. Boy was I surprised by what he made! A carrying case for my art ink pens!
Now I’m wondering if I can get him to make another for my water color pencils!
We got two awesome coupons from our nephews. One for a day hike and another for a free bike race! I am looking forward to cashing these in!
Bike stationary – so appropriate! It’s from twoguitars.etsy.com.
I’m already enjoying this beautiful nature book by Julie Zickefoose called Letters from Eden. I can so relate to this woman’s fascination with nature and her art work is wonderful!
My in-laws got me a gift certificate for a massage – oh boy oh boy! Do I ever need that! Mark helped them research a massage therapist that would be scent and chemical free – Thanks honey!
I was stuffed last night when I finally got to look through this cookbook that our in-laws gave us, but that did not keep me from drooling! This is an amazing vegetarian cookbook and I can’t wait to cook my way through it! Drooling again even thinking about it!
Mark and I were very happy to get another year of membership to the Seattle Art Museum – we love both the Asian and Downtown museums and they prove to be common dates for us. Another great gift from the in-laws!
What an amazing fun time celebrating with family! We’re still looking forward to actual Solstice day when we’ll greet the sun and have a small ritual, but this was a great way to start off the celebrating!