Although winter is still several weeks away, we can all see signs of its return to the Valley. I put some straw around the rosemary bush, the bee balm, and chrysanthemums. Hopefully they will all winter over. I’ve pulled all of the indoor plants off the deck and front porch and tried to settle them into their winter habitat. Most of them are doing okay, but several seem to stretch unusually far toward the sunlight already looking forward to warmer weather. I’ve come to the conclusion that my Peace Lilies will always look gaunt and forlorn – such dramatic florae.
I have been reading a lot about hibernation, and how that it might not be such a bad idea for humans to take a cue from wildlife and use the winter months to hunker down and relax from the busyness of the warmer months. The bright lights, loud holiday music, and grand sales all try to lure us from the coziness of the fireplace into the harsh realities of winter. While it’s fun to don winter coats, scarves, and gloves and enjoy an occasional cold weather adventure, its equally important to grab a cup of cocoa and settle down by the fire with a good book. Winter weather is much easier to handle when you’re watching it from the inside out!
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We actually celebrated twice this year – once on Thursday and again on Friday with our middle daughter and her husband and daughter joining us for the latter festivities. I left both meals with a resolve to cut back on the food consumption for the next several weeks – we’ll see how that goes! We’ll probably have ham and turkey meals on the menu for a good while.
I wish you and your family a most joyous Christmas. Take time to enjoy the wonder of the season!