Monday, January 16, 2017

January's Winter Delights


Unlike many of my friends, January is 
actually a favorite month for me.

We don't often have severe winters here in central Texas. 
In fact our winter days can be a roller coaster
of temperatures and weather patterns.

Some of Our Doggie Friends Enjoying a Recent Snowfall

While much of the country was covered in snow,
we only had to contend with frigid temps in the 20s.
The next week, we were back in the 70s.

Bruce and Pearl, Aix-en-Provence, France - Photo by Jeff Smith

I read that much of France is expecting an Arctic blast.
Though this image is from a previous French snowfall,
it's obvious my nephew's frisky Catahoulas love the snow.

Sadie, not so much!
Sadie is content to stay inside and play 
with her indoor snowman.

Most January days are simply cold and dreary here.
But, that's OK with me.
I love J a n u a r y!

I get to wear sweaters and 
wooly scarves.

Go to a movie, or .   .   .

Stay inside by a cozy fire
and read or stitch.

You'll find me on the sofa with a cup of hot tea while 
the chef sips on his mug of hot chocolate.

I get to celebrate my birthday in January, 
the birthdays of some dear friends,
and a great niece and nephew.

Yes, January 
is a favorite month.

Did you see the amazing Wolf Moon
shinning brightly in the dark winter sky?

Are you living among snowy scenes, 
out playing in the snow and enjoying the winter sports?

Or do you like to stay inside where 
it's warm and cozy?

Are you savoring 
the long winter days?

New England Winter on Cape Cod - Photo by John tenBroeke
Or, are you one of the eager
beavers longing for spring to arrive?

Tell me, are you a fan?
What do you like to do in January?
 Is January a favorite month for you?


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Twinkly Lights and Winter Whites

Though January is when we pack up our Christmas things

and give Santa a well deserved rest,

I like to continue to savor the twinkly lights

 and winter whites of the season.

The sparkle of the trees covered in lights

lend a magical touch to a winter night,

Just as a friend's winter wonderland vignette

does as it drifts across her mantel.

A group of girlfriends recently spent a cozy

evening dining by this sparking scene.

We gathered to celebrate a milestone birthday, 

chatting and laughing together in the glow 

of this magical winter wonderland.

Candles flickered and glitter sparkled.

Frosted trees covered in tiny lights

twinkled through the night.

Nearby we enjoyed Chinese food 

amid a forest of frosted trees.

Each one glistened in the candlelight

with its own majestic elegance.

Mark Roberts' jeweled baubles nestled

at the base in drifts of snow,

Spears encrusted with

sparkly jewels.

Place settings of silver and gold

included a Golden Ticket.

Each guest hopeful that

their's would hold the winning numbers!

Alas, only one winning ticket at the table.

The birthday girl won $10!

Our Chinese takeout was 

followed with  a fortune cookie   .   .   .

And birthday cake for our

sweet friend, Elta.

It was a beautiful winter evening

shared with cherished friends.