I'm home today because overnight we got rain that turned to sleet and then to sheer ice covering the sidewalks. I made it as far as the end of my driveway, slipping a few times, and knew there was no way I could safely walk the half mile to the bus stop to get to work. A gal my age has to keep herself safe, first and foremost. Taking a spill on the ice at 63 isn't something I take lightly. If I went down and seriously injured myself -- don't even want to think about it.
Anyway, it's dank, dark and dreary out there; the ice is slowly melting but still not 100% gone.
Soon I'll be looking for cardinals online and printing out some vertical prints to replace the autumn-toned prints in the frames flanking the patio door. In this photo is the centerpeice of live greens with a scented candle that I've purchased the past few years from the Boy Scouts. Candy is held in a glass dish in the shape of a Christmas tree (but the overflowing candy obscures the small dish's shape), framed cardinal greeting card in the background; the copper framed cardinal greeting card has since been replaced with my red, white and black Northwood Cottage cardinal plate; a cardinal snow globe in the shape of a lantern, and my first greeting card of the season. Resting atop one the largest wood cannister in the background is a little votive holder, Mama snowman and little boy snowman, peering into the "fire." I tried to get a close-up of it but none of them turned out (too blurry and shaky).
Love this cardinal plate, found at TJ Maxx some years ago.
Squirrels and birds abound in this household.
Another framed cardinal greeting card -- do you see the pair -- one on the park bench, one on the snow next to it?
The main floor bathroom received some Christmas cheer, too:
July 16, 2017:
Hola! Where does the time go, Geez Louise! Half summer is already gone, and I am first now updating this from last December, tsk tsk. Bad Jan! So, been busy puttering around the yard, as always, and paying more attention than I probably should be to politics. The kitchen "remodel" is on hold due to budgetary constraints, but I hope to have that remedied before the end of the year. And I have yet to paint the guest room - it's only been 3 years now since I moved in to this version of Maison Newton, I'm not lazy or anything, nope... LOL! Take care and have a great rest of the summer. Jan