Last Saturday afternoon at my sister and brother-in-law's home in Jefferson County, Florida (the very northern part in the "panhandle.") My sister was occupied with Christmas errands when I arrived, so I sat on the front steps and just listened to the quiet. The loveliest thing - camellias bloom in December and these were in their full glory.
I don't see Moby all that often, but thankfully, he likes me. He is a good, fierce guard dog, when needed. He wandered around the house and his tail started wagging when he heard my voice. His birthday is Christmas Day, so I brought him a special treat for his birthday, as well as Christmas. That's kitty Pete in the driveway - just going over to inspect my car.
My sister calls these "Auxiliary Stockings" - the knitted ones hanging on the mantel are too fragile for all the heavier things we like to put in them. I had fun labeling them and even more fun putting things in them. I had a lovely time with my family and it was fun seeing the excitement of the little ones that Christmas had come.
Thinking of my blog friends on the drive home, I pulled over to take a photo of the cotton, all wrapped up in big bales. The white spots you see on the side of the road, are pieces of cotton that drifted away - you see a lot of that in southern Georgia. The bales will be picked up at some point and will end up in our clothing and other linens.
And speaking of blog friends, Grannie Annie turned this photo that I posted in November into a "digital painting" - posted on facebook. I was delighted to see it and I love it. Thanks for doing that, Annie! (Posted here with permission.)
Happy New Year, my friends (a little early.) I'll be around at your blogs the next couple of days. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Any resolutions? None for me. I'll end with my three favorite resolution quotes:
- I do think New Year's resolutions can't technically be expected to begin on New Year's Day, don't you? Since, because it's an extension of New Year's Eve, smokers are already on a smoking roll and cannot be expected to stop abruptly on the stroke of midnight with so much nicotine in the system. Also dieting on New Year's Day isn't a good idea as you can't eat rationally but really need to be free to consume whatever is necessary, moment by moment, in order to ease your hangover. I think it would be much more sensible if resolutions began generally on January the second. ~Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones's Diary
- Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. ~Oscar Wilde
- Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. ~Brooks Atkinson