December 2010 Archives

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Happy New Year, everyone!  May 2011 be a year of peace and growth, of joy, love, and laughter.
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I know I should drink more water... don't know that drawing the bottle counts, but it's a start.
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New socks - and I'm pleased that I'll be able to find them among the other black socks in the wash.
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One Gerbera daisy in a tall vase.
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Six years ago today, I started drawing every day to see what I could learn - about drawing, and about sitting still to look at the things around me. After 28 days, I began posting the daily drawings here, and I've been doing that ever since. Odd to realize that more than a tenth of my life has been chronicled this way, in gestures and small moments. I'm grateful to be part of a larger community - grateful for those who visit quietly and those who comment, for those I know well in my daily life and for those I've gotten to know online.  Thank you all. 


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Nearly spent the day in my pyjamas - did spend the day reading and chatting with family, blissfully not accomplishing much of anything.  Read the manual for my new Dremel tool. Reread a mystery novel. Watched an old movie after supper. Good rest.
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We had flurries all day, and small gusts of wind. With even a little snow, our yard begins to look crisp and slightly magical - a transformation from the damp browns and muddy golds of late fall.
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Looking forward with joy to Christmas morning.
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Formerly full of wrapping paper...
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The cover cloth is beginning to fray and the covers are pulling away from the spine on my copy of The Provincial Lady.  Good to be re-reading it - a comfortable conversation.
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A lemon makes me think of light, which in turn, makes me think about the solstice, full moon, and last night's lunar eclipse.
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Here's our favorite holiday treat. We make it every year to give to friends, and to share at home. (Vacation came earlier this year, so we're already thinking about a second batch.)

English Toffee
  
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup cold water
1 1/2 lbs. butter  (6 sticks)
3 T. white Karo syrup
1 1/2 cups toasted almonds, slightly cracked
1/2 cup toasted almonds, chopped fine
1 large package semi-sweet chocolate bits
 
Place sugar, water, butter, and syrup in a large frying pan.  Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches the hard crack stage (290°) and has a deep golden color.  Quickly add slightly cracked toasted almonds and spread out on a well greased cookie sheet.  While mixture is still hot, sprinkle semi-sweet chocolate bits over entire area and frost as you would frost a cake. Sprinkle finely chopped almonds over chocolate and allow to cool gradually. Break into bite-sized pieces and store in a tin.
 

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The sky was nearly white today, brightly overcast, with flurries of snow falling on winter branches.
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Beads, tied with a ribbon.
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And now it is almost the weekend, and winter vacation begins...
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We have almost turned the corner of winter - five more days of shortening light and then daytime will begin increasing again.
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Someone else has a cold. 
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The furnace just kicked on, and otherwise the house is quiet.  Street noises are muffled in the few inches of snow on the ground. I'm glad to be indoors on a cold night.
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Snow Baby may be back for the season. (Two hour school delay today, and maybe one tomorrow.)
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Nuts in the shell are a social activity as well as a snack. (I also don't eat quite as many when I have to open each one, so they go further.)
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I'd love to have a story about this bell - where it came from, who used it, how I came to have it - but I don't know, or I've forgotten. An old brass bell without a story, then.
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Snow in the air, but not staying on the ground.
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Rising into view, as we begin to decorate the house for Christmas.
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As the snow puffed around outside without settling onto anything, we read and listened to music.

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Glass bottle - may once have held ink.
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Shadow of my right hand, holding a pen.
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Sunday evening... relaxing and listening to music.
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Container of Watkin's Menthol Camphor Ointment - better known in the household as "Grandma's Grease." Good to rub on your back and neck when you have a cold. (Gotten out last week, when one of the kids didn't feel well, and it hasn't made its way back to the bathroom shelf yet.)
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Found a watersoluble graphite pencil at the art store after work today.  So this is done with that pencil, then waterbrush, and then a little wash for color.
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From one of the alstroemeria in today's grocery store bunch of flowers. (The last bunch lasted nearly three weeks...)
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'Tis the season.
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