Winter has hit Michigan, and just in time for Christmas! We are seeing it all! (Cue the music!)
Beautiful blue skies with sparkling white snow covering the pathways.
The big pond at the Ditch has frozen (although I wouldn't venture out on it if I weighed more than a duck.) But it's quite lovely!
The capitol tree (sorry -- this was a drive-by shooting) is looking good. I wish the colors were a bit better but the lights on this are just beautiful!
My new neighbors from California are enjoying the snow too, apparently! Love the snow angel. Ah, to be young again!
And Rachel, the bell ringer for Salvation Army gets my best spirit award. It was a grim, messy day, about as sloppy as they come. Rachel was singing her heart out, belting out the best "Frosty the Snowman" I've heard.
And what was even better is she knew the "accompaniment" part (you know -- when the chorus sings "Thumpety thump thump,. thumpety thump thump, look at Frosty go!") (Please be generous when you see the bell ringers -- it can be cold out there, and the work the Salvation Army does is good work.)
The sunsets this time of year are dazzling. This was another drive by shooting. Believe me, it was hard to concentrate with that glorious sky staring back at you!
The birds are chowing down at Lizzie Coco's Birdbath Bar and Grill (and so is the squirrel when he gets the chance). They all have names: Bobby Cardinal and Mrs. Bobby C.; Louie Bluie, the Jay; Chickadee-dee-dee, Goldie the Finch and Freddie Finch; Woody Woodpecker and Sammy Sparrow. I think the only word Lizzie knows is "Birds!" She'll come running from a dead sleep.
This isn't a great photo (bad lighting and shooting from inside) but does anyone know what this gray bird with a white belly is (and a vertical strip on the tail feathers)? I can't seem to find it in my Michigan bird book.
My totally wonderful vet came by for Lizzie's annual physical. She's a visiting vet and worth every penny! Lizzie was being very good. Until pedicure time came!
Then out came the muzzle mask. It disorients her enough that she stays put. Not happily, but all toenails clipped (and some could have vied with Captain Hook's appendage!)
Pretty much everything is decorated here and now I'm in baking mode. These are my cousin Bonnie's Jingle Balls. You probably have other names for them. (So does she!)
Quiet dinners for two in the glow of Christmas lights and with an accompaniment of carols. Time to be together with no rush.
Of course, all that winter can come with a cost. This was the scene on my street the other day. People have forgotten how to drive in snow. There were even more police cars but when I walked down to take the photo, one tow truck and two police had left. Be careful out there.
Which reminds me, my upcoming article in Modern Creative Life will post on Dec. 19. It is a holiday survival kit for those who are grieving a loss over the holidays. I offer a few strategies that may help during a challenging time when all should be merry and bright -- and nothing feels that way. There are also ideas on how you can help a friend who is on their grief or loss journey.
And speaking of Modern Creative Life, I want to share this one -- What Do You Do with a Baby? -- about the thoughts going through a first-time gran's head! Well, this weekend we did one very important thing -- it was his christening!
The coloring books will have to wait a few more months! Meanwhile there are more halls to deck, but I think it's time to watch some birds and look at the snow!
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