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Solstice Views

We had such a bright Solstice this year, much needed.  The forecast was for mostly cloudy skies and freezing fog, but we were given plentiful sunshine and a warmish afternoon.

The night before, the children left out special treats for The Tomten, some candy and clementines that they had been given by our neighbors, along with his usual porridge (which is baby oatmeal).

Tomten Snack

They woke to find that he had left them a crystal dwarf and some quartz and amethyst crystals.  I had gotten him and the stones way back in the Summer.  They are pleased to have three little dwarves now, one for each of them


It's been hard to have Mike in a sort of quarantine, but it won't be much longer.  His rash is improving markedly with each day, though he is still in a lot of pain.  Carrie gave me a shortbread mold, so I made my first batch to brighten us up.  It turned out really well and was so easy!

Building a Fairy House

After lunch, the children went out to build a fairy house, after having listened the Sparkle Stories Advent calendar where Sylvia makes several.  It had been something we'd wanted to do for a long time.  I was a little sad to not be able to join them, but the chores are many when there is one set of grownup hands to do them.

Fairy House

Willow says they made a log cabin, with grass to keep out drafts and leaves to make things comfortable.  We had taken a walk the night before and found one in a yard where no one lives.  Mike thought I had built it--not me!  It was a wonderful bit of magic for the children.


Our spiral is still in place in the yard.  I think we might walk it one more time tomorrow and use the apples to make Tammy's Apple Ladder Loaf.

Sun Crystal

We put up our sun crystal yesterday, which brings up smiles all through the Winter.  Becky's mom gave us a sparkly twirling spiral that we hung out on the porch.  Rainbows inside and out.

Kitchen Card

I must admit, my heart longs for warm days already, though I will try to make the most of what lies ahead and soak in the sun.


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Dec. 24th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
It is! I feel lucky to have it. :-) Mike is definitely on the mend, which is such a relief to us all. That book looks so nice. I'll file it away.
Dec. 23rd, 2014 05:32 am (UTC)
Hello there friend!

It has been a long time since I visited, but I just wanted to say that when I look at your photos, I wish I were a child again. You have an incredible gift for creating wonder in your home. Wishing Mike a steady recovery and a happy Christmas for all of you,

Dec. 24th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
So good to hear from you! Thank you so much for your kind words and well wishes. Merry Christmas!
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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