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Light and Dark in Early January

Many times I have mentioned the glorious Winter sunshine we have here. It really does wonders to brighten the mood and warm the house on cold days. The dining room becomes the place to be, and the place to pull the shades at lunch time.  We are still having rain, of course, and a little snow, but the sunshine returns easily these days.  One of my favorite things to do after the Solstice is hang our sun crystal one of the granny windows.  We never tire of watching the rainbows move across the house.

Sun Crystal

Last Winter, we got Shadows in the Forest.  Even though it's a very sweet game, we just weren't ready to play it back then.  We can do it now, with simplified rules.  The game board has two options for play, which is also nice.  One variation is to cast light beams using the small tool that helps move the candle around--you simply put foil on it to reflect the beam!  This experiment with light is one of the activities in Earth, Water, Fire, and Air, which was a Christmas gift of mine.  Nova Natural seems to stock a number of the projects in that book.  I am tempted to start a small stockpile of them with part of our tax refund.

Shadows in the Forest

And so it is that Winter is a hopeful time of year, a kind of waiting before the burst of Spring in a couple months. I must admit that I am really looking forward to the warm weather and longer days, but I mean no disrespect of these shorter, cold days. Outside work in Winter is simple, and I enjoy that. I love snow very much, though we seem to be short on it, so far.  I also love warming up the kitchen with something yeast-risen and baked.  This morning, it is cranberry swirl bread. I think I'll share the recipe for it soon, since it is very hard (or impossible!) to find and quite easy to make.

Happy weekend!


( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 9th, 2016 08:29 pm (UTC)
Love the sun crystal. So pretty!
Jan. 9th, 2016 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh sun! I miss it in winter! Winters are pretty gray and dark here, although we get more sun in January than Nov/Dec.
Jan. 11th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)
We used to have that very sun catcher! But alas, ours came apart and parts of it were lost... I suspect two mischievous little people. I keep meaning to replace it. An actual lit candle in a game?! My children would love that. You are making me long for that bread... ~ Stacey
Jan. 11th, 2016 11:18 am (UTC)
Ours came apart, too. I think the wire is very soft. The game is lots of fun and definitely for grade one and up. Willow still gets a little frustrated by the rules.
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

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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.

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