21 December 2008
THE FIRST DAY OF WINTER, TREE NUMBER TWO, AND DAY THREE OF OUR STORM
Sunday morning! We awoke to the biggest puffiest most perfect snowflakes in the world. They're swirling thru the air making for a day that defines itself as snowy, not as stormy. But if you believe WHDH we're going to see a storm before the end of the day. We're off to a festive holiday lunch at Cala's...and hopefully a walk to Singing Beach while we're there.
Tree #2 in our home has been up for a few weeks. It's a feather tree (bottlebrush?) that I bought when we first bought our house in Gloucester and it's always been home to our Rockport Art Association mini masterpieces. This year, since tree #1 is a bit smaller than usual (it just seemed like a simpler solution for this year when life is so crazy, and our household full of pets is even crazier) we've decorated #2 with some of our most treasured ornaments. Every year we buy a few new treasures...and this year we added two hand painted by Sigrid Olsen that we bought last weekend when we went to the Rocky Neck Holiday Stroll. They are glorious! They're in my favorite blues & greens. Other ceramic balls include one with handpainted cats given to us a few years ago by BS & DS from Portsmouth, and a handpainted one made cousin NM from her Sonoma years. There is also a gorgeous blue one from dear friend KP who lives in VA. A Swarovski crystal snowflake from CS in MN, and some delightful rubber stamped tags from MTB of the Adirondaks are joined by a handknit mini stocking that features a reminder to READ t. But of course...the focus of the tree is our mini masterpieces from the talented artists of the Rockport Art Association. Alas, I have many more...but I can't find them. I've scoured the attic and every drawer and shelf in our house. I'm heartsick. Where could they be?
In another post I'll share one of our favorite holiday traditions. How do we remember who gave us/made for us all of the fabulous ornaments we've collected thru the years?