Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Perfect Day In Late December...

So today has been pretty much perfect as days go and it is only 1:30 pm

I woke up really early - around 5:15 am.
I got up, made some coffee, and turned on the computer.
I made the rounds of some some amazing blogs

sharing stories and thoughts about the solstice and Christmas and art and stuff...
I wrote down some great quotes and things in my journal of all things good,

like the poem that my friend Kim, The Bodhi Chicklet, shared here.
I talked to my mom/guru friend on the phone about how great life is right in this moment.
I filled an order from my Etsy shop and wrote out some holiday cards.
I sang a carol or two and had a dance with my favorite dancing Yellow lab to this one.

I made some yummy and oh so easy Chocolate Graham Toffee Bark that will be gifts for some family members on David's side.

Then I went for a walk with Chica,

wearing my new down filled coat and super warm boots that my Mom gave me as my Christmas gift.
I chose them both from Land's End catalogue because of their warmth factor and Mommy is paying for them !

I was happy to have them today because it is about 28 degrees but really windy and cold outside, in spite of that gorgeous blue sky.

Cheeks and I went walking around Dorrs Pond, a park area nearby that has a really nice trail all around the pond - about a 30 minute walk in the winter.

The pond was mostly frozen except for at the two ends where it forms little waterfalls at the run-off.

The water is polluted, I think as it is in the middle of the city and sure smells bad in the summer time. But at this time of year, it sure is pretty to look at !

I saw angels wings in the one above. Do you ?

The Rock My World rocks would most likely get quickly lost in the snow on these paths right now but I wanted to leave a little Rock Fairy love behind anyway.

Pine cones were my medium of choice !

Chica approved, I think. Love that pretty doggie so !

So I came home from the walk with rosy cheeks but warm every where else. I am not saying that winter will ever be my favorite season, but if I can get out this way, soak up some Vitamin D now and again, and make the most of everyday, even if it is colder than my heart wishes it was,

then this winter thing may just turn out to get back into my good books again after all.

Check back with me in February to find out for sure !

And so, my lovelies, as I head off to do some wrapping or maybe some napping to end
this afternoon on this perfect day,

I have decided to take a blog break until after Christmas.

I may change my mind as I may miss you all too much

but for now I think I will concentrate on
making the most of these precious winter moments
and the coziness of the holidays for David and me and our family and friends.
I wish you all the sweetest of Christmas', filled with peaceful moments, big belly laughs and memory making times with those you love.

The season's blessings on all of us !

Big Love, beautiful Ones !


Sherry said...

Oh you look so toasty warm in your jacket and boots!!! You can brave the elements when you are so warmly attired!

I did see the angel wings in the water and I LOVE the pine cone LOVE!!!

Chica is so beautiful...I remember our night on your sofa so well...what a warm heart!! ♥

Sounds like you've had an incredible day -- making the most of life and all it's goodness.

Wishing you and David a most Merry Christmas filled with love and joy!!!!

Rita Vindedzis said...

This is a beautiful post Kim with beautiful pictures. I really like the 2 photos of you with your hood up. I can see the honesty and joy in your eyes. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2010.

gretchen said...

I just love this entire post! And yes, I certainly saw the angel wings- but I also saw another angel (who looked adorable in her new down coat)!
Your self portraits are SO very beautiful.
May your Christmas be magical!
love and hugs, gretchen

Olivia said...

What an uplifting winter post! And it's good to see sun and warmth even if it's just on a blog. You look radiant, Kim. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas, love, O

Snap said...

Ho-Ho-Ho Merry Christmas to you and David, Chica and the kitty!

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love these pictures of you! You look so happy!

I hope you have a wonderful and magical holiday dear one!


Commuter's Journal said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Kim. I wish you peace, joy, a fun-filled break and a holiday miracle or two.

beth said...

I see them...I totally see the angel wings !!! I saw them even before I read that that's what you saw, too....I love it when that happens !

and it was a perfect day...I can just tell and even feel that it was....

and land's end....my sister works there 3 weeks a year and gets an amazing discount that she lets me use...shhhhh !

that's because lands end is only 5 miles from our cottage and only 1 mile from her house...kind of cool, huh ?

Karin Bartimole said...

Thanks for taking us on such a lovely wintery wander!! Love seeing that beautiful fur framed face, and the lovely crystal angel wings.
Happiest of holiday celebrations to you - may they be joy filled, yummy good times!
xoxox Karin

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

What a wonderful day and wonderful sentiments. Merry, Merry Christmas to you too, Queen. Be talkin' to ya!

Paula said...

Merry, merry, merry Christmas to you and David! And, Chica! This post lifted my spirits at the end of a long, but good, day! Enjoy being in the moment over these next few days...send you hugs and holiday love!

breathe as me said...

i love how snuggly and gorgeous you look in your coat... and those pine cones... how gorgeous!...

i feel so much more Christmas-y stopping around my favorite places and seeing so much Christmas snow :)

happy holidays lovely, sweet heart...


A Miraculous Meliss said...

Wishing you holidays that are as warm and snuggly as YOU!


Jennifer said...

That jacket and those boots look amazing for the weather. Great pick!

I love the pine cone medium "Love" too.

Enjoy what you can of these coming days. I'm with you...winter is not my favorite, but sometimes getting out in it (in that 3 hour window of day light, lol) you do realize there really is something amazing and beautiful in it. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Kate Robertson said...

What is listed as a perfect day in december really is a perfect post. Lands End clothes are great. You look wonderful al snug in your new coat. Those pics are great. I loved going on the walk with you and Chica.

I also loved seeing the card on line you did such a great job with it. The best was the pinecone love which has given me ideas to go spread a little love in my corner of the world.

Have the best Christmas you can have my friend.


Roberta said...

Hello again, Queen Kim! I am back home, and catching up on all my blog friends' posts! Loving your new Land's End jacket and boots! SOOO cute! Looks like you need them with all that snow!
Loving the Pine Cone LOVE too ;-)

It's good to be back...love visiting your little corner of the web world!

All the best!

jgr said...

Hi Kim,
Stay warm and have a wonderful Christmas, I'll miss ya!

patti said...

my dad would say 'you look snug as a bug in a rug'.... and you really do ;] lovely northern hemisphere weather you are having. it's all sun and cicadas for us aussies down under .. happy christmas kim xx

arlene said...

Kim, I love your big, childlike acceptance and joy of the place you are in! You look like a very happy child in that last photo..I love it, and your big warm, beautiful coat from your mom!
I imagine that whoever finds the message in the snow will have their spirits lifted.
Have a wonderful, peace filled holiday with your loved ones my friend. Big hugs from Alberta!

Susan Tuttle said...

you are utterly adorable in your new coat!:) That holiday bark treat sounds yum!!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kim! You sparkle and make blogland that much more special:)


DMG said...

You have the gift of celebrating everyday magic and making every day a perfect one, Kim, and you are generous enough to spread the magic around. Wishing you much love and joy this holiday season, Christmas Angel.


Anonymous said...

Hi beautiful one! I hope you've enjoying your blog break and having lots of good days like this one you described here. Oh how lovely it sounded! I've been surprised to find myself enjoying winter myself, so far. This is unheard of for me. But, as you said, we will see what I'm feeling like in another month or two. LOVE your coat and boots! Lucky you! Land's End has awesome goodies. It's one of my fave catalogs, though I never ordered from it so far. Oh yum, those toffee bark graham crackers sound heavenly!! Well, I just wanted to wish you an wonderful Christmas! Lots of love. xoxoxo

LuLu Kellogg said...

Hi Kim!

Merry Christmas to you! You won my Christmas Eve Giveaway so pop over and see what you need to do!

LuLu Kellogg

Anonymous said...

That is the nicest Christmas present I ever bought for you!!!:):)
Beautiful and perfect! I can tell by your face that you love them!
Merry Christmas to all!
See you soon.
I love you,

Anonymous said...

You look so warm and comfy in your new coat and boots. LOVE the pine cone love!