I’ve been a little remiss about posting, as other things have taken my attention for a bit. Decorating at work went well and everything looks great, but left a little back pain in its wake. Grrr. Fortunately, I have the merry holiday tunes to buoy me through that. Oh, and also, there are sweet moments like this one above. Here’s a view of the sunrise from the porch here at the Nest on Wednesday morning, much more easily enjoyed with all the leaves off the trees…if a little chillier at the hour than a month or so ago (and the hour’s a little later, at that).
Here are some rosehips on the rose hedge out by the driveway. They look so terrific and festive for the time of year. I think I will have to trim a few to adorn the wreath I’ll be picking up this weekend. It’s time to deck my halls a little, and I could use the scent of a few fresh pine boughs to greet me at the door.
I’ve been working on those holiday adventuring plans and am happy to report that things seem to be coming into place pretty nicely. I know it’s just a garden blog, but a little suspense can be fun, so I’m not giving away all the details. But I will say that in just a week’s time, I will be vacationing on that lovely island, Manhattan.
Vacation-ing is perhaps a little strong, its really a weekend get-away for Danny and Sara’s wedding, but Christmas in New York (with a little Christmas theatre in Connecticut along the way) is a big enticement for this former Metro area Sagittarian. A bloggers’ reunion brunch is likely and quite possibly a visit with Saint Nick, too. With luck there’ll be a walk in some city park or other…dancing at a wedding as a guest for a change, instead of working…and a bit of a dance with the Wonderful City herself. Oh, and trains!! Woo hoo…
Despite the high levels of my good holiday cheer (aka, Christmas mania)…and speaking of dancing…I suppose I should take a moment to assure my pal Patrick that – while I look forward to visiting Rockefeller Center and it’s fantastic Christmas tree and Channel Gardens – he should have no fear that I wish to create a “Kids From FAME” moment like this or anything. Great Ghosts of Other Christmases, I might break a hip. And I don’t even have an Ipod.
But anyway, it’s going to be lots of fun and that’s getting me through all the business of trying to get myself organized…second-guessing the weather to decide on what clothes to bring along…and how to minimize my carryings, since I’d hate to make enemies of fellow train travelers.
And there’s all the logistics…having to plan a little so as to make connections clearly and without worry, but still leaving things wide open so as to be prepared for the unusual way that Life sometimes unfolds. Weather conditions, unexpected opportunities, traffic management snafus…it’s always nice to be ready and able to adapt as you go along. It’s gonna be fun no matter what, I can tell you that is a definite part of the plan.
And as I focus on all that, more signs of the season are blossoming around us and I figured I’d share a few of my favorite scenes with you.
In between events on Wednesday, I had a little free time and since the weather seemed fairly nice, it would’ve been silly not to leave the office to see what was going on around town.
Lots of stores are decked out in their finest to attract the Holiday Shopper, of course. I’m always happy to see lots of fresh holiday greens, of course (artificial things have their place, but there’s nothing like the real thing…). I really liked these red and green striped buoys with the Seasons Greetings message. A nice bit of regional flare, there.
My favorite nursery has put on fresh holiday attire, as well. All the racks of mums and perennials and pansies and such are all put away now, to make room for the army of greens available to make such fantastic decorating of our homes available.
I can’t believe I didn’t buy a wreath when I was there the other day. I was too busy snapping photos, I guess, and just didn’t think about it. But since smelling all those fresh evergreen cuttings, well, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.
And look! Not only do they have all kinds of wreaths of all sizes, and trees of every make and model and height and width…they also have kissing balls!
(Yes. I said “kissing balls”. Let’s keep the emphasis on our first word, shall we? I know it’s funny. But stop. That’s really what they’re called.)
They are called kissing balls (seriously…?) because they’re the best vehicle for decorating with the lovely and complicated mistletoe(I wish I could, but ’tis poisonous to kitties and people). Did you know that someone standing under a kissing ball can’t refuse to be kissed? It’s a rule. But kisses under the mistletoe are not always necesarily romantic in nature, they can also simply convey feelings of good will or strong friendship. But naturally, if you stay under there long enough…
Interestingly, it was thought that if the mistletoe wasn’t burned on the twelfth night, that all the boys and girls who’ve kissed beneath it might not ever marry. Love those crazy Druids. It sounds like they had the best holiday parties. You can read all kinds of interesting mistletoe stuff here.
And if you want to make one of your own, it sounds pretty easy and you can get some direction about that here. Don’t forget your potato!
While our weather has been reasonably nice, it was still only in the 40s on Wednesday, when I spotted these guys surfing off Nauset Beach. I only stayed for a moment myself, since the moist air coming off the ocean was felt a little icy. Those wetsuits must keep them plenty warm.
There was a pretty sky over the ocean, since the sun was just setting over the bay on the other side of the Cape. This is a shot facing east. That bump on the horizon?
France. ; )
Here’s a pretty wintery sky I captured across the street from the Nest on Thursday afternoon, when I was headed back to work for the second half of my split-shift that day. I was sort of surprised it didn’t snow, since it certainly looked possible at this moment.
It sounds like that’ll be coming for us soon enough, though. Maybe even in the coming week.
Our work night was enjoyable, as we hosted the Cape Cod Quilters for their Holiday Party. Not only were they a fun group who seemed to really enjoy one another’s company, but after dinner they quilted, which was pretty terrific to check out.
They were working on a Go Green themed quilt and we here at the Midnight Garden think that the CCG have some pretty fantastic taste in fabrics. Oh, all those wonderful shades of green and floral and foliage patterns. Yum.
Come back real soon. I’ve got a second post’s worth of photos once I’ve had a little sleep! ; )