Sunday started off rainy, but as the day progressed, our temperature began to slide and then teetered back and forth on either side of freezing, finally deciding on snow as afternoon turned to evening.
Here’s a shot of the sleeping winter garden at work. The evergreens dominate the picture, but there’s also an assortment of roses here, and just below the center of the image and to the right a little, is a nice stand of that lavendar beebalm you’ve seen before in the Midnight Garden. Come spring I’ll dig another clump of this nice sized colony (planted here by me during some other move in years gone by). Those brown circular plantings are ever-spreading drifts of white Siberian iris.
I had talked previously about not going whole hog on getting the Nest decorated for the holidays this particular year. Since I won’t actually be here for Christmas, there won’t be a live tree, plus I’m not really sure where one would go. But I was hankering for the smell of some fresh pine and so on the way home from work, I stopped by my favorite nursery/tree stand and picked up a nice wreath for the front door.
The snow was probably at its heaviest for my short ride home, and as you can see, sort of, it wasn’t really snowing THAT hard. Here’s the trees on the green (covered in white) outside of Snow Library.
After a bit of turkey dinner, I dug into the Christmas boxes stowed neatly (and snugly) in the back of the bedroom closet, so I could find the ribbons and such I wanted to use for decorating the wreath. After wrapping it in gold star and green ribbons, I added some red rosehips from the hedge outside and then added a few shiny red balls and some more stars.
While I was out there in the hallway, I also wound a bit of shiny red ribbon around the stair railing and tucked some faux pointsettias above the frame of the large painting at the top of the stairs. You know, once you’ve made the effort to dig those boxes out of the closet, it really is a slippery slope…and I spent some of the rest of the evening doing bits of decorating here and there.
I even got a pair of tiny stockings hung for the cat and myself. We aren’t asking for Santa for very much this year, so they are largely symbolic.
In fact, we would really be quite content with a little more quiet free time to lounge about.
On the coffee table, I set up the small fibre optic tree Granny sent me a few years back. The tips of its branches continually change colors when it’s turned on, so it really doesn’t need much in the way of other decorations. But since it isn’t always turned on, it’s been draped with a few strands of beads and an assortment of bird ornaments are tucked in here and there.
Up above hangs the pothos plant I inherited from Patience. It lost many of its leaves in the transition from outdoors to indoors, and so is a little bare just lately. I plan to repot it soon, and give it a bit of a pruning, but I’m only fooling myself to think that will happen any time before the new year. So I’ve dressed it up with some red and green ribbons and then chosen a few of my favorite ornaments to hang from the floral wire that suspends the plant and its string of cheer lights.
I think it’s kind of festive. A few other long ribbons have been woven here and there around hanging plant hooks and around windows. That will be about all the decorating I’ll do here. I don’t really have plans for any big holiday entertaining, so it’s really just for me and the sleepy kitty. A few bright lights, some shiny things and a few birds is really all we need!
I’m happy to report that, as I prepared to post this, I heard from James at Lost in the Landscape and am relieved to know his was not the neighborhood in San Diego where a fighter jet fell out of the sky today. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who were not spared in this tragedy. You just never know what’s coming next, do you?
Love each other, everyone!