As I sit down to write to you today.
And, we’ve decided to stay here at Mary’s until after it has passed. (and we have Mary’s blessing on that, it’s ok! 🙂
Soooo….Mary and I have spread a bit of our combined Christmas decor around her house. We are both working on being minimalists, so our decor is fairly sparse. We’ve both saved some sentimental items.
Christmas brings out my inner child, through memories of both when I was very young and when my kids were. I love the feelings created by soft Christmas music, the glow of candles, cozy Christmas lights, and a big pot of soup simmering on the stove.
What’s left of my Christmas bear collection. That dark brown bear wearing the button that says “When in despair, hug your bear” is older than me.
I’ve been living the ‘Joy’ theme for some years now. 🙂
And the ‘Peace’ theme for even longer.
Shiloh’s name comes from “Shalom”, meaning ‘peace’.
Shiloh wore his hat and bells quite proudly. Joy wouldn’t even keep the hat on for 2 seconds, so no picture of her wearing it.
Mick didn’t have much to say…just looked at me with the same expression he always does.
Don’t think I’ve ever seen Santa without his hat.
And candles. Oh, and wine. 🙂
Even JR is decked out:
Inside and out.
This past couple of weeks I’ve seen some friends.
Mary and I went to dinner at an Indian restaurant where it was easy to pick vegan food.
Sharon and I had lunch together twice, and wandered the Christmas-y streets of Carmel-By-The-Sea. Had a visit and lunch and a walk with Marian, and coffee with Debbie, after which we ‘did’ the Monterey Farmers Market.
Had breakfast at Deetjens Big Sur Inn with Mo, a tradition for us.
Mary and I went to a Native American Christmas craft showing.
We bought some gifts…
Then just Tuesday I had lunch with Carol at Rocky Point Restaurant in Big Sur.
All these windows in the restaurant face the ocean.
And you get to see things like this…
And this. Takes my breath away….
After lunch Carol took me to her home, not far from the restaurant. She and Mac live among the Fairies, Sprites, and Tree Spirits in a home they have built themselves, from absolute scratch.
They have continued to work on, and improve it for over 30 years.
Carol by the front door.
The door is made from walnut….and not just any walnut, but from a tree that they knew and loved. Mac made the door himself, along with a table and some other items in the house.
Their home is on the side of a fairly steep hill. Here is part of the driveway.
The road they live on takes us deeper and deeper into the woods….narrow, windy, and full of magic. I so enjoy this visit!
All in all, I’m having a GREAT time being in the ‘home place’, and there is lots more friends and family time planned right up until Christmas.
Yes, and I’m seeing doctors and the furry ones are seeing the vet too. Joy had an ear infection that needed to be treated, and is now healed. My stuff is routine.