Merry and Bright

I don’t know if we’ll get a white Christmas this year, but I know our Christmas holidays will be merry and bright in the company of family and friends. We’re very grateful to be going into this holiday with much more cheer than last year. Here’s wishing the same to you and yours from Richard and I. Happy Solstice, and have a merry merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!


Happy Thanksgiving! Yesterday was a gorgeous autumn day, warm sunshine and blue skies. On day two of the new bed construction, after an hour or so wrestling with the “small” rocks as Richard called them, I found I couldn’t work them in between where we’d placed the large ones, both because the small ones are still too big for me, and because the larger ones might as well have been cemented into the ground! So after he’d finished cleaning out his shop, Richard came back with the Bobcat to shift the larger stones and helped me with the jigsaw puzzle of laying out the remaining smaller rocks. I’m very particular about the placement, because I have half an acre’s worth of evil quackgrass to contend with, and don’t want to leave large gaps in my border to invite it into my new soil, yikes.


To celebrate my birthday, I made a cheesecake, Richard made me a decadent prime rib dinner, and he agreed (with trepidation) to be my slave for the day to start a new project in the garden that I’ve been plotting for a while – which required some help from the Bobcat. This weekend is also the 7th anniversary of moving into this house, so we did the usual bit of reminiscing about all we’ve accomplished in seven years. We’ve got a reno project coming up in a month or so that will be another belated birthday present, and carry on our habit of renovating indoors in the fall once the weather chills, but first I have my gardening to finish. Here’s a look at what I’m up to. It was a great birthday, and I’m about to go outside and continue with my project.