Sky Duck

Sky Duck says goodbye to the old year of 2009.  What a place from which to view the world!  Which way will the wind blow do you think, Duck?  Will we have fair weather mixed with clouds and a little rain?  How about some SNOW?
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What wonders will the new year bring; what new horizons, challenges and hopes will advance with 2010? In some ways I am loathe to leave the old year behind, there are so many things I left unfinished and unexplored.  We saw many beautiful and varied scenes; were shown awesome places and had some new adventures.  It was also a difficult year in that I lost another family member – my Aunt Barbara and I am now watching my friend Jane grow weaker with cancer as the year wanes.  Good stuff and hard stuff; sounds like life!  I want to wish you all a very wonderful New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year.

We are taking the family and extended family skiing tomorrow.  What a way to sing out the old year and usher in the new.  I am praying for snow.  December has been a very busy month for me and I have been forced to neglect my blog many days in a row but I do hope to connect with you all, dear friends, very soon.   Deepest thanks for the conversations that we have.

sad and glad we turn
old year wanes while blue moon shines
who knows what comes next

Blessings and Love to all.  Peace on earth. skytreasure0

Merry Christmas to all

The peace of Christmas, which passes all  understanding, I wish for you all tonight.

A corner of sky

an ancient angel hangout

hear the Gloria

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Photo taken by Aly’s Sara last evening at sunset on Christmas Eve, 2009.  We were all standing at the window watching the light and Sara luckily happened to be on the front porch with the big lens – awesome Sara!

Hot Chocolate Recipe

  • 6 cups of whole milk
  • 8 ounces of chocolate
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar (powdered if possible)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt

1 Finely chop the chocolate into small pieces. The pieces have to be able to dissolve easily in the liquid.

2 Place the milk into a small, thick-bottomed pot on low heat and bring to a low simmer. Whisk once in a while to ensure that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

3 Add the vanilla,  sugar, salt, and chocolate and whisk vigorously until the chocolate has melted.  If using liquors add them now to the hot chocolate.

4 Heat for another 3 minutes stirring frequently.

Add a dollop of whipped cream on top.

Serve with Italian Biscotti.  The recipe for Biscotti I posted last year is here.

Serves 4-5.

Frozen tears ~ Haiku Bones

waning light

precious winter light
submits to dark’s long shadows
retreats in inches
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cast aside
tattered clouds torn
like old paper

Each day brings us closer to the winter Solstice which, difficult as it is to realize, marks a pivotal moment of seasonal time – the beginning of winter. Yet, with winter comes the return of more daylight for us in N. America.  For me, a kind of birth occurs in the changing season.  We cannot ignore death but the light will not be denied.  The end of the retreat is near and the return of the light approaches.

Thanks to Nancy Bea for the prompt of Wistful at Haiku Bones.

A fine web ~ OSI

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the kiss of voices
spirits woven together
singing web

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thin, reflecting strands
a subtle artist labors
fine art and a meal

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Crowded market place
dense wall of unknown faces
I call out your name

too many choices
bad muzak makes my head ache
Christmas gluttony
I turn, there you stand waiting
smiles under the mistletoe.

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One Single Impression join us! Thanks to all the fine poets.  The prompt this week is Spider Webs.