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?
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.
a heart not mended
void two words of forgiveness
the internal sigh
I was afraid
physical barriers loomed
paths not tread
Join in on the haiku at Haiku Bones. The prompt this week is – applicably for the year’s end – Regret. Thanks to curators, Nancy and Bruce!
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
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!
- 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.
subtle shift on our axis
light shadow on stones
Yesterday around 10:47 MT, occurred the winter solstice. Happy light and shadow to you all and blessings of the season. And many thanks to Haiku Bones for another interesting prompt.
If I had a dry suit this might be a nice, icy winter activity! Or not. Here is one of my very favorite ornaments.
At this time of the year I’ll take green in whatever form I can find it! Thank goodness for growing things.
seeking winter’s sun
summer basil kept potted
precious winter light
submits to dark’s long shadows
retreats in inches
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.
This feels like my own personal soundtrack today playing in my head — Lullaby of Birdland.
Ella Fitzgerald live. I certainly hope she is keeping up her chops in heaven.
the kiss of voices
spirits woven together
thin, reflecting strands
a subtle artist labors
fine art and a meal
Crowded market place
dense wall of unknown faces
I call out your name
too many choices
bad muzak makes my head ache
I turn, there you stand waiting
smiles under the mistletoe.
One Single Impression – join us! Thanks to all the fine poets. The prompt this week is Spider Webs.