The night sky picture above was taken last winter with my cell phone (which impressed me greatly).
I tried to duplicate that same night sky on this journal page. The quote is from Thomas Hardy in "Far from the Madding Crowd, which seems so applicable at this time of the year.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them, Fear not for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And his shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
~St. Luke Ch. 2, 8~13
So, a new season is officially here and, according to all reports, Old Man Winter is going to blast us on the first full day of winter with strong cold winds. We are expecting rain and snow in the morning changing over to just snow in the afternoon. Temps will fall sharply, with an overnight low of 2 degrees. We are hoping there will be no repeat of last year's storm.
I have worked hard the past month cleaning house ~ organizing, rearranging, and clearing out some unwanted and unnecessary things. I wanted to make a fresh start come January l, when I plan to go into a semi-hibernation mode. The picture below, which keeps circulating here and there, is a perfect illustration for what I have in mind. (Except that I would like to be the one resting in the chair. Ha Ha!)
That roaring fire surely looks good, doesn't it?
I hope all of you stay warm and toasty and have a very Merry Christmas. Take care....
Happy, happy Christmas
that can win us back to the
delusions of our childish days,
that can recall to the old man
the pleasures of his youth.
that can transport the sailor
and the traveler,
thousands of miles away
back to his own fireside
and his quiet home!
~ Charles Dickens