The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated early this year in the US.
I doan like that.
The nativity scene lives in the living room fireplace permanently, as they's jes' to heavy to move.
We takes down all the Christmas only after the Epiphany...so now I'se bein' hurried. So much to dismantle. The family room tree, two living room trees....what? ya' think that's excessive? It's cheaper, an' a hair less bloody, than a divorce. Christmas trees is a flashpoint fer some folks (me) an' he gits one big one in the room wif' the box, I git a matched pair in the quiet room.
I'se anxious--ain't y'all? --to git on to the tasks ahead, to sweep thangs clean. We enjoyed rich foods, good wines, but now? It's the beet greens an' mint water I'se drinkin' to clear the blood of whatever doan belong thar'....
Magnificent fruit, not hot bubbling, cheesy lasagna. ( I has mixed emotions on this point.)
As some of ya' heard, we had two back to back freezes an' so the yard is full of brown skeletons, the garden too--but kumquats an' camellias provide bright spots nonetheless.
Looky thar'--some organic potatoes sproutin' an' in need of plantin'...an' all that needs puttin' away--the boxes an bags, paper an' tags, scissors an' glue, mor'n a few--
The weather is warm again, an' I'se itchin' to plant some seeds, but it is still too soon--see what the freezes done to the tomatoes?
No need to chance that again, even fer us'uns in Florida, so I'll have to content mahself wif seed trays fer an early git-goin'.
I'll be busy fer a few days wif' all this. While I put away 2010, I'se meditatin' on 2011.
Please check the BACK PORCH in a few days fer a surprise--somethin' I found in the attic durin' a purge last week.
Hope yore first few days of 2011 is one of reflection, lookin' forward to all the good that is to come, courage to try a new direction if that is yore urge. But most of all, I'se trustin' that all us'uns an other of our fellow citizens choose a life of more meanin,' less neon, family an' friends not fantasyland, the good, not the mediocre, the responsible, not the easy expedient--in short, a resourcement --a return to our founding philosophy, the stuff thas' in us, if only we trust it.
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Sorry fer the poor quality photos--still hadn't decided to keep the Canon S 6000, so it weren't even outa the box--these is jes' phone pics. Thinkin' I might keep the camera. Gotta do better'n this.