Happy Holidays to all! However you celebrate the season I wish you much happiness, peace and good health now and in the new year! Thank you for the comments, reading suggestions and kind words that have been shared over the course of the year. For me they are daily presents for which I am always very appreciative.
Going to my local Botanical Gardens seems to have become a new tradition, one which I greatly enjoy. They put on an amazing poinsettia display.
I think they must have every variety of poinsettia. The centerpiece is a twenty-foot tall poinsettia tree.
The tree is made up of roughly 720 potted poinsettia plants which are replaced halfway through the season so the plants remain fresh and vibrant.
The decorations this year followed a Victorian theme--from ornaments on the trees down to an actual Victorian-era sleigh.
I especially love the ornamental pond complete with fish. Aren't they considered good luck? Or is that just my imagination?
Even a few of the trees in the garden outside were decorated--mostly with edible ornaments.
The treats come in very handy for the garden residents! (This photo is for you Stefanie! He told me he'd be happy to come visit your garden next summer! . . . But don't worry, I didn't give him your address).
He apparently wanted to eat in peace and didn't like me gawping at him. I guess this is what's meant when you say 'high-tailin' it out of there'. By the way--the first of these last three photos was taken outside (brr--it was COLD), but the latter two were taken from the warmth of indoors.
Here's to happy celebrations filled with laughter and good cheer, something warm to drink (or cold if it's your summertime!) and a book-shaped present under your tree! (Oh, and many hours filled with reading, too).
I'll be back later this week in the hopes I can catch up with a few book posts and then it'll be time to wrap things up for 2013. My how the year has flown by!
Happy Holidays everyone. However you celebrate I hope your day is filled with good cheer, family and friends, much good food, laughter and a book or two under the tree. Thank you for the comments, reading suggestions and kind words that have been shared over the course of the year. For me they are daily presents for which I am much appreciative.
This weekend I visited Omaha's Lauritzen Gardens, which is very festively decorated and captures perfectly the colors of the season, so thought it would be nice to pass on a few images here.
There is a beautiful little village set up in the atrium that looks vaguely reminiscent of many of Omaha's well-known landmarks.
And there are examples of just about every type of poinsettia that you can imagine (I had no idea there were so many different varieties).
My favorite is this little cable car (there were trains, too) running along the tracks.
It was too cold and snowy to walk in the gardens, but I'll definitely be returning in the spring.
I'm looking forward to another bookish year. Thanks for visiting and have a Very Merry Christmas!
This was a completely unplanned post, but I couldn't help myself. It's amazing how much time you can waste spend messing about with a new digital toy. In this case I was trying to familiarize myself with my new digital camera last weekend, so I took a few photos that I thought I might share here. I am always talking about the books on my nightstand. So here it is--or I should say--here they are. The books and my nightstand. So here is a little tour.
Can you tell I love bookmarks? I collect them and have so many these days and a variety of different styles and designs that I can almost match the bookmark with the book!
I also love scissors. I have more, but I tend to drop them in the bags that hold my current needlework projects and forget about them, so I am always finding them later in places I don't expect them. I do try and keep them in my trusty To Kill a Mockingbird mug (which I received one year from participating in my public library's winter reading program). I do a lot of needlework in my bedroom watching TV so these come in very handy.
These are some of my favorite needlework accessories--scissor fobs and pincushions. I made all of them myself save for the fob on the far left, which a friend made for me.
There is a very handy little shelf below the top of my nightstand, where I keep books that I am only dipping into occasionally or books that have been 'set aside temporarily'. You might (ahem) recognize a few of them... I do really mean to finish them sometime. Below are bagged needlework projects that I am working on.
And last but not least . . . I debated sharing this one, as I don't want to appear an awful packrat. If I had the space for proper bookshelves I would have them, but these piles are now three deep of new books that I want to read eventually. The closest is made up of mysteries and crime novels, and the other two regular fiction. The books are constantly being shifted about as I pull out titles I want to read and add new books to them. Truly a mount TBR pile!
So, that's my nightstand! What's on your bedside table?
Warmest holiday wishes to everyone, however you will be celebrating!
It's sunny and mild here, which makes it feel not very holiday-like, but I'm not complaining. I'm very content to curl up in a sunny spot with my books (cats really do have the right idea I think). I'll be spending time with my family this weekend but will be back on Monday to wrap things up for the year. I've finished several very good books and there's one in particular that I do want to write about, but time seems to be quickly slipping away from the rest.
I hope your holiday is filled with family and friends and much good cheer and laughter. I'm hoping for a good dose of cheer and laughter myself! (And hopefully something in the way of a book-shaped present for us all as well)!
This is a shot outside my window late yesterday afternoon during a lull in the snow. It doesn't really look like much here but when all is said and done we should get about 9" of the stuff. And when that's done, it's going to blow. So much so that it'll be near blizzard-like conditions.
So, the university closed down yesterday just before noon and we're closed today. Days like this call for snuggling under blankets with a book in hand, which is just what I'm going to do!
This morning it was a bit nippy outside. With the wind we have subzero temperatures and I don't think it's going to get above 30 degrees for the next week at least.
And now everyone is trying to dig out from about a foot of snow. After the snow stopped the wind picked up and we have huge drifts of snow in our backyard. I have a feeling that my walk home from work tomorrow is going to be an adventure as not everyone is so industrious about clearing their sidewalks as my neighbor. A few inches is nothing, but wading through so much snow is going to make me cranky. I may have to forgo my hour at the gym after work so I can catch my transfer bus (rather than walk). Unfortunately the bus servicing my neighborhood makes it's last round at about 5:30 (so early!), which means I don't have much time after work to do errands. Ah, the joys of winter. Or rather the joys of winter as a pedestrian.