===2010 in Review===

We’re having a quiet Christmas time this year.  it’s quietly sneaking up on us anyway!  Haven’t been out in nature much this week, unless the mall counts as it’s a natural place to go in December!  So I offer you our year in very brief review.  Good to take a look back before marching into the new one…



January—our now annual honeymoon in the big city…lookin’ out the window of our hotel.

February–The Olympic torch comes to town and our little town has a big celebration!!



March—a miniature microcosm on the mountain


April–Bumbling about up Scout


May—Sailing to our favorite haunts in the ‘Ragged Islands’


June—Summer is come and gardens and flowers


July—The tree that has now become this year’s Christmas tree.  Homegrown!

IMG_5638…Sailing and beachcombing


… and Alaska!


August—Lakes and water and sun and more sailing…

IMG_6374 …and smiling with cycling friends.



September—out and about


October—the season’s last blooms


November—last color before winter


…and wet walks


and December comes round again with all the glory of the heavens declaring the glory of God.

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will to men on whom His favor rests.”


Merry Christmas to you and yours!


Take Joy

All thy works with joy surround Thee,
Earth and heaven reflect thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee,
Center of unbroken praise:
Field and forest, vale and mountain,
Blooming meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain,
Call us to rejoice in Thee.

I seem to have this song singing through my mind.  It is the second verse of Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee and rings as sweetly as it did on my wedding twenty-seven years ago today.  And though I haven’t the pictures to do it justice this week, I will post some gleanings from my vantage point of the week…



Take joy,
“…yet I will rejoice in the LORD;  I will take joy in the God of my salvation.” Hab.3:18

Season snippets…

Not too much walking happening around here this week…it was time for our annual Christmas get-together.  So I share instead some advice for the season and always…


String some Lights and smile because Jesus is the Light of the world!


Create some snow if you have none around.  (This was incidentally the winning entry in our Snowflake Making contest!)



Join hands with a friend or two and dance in the Light!

because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Luke 1:78,79