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december views: it’s beginning to look a lot like…

December 10, 2008


The holidays seem to be a time of melancholy for many, even at the best of times.  This year is no exception… in fact it is the rule.   I thought I might sneak past the nostalgia, bump the long line of sadness and roll right into the ho-ho-ho of the holidays scot free.  But it turns out,  there’s just no escaping those firsts that first year.  The 1st week apart, 1st month, 1st summer, fall, spring, winter and all the memories associated with each season, 1st birthday (his and yours), 1st Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, New Year’s (ouch, that one’s gonna hurt) and all the 365 days that make up that 1st year.

But though these holidays sit under a melancholy cloud, I don’t feel like I need an umbrella or a snowbrella for that matter… this cloud won’t burst.  How could it when I am surrounded by so much love?


My sister said “ain’t no sister of mine gonna be depressed during the holidays” so she and my mom came over last weekend to help me decorate.  Saturday morning, after espresso and muffins at one of my favorite cafés, we went down Parc Avenue, bought a 6-foot tree and walked it home. Mom was all giddy, saying this is what you do in the city, you walk your tree home.  She’s so cute and her joy is contagious.  When we got back, Michelle made homemade soy eggnog with rum and we set out to decorate my tree and my home, all the while listening to all sorts of Christmas songs on youTube.

Little moments.  Pure joy.

Other things bringing me joy this season…

winter berries

red winter berries against blue skies


walks on crunchy snow and rosy cheeks


catching the charlie brown christmas special on tv


the fairy district.  what can i say, fairies like to hang out around here.  you can’t see them but they leave their boots laying around the floor for me to pick up.  and i’m all, hellooooo fairies, would you mind picking up after yourselves?  and i’m pretty sure i hear giggles coming from the corners of the room.


and wilbur… always up to something

15 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2008 2:01 am

    Your photo’s are so beautiful!!! I am smiling…see me ;>}
    I have Dec. views…..I also have a youtube Christmas video I wrote the song and filmed it…
    Christmas Blessings,

  2. December 11, 2008 7:45 am

    i lurk and love here…your photos and words inspire me, thank you.

  3. December 11, 2008 8:14 am

    love the winter berries photo, and the smiley face!
    good to see wilbur in your pictures today too


  4. kathryn Guerriero permalink
    December 11, 2008 8:57 am


  5. December 11, 2008 11:40 am

    Beautiful. I’m so happy that your family is around to lift you up in times such as these. (Also, your sister totally looks like my cousin Joanne – it freaked me out for a second). I think you need to get a little poinsetta to wear in your hair these days. 🙂

  6. December 11, 2008 12:21 pm

    Awww…..sweetie. Your fairy socks image brings warmth to my heart, and you totally deserve a hug today. Feel free to save it for when it’s needed most though!

  7. Alison permalink
    December 11, 2008 12:36 pm


  8. wingedpaths permalink
    December 11, 2008 1:33 pm

    These photos are beautiful. I can actually feel the love and happiness emanating from your family in that second picture. You are blessed indeed.

  9. December 11, 2008 2:53 pm

    Loving family, good thing. But I been thinking. If you were a guy I’d say “Guy, it’s time for the age old remedy for heartache…liquor and hookers.” So, whatever the female equivalent of that is, take it. And Merry Christmas.

  10. December 11, 2008 2:57 pm

    This is just “adorablebeautiful”! I’m sure you already know this but you are so blessed to have your mom and sister close by. My mother and one of my sisters are 14 hours away. How I would love for them to drop in and share some Soy Eggnog with me!
    Would you mind sharing the recipe?

  11. December 11, 2008 4:28 pm

    Your posts always make me smile 🙂

  12. December 12, 2008 2:36 am

    such a lovely post my dear…and I completely agree with your sister…xo t

  13. Michelle Caron permalink
    December 12, 2008 9:53 am

    Lisa, Here is the eggnog recipie:

    2 1/3 cup soy milk
    2 eggs
    tsp vanilla
    2 onces spiced rum (or more depending on how strong you like it)
    Pour in mug and sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon

  14. Jeanine permalink
    December 12, 2008 11:41 am

    Ahhh! Sis, you’re the best 🙂

  15. December 15, 2008 9:50 am

    these photos are so full of love and joy and TALENT! you have such an eye…and are blessed with lots of love…

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