Each morning, after breakfast, Henri mans his post and watches (even when he's sleeping) everyone and everything that goes by the house. He loves visitors and thinks that everyone who comes over is coming to visit him, but, oh boy, don't just walk past the house without stopping.
Sometimes there's other visitors too, especially when I put bread out for the birds. When the Bunnies come to nibble, Henri doesn't like that at all and also...
Still catching up with December, I'm back to thinking about the Christmas Retreat at The Center; a must for me every year!
The Fireside Room is always so warm and welcoming. A good place to connect with old friends and meet new ones. We began the evening with making pomanders. The oranges and cloves smelled so good and looked so pretty.
Then we always trim the tree that is waiting for us in this room...
We made garlands with fresh cranberries, pasta and cut paper shapes.
Being very creative, some made angels and whirligigs.
A fun idea to remember to do with my granddaughters...
Soon it was time for dinner and singing to Holly..."Happy Birthday to you!"
Getting into the Christmas festivities yesterday; first was the girls' Christmas program at church and then off to be one of the hostesses at a Christmas Tea at The Center. A cold winter day, but the Art Log Cabin is so pretty during these teas, all dressed up in it's holiday finery.
And oh! The icicles! And.....now how did I do that? Looks like a tall skinny elf's legs with somehow lining up the bow ends with those tree trunks. ha! Oh, I bet it was Jack Frost wandering in our woods.
The table looked so pretty with all the choices of goodies.
And after everyone was done, Lois read some heartwarming Christmas stories. Ne'er a dry eye.
Some new ones and always the traditional "A Cup of Christmas Tea" by Tom Hegg.
Meanwhile, Jack Frost was busy...
And soon it was time to go...
Each of us bringing home our little bag of potpourri to smell and remember this day.
My love of nature and love of paper have influenced my love of drawing, painting and making things for as long as I can remember. For me, there is excitement in the visual pleasure I get from copying the beauty of nature. The colors. The gentleness. With my artwork, I seek to inspire and enlighten the viewer.