Monday, December 12, 2011

December Holiday Share

Happy Holidays!
'Tis the time of year we "hit the beach"!  We have lived in Maine for 9 years and I think I have been to the beach in the summer maybe twice...and at least dozen times in the winter.  I actually find it warmer there in the winter.  Ha!  Between the freezing cold water and the almost definite gray sky once you actually get to the beach in the summer, I find it safer to arrive wearing long johns a wool cap : )  Once I had a friend visiting in January and decided to go.  It was about 2 degrees outside and crazy windy.  Zach thought he could walk on "frozen" salt water (nope) and fell in the water up to his waist. (he survived)  There is something about the winter ocean that just fills me up.  Plus after October we can bring Simon and, well, he goes NUTS!!  (by the way, he caught that Frisbee)

All the seeds catalogs have arrived!  Even Inca is starting to peruse the books for new catnip varieties.  I haven't started the full scale seed order yet, but the catalogs certainly aren't sitting around gathering dust.  In fact they are quite slippery this time of year.  You never know where you will find one: up in the office (where they should be), next to the wood stove, on the sofa, in the bathroom, in the other bathroom....  At some point in the winter, I get my hands on another set of catalogs and put our respective names them...Zach is always stealing them.  Trust me, that PYO flower garden gets ALOT of thought!

We are excited for the Holidays this year!  My parents just built a house in the back field and have fully moved in from Ohio.  You may see them poking around pick ups from now on.  And my brother, who lives in California, is coming out with his three girls and wife.  We have more lights up than ever and brought in our tree this past weekend.  It's the first time in several years that we have been home for the holidays and we are truly enjoying making a little nest.  The coca and egg nog have been flowing and for those of you who know how cold my house is will be happy to know that we have had a wood fire burning (near 72 at times) every night.

I do hope that all of you have a blessed holiday with time to relax and enjoy.  The next few days will be the darkest of the year, but soon we are headed back into the light.  What a journey this earth brings us on every year, the ebb and flow of light, warmth and weather.  May the return of light bring you new energy and joy into the coming year. 

With gratitude and Joy,

Keena, Zach, Simon, Leroy, Puffa, Inca, Pedro, Dora, Dudley and their kids

December Holiday Share:
potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, rutabagas, a bit of red cabbage, garlic, winter squash potato rolls and maple butter