December 21st

There is something magical about settling in on the longest night of the year. This evening after putting dinner on to cook, I decided to walk the neighborhood for fresh air and to see the stars in the sky through intermittent clouds. While walking viewing the spectacularly lit homes, there were sleighs with deer or giant snowmen in the yards….it was exciting to see such a festive review …. and not be in Vegas.

Each home was showcasing holiday cheer with lots of lights, and a few family members were able to see the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn igniting the western sky after sunset.

Early man would burn logs or light candles for additional light during the long nights. They also built monuments to follow the sun’s path across the sky or to determine the length of daylight. One day I will get to Manchu Picchu in Peru to see the Inca style structures.


Fall Essentials


The weather in the mid-Atlantic has become extremely chilly and the leaves have started to turn. There is such a surreal quality about Northern Virginia in the fall with so much to enjoy. Being able to turn the oven on to bake sweet potato pies, searching for perfectly shaped pumpkins, getting inspiration from art for decorating, and throwing a classic beef stew together for a delicious evening meal.

Over the weekend the family did a lot of work getting Heath ready for winter; raking leaves, putting tools & equipment away, washing blankets and throws to be placed around the house for cozy evenings.

While working on Saturday afternoon listening to Kjazz [88.1 FM] the Billy Holiday tune “Autumn in New York blared through the house. This song definitely  set to tone for comfort, and don’t forget the candied apples.

What better way to welcome the fall season!!!

Stay safe,