Thursday, December 17, 2015

Snow, A Distant Memory

Christmas cards sprinkled with snow bring the magic of the season
to our sunny little cottage in Florida.
 
 
I put them on counters for a "landscape" of sorts.
They remind me of childhood snow forts.
Tunnels to the barn where cows and cats sheltered from the cold.
 Sleds flying down a white hill to the frozen lake.
My smoky breath in the air as I waited for the school bus.
 
I'm over it.
Too many falls on ice.
Too many scary rides home from Christmas parties in the north.
For now, the magic of snow is best kept in memory,
movies, and pictures.
Even cartoons.
 
Tonight we're taking historic Venice's Christmas Walk.
An ambling walk along the tree-lit boulevard where shop treats await,
music fills the air,
and the final destination is a bench on the beach for a look at a starlit sky.
 
After that, we'll go home to How Murray Saved Christmas.
Party on!
 
 
 
 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meals on Wheels


 Besides wheeling me around the neighborhood for a bit of exercise, my new bike is good at bringing takeout pizza home from Marco's. Also, it's useful for groceries from Herman's, stops at the fabric store for quilters and carryout dinners from the Shamrock CafĂ©.

The romantic wicker basket I'd imagined for this bike
didn't seem as practical as this quick-release mesh basket.
 
But today is the day for delivering Christmas treats to the neighbors.
A box of kettle corn for brothers, Tony and Ted.
Bars for Carmen and her daycare companions.
Garden pizza for Hildegaarde and
a couple pictures for DJ and Barbara.
 
How do you like my checkered mirror?