YES — there are times during the winter when the sun makes an appearance in the Pacific Northwest ~ it is fleeting, but always welcome.
2021 came to a sad ending for me as on December 31, my beautiful, sweet feline, Jameson, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. That evening there were many toasts to Jameson by my friends and me.
Jameson was very special, and I have so many fabulous memories. Two friends gave her to me (she had found them, but they had two cats who did not accept a new cat) and it was love at first sight.
I’ve had other cats, and each has been marvelously unique. Jameson was by far the sweetest, most affectionate cat yet quite feisty and independent. She would follow me about, sit with me (or on me) while I read, helped me work on puzzles (guarding the puzzle or hiding the pieces — seriously, she would pick up a piece and hide it!) and loved looking out the patio door at squirrels and rabbits. She would hide, thinking the squirrels could not see her and would then pounce.
One day I saw her drinking from my water glass ~ I laughed and wondered how long she’d been doing that. Thereafter, she had a glass of water on a cocktail table in the living room.
Jameson also enjoyed looking at a video of insects that a friend gave her and would sometimes watch shows on my laptop with me.
And every time I look about, I can see all of the places where she would nap, from blankets that I kept on top of a washer-dryer, to the sofa, a lounge chair, her bed, my bed, my pillow … Yes, Jameson definitely was a 5-star napper.
Jameson was a very special friend who is deeply missed.
Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous New Year by believing. Believe in yourself. And believe that there is a loving Source ~ a Sower of Dreams ~ just waiting to be asked to help you make your dreams come true ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties ~ Helen Keller
And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful, joyous Christmas
What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro
Christmas is the day that holds all time together. Alexander Smith
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly. Andy Rooney
The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood. Richard Paul Evans
May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve. Unknown
We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. Laura Ingalls Wilder
It’s Christmas Eve. It’s the one night of the year when we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more. For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. Frank Cross, “Scrooged”
Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection. Winston Churchill
There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Charles Dickens
Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go ~ Unknown
Notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day ~ Shira Tamir
Nothing is more fleeting than external form, which withers and alters like the flowers of the field at the appearance of autumn ~ Umberto Eco
Visiting Bainbridge Island is a marvelous way to experience to “island time” ~ any time of the year. Walk about Winslow Way, browse the shops, especially Eagle Harbor Book Co. They have changed the interior and made it even more attractive and welcoming. I always find at least one book to treasure. This time, it’s “Simplicity” ~ Day Planner by Paulo Coelho.
Because of Covid, when you visit, check restaurant times of operation. My favorite place for lunch (Restaurant Marche) is now only open for dinner. Same for several other restaurants and cafes while others are closed certain days of the week. But, the marvelous local coffee shops are open and inviting.
Bainbridge Island is terrific for a quick getaway from Seattle as a walk-on ferry passenger. Or you can drive onto the ferry, spend a day or weekend exploring Bainbridge Island and continue westward to the Viking town of Poulsbo and from there continue to the Olympic Peninsula and Port Townsend and Port Angeles.
Savor your journeys ~ near or far ~ real or imagined
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower ~ Albert Camus
If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour ~ Victoria Erickson
Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree ~ Emily Brontë
Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons ~ Jim Bishop
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
Autumn colors remind us we are all one dancing in the wind ~ Lorin Morgan-Richards
Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf ~ Albert Schweitzer
Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns ~ George Eliot