Best Wishes for Happy Holidays! The solstice has just passed, with a sliver of moon keeping us company through the longest night of the year. (Not that we saw it, due to cloud cover. The sky cleared the next day.) I look forward to lengthening daylight hours.
I am off to celebrate Christmas with my family, a familiar routine of traditions passed along from our German heritage, and activities that have evolved over the years we have spent together.
One of the gifts I have already received is Collector by Jack Nisbet (thanks, Jon!). It’s the biography of David Douglas, the naturalist for whom the Douglas-fir and Douglas squirrel on this year’s card are named for. My friend Mikki Douglass always says that I should paint cards of things that can be seen around here, so this year I did (thanks, Mik!) The squirrels stay active all year, while chipmunks snooze the winter away. I heard a squirrel yesterday when I was walking home from an errand. They are full of life and rodent energy.