Yawn. We had a lovely Solstice that ended late, late with a backyard fire and some spiked eggnog (sans spike for the boy). Fortunately, all animals were sympathetic this morning and let us sleep late. Heavenly.Yesterday started with my favorite part of our seasonal celebrations... The Celebration Ring.
I just never cease to be thrilled by the choosing of the ornaments and the lighting of the tiny candles. By popular demand, we were swiftly on to Finn's favorite part of Solstice - The Present!
'Tis quite challenging to get a small boy with a new bow and arrow to hold still so...this is all I got for ya. Mama holding the beautiful bear bow for just a second while the quiver was being loaded. I swear he almost slept with this whole contraption on. Is there anything more heart-warming than giving your child something you chose so very carefully and finding that you chose right? He loves it, just loves it. I always want the one Solstice present to be special and I want it to have something to do with nature. Check and check!
Finally! I did it. I got a damn Gingerbread House and we actually decorated it. I had to laugh this morning as I checked out my friend, Hillary's, blog as she bought the same one and for the same reason. (Theirs looks a lot better than ours, I have to admit.) I'll never make my own GB house ever again. The one time we had a good one was the time Finn and I spent about 5 hours at another friend's house making them. She had done all the work, all we did was bring decorations. I mean, this woman made gingerbread walls for like SIX women and the spackle icing! We worked on it for hours, brought it home, and Luna ate it while we were out later. I had to go to bed with a rag on my head. Finn was really little at the time and he walked around for weeks saying, "BAD DOG. BAD, BAD DOG. YOU ARE A BAD DOG." Sigh. Poor Luna...just doing what any good Lab would do.
Sexy Solstice Jackdaddy - expert builder of quivers and beautiful Solstice fires. Wouldn't he look good on this...?
Yep, the good ole' lit up motorcycle on 37th street. We always go on the Solstice to see the lights down there. We thought it was quite good this year. That house that is around the corner from 37th is THE best again. Last night they had a fire in the back and there were folks out there meditating on world peace. Of course I sobbed. Hard to explain why people meditating on world peace makes me sob, but it does. Bless those lovely people who decorate their homes and bring such joy to the rest of us. Sniff. But that was not the end of the coolness...oh no...
Is this store not the best thing you've ever seen? Oh honey, I was downright smitten. Jackdaddy had to pull me away and remind me we were there to see the lights. Does that not look like something out of a magazine? I wanna meet the person who owns this store. I like him/her. I already know I do. I gotta be in that space and absorb its goodness.All-righty ... I've got some thrift love coming your way tomorrow and ... oilcloth. Oh, lovely oil cloth.
Merry Rejuvenation to ye!