fr. michael doesn't like the phrase "merry christmas", he thinks the word "merry" just doesn't do christmas justice. so he implores all of us to say happy or joyful christmas. and it has been! chris and i are in colorado, missing victor and the chickies, but loving the snow. it's still coming down and while i haven't left the house almost at all, i can see why someone would want to go play in it.
i hope it's snowing (or that something equally as magical is happening) wherever you are. christ has made his way into the world! happy christmas!
i also find a lot of meaning in the "sinking into winter". many of us go through mild (or otherwise) drepression during the winter and i am always ready to welcome in the spring time but the quiet, cold, dark winter holds so much depth and meaning. we try to use less electricity during the advent season in our house. we use oil lamps and candles when the sun goes down and it sometimes it really does feels like you're sinking...
i like this reading i found about advent:
"When the day dawns, let us all receive him. We go to the manger and worship. We give to him our gifts. We take his light to the poor. Until then, we are the poor, the weak, the blind, the lonely, the guilty and the desperate. We light candles because we who are in darkness are in need of a great light. We need a savior. So we wait amidst the ruins, we protect the lights we hold in hope. We sing to one who is coming. We look and wonder. We pray for his star to take us, once again, to the miracle."
so here are some photos! (they are not in order...)
what you've missed is the growth of our chickens... and my chili peppers. you've missed the wonderful time we spent with our great friends and godson. you've missed chris' first day as an adjunct professor at cabrini college in PA. you've missed our trip "down the shore" with more great friends and today you're missing the loads of fun we're having with libby, the pup we are dogsitting for a few days. because of all you've missed i thought a pictorial (can that be a noun?) would be the best way to get you in the loop.
i like john stewart so much and i also like, maybe partly because some people are so irrational and silly and vilifying towards him, president obama. despite my desire to keep my hope out of the political realm, i think he's smart and cares about people in this country. he's not trying to kill anyone's grandmother.
Makes about 2 cups of salsa
2 cups diced cantaloupe
1/4 cup diced (1/4 inch) sweet onion (such as Vidalia) or red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or cilantro
1 (2-inch-long) fresh hot red or green chile (skip the seeds if you want to dim the heat), minced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix everything and eat immediately.
in other, related news, we had an arts event with some local artists in our home a couple of days ago. chris, and our friend ben, sold pottery, melissa sold thai goods from an initiative called "warm heart", and blew made and sold wonderful coffee drinks through her travelling coffee house, leotah's place. it was an experiment and it went really well. so, we'll do it again in the first few days of december and invite more people and maybe more artists as well. i'll keep you posted!
blew's coffee was amazing. some of the best i've had... and she can do the leaf thing with foam, you know what i mean.
i thought i'd share some photos from our garden and chickens... and one of our car carrying our big canoe. the canoe was my dad's and i have many memories of being on the rivers and lakes with him. i'm happy to have it.