Thursday, December 18, 2014

Take Time to Look . . .


Another day passed in a blur of Christmas preparations . . . the gifts are wrapped and now it's time for some advance cooking . . .

More candied grapefruit peel, spiced pecans, and even pomegranate syrup -- an ingredient in a really good dip one of my students brought to our last class meeting. (I'll make the dip in the next few days and share the recipe here.)
  

These pictures are from Tuesday when, towards four or five, I looked up from a welter of wrapping paper and cards to see a bit of a light show going on. The sun was almost behind our mountain and clouds were dodging about, giving a kind of spotlight effect to these last rays, lighting up first one area, then another for a magical few minutes.

It was a reminder, I think, to take time -- even in the midst of holiday busy-ness -- to look up, to breathe deeply, to enjoy the day before it's gone entirely.


8 comments:

Ms. A said...

I can't see the snow, but I love the play of light.

Terri Buster said...

What a gorgeous view you have! I had lost your blog and just now found you again! Merry Christmas!

Frances said...

I completely agree with you Vicki about taking those moments to heart during this rushed time of year.

Fantastic sunlight! xo

Barbara Rogers said...

The light show between sun and clouds was such fun the last time I flew home from Atlanta to Asheville, because the cloud shadows on the mountains were like holes in the earth, they were so dark against the bright! Love that light show!

Inger said...

Thank you for sharing the magic and beauty of nature with us. I enlarged all your pictures and just sat here and enjoyed them for a while.

Carol Crump Bryner said...

I love these moments that arrive unbidden. So glad you looked up in time to see the light show. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas preparations!

Jim Egerton said...

Such a lovely time of your day. The magic hour. You captured it beautifully. Thanks

Brian Miller said...

this time of year can become so busy....we forget to stop and appreciate the experience....nice pics....