The Christmas season is upon us

Are you ready for the big day? No? I’m not either, but I’ve found over the years whether I’m ready or not, it still comes, and that’s a good thing. I’ve given up on making every cookie, every bar, here’s a link to my gluten and dairy free lemon squares. Instead, I’ve learned, after four…

Let the feasting begin

Christmas is nearly upon us. Do you have your shopping done? I hope so because the malls will be even bigger nightmares tomorrow. I tell you what, if you don’t have a gift for that certain someone, buy them an online gift card and call it good. I would. Tonight we’ll attend the annual Nash…

Once in a blue moon . . .

We get a winter like this.  Blame it on El Nino or whatever you like, but in Oklahoma (and I hear parts of Texas), it is snowing again.  We’re not supposed to get as much accumulation for which I am glad.  I’ve been out in my four-wheel-drive Expedition (owned for just this purpose), bumping over…

On the occasion of the Winter Solstice

For those of us with colder temperatures, or even snow, winter seems like it arrived a few weeks ago, but according to the U.S Naval Observatory Eqinoxes and Solstices list, winter officially makes its appearance today at 12:47 p.m. Around here, temperatures are moderate with a high today of 62F.  However, Wednesday and Thursday are…

Oh Christmas Tree . . . part II

As a member of the Society, and at our president, Carol’s, informal request at the last virtual meeting, I’m pleased to share my garden-themed Christmas ornaments.  I also took the liberty of showing my poinsettia-themed wrapping paper (from Hallmark) and gift tags with flowers.  Picture how thrilled your fourteen-year-old son would be to have a…

My Heart in Stillness Waits

Advent is all about waiting.  Lighting the purple and pink candles.  Waiting for the Christ child to be born and placed in the manger.  Waiting for Him to come again at the end of time. When I lit the wreath today, I wondered how people felt before electricity.  In the coldest and shortest days of…

Light One Candle

After reading posts on the advent season from two very talented bloggers, Tongue in Cheek and Plant Whatever Brings You Joy, I am inspired to share some of the Red Dirt Hacienda’s holiday traditions over the next few days. Just don’t expect mine to be as erudite or classy. Exhibit A: our over-the-top advent wreath….