the snow makes everything seem so peaceful…

and makes wishes seem to come true.

I hope everyone’s holidays are filled with good friends, good times and good cheer!

I’m really happy to have had such a good time with our friends at Raymond & Christopher’s place – they’ve filled their home with good friends, good food and lots of love. A great place to be and enjoy.


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

12:55pm on a sunny Monday afternoon…

Where have you been, scotty-boy, where have you been?
I’ve been here, there and everywhere. I’ve been around the world and lost in time. I’ve been hoping and wishing and dreaming and thinking…

I think I’ll take a slice of my brain-activity and share with you the things I think of, the things I hope for, the things I need to share.

like this – I’m glad you are my friend. I’m lucky to have people like you in my life. I’m hopeful we’ll have more time to sit and share and be happy and smile and laugh around a roaring fire pit, cool drinks in our hands as we recollect the cool things that have happened in our lives. But if that doesn’t happen anytime soon, I just want you to know. Know that in the happy moments I’m really glad to be able to count on you, and in the sad moments I’m almost always amazed at how much you help me out. Just wanted to say that.

we’ve been having wintery weather lately, and I have to say I’m both for and against it. Love what it makes things look like, sadly feeling cold fingers as I’ve lost the ability to heat my extremeties…

My memory shouldn’t be as bad as it is, but I do have a few images stored away – the pine forests of Germany with the dark un-snowed ground in the midst, the heavily weighted branches a bright white on the outside and above. the crisp dark morning of my start of paperboy-hood, where I crunched thru an inch of ice on top of snow banks as i did my rounds in yorkville. the sunny coldness of a run about clinton on my Seca 550, dry road, cold air, and white white snow under the slanted winter sun.

unlike the fun and companionship of a friendly gathering to celebrate Christopher’s birthday, kitty cat here is just not having the same amount of fun. Odd.

I think one of the coolest things I’ve experienced since moving to durham is this winter holiday luminaries set up in Northgate park. I’m very fond of lights in the darkness of the wintry months; take 18 years in Upstate and you’ll understand. Twinkly lights, flickering lights, the cool bath of silvery light from the full moon above. This year the luminaries didn’t last quite as long, so a few are lit, most are not. but it still is a wonderful feeling to know that like minded souls went out into the chill and made something pretty. It brings hope to my heart.

bright lights, little city. MnB’s abode with decorations aglow!

Sometimes, though, it’s best to take it easy in the wintry months. Just settle in, stay warm, and be content. You know, like the pups.

here’s a pretty sunset until I write again. Hope the holidays are bringing a hint of hope-timism to your lives.


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”

Coniglio Coniglio Bianco Coniglio!!

and so we begin the end … caio bella, 2010. we’ll get through you yet!
November was filled with fabulousness – though my blogging wasn’t as strong as it was in October; not sure exactly why.

The leaves are down, the sky is grey and frankly it’s starting to feel like fall/early winter – ‘cept for the mid 60s temps.

Thanksgiving was enjoyed with friends and food, pups and desserts! All quite wonderful, and as is the typical observance during the ‘holiday’ season, I thought of dinners past, and friends and times enjoyed and missed.

It’s one of those things where I look forward to the ‘new beginning’ that’s but a few weeks away; not the gift giving and receiving, not the food and friends (again), not the quieter times on all the fronts (personal, work, er, … um … I’m sure there’s another front!) – no, it’s the hope that the promise of a new year brings – I WILL lose those pesky last 80 pounds; I WILL start running so I can go run the Boilermaker; I WILL write – emails, and post-cards, and letters in my own handwriting; I WILL be organized (a place for everything, and everything in it’s place – does ‘here’ and ‘there’ count as answers?); I WILL actually do more than just register for NaNoWriMo this year; I WILL enjoy the museums and the art and the live music that’s here in my town more; I WILL be more giving of my time and resources to those around me, and more importantly to those I haven’t yet become friends with; i WILL walk Blue more – she does love a good walkies; I WILL take Boo out on dates and go dancing with her – she does love that so; I WILL make amends with dano, Mike Janes, Andy & Char, Lisa & Pat, Mel and others I’ll remember – time to buy hatchets and get going on living; I WILL figure out just exactly what it is I’m here to accomplish (besides writing lists and making piles of stuff) and get going on that; I WILL be happy – even happier.

The hope-t-imism of a new year – it’s got me excited I tell ya!

Hey – how about a few pics??

and have you seen my cute pup Blue lately?


~ S ~ || dona nobis pacem ||

“Keep Calm and Carry On” or “Keep Calm … and Cupcakes!”