Monday, December 28, 2009

A Happy Holiday

Bubble IPPD 12/25/09
Originally uploaded by jessajune

I hope you all had a great holiday. I had a lovely Christmas with my family.

However, my holiday has just begun. E and I are on our way to Spain. I am packing as we speak, and we fly out tonight! We've been looking forward to this trip for a while now. Both of us have been to Spain before, but we're hitting some places that neither or only one of us have been before. I'm not one of those people who figure if you've been to a country once, you've seen everything needful and should move on - I prefer to soak in the feeling of a place. I think we'll have a chance to do that on this trip.

So we're off, and we'll be back the 2nd week in January! I'll continue taking photos, but I don't know that I'll post any of them before we return.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Longest Night

Happy Solstice
Originally uploaded by jessajune

Happy winter solstice. I am looking forward to the return of the light and all it symbolizes.

It's been a rough year for a lot of people. Here is hoping that the lengthening days will bring an increase of good fortune with them. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to spending some quiet time with my family before heading off to adventure overseas. Maybe by the time I come back, things will look different, lighter.

In other news, I love my new camera. It's still a point and shoot, fits in your pocket, low fuss machine, but it is a hundred times faster/smarter/better than my old one. I would never have gotten this photo with my last camera.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winter Weather

Winter? Lemon tree doesn't care.
Originally uploaded by jessajune

The clouds are getting darker as the afternoon goes on. I checked the weather and rain isn't forecast until tomorrow, but apparently we have a freeze warning for tonight.

Don't tell the lemon tree. Took this photo just last week - as you can see, it's actually blossoming.

I'm wondering if I should try to cover the citrus trees. May go find some blankets and do that. Good thing I am under the weather and haven't planted my seedling kale yet.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Already!

Bay Wreath 1PPD 12/2/09
Originally uploaded by jessajune

Last year, all December I said I was going to make a wreath, and I never got around to it. Sunday, I did it in less than 15 minutes, while Dad was cutting tiles that I needed to finish up the day's roofing.

We have a few bay laurel trees on the west side of the property; I've always rather liked the spicy scent (and appreciate the fact that they don't throw acorns everywhere like the oaks do). This being California Bay, the smell might be a bit powerful for inside, but it's perfect on my front door. 15 minutes to holiday cheer! I'm glad I built my wreath at last.