Oh, the Christmas rush! I don't remember it ever being so busy, with 11-hour days and up to 75 orders to process at a time. My office is absolutely buried in boxes and littered with faux styrofoam peanuts.
Dirty laundry is piled up, cat hair tumbleweeds are forming in the hallways, and I haven't made it through more than a paragraph of my book at night before falling asleep. Christmas decorations? Forget it! We decided to forgo a tree this year, since we've just been too busy to devote an afternoon to digging out the Christmas decorations. I'm really pleased that the business is doing so well, but I really need a break!
The mornings have been wonderfully foggy and warm...
...and we've had gorgeous sunsets.
Days are perfect: sunny, blue skies, and in the 70s.
The leaves are gone, but otherwise, you'd never know that it's mid-December! The animals do, though. Birds are everywhere. A flock of ducks have settled in our little pond. I love the beautiful iridescent heads of the mallards.
Our great blue herons have been out hunting more than usual lately.
Oh. the songbirds! This white-throated song sparrow sang a lovely tune outside my office window today.
A dark-eyed junco keeps a close watch on everything.
The squirrels are incredibly active on these warm days. They love to chase each other up and down the trunks of trees, and to scold me mercilessly when I come out onto the deck with my camera.
I've had little time to bake, but I made a few cranberry-orange loaves as Christmas gifts for some neighbors.
The recipe is here and is highly recommended!
I'll try to get back into a more regular schedule in the new year. Happy holidays!