Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas

I feel like a happy tic. I dare not step on scales for a few days, because they don't lie. I've visited with friends and family for the last few days.  And I ate.

Ham, fried okra, mashed turnips, collards, corn, turkey, dressing, fruit cake, pecan pie, sweet potato casserole, and warm bread with dripping butter were all on my plate at some point in time.

I've experienced the aroma of baking cookies, hot coffee, goat soap, chapstick, and newborn babies.

There is no sound more enchanting than that of children laughing. It's been a remarkable few days, but both Jilda and I are bone tired.

Today, I snapped another picture of fungi growing on a fallen log next to our walking path. Each of these looks as if they were carved from ivory. 

There is so much noise coming at us each day that it's easy to miss the beauty that is everywhere. 

The older I've gotten, the more I strive to recognize and acknowledge the gifts that are all around me.

Tonight, as I sat down to write, I reflected on the past few days. I'm thankful I took the time to hug my lovely wife and a bunch of candy cranked kids while also taking a moment to enjoy the gifts that Mother Nature sends each day.

Merry Christmas


  1. That sounds like a wonderful few days. A happy tick is not a bad thing. Not at all.
    Love the funghi too.

  2. It's always interesting to see what other people in other places eat on Christmas day.
    I could probably put most of that food on my plate. Maybe not the mashed turnips so much.
    Christmas is now history down here.

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  4. Interesting what a photographers eye catches, and you know it is real life.
    Yep the sense of smell and baked goods sure makes common sense leave the room.
    Good read.
    Sherry & jack

  5. You had me at fried okra! :)
    In all seriousness, your 7th paragraph resonates.

  6. I would have eaten all of that too. And I would still be paying for it. You had the best kind of Christmas.

  7. You had all of Jack's fav foods! (His southern Momma was a great cook!) Merry Christmas to you and Jilda and all your wonderful family. It's hard to believe this year is about over. I've enjoyed reading your blog this year as in the past years and I look forward to more of your adventures in 2020!


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