How beautiful it is outside today. My bedroom window makes a pale blue frame around a winter wonderland -- a light dusting on the trees, a white coating on the lake. Everything sparkles in the noonday sun. It’s been snowing for two days; the first snowfall of winter is always the prettiest of the season. It’s the perfect time to wish all of you, my dear readers, a healthy, happy and prosperous 2015.
The Christmas holidays came and went in a blur of activity. The gift list gets smaller and smaller every year, which is a blessing and a sorrow. The children in my life are no longer children; gift certificates have replaced snow globes with dancing ballerinas. Loved ones lost to me are remembered with sweet sadness. It gets harder and harder to find interesting and clever gifts for friends and family, but I still do my best and so do they. In fact, I got a terrific gift (i.e., clever, interesting and practical) from my sister-in-law, Sandy.