Brooding, boiling clouds black and gray
Release rainfall with a fury
Just moments ago
When I glanced through the window.
Urging me to curl up
With my book and cup of tea
But now clouds turned inside out,
Lift and sigh after a good cry,
Showing their silver lining,
Letting bits of blue peek through,
Streaks of golden sunshine
Illuminate pink newborn blossoms,
And highlight the pre-spring day,
Inviting me to come out and play.


Morning Story and Dilbert

Morning Story and Dilbert Vintage Dilbert
December 2, 1992

One of the holiday’s best-loved songs, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” marks the longest holiday in the Christian calendar — the time between Christmas Day and Epiphany, celebrated on January six.

The song’s origin is unknown, but some believe the song was written to help Catholic children remember various articles of faith. These are:

True love

A partridge in a pear tree

Two turtle doves
Old and New Testaments

Three French hens
Faith, Hope, and Charity

Four calling birds
Four Gospels

Five golden rings
The first five books of the Old Testament, the Pentateuch, which records the history and laws of ancient Israel

Six geese a-laying
Six days of Creation

Seven swans a-swimming
Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, or the Seven Sacraments

Eight maids a-milking
Eight beatitudes

Nine ladies dancing
Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten lords a-leaping
Ten Commandments


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Granola and Bear It

Having recently had our own share of family dental emergencies, including root canals, this hits close to home. His descriptions are so true and funnier because we’ve been there!


According to its wrapper, the granola bar in my hand promised to help me “Start the Day in a Whole New Way”. I took one bite and immediately felt a sharp pain in one of the molars in my lower jaw.

The wrapper was right. I had certainly started the day in a whole new way.

My tongue told me the shape of my tooth was different now. A small part had broken away but it hurt for only a second. Without the motivation of pain, I decided to simply tell the dentist about it during my next visit. Frankly, once I became used to the different shape of my tooth, I forgot all about it.

Until three weeks later.

That night something felt a bit different around the tooth. There was the hint of an ache, some puffiness in my jaw, and my cheek felt slightly warm. I went…

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A Mid-Winter Pick Me Up

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heart topiaryOh the weather outside is frightful – and we’re well past December.  Sometimes the sun will shine tricking us and some anxious flower bulbs into thinking that winter is behind us.  But the biting wind and pelting rain prompts us to take another look at the calendar and remember where we are.

Today I took a brisk walk in our little town and decided to pop into a favorite nursery.  The last time I was in there was right after Christmas and the place was packed with many varieties of poinsettias and a dizzying array of holiday delights.  In contrast today was peacefully sparse.  A freshness pervaded the air and lovely displays of houseplants, orchids, brightly colored spring flowers and pots anticipating the coming of spring was a wonderful break from the monotonous gray of northwest winter months.

If you’re feeling a bit of cabin fever, perhaps a visit to your local nursery could be just the thing to add a bit of cheer to a dreary day.

What activity lifts your spirits in the middle of winter?