Saturday, December 18, 2010

Season's Greetings to Everyone

Chico on the Bed
It is cold and dark out. I am lucky to have a fireplace and lots of wood. This fire started quickly. I guess I am getting better or maybe it was because of the one long burning presto log that was left over from my landlord's wood stash. Whatever the reason, it was nice to get it going in under ten minutes. A fire always feels to me like another presence is in the room, another life.  So it is me and Chico and the fire tonight. Maybe there are a couple of cockroaches hiding out here under things. I also saw a spider a few days ago.  I wish all of you a very happy holiday season, filled with warmth, love and good health but no cockroaches or spiders.
Spirit in the Fire
 See how the fire has grown? It sure looks like a spirit to me in there. Maybe I have just been alone too long. My mother always said I had a vivid imagination. Sometimes I think she didn't mean that as a compliment. Sometimes she did, especially towards the end of her life.  She appreciated it more as the everyday world became less important to her.  Wherever you are now Mom, I love you and I miss you.


  1. Chico sure looks comfy!

    I think it's great to have a vivid imagination. Makes life more interesting. :-)

    Feliz Navidad, Patricia.

    Karen in VA

  2. Hi Karen, Thank you for writing again. I always enjoy your comments. Yes, Chico loves to snuggle up on my bed. I don't know what I would do without his loving presence. Yes, a vivid imagination makes life interesting, in both good and bad ways. Patricia

  3. ok, I have to ask for all of us north of the border (NOB) - how cold IS it in the casita that you need a fire? Love,,

  4. HI Gayle, I know you are going to laugh at this but here goes. The outside temperature has been around 45 degrees at night. But the INSIDE temperature might be ten or degrees colder. I don't have a thermometer in here. Okay, I am spoiled because it is the high 70s and low 80s during the day here. Thanks for writing. Patricia

  5. My house is a very cold house and it's usually around 60-63 degrees when I get up in the morning with mid-70's during the day. I have a thermometer but sometimes I feel colder when I read it.

  6. Hi Paty, Thank you for your comment. I think that cold is a relative thing. Sometimes the Mexicans will be outside in hats, gloves, scarves and jackets and Canadians just arriving from the snow are out in shorts.... Merry Christmas. Hope it is warm. Patricia