I first noticed the buds on the Christmas cactus in December, but it wasn’t until a couple of days ago that it burst into bloom. Now it is a delightful combination of buds and flowers and it’s so cheery to have in the kitchen on a cold January day!
After it snowed Meggie would think about what she should do first. Would she go skating at the pond down the road, build a snowman in the yard, or go sledding on the hill by her school? First she needed to see how cold it was. If it was extra cold staying near the house would be the best choice, although Meggie didn’t pay attention to the temperature until she couldn’t feel her nose or fingers! But her Mom always made sure she had on a hat, mittens and a scarf as well as boots. This took a long time to accomplish.
Sometimes her choice depended on whether there were other kids out sledding or making snowballs. She loved sledding down the hill as fast as she could but didn’t like climbing back up pulling the sled. That was hard work.
Once the snow started to fall Meggie liked to play outdoors as much as possible. It made the winter months go by quickly, and it was lots of fun!
The start of a new year is the time for a fresh beginning. It has been so much fun starting this blog and I’m looking forward to more adventures next year! As Anne of Green Gables said, “Marilla, isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
These pictures are from Prince Edward Island. Although they were taken in the summer they seem just right for now as we look ahead to warmer weather.
Meggie loved brightly colored flowers and she noticed that butterflies liked to land on them. Sometimes the butterflies were similar in color to the flowers so they were well camouflaged – maybe to keep them safe, she thought. Once she started finding butterflies she couldn’t wait for the flowers to bloom so she could watch for them. Meggie also went to the library to check the encyclopedia for more information. She found out this one in her back yard was called a tiger swallowtail.
One summer day she was reaching for a flower and out of nowhere a bee stung her on her hand. It hurt so much she didn’t know what to do and she looked for her mother for help. Her Mom went back outside with her and poured water on some dirt to make mud, which she patted on Meggie’s sore hand. It felt much better right away.
Meggie never stopped looking for butterflies but she was also on the lookout for bees so she wouldn’t get stung again. And so far she hasn’t!
Meggie first became interested in doors after she read the Chronicles of Narnia series. After reading about the connection between doors and adventures, she began to wonder what might happen if she went through a mysterious (or even ordinary looking) door. Could she simply walk into another world? This was quite an intriguing possibility and she started thinking about doors differently. Her interest became more pronounced when she started to travel. There were fascinating doors everywhere!
Some of Meggie’s favorite doors have smaller people-sized doors inside of impressively large ones.
Some doors open up to potentially unsafe landings if you walk through them.
Which door to take? She still imagines that an exciting adventure might begin when she walks through…
Meggie always loved ice cream – it reminded her of summer and staying up late because there wasn’t any school. She liked cones best but ice cream was also good in a cup because she could take her time eating it and it didn’t drip down the side of the cone onto her clothes. Some of her favorites were chocolate chip, butter pecan, and peppermint stick (because the bits of peppermint turned the ice cream pink.) What could be better than ice cream?
This question was answered when she went to Italy several years later and she discovered gelato. It wasn’t just the creamy taste and smooth texture that she liked. Even the presentation was charming with fluffy mountains of gelato adorned with flowers and fruit.
Soon she was looking for signs for gelato shops. This became a daily adventure in Italy and there were so many inviting places wherever she went.
After some careful thought Meggie decided that it really wasn’t necessary to choose. Ice cream and gelato are both delicious!