December 2022 has been decidedly different. It has been DREICH! (Dreich is a perfect Scottish word for a gloomy, grey day that seems that it will last FOREVER. Thanks to Adullamite in Scotland for this word. I totally get it now!)
Not today though! I was so hopeful to see that big, beautiful sun I can't tell you how much nicer it is! I am looking out upon a beautiful sunny day with just a few puffy clouds here and there. Once it warms up just a wee bit, I will be out IN it! This past week almost half the USA was covered in snow so I guess I should be thankful here in Georgia for rain and gloomy skies. Why, it even snowed in London and in Eastbourne! Two places that I have written about in England! I have seen Eastbourne in the snow but not London. The snowy photos of London have been so pretty! (Please don't think I want it to snow here, the traffic is bad enough but with snow...it is even worse!) No, I like snow in photos and on Christmas cards and that's about it!
What has the weather been like for you all? Does it affect you as much as it does me? My Daddy always made sure he had one of the weather almanacs to consult. There are different ones in the USA. My Dad used Grier's Almanac which was a local one for the state of Georgia. (I just looked it up. It began publication in 1807 but due to the death of the owner it closed up in 2021. That is a bit sad to me.) Before we had 24/7 news with weather radars giving us up to the minute forecasts, people either looked at the sky or read one of the weather almanacs. Most people here might have heard of the "Old Farmer's Almanac" which was started in 1792 in Boston, Massachusetts by Robert B. Thomas. What a fascinating man! I have a quote from him here...
"We must strive always to be useful, with a pleasant degree of humor."
I wrote that quote above on the same slip of paper with another quote from an author that I have always admired: Robert Louis Stevenson. (Yes, another Scot!) Here is the quote:
"Continuing to fail in good spirits".
There, those two sayings seem to go hand and hand, don't you think?
We have had some Christmas cactus plants for a few years now and they were not doing well AT ALL. I wanted to just put them down on the curb and hope someone would take them away! My husband decided to put them outside for air and sunshine and when we noticed buds on them, we were happily surprised! I think I have read that one of the best traits of a gardener is hope. It works for us all!
Hang in there!
So, I am wishing you all the best. Hope and Love!
Enjoy the video! Darlene Love!