Monday, December 20, 2010

The great holiday vanishing problem

Sandra at the party
Notebook sketch
black marker on bond paper
9 x 6 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
(In the middle of  a conversation 
at a party I had a sudden urge
to capture this friend's face.
I have in no way done it justice,
but I am indebted to the host, who
gave me paper and a pen,
and to my subject.)

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for my disappearance.  I have been shut in with
a stack of exams a mile high, and only released to
out in fancy clothes to head out to a party, and to
put on warm clothes to buy a tree.
Jennifer and her tea
Notebook sketch
black marker on bond paper
6 x 9 inches
Barbara Muir © 2010
(My friend's Christmas party
is a lovely one.  Most of the same
guests come every year, and the hosts
serve a delicious meal.  It always
features seafood, and then other delicacies
-- a wide variety of goodies.  Good
conversation and good wine flow
dependably.  I quickly did this sketch
at the end of the evening when Jennifer
had a moment to sip a cup of tea.)

Here I am again, and weather, Christmas preparations
and family permitting I will try to stay blogging right
through the holiday.  My friend Marcia Labelle posted
a warm wish for peace and happiness to those of all
faiths and non-faiths.  In Canada, whatever your
celebration, or non-celebration, you have a holiday
at Christmas, and another one for New Year's Day.  So
whether you string lights around your house, light
candles, or eat special foods, there's a fairly good chance
you will be invited to a party, or hear choirs singing in
the malls.  And that's a good thing.

Tonight, or this morning we're seeing a total eclipse of the moon,
which will not fall on a Winter Solstice until 2094.
I'm not sure I can make the next one, so we've watched some
of this one, and will be wakened by our son Sam at 3:15 a.m. to see
the grand finale.

Have a reveling-in-the-Solstice day.


Nicki said...

Barbara, enjoy your holidays, the food and the friends. I think it is safe to say we all love seeing your sketches, your paintings and reading your words whenever you have time to post them. You are an inspiration.

XO Nicki

Melinda said...

So glad you are alright and just very busy.

Wishing you a wonderful time with your dear family, lots of rest, good food, and joyful plans for the future.

Virtual hugs!

Linny D. Vine said...

Happy Winter Solstice, Barbara. Thanks for sharing your evening and your sketches.

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