Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas from Sand Creek

There is plenty of snow on the ground here to guarantee a white Christmas. The creek is very much open, enough to attract waterfowl that have lingered in the area. Yesterday The Hermit saw an unusual, slate-gray duck on the creek. I went out with binoculars and camera but I did not see it. However, I scared up a pair of mallards- the first December mallards I have ever seen here. Later I saw a mammal swimming; from the size and color I'd say it was a beaver. The Hermit, after consulting Sibley's bird guide, said the duck he saw  looked like a black scoter. That would be the most unusual "yard bird" ever! I'll be checking the creek often.

The tree is decorated, the stockings are hung from the stairway with care, but I have yet to bake Christmas cookies and wrap gifts. The Hermit will take the kids to town to go sledding while I do some "setup" on certain gift items...I am just itching to use mine, and it's my gift to myself so I would be allowed to do that, but that would give the whole thing away, you know! Then I'll make a Christmas eve dinner of ricotta stuffed pasta shells, not exactly traditional but it sounds yummy. Tomorrow after the big unwrapping we'll head to my brother's house for the family Christmas. I hope this holiday finds you surrounded by people you love, with many blessings to share!

(for those of you who saw this post BEFORE I edited the egregious spelling error, in the title no less, I apologize! I'm usually so obsessive about spelling!)

10 comments:

webb said...

Hope all your dreams come true - including that special something for yourself (which you will share with us next week... right?)

Merry Christmas!

Ed Bruske said...

Lovely! Reminds me of where I grew up....

rayfamily said...

Beautiful shot! A very Merry Christmas to you!

Floridacracker said...

Gorgeous!
Merry Christmas!

Pablo said...

Warm wishes!

Jayne said...

Hope your day is filled with joy and peace Deb, and that the coming year holds many blessing for all of you there on Sand Creek. :c)

Lausten North said...

Here's hoping that the return of more light in our days in the North also sees more light in the world.

edifice rex said...

Merry Christmas! and that is a really beautiful shot!

K~ said...

Hey Deb. I think your blog is beautiful. Love your pictures. I am glad you stopped by my blog. I don't get many visitors. Just do it for the sake of doing it. I keep a loose racord of my cross stitching here. K~

troutbirder said...

Happy New Year as well. Beautiful header. From snowy southeaster Minn. to Up North.