One of my favourites are snowflakes. They are not so much a Christmas ornament for me as something that usually fits in all winter. I say "usually", because there had been no winter to speak of here so far - until last weekend, when I woke up on the morning of the 15th to a light dusting of snow and grey skies suggesting there could be more:
There were a handful of flakes coming down during the rest of the day, but nothing really stayed on the roads.
On the Saturday, the sun was back...
...for a while before it started snowing once more:
But again, it didn't stay on the roads, and the weather presented no problem for us when we drove to a friend's birthday party on Saturday night.
It was a different story on Sunday, though, and I am glad we had been so lucky driving back home after the party when the roads were still entirely dry:
I did not put even one foot outside my front door all of yesterday. There'll be plenty of that today and all week, when I'll have to face the cold on my way to and from work. Not keen on it, but it can't be helped, and I rather have some snow now in January than for winter to stick around all the way into March and April, when I long for flowers and sunshine, birdsong and butterflies.
Eating well, with plenty of vitamins etc., is important all year round, but even more so in these conditions. I made sure of giving myself a proper boost of all that's good with my TV dinner last night (watching an episode of "Midsomer Murders"):
Tomatoes and (uncooked) cabbage turnip (is that the right word for it?) with a bowl of hummus. Lovely! Tomatoes don't taste of much this time of the year, at least not the ones I find in the organic section at Aldi's, but they are alright when you dip them in the hummus.
The azalea is a gift from my kind neighbour, the elderly lady who lives in the house with the beautiful garden I can see from my kitchen window. We are on very good terms, but not of the kind where people visit each other all the time and exchange gifts and so on. Therefore, she was very surprised when I gave her something for Christmas: A calendar I had ordered to be printed with photos of my view of her garden over the last year, fitting each month and season (lilac in May, cherry blossoms in June, autumn leaves in October, and so on).
Her garden gives me joy every day when I look at it first thing in the morning. I wanted to give her back some of that joy, and was successful in that. She told me she's been showing the calendar to all her neighbours (some of which I know only by sight).
Anyway, the flowers add a splash of colour and a hint of spring to my kitchen.
And for the snowflakes indoors (see the headline of this post): I came across this cushion at the supermarket some time in December, and couldn't resist, even though strictly speaking I didn't "need" it. But it looks nice on my bed, doesn't it?