If you watch the weather reports you know that the Southeast is in a deep freeze. Our temperatures have been twenty-five degrees below normal for this time of year. It's rare to awaken to ten degree weather around here.
The Golden Girls think the weather is just about perfect. They love their walks in the cold morning air and are full of energy when they are outside. When they come back in, they are content to lie around and snooze.
Lucy has just plopped down, once again pushing Ellie under the chair. She looks so innocent, doesn't she?
Lucy sometimes curls up like a little puppy. When she is like that she looks more like a one-year-old than the five-year-old that she reallly is.
Both dogs love their plush beds.
Lucy always manages to look relaxed and comfortable.
The Christmas season brings happiness and sorrow even to non-Christians. We remember those loved ones we have lost and grieve anew for them. There are so many reminders of them mixed in with our memories of Christmas. The preparations and planning often overtake us and we may begin to dread the approaching holiday with so many things left to do.
We often become so caught up in the stress of the season that we lose our happiness for a while. Hawthorne said it well:
"Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
And so you need to sit down quietly away from the stress of planning the perfect Christmas. Take yourself away from all those things. They truly are not important. Then, perhaps happiness like the butterfly might alight upon you.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERONE!