Archive for December 2015

I headed for the hills

This post is part of the ChicagoNow Blogapalooz-Hour, in which menbers of the community write a post in one hour.  Tonight’s challenge is–“You made a million  choices in 2015, Write about one of them.” I chose to change my coffee. I like real coffee, and  I usually make my own.  Making coffee is my meditation,... Read more »

Wintry Mix Monday

Wintry Mix Monday
What a combination– A Monday after a holiday weekend, and a wintry mix that caused traffic delays, hundreds of flight cancellations  and  power outages in the Chicago area.  Winds off the Lake churned up  high waves, and flood advisories. A wintry mix sounds like something you’d make for  a holiday party–something to go with the... Read more »

December solstice--light in the dark

December solstice--light in the dark
The hours of daylight  grow shorter, as we count down to  the  winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.  The  solstice will occur on December 22, at  04:48 Universal Time.   For those  of us in the Central Time Zone in North America, the solstice will occur on  December 21, at 10:48 p.m. At the December... Read more »
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Paperwhite narcissus--winter flowers

Paperwhite narcissus--winter  flowers
Before I had a cat, every winter I would grow  paperwhite narcissus bulbs. Paperwhite narcissus are related to the yellow daffodils of spring. They are native to the western Mediterranean, from Greece to Portugal, Morocco and Algeria. They grow from bulbs, forming grassy foliage and wonderfully fragrant flowers. WARNING– Bulbs  are poisonous to cats!  If you want to... Read more »