(click any photos to enlarge - cardinal outside window today)
Mom also loved cardinals, and one showed up outside our dining room window today, sitting on a branch for the longest time...
Mom loved Christmas. She loved everything about it - decorating the house, singing Christmas carols, enjoying family, all of us riding around to look at Christmas lights, watching Christmas movies on TV, sending and receiving Christmas cards... everything about the season...
(Mom and my sister, Christmas in the 80's)
Every year her mirror was trimmed with holly, and Rudolph always had a place of honor right in the center...
Mom's manger, shown here with mom & dad's cat, Gypsy, in the background (photo from the 80's)
Mom passed away 12 years ago today and was buried on Christmas Eve day. I didn't know how I would ever get through Christmas that year, let alone ever enjoy one again. Mom was always cheerful and happy, and the last thing she would have wanted was for us to be sad... Time is also a great healer... grief subsides and tears are eventually replaced by happy memories, shared stories, and laughter.
Anyhow, I thought about you a lot today, Mom... You loved snowy days, and watching the birds and squirrels (especially your cardinals!). You would have loved today, so I captured the day in photos for you... and I smiled as I thought about you...
(our backyard Saturday afternoon)
(a junco at the bird feeder Friday afternoon)
(the bird feeder this morning, piled high with snow from overnight)
(a gentle mourning dove at the feeder Saturday afternoon)
(a junco at the feeder Saturday afternoon)
(the male cardinal, from the dining room window)
(isn't he striking in this winter wonderland?)
(I think he rather liked having his picture taken)