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Winter, Be Kind

November 18, 2015

On a day where I found out a dearly beloved had been sexually assaulted, on a day where a friend’s new shelter dog died after just a month with her, I find myself close to tears. Between Paris and anti-immigrant governors, I am too much with this world. I would ask winter to be a little kinder, please.

Ways to make winter a little brighter:

  • Crystals hung in windows to make morning and afternoon rainbows
  • Toasted panettone with butter
  • Long walks wearing a scarf
  • Tea and conversation at a cozy cafe with a friend
  • Netflix binges
  • Singing with other people
  • Forget pumpkin spice. Brussels sprouts everything.

Speaking of Brussels sprouts, I got a fresh stalk today. I was in the kitchen, popping the sprouts off the stalk when Abbie Lynn came in and began staring at me intently. She had already eaten and had spent the day at day care, so I knew she didn’t need food or exercise.

Then I realized.

When she was a pup, I had given her a denuded Brussels sprouts stalk to play with like a stick. She remembered. She wanted the stick.

Dogs never forget.


Abbie with a winter rainbow.

  1. November 19, 2015 07:44

    This winter needs lots of soft things and hugs for sure. We roasted Brussel sprouts right on the stalk once.

  2. Elvie permalink
    November 19, 2015 09:09

    Rainbows from crystals are the best. Do you remember Auntie Elva’s in her kitchen window? Instead of a curtain she had a whole bunch of strings of them. So pretty.

    • November 26, 2015 10:40

      Maybe that’s where my love of crystals comes from!

  3. November 20, 2015 07:31

    Fall is kicking my ass, so I’m hoping for a kinder winter as well. Thinking about Abbie and the Brussels sprouts stick helps.

  4. jellyjules permalink
    November 22, 2015 11:56

    It’s been a tough time, to be sure. So horrific about your dearly beloved, so sad about the shelter dog.😦 Paris and Mali and Lebanon, it’s too much. We are cheering ourselves up with a new dog. He’s a good boy, and is doing much to make us laugh.

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