Monday, December 22, 2014

Picturing the Winter Solstice

Four times a year, on the spring and autumn equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices, I use my camera to document the activities of my day. I started doing this exactly six years ago yesterday, when the theme of the day was this:
That's right: SNOW. It was not your typical wimpy Seattle dusting, but an actual foot of snow, which made that winter solstice memorable, indeed.

Nothing quite as momentous happened this year on the winter solstice, but it was still a very happy and celebratory day, nonetheless.

I started the day by opening the 21st window on my Advent calendar.
Then I ate some Christmas Stollen with my coffee, and finished the heel on my sock—my second-ever Fish Lips Kiss heel.
Later, I joined my knitting friends for our annual Christmas celebration, with presents!
I went from knitting with friends to eating with friends. I took the bus downtown and met my two oldest friends (from first and third grades) and we ate at a window table at the Athenian Inn in the Pike Place Market.
My eyes were bigger than my stomach! My lunch was a clam chowder bowl that I managed to eat only about half of, but it certainly was good!
Next, I headed back home, and soon after, Mr. D and I went to my sister-in-law's house to celebrate the sixth night of Hanukkah with Mr. D's family. It's really wonderful having two light-filled holidays to celebrate at this dark time of year.

We ate a wonderful dinner, including, my favorite—potato latkes—and then sang songs and opened presents. Mr. D was really happy with his gift from me, a guidebook to identifying the mushrooms that he sees while hiking.
But the best part of the evening was the light from the candles in the menorah, which for me is a reminder that there is always light, even on the darkest night.
Whatever holidays you celebrate—Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza—I wish you peace, happiness and light this holiday season!


  1. Always enjoy when you share your Winter Solstice. Gorgeous images. What lovely times you are spending with family and friends.
    Happy Holidays to you love!

    1. Thank you so much, Andi! I hope your holidays are spectacular!

  2. Julie ~ I remember that snow! We had a white Christmas that year.

    I love your advent calendar ~ is that a keepsake or something new? Also, do you love the fish heel? I'm thinking about giving it a try but really love the old fashioned heel so don't know if it's worth changing?

    Happy holidays ~ enjoy your time with family and maybe I'll see you over on the blog for another knitalong (hint hint...I just posted our next one yesterday!)


    1. My advent calendar was purchased just last year at the country store in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. I liked it so much that I decided to use it again this year.

      My favorite heel is still the flap and gusset, but I wanted to give one of the other popular heels a try on some inexpensive sale yarn because I have some very nice self-striping yarn that will need a different heel to preserve the stripe sequence. I tried the OMG heel first, but it didn't fit my narrow foot very well, so I ripped it out. The Fish Lips Kiss heel is a little complicated to set up (you have to have someone trace your foot and do some measurements) but the actual heel was fun to knit and fits very well. I don't plan to use it all the time, but it will be great for those self-striping yarns.

      Happy Holidays to you and Jason, too!

  3. Lovely times you are having Julie, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you
    and Mr. D

    1. I hope that you had a good time in Vancouver (I know you did!). Have a wonderful Christmas! I look forward to getting together after the holidays.

  4. Beautiful images!!!! Here's to wonderful holidays to you and yours!!!