Do you send Christmas cards?
I still love doing this each year but admit it gets harder for me to actually write.
Just finding a comfortable position for bending my back, and holding my neck
at an angle for a long period while sitting at a table is difficult, so I usually stand
at the kitchen island and write for a while then take a break.
My once prize-winning handwriting of school years, waaaaaay back,
is no longer my pride and joy. . . . . . my hand just does not run smoothly
across a page and reminds me of when my mother, who had a lovely
hand writing, bold and even, complained about the difficulty of writing in
her later years.
Today was my dear mother's birthday, born in 1911, 104 years ago!
She has been gone many years now but I still miss her, think about her
so often, and last evening looked at photos of her and told her so.
I recalled the many wonderful things we shared, including writing cards,
and long weekly letters to one another after I came to live in the USA in 1962.
I still have boxes of her letters to me.
Anyway, my Christmas card writing is almost completed and many of my cards
this year are bird-themed as I thought them lovely - some traditional and another
box more contemporary and a bit quirky - an unusual choice for me but I do love
the North Carolina state bird, the Cardinal.
Yesterday I also managed to catch the gentle Mourning dove sitting in my now
bare fig tree with the fiery maple tree in the background.
I'm thinking perhaps this photo would make a pretty card for next year!