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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Finials Of Broken Glass - Christmas Eve Votives

Friday, I visited my dear friend, Marijane, in Half Moon Bay. She made us lunch; we walked down to the beach and threw sticks for her dog, Blue. The air was cold, but the sky was clear and blue and the tide swept in and out, stretching a glittering hand across the sand. Later, we drove into town and walked about the shops on Main Street.

We’d stopped at an odd little shop stocked with junk, antiques, and whimsical garden ornaments. A wheelbarrow full of broken glass (at only $5 a pound) caught our eyes. The barrel seemed mainly full of glass finials, old doorknobs perhaps, or cabinet knobs. Some large, some small. Some with holes in their bottoms where the salvagers had carelessly torn them from their doors, others with uneven yet solid bottoms, some with chips on the sides or jagged edges. Some deep blue, with streaks of purple; others a light, flimsy gold, with yellow and green streaks that reflect the light. They all seemed luminous, charming, and spoke of a by-gone era, now discarded in a dirty wheelbarrow left outside and still wet from the previous day’s rain.

I paid $5 for a pound of broken glass and the half hour’s pleasure of sorting through various pieces of ragged, rough, broken finials. Marijane and I laughed and giggled, and brought some of the broken shards up to our eyes, to the light, to peer through and see the world differently.

I think the broken finials make some interesting candle votives.

Yesterday, I spent the day baking, cleaning my home, wrapping presents, and then visiting friends. Today, my son will join me for Advent Sunday breakfast and we will light the fourth candle. My daughter returns home later this morning from visiting relatives on the East Coast. She and I will attend the ballet (The Nutcracker) and share dinner. Tomorrow, we’ll all three drive to Santa Rosa - over the bay and across the bridge to Grandmother’s house we go – to me stepmum’s for Christmas Day celebrations.

As I write, I sip delicious coffee and listen to Handel’s Messiah. My home is clean, the tree, lights aglow, is beautiful. I am content. And I hope all of you are as well.

Have your selves a Merry Christmas,



Blogger Jack K. said...

Flap, flap swoosh. You did have a wonderful day. How sweet is that?

It can only be topped by time with your progeny.

Enjoy your day and continue to....

serve others, care about those you serve and share the love in your heart.

December 24, 2006 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some lovely
sentiments there
in jack's post, bird

i will echo those and add, i love your broken glass votives! they are indeed festive!

with you and marcel duchamp in the spirit of the season,


December 24, 2006 10:01 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

I hope you have a very merry Christmas as well.

December 24, 2006 5:48 PM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

merry christmas sweet tern of winter!
i wish you every happiness in the new year.


December 24, 2006 7:19 PM  
Blogger boneman said...

Well, Merry Christmas, Bird
and may warm breezes be beneath yer wings always.
The glass things were beautiful, but, I'll bet yer more so.

May all yer gifts be warm memories in yer heart and smiles on yer lips.
(and, on a less frivolous note, may all yer bad students drop out of school long before they get to yer class)

(ho ho ho ho)

December 24, 2006 7:40 PM  
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December 25, 2006 2:40 PM  
Blogger Lee said...

Thank you Bird. I hope it was a great Christmas.

December 26, 2006 1:53 AM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

Did you have a nice Christmas, bird?

December 27, 2006 3:01 AM  
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December 27, 2006 3:01 AM  
Blogger K9 said...

/bark bark bark

boyed, i know that shop. i am well aquainted with main street HMB. for one thing, i eat at the new york diner when i want a break from seeds, twigs and organic whey paste meals. grrherhaha. they serve FRIED EGGS there. in california! how they have managed to not be excommunicated is a mystery. did you get the glass at the shop on the end of the street...the old house? i got a bunch of black cat bar toys there. not for my bar mid you, but for a lady i know.

fun to read about your Christmas. now,,,,on to new years and then the big
"straighten up" for the body temple.



December 27, 2006 5:47 AM  
Blogger Percival said...

I join you with Nescafe Classic and have temporarily turned down my Chipmunks Christmas CD.

- Percy

December 27, 2006 6:54 AM  
Blogger Mayden's Voyage said...

But have you seen Bond yet? :)
Do it...Do it...Do it!
Otherwise I will have to fly across the US and take you myself!

Actually- that would be a load of fun! :)

Happy New Year friend..Hope it is full of wonderful things for you and yours :)

December 29, 2006 4:13 PM  

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