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The Last Month

Not that I dread December being upon us, but I prefer many other months.
Ancient memories conjure up warm feelings, most of which center around Christmas. You know, the toys and gifts, the food, the parties, the two week vacation from school, snow.

Alas, those days have passed. About the only thing I look forward to nowadays is the Winter Solstice, when the daylight hours start getting longer. That sustains me through February.

I flipped the calendar page this morning, and there was a photo of a charging buffalo herd. Along with my Charles M. Russell picture, a large poster, and a "Year of the Bison" (2004) promo of the magnificent beasts, I'm surrounded at my computer chair by the animal of my dreams. That, too, sustains me.

December's really not so bad here in Indiana. We have our warm days (58 deg predicted for today). It's tolerable--more so than January. I actually look forward to staying at home, baking cookies, tending the fire, reading, etc. I've been known to "hermatize" for two weeks before venturing out to the grocery store or see my dad.

December? Bring it on!

posted on Dec 1, 2012 5:56 AM ()


ah the life of a hermit. I like it. Enjoy!
comment by kristilyn3 on Dec 6, 2012 11:45 AM ()
I do get out every once in awhile! Going truck hunting today!
reply by solitaire on Dec 7, 2012 6:16 AM ()
Enjoying having the windows open — in December!
comment by marta on Dec 4, 2012 12:27 PM ()
A good respite after a below average November. Alas, we're back to "normal".
reply by solitaire on Dec 5, 2012 5:00 AM ()
no bison here except for those in the Z00---but BOY we have water buffalo up north to watch out for in kakadu park, love daylight saving myself but people on our west coast hate it a large time difference there
comment by kevinshere on Dec 3, 2012 10:22 PM ()
no actual time difference just the sun ---same state
reply by kevinshere on Dec 4, 2012 10:46 PM ()
What, 3 hours difference? That's what we have, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.
reply by solitaire on Dec 4, 2012 5:17 AM ()
I will be happy when this month is over! I miss painting and have resolved to paint more next year.
comment by dragonflyby on Dec 3, 2012 8:30 AM ()
Nothing like a good resolution. I do miss seeing your art work.
reply by solitaire on Dec 4, 2012 5:16 AM ()
Q: What did the Buffalo say when he sent his son to college?
A: "Bison."
comment by jondude on Dec 2, 2012 6:50 AM ()
Yuk yuk.
reply by solitaire on Dec 4, 2012 5:15 AM ()
Living in a village called Buffalo Grove, you can imagine that we have bison everywhere. High school teams are The Bison. We have big bison statues many places left over from a painting contest years ago.
comment by boots586 on Dec 1, 2012 6:02 PM ()
It might be worth a visit! You just never know.
reply by solitaire on Dec 2, 2012 5:23 AM ()
Although the "shortest day" happens on the solstice, the actual shortest afternoon is on 9 December. The sun sets 1 second later on 10 December and it keeps getting better after that. The shortest morning is in early January (I didn't bother to check for it) but that isn't too much of an issue for me. Yup, December: first month of waiting for spring!
comment by jjoohhnn on Dec 1, 2012 11:28 AM ()
Wow, really?!! Now that's something I didn't know, although I did realize sunrises and sunsets never meshed--like the same lengthening or shortening time. Good to know.
reply by solitaire on Dec 2, 2012 5:20 AM ()
I hadn't realized it was December 'til I read your post. It's been looking like snow for several days, but none predicted, which is fine with me. Good day to bake, as you say. I'm heading out to buy some bread flour and yeast.
comment by steve on Dec 1, 2012 7:21 AM ()
I just hope we don't get another "Where have all the flours gone?" from you!
reply by solitaire on Dec 2, 2012 5:18 AM ()
December never bothered me, except for crowds in stores when I needed to get something done. And it's kind of nice when the neighbors put up elaborate Christmas lights. We don't do that, but I like to see the displays. There's one spot at a fork in the road where all houses light up -- it's like being in fairy land to walk through. And in New York, of course, there was a festive air in mid-town that was very contagious and looking in the Macy's display one year to see animated recreations of famous scenes from children's stories -- made me cry. Also, the parties were fun, but the crowd my late husband introduced me to was remarkable. Writers and journalists and scientists ... ah Heaven to an urchin from Chicago without a childhood.
comment by tealstar on Dec 1, 2012 6:58 AM ()
reply by solitaire on Dec 2, 2012 5:17 AM ()

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