What do I want to remember about December? A freak snowstorm the first week. A lot of grey, rainy cold days which I spent counting down to the winter Solstice. I only went on two hikes this month:
12/6/2022 – Catherine Creek, WA –
We drove through the snowy Columbia River Gorge, and found the early snow at Catherine Creek.
12/13/2022 – Portland Arboretum –
Another day, we found a slightly dry weather window, and took a 2.5 mile walk through part of the Portland Arboretum.
I took plenty of walks through the neighborhood looking for cheerful holiday decor.
I remember willing the Solstice and longer days to arrive. For a few days each year, the sun is so low, it shines through our front door windows onto the stairwell wall.
Later in the month, the east winds swept through and pounded our neighborhood, blowing down several very tall fir trees, including one across the street that we had been worried about for years. It fell on the neighbor’s house. Fortunately no one was in the room that was crushed at that moment. Then we watched the street drama of tree removal for several days, front row seat from our living room.
Elsewhere in the neighborhood:
Fortunately, nobody was hurt an any of these local incidents.
What else…one son moved to Philadelphia at the beginning of the month and was not here for the holidays. We began to settle into our next phase of empty nesting, with no sign of any of the kids living here in the near future. We were glad to have our daughter home for the holidays. Luckily, she moved her flight up one day, and missed the travel craziness that happened this year. We were amazed that our other son arrived home from a business trip on a delayed flight from Denver, at 3 am on Christmas morning…for some reason not cancelled. We enjoyed setting up our tree, admiring the ornaments and the memories they bring; lighting Hanukkah candles, baking cookies, having a lovely Christmas dinner with some of our oldest friends.
Portland Art Museum – 12/28
My daughter and I went with friends to see a few of the current exhibits.
The golden brush strokes on this special exhibit Botticelli painting drew me in.
Very different from the rectangular smudges on this Impressionism work, which I also loved.
The Japanese woodblock prints of Mt Fuji were much more intricate and detailed, also beautiful!
A large retrospective exhibit of the Native American artist, Oscar Howe, was so interesting. His style evolved from representational to fractured, and was very colorful. These paintings are both dancers, with one arm raised, and feathers hanging down. I loved them!
Other December news:
An artist friend gave me a small painting of Mt Hood that we hung in our kitchen adjacent to one of my husbands’ photos of Mt Hood. We love the mountains!
I knit my way through the month, completing a few gifts, and finishing the year of gnomes.
I plan to write one more post for 2022 – hopefully soon.