Showing posts from December, 2021

Winter 2021-2022 Top Reads

  Lights, Tea & Action The festive holidays and the year of 2021 are coming to a swift close. Another 365 days have flown by with continued drama, love and all the thrills of life. Additionally, several inches of snow has fallen in the Pacific Northwest remaining intact with a chilly cold front.  It was 20 degrees on Sunday, December 26th, breaking the record set in 1948 of 22 degrees.  The Dr. Zhivago cold will continue for the rest of the week with icicles, inches of snow and slick streets.  I hope you all remember the cold and vivid images from the film, Dr. Zhivago (1965)  which I saw when I was obviously much older. A five-year-old would not have an interest in this movie.  Our outdoor landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful.  2021 will go out as a winter wonderland.  While we are keeping warm, there are a few books that I have enjoyed immensely. Grab a cup of tea, coffee or wine and settle into the winter months with a few memorable novels.  Of course, by a roaring fire!  &qu

Christmas is Here!

  The Snow Globe  The snow globe is a beautiful ornament that graces many homes across the world.  For me the perfect symbol for 2021.  The history behind this beautiful curio is fascinating as well.   The oldest snow globe came about in1878 at a Paris Universal Exposition, where a local glassware company displayed a paperweight constructed of a clear globe containing a man with an umbrella and white powder.  When shaken the illusion of snow fell.  These items were popular in the 1800's and collected with enthusiasm.  Moreover, in 1900, an Austrian man, named Erwin Perzy, hailed the inventor of the snow globe, figured out how to increase the light within, and procure the best material for the snow.   He then went on and sold dozens upon dozens with pewter figurines from his company, Firm Perzy.   It was in America, in 1927, that Joseph Garaja, patented the snow globe after constructing how to use liquid to assembly designs.  This made the snow globes an affordable commodity ranging