My friend Colleen asked how I made the pretty candle holders in the Decmber photo. Here you are:
I froze a little water in the bottom of a short drinking glass. Then I arranged some small sprigs of cedar and chopped cranberries between the glass and smaller plastic cups filled with water (to weigh them down) and placed inside the larger glass. I carefully poured water over the sprigs and cranberries. After it all froze, I removed the inside cups - this where the candles went. I kept them in the freezer until dinner time. They were frozen and reused them a couple of times. Easy and lovely.
Today is another sunny perfect Winter day. The birds are starting to sing their Spring songs. Hormones are powerful things!