Thanksgiving with our family is a happy memory. Saw this year’s first “smack” of over-night snow this morning. Last evening, we cozied in front of our first log-fire of the season. The decorations are complete and the “Poodle-Prince”, Davidson is  sporting his new clip.  Today, I’m sitting by the fire, listening to my classical music softly in the background whilst I read my Nook.  I’m reading my first e-book-on-loan from our Public Library. I have 13 more days to read the e-book and then it will automatically disappear from my Nook.  I’m a fan of the Library and am long accustomed to selecting and putting holds on my selections,  “on-line”.

It’s already too cold in my garage to carve on my bird-projects. I must eventually brace myself, heat the garage, and perservere. I plan to wrestle again with the  life-sized Red-tailed Hawk. It only needs a few hours attention to get past the carving stage and on to the detailing stage. I’ll then bring it inside for a month or two of wood-burning the feather quills and barbs. Hopefully, this bird will be ready for our first woodcarving show of 2012 in Middletown, OH. June will probably have a few more sessions with her paint-students. Otherwise, we’re on our Winter Hiatus from Wildfowl Art & Teaching.

Our family traditions include several that are coming-up very soon. June & daughter Michelle’s annual “Cookie Baking Day” at Michelle’s house, and Michelle and me off for a dinner (often Skyline) and shopping for her mom until we “ace” the list!  Happily (for me) Michelle takes the gifts home with her, wraps and labels them for me, to June and brings them here to Das Hamonhaus on Christmas Day. Then, the clan gathers once again for food, gifts and merriment.

Eating Out (should become an Olympic Event) with friends fills in whatever gaps may appear on our calendar.  We’re very blessed to have these family and these friends enscounced so warmly in our lives; woodcarvers included.  So, when the cheeriness appears to be fading, around January and February, think about revving it all back up again for the Spring. That’s what we do, to prepare for our Spring Class; and so on and on goes, I hope, for a very long time.

So, from the two of us to you, dig in and enjoy. We’re in this together. Keep those bird-feeders filled!

Happy birding and carving,  Bill and June

Bald Eagle #3

Bald Eagle #3

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