It is quiet on the island today. And cool and sunny. The temperature is in the mid-40s. The sky is post-card blue with not a cloud in sight. The white fence around the graveyards across the street is dappled in sunlight, the shadows of the nearby yaupons dancing on the pickets.
Colored & white Christmas lights, window candles, evergreen wreaths with rich, red bows, and garlands on fences are scattered throughout the village. Christmas is only days away.
Tomorrow I drive to the airport to pick up Lou Ann. She will be here on the island until New Year. We'll decorate our tree on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day Amy, David, & Lachlan; Finley; Steve & Pat; and Julie & Gary will gather in my parlor to share a "farmer's breakfast" and then to open presents. It will be my first Christmas in my new (old) house, and Lachlan's second Christmas.
This may be our last post until next week. All of us at Village Craftsmen, Dallie, Dale, Jude, & Philip, wish you Peace, Happiness, and Joy this holiday season. We hope you have the merriest Christmas ever!
Our current monthly Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of Ocracoke's Street Names, Part II, published December 19, 2005. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news121805.htm.