many white pines grow in the woods around here. back in early december, right outside the door, these white pine needle clusters were decorated with frozen droplets of water. the rain had dribbled down to the needle tips and then froze in place overnight, creating the look of tiny glass beads suspended on the strands of green, nature's own wonderful attempt at seasonal decorating.
speaking of decorating, i am going outside in the snow (yay!) to get some fresh greens for 2 vases on the table. the white pine sprigs that are on the table now are a little dry and brittle. while i am outdoors i am going to haul in several armloads of wood (if i have the energy-i have a nasty cold) for the fireplace.....there is always one more thing to do, isn't there?