Topic: Home environment
After work yesterday and today, I braved the frigid cold and took down Christmas decorations in the front of my city house--specifically, the ribbon and bows off the wrought iron fence, the multiple globes and twinkling white lights and ornaments from my little deciduous tree (the frozen crimson berries were attached and stayed put), the multi-colored lights encircling the red twig dogwoods. ..and then I promptly moved to the back yard where I hung the white lights again to make a path of luminescence from my garage to my back door. I even put a cluster of multi-colored lights into a large pot with "ever-blooming" poinsiettas.
"Why"-- you might ask?
Ah-h-h, it's the wisdom of my brother who designs pools and outdoor environments in Florida. It is his firm belief that people will spend a fortune on their yards and then miss one simple opportunity for improvement...lighting. Lighting creates mood and allows you to use your outdoors way beyond the short sunlight of the winter days (too short whether you're in Florida or Illinois).
So, it may be post Christmas, but I think I can change my frigid Winter backyard into a warmly welcoming home with some seasonal twinkling lights. Through the yard is how I enter my house most of the time, from garage to the back door. And now, it reminds me of the lovely Winter wonderland of ice and lights in the park at the base of the Eiffel tower. I can dream my way through winter chill.