During the last two weeks, I carved, sanded, and painted some new ornaments for our tree, inspired by creatures from Oregon and New Mexico:
a common kingsnake in the foreground and a sockeye salmon in the background
a glossy snake
a quillback rockfish
a tiger rockfish
a spawning chum salmon
This morning, I visited our local Farmers Market to pick up some contributions to holiday meals.
The winter offerings included this slice of orange-fleshed squash
and a fabulously fractal cauliflower.
Another day of gift-finding, a few more days of work, and I will be ready to cook, relax, and enjoy the season.