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Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 12.22.13


Hard to believe it’s only three days til Christmas. My holidays are usually small and quiet and I’m feeling ready now. The decorations — not many, but enough — are up. Gifts have been wrapped and placed under the tree or mailed to far-off places. I’ve enjoyed shopping with my daughter, and getting together with friends for a meal or a movie or just a cup of tea and a chat. On Christmas morning presents will be opened in front of the fire, in pajamas, accompanied by carols on the stereo.

Meanwhile, there’s still time for Scavenger Hunt Sunday! This week’s list includes: Lights, Tree, Big, Makes You Feel Merry, and On the Door. Let’s see what we can find.


DSC_3706Lighting Up the Night

It would not be my choice to leave this light on all night, but the other tenants and the landlord like the security it provides. We had more snow Tuesday night, and the warmth of the bulb caused the falling flakes to melt and icicles to form on the cover.


DSC_3746‘Tis the Season 112/365

A friend hung these ornaments on the bare branches of a small tree in her front yard. I loved the unexpected color against the wintery woods on a cold, drippy morning.


DSC_3688Red Door

Big house, big yard, big snow (another 10 inches), big blue sky, big trees and a big shadow.

Makes You Feel Merry

DSC_3743Highways and Byways

Waking up to fresh, fluffy snow and seeing that the squirrels have already plowed their way between the trees and the house made me laugh. The one you see climbing the trunk had just jumped from the roof into the snow, disappearing completely for a second or two before digging his way out and rejoining the main “road.” You can see where he landed and came up again in the foreground of this photo. The interesting thing is that they NEVER jump off the roof onto the bare ground. How do you suppose they know it’s okay to do it into the soft snow?

I love the squirrels and birds and all the wonders and mysteries of nature that surround me wherever I am. They make my heart merry in every season of the year.

On the Door


On the front door is a simple balsam wreath adorned with a red velvet bow. In typical Maine fashion, only the mailman and strangers ever come to the front door. Rather a shame, really, because it’s such an elegant entry.

That’s it for my official scavenger finds, but I’ll leave you with one more that actually incorporates most of the prompts in one image:

IMG_1799Pink Santa 108/365

Lights – check
Tree – check
Big – sigh of relief to have the tree done, check
Makes You Feel Merry – ho, ho, ho! check
On the Door – well . . . Santa won’t have to knock on the door, cuz I have a chimney for him to come down. Check?

Wishing those of you who celebrate Christmas a happy and blessed one, and to all a happy Winter Solstice. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, that’s something to rejoice about!

Come check out this week’s linkup at Ramblings & Photos.

15 thoughts on “Holiday Scavenger Hunt: 12.22.13

  1. Love that simple red door, surrounded by white! Wishing you a very peaceful and joyous Christmas!

  2. Love the ornaments hanging outside. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  3. Your Christmas morning sounds just perfect, Lee.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas, and a bright, beautiful New Year!

  4. Lovely and merry and white!! Have a bright and happy Christmas!

  5. your post is such fun this week. Love that you incorporated all the words in the last photo. Although you don’t appreciate your security light, it was fun for this California girl to see snow floating in the foreground. Can’t imagine having a white Christmas. Someday perhaps.

  6. Love the ornaments hanging on the tree so pretty with the snow. The squirrel shot is my favorite!

  7. That does look like a beautiful entry way. Lovely window above the door, and a beautiful wreath.

  8. Love your creative takes on these Christmas prompts! Really love the ornaments in the bare trees and the beautiful snow!

  9. What a fun, colorful and chilly post…..the snow is beautiful and I an envious….for us it is bucket loads of rain, never ending rain right now. But it does blur the lights adorning the houses, making a lovely smeary look. I would take photos but it is raining too hard!
    Your entrance is grand and graceful…it is a shame more can’t use it. But you have now sent its portrait out into the world. Merry Christmas

  10. I love the ‘tree’ photo. The squirrel was a nice catch! By what I see of the door the wreath is on, I love your house!

  11. What a great feel for warmth these were. Except my favorite, lights, is a bit frosty! I really like it!

  12. What a merry group of images – capturing so well the joy of the holiday season. Have you adjusted to your multiple-digit snow inches after the dryness of California? Enjoy your quiet and special Christmas Day.

  13. Dear Lee, your posts are always a joy to read. You make me smile. I also love the captions you include with your super photos. Merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year to you and your family!

  14. What a pretty and thoughtful collection you’ve posted for this week’s scavenger hunt. I especially like your final photo where you wrapped all the prompts into a single photo.

    Happy holidays to you & yours–I’m looking forward to your 2014 ventures.

  15. Wonderful selections for the hunt. My absolute favorite was the Tree one, I love those ornaments on the bare branches. – Also liked the Squirrel shot, they are so funny. – May you have a wonderful and joyous Christmas.

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