Three Beautiful Things

1. I spotted a bright splash of color on a gray day. Isn't this cardinal sitting in a bare limbed tree outside the library a sign of good luck ahead? Say yes, please. I am looking for all the encouragement I can get.

2. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Gettysburg, Pa dressed for the holidays.

This plain room served as a hospital where both Union and Confederate soldiers were treated during the Battle of Gettysburg.

3. One of the best things about our place in PA is that it is close enough that Besty and I can have an afternoon together. A visit with my friend Betsy is always special. Talk is good. The light in the den - a room lined with windows over-looking our neighbors fields shifts from bright and golden to dimming and reddish as the sun goes down. It has not seemed that long. We know each other so well - a knowing we have cultivated and cared for since we were Girl Scouts together. Such a friend is a blessing and gift.

And look - she came bearing a gift - a wonderful surprise she for me - a gorgeous stool for storytelling - polished walnut with a hand painted decoration.

Personalized for me. It says - "Every story is worth telling."

I will treasure it.