Winter crept
Through the whispering wood,
hushing fir and oak;
crushed each leaf and froze
each web-
but never a word he spoke.

Winter prowled
by the shivering sea,
lifting sand and stone;
nipped each limpet silently-
and then moved on.

Winter raced
down the frozen stream,
catching at his breath;
on his lips were icicles,
at his back was death.

~Judith Nicholls~

Winter has reared it’s ugly head here in the Canadian prairies. There’s nothing quite like the first breath of frozen air, while under the morning stars. It’s a shock to the system to inhale such cold air! I can’t imagine never having experienced it, though! Each morning I’m up early to tend to the animals and make sure all are fed, watered, and warm. I think of all the living things trying to stay warm on such cold days, how does anything survive? The birds, with feathers all fluffed up, stay busy to keep warm by eating one seed at a time. This is a a day when my Dad says, with his quirky sense of humour, “Thank God houses are hollow!”

Luckily, Second Life doesn’t have all the elements of real life! Otherwise I wouldn’t be out here in a short dress and bare shoulders! The Jaded Outfit from KRALUS is a new release that includes two dresses and a pair of shoes! The outfit comes in eight colours, and is Maitreya, SLink, and Belleza mesh body compatible, while the shoes fit those same mesh feet. I’m wearing the Blush tone, it’s a subtle colour so have a close up look on my flickr page by clicking on the picture! Check KRALUS out on Market Place here.

If you’re not in the VIP group for Hello Dave, you should be! This month there’s an advent calendar for the group members to drop in and click on each day! You’ll receive a free mini palette of festive nails! I’m wearing the applier from December 7 here, and if you’re new to the group or missed a couple days it’s not too late, you can still receive past gifts!

The December round of The Chapter Four is on and Le Poppycock has the Warm Fuzzies A & B packs of poses available. Each pack contains six poses. There’s also two couples poses and a free gift to pick up!

My hair is Nadia from the Exclusives pack from [elikatira].

The beautiful Rishi Tattoo in black is from Carol G. Tattoo Wear.

I’m holding a Christmas gift from last years Arcade from Zerkalo.

The December round of We♥RP is on and there is a ton of gifts for group members! By a ton, I mean inventory cramming numbers of gifts! One of the is them Leather Neckbelt from =Zenith=.

As usual, I’m wearing the Alex mesh head from Logo with the Irina skin in pale tone from itGirls, along with the Lara mesh body from Maitreya, and the elegant1 hands and high feet from SLink.

I just love ‘It All Starts With a Smile’ on the Heavenly Groove sim! It has lots of little private areas and great scenery!

I Bring You Glad Tidings of Great Joy!

I Bring You Glad Tidings of Great Joy!

Who wouldn’t want that….and a great pair of legs! I was gifted this adorable Sad Little Tree and it may not say it in the name…but it is Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree! It’s all there, Linus’s blanket around the bottom, the red ornament hanging precariously from the top, and the tree stand that has no way to water the tree. Charlie Brown’s Christmas is one of the ‘must watch’ shows of the season, for me! I grew up seeing it every year and still manage to find it on TV at some point in December. Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic too! I remember when I was really young there was another animated show that was shown at Christmas called ‘The Happy Prince”! It’s from a story by Oscar Wilde and written in 1888, but I didn’t know that back then. This show always made me so sad, but I haven’t seen it in years and years! It never seems like the Christmas season until I’ve seen the classic Christmas shows. At some point before Christmas I’ll dig out my DVD of White Christmas and sing along to all the songs. Christmas is all about tradition for me…including all the holiday TV shows!

Take a nice close look and you’ll see a lovely pair of pumps! The Lacey Pumps are a new group gift from Slipper Originals! They’re HUD driven with three colours and two metals and all you have to do is be a group member! They’re compatible with the Maitreya, SLink and Belleza mesh feet.

The Peace on Earth Hunt 9 is on for the month and [White Widow] is one of the hundred plus stores that are participating! The ‘Fences’ tattoo comes in white and black and is compatible with classic avatars and all the major mesh bodies, plus Omega compatible mesh bodies! This is a sexy little addition to a sexy outfit!

The candle and little string of lights are gifts, if you can believe that! Raindale has THE best gifts !! First off, the stringlight is part of the gift at the upcoming round of 2nd Level. 2nd Level runs from December 9-30, you just have a couple days to wait for that! You’ll want to check out the exclusive items from Raindale for this event. The candle is also a gift, available at the Raindale main store.

The Sad Little Tree is from botanical. The blanket can be removed if you prefer !

I’m using a pose from the Contemplate set from oOo Studio Poses.