“The pale stars were sliding into their places. The whispering of the leaves was almost hushed. All about them it was still and shadowy and sweet. It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater—a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in.”
― Olivia Howard Dunbar, The Shell of Sense

I love this quote from book The Shell of Sense because it really captures how I feel about dusk during the autumn and winter months.  I have always been mesmerized by that moment when the sun is setting, lights are on in kitchens, and there is such warmth and inviting spirit throughout neighborhoods in a city.

Dusk and dawn are by far my favorite times of day.

I just want to remind you as we enter a busy holiday season, to take time to appreciate the moments which are available this time of year.  It might be the warmth of dusk, or lights decorating a home, or a child sitting on Santa’s lap with delight, or new recipes in a cookie exchange, or a faithful Santa’s helper ringing the Salvation Army bell, or the aromas from candles or Christmas tea.  Take a moment and be present in the experience.

I think we all tend to rush through the season and then wonder where it went.  Experience it. Do not allow it to pass you by.

This dusk photo was taken as I arrived home from work. I am also taking a moment to appreciate this find… This is the blue Chico’s coat I bought for $29 during a July clearance sale and I love it!  I styled it this day with Chico’s camel So Slimming pants, an older leopard scarf and my brown Aerosole booties.  This outfit, my porch decorations, and dusk had me smiling at the end of a very long work day.

What are the moments you appreciate the most this time of year?  What will stop you in your tracks and cause you to think Do Not Let This Pass By!  Please share……………………….then……..

KEEP SMILING!

Here are some more gift ideas.  If anyone has me on their list, I love the Hallmark Channel Coffee Mug!

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