Before Christmas, I took the Metro downtown with friends to see The National Tree - I still am sometimes caught offguard that I can get to the White House in a 15 minute Metro ride (and I think "do I really live up here? Well, I suppose I do!). Anyway, it was a beautiful December evening - and it had been raining (sometimes heavily) earlier in the day, but when we got downtown, the sky was filled with fast-moving white clouds, which helped to provide some reflective light in the night sky. It was a beautiful evening.
Today I drive back to the DC area - after time spent with my Dad in Virginia and time spent here in South Carolina. The past two nights have been chilly ones in the Airstream, but I was glad to be here to protect my citrus as the temperatures dipped into the low-20s last night (it is still only 23 degrees outside of the Airstream). I'll keep the small trees covered, and have a friend 'free' them when the warmer weather approaches at the end of the week. Also, it was rather perfect that I was here for the first heavy frost/hard freeze for the winter. I arrived with roses and fall-blooming salvias in bloom, perennial morning glorry still clinging to the front fence and elephant ears still hanging in there - this morning the garden looks much different. It just felt right that I was present for this necessary transition.