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I take a break today from the extraordinary messes I make when I cook and take pictures of my food. Someday I may share photos of the paths of my destruction. It’s good for a laugh. But not today. Today, let me just wish you, in this season of lights, all good things.

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May you come in out of the cold…

…may you be warmed and may you be fed…

…may you hold some dear one close…

…may you paint your toenails red…

…may you see art where you had not…

…may you know wonder…

…and may you share it…

…may there be sugar…

…may there be spice…

…may you go for a ride…

…may you look deeply into another’s eyes & listen with all your heart…

…may you find comfort in your traditions…

…may you see the extraordinary beauty in little things…

…may sun fall on your cheeks & your water be warm…

…may you know joy & may you let it show…

…may you be silly…

& forever young!

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  1. What a beautiful wish, any time of the year, but especially at the holidays. I wish you
    exhilarating experiences, blessings of good health and the will to keep on blogging to enrich all of us.


    December 15, 2011
    • Ronnie, what a sweet and dear wish! Thank you so very much!

      December 15, 2011
  2. This is so beautiful, and as we say in Spain “igualmente” – meaning I wish the same for you. Thank you so very much.

    December 15, 2011
    • Felice Navidad, Chica!! xo

      December 15, 2011
  3. jim callas #


    December 15, 2011
  4. Wow, your photo’s are magical! They really capture your feelings;) Loved it!

    December 15, 2011
  5. Don #

    What a heart felt blessing. Far surpassing any papal Benediction to me. Beautiful

    December 15, 2011
  6. All of those sound good, except the red toenails. I don’t think they’d suit me. Great photos!

    December 15, 2011
    • Hah! You’re right. Maybe coral then?

      December 15, 2011
  7. So lovely!!

    December 15, 2011
  8. Mari Anna #

    What joy your photos and thoughts bring!

    December 15, 2011
  9. You have so many books in you ready to be born, Spree. I come here hungering. And I get fed in every way.
    Thank you for this stunning glimpse into your heart and the lives of those you love. There is one little spree I simply cannot take my eyes off, for her direct gaze meets mine with such disarming trust.
    Thank you for this platterful of wishes. May all the beauty you continuously send out return to your family again and again and again.

    December 15, 2011
    • Carolyn, I’m still waiting, breath bated, for YOUR book! The way you string words together points to your own gift. I wish you’d please hurry! And Thank you for always leaving SUCH kind encouraging comments in your wake! xo

      December 16, 2011
  10. Spree, this sort of post is just what I love about blogging… I get to come over to your blog, read these beautiful, heartfelt wishes and, it’s a funny thing, but it almost feels magical, like it could all really come true. Thanks for this, it made my day!!

    December 15, 2011
    • Smidge – there’s nothing much better than shedding a happy tear and your words just brought two. Thank you so much! Your blog, delicious in every way, has brightened many a day!

      December 16, 2011
      • Thanks, Spree… wishing you and those cute people in the photos a wonderful Christmas season!!! xo Smidge

        December 22, 2011
  11. Beautiful, magical post! And your comment about “Geraldine” cracked me straight UP!

    December 15, 2011
    • Your “Geraldine” post did it to me first! Hilarious! Thanks for the laugh, and for the comment!

      December 16, 2011
  12. Ali #

    Thank you for helping me to reprioritize my to-do list this Christmas week! I love every wish and every image, and I love you!!

    December 15, 2011

    December 15, 2011
  14. Spreesgratefulguineapig #

    And all of this, every bit of it that oozes out of your heart and soul and into these words and pictures is why I fell and stay in love with you.

    Oh yes and all the yummy food too!!!!

    December 15, 2011
    • Je t’aime, mon petite guinea pig!

      December 16, 2011
  15. Mama, I adored this post – as Ali said, each wish, each photo. Beautiful! So blessed to call you mama!

    December 15, 2011
  16. What a sweet post! I especially love the “may you go for a ride” part…

    December 16, 2011
  17. Then again, may you!

    December 16, 2011
  18. Lovely pics! That cactus heart is way cool! Did you find that on your last trip?

    December 16, 2011
  19. No. 2 image is just gorgeous, you must print it large….. A Classic!

    December 17, 2011
  20. Thank you Lesley!

    December 17, 2011
  21. When the wish to photograph your food exceeds the wish to eat it (despite the lack of talent), then spree has occupied every corner of your heart! What an amazing string of photos and words!! Thank you, Ani.


    December 17, 2011
  22. What a heartfelt wish for the holidays. I hope your holidays are as beautiful as this post.

    December 18, 2011
  23. I think I’ll hold off painting the toenails red, but otherwise thanks for the thoughts.

    December 21, 2011
  24. Your blog is beautiful and informative.

    I would like to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger’s Award. Please check out my blogsite for directions about how to receive this award.

    This is a great way to start a New Year!


    December 25, 2011
    • Ronnie – This was (appropriately!) the last gift I opened on Christmas. Thank you so much! You do me honor – & congratulations to you TOO on being nominated! It’s been lovely getting to know you through your writing & through the comments you leave for me. Again, thank you!!

      December 26, 2011
  25. Bill Sharp #

    Sorry I came to this late. Beautiful all the way around.

    December 26, 2011
  26. Wonderful wishes for beautiful things for any time of the year. Thank you for sharing a marvelous post!

    December 31, 2011

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