We have been promising ourselves for years that one Christmas we would steal away and quietly celebrate just by ourselves.
And this turned out to be the year. We returned to the Love Shack just out of Ojai where we had spent a wonderful weekend a couple of years ago.
Ethereal quiet, wood smoke from our stove, stars everywhere, a burbling creek just outside the window.
We brought a few decorations and a small tree.
A stop in Santa Barbara on the way down for a delicious lunch
and a stroll through the beach-side Art Walk.
And a visit to nearby downtown Ojai to see
the Christmas sights and do some last minute shopping.
But, mostly just solitude, reading, jouranling, listening to music,
watching candles burn and being together.