|Sacramento, California, December 2009|
The afternoon was dreary. Rain drops slowly dripped from around the house and cold seeped into the walls. I considered making a fire in the wood-burning stove, but had so many things to do that I just bundled up with a blanket and sat reading, grading papers and musing a bit when someone knocked at the door and I opened it to my neighbor's smiling face, a warm, "just out of the oven" loaf of her Holiday Banana Bread (with butterscotch chips and nuts,) and a lovely scented candle called Warm Vanilla Sugar. What holiday cheer she brought!