Now that it is December and the school children are making cotton-ball snowmen and construction paper evergreens, the few deciduous trees that show color are giving us their muted reds and yellows, while the chilly winds kick up their fallen leaves and swirl them about.
It won't snow here. People are just now harvesting the last of their tomatoes. In winter our hills are green and in summer they are brown, but our seasonal decorations carry on with daffodils, ice cream cones, falling leaves and snowmen as if the whole world was New England. I don't mind. I want my kids to know that in December, children somewhere else are sledding and having snowball fights.
But, last week we gathered some of the prettiest leaves on our block and found a sycamore branch that fell in the wind, and I made a Los Angeles style December decoration for our living room.
Falling Leaves Mobile: Sycamore branch, Liquid Amber & Ginko leaves dipped in beeswax, transparent thread.