With the turning of the calendar page to November, we are getting closer to the holidays and the new year.  For the past 15 years I have been offering my original line of holiday cards and desk calendars with my photographic images.

These images are some of the samples for this year.  More information, along with the complete line of cards and calendars can be found by clicking on the corresponding tabs at the top of my blog page.

Thanks for following along on my blog journey.  I’ll take this time now to wish you joy during the upcoming holiday seasons, and a new year that’s filled with beauty and amazement.

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Winter daybreak through the trees_StaatsOne of the lessons I’ve learned from the two recent deaths in my family is the importance of a written card.  I received many hand-written cards expressing sympathy and caring, sharing wonderful stories of my father and my sister-in-law, and offers of help to me and my family in so many different ways.  I have treasured and kept all these cards.  Now the calendar page turns to December with its upcoming holidays, and I’d like to remind people of the joy of receiving a special holiday card in the mail.  A unique card with a personal message inside will make someone’s day and brighten their holidays knowing you took the time to think of them and write to them.  For the previous nine years and again this year,  I am offering a line of holiday cards and desk calendars.  You will find the links to this year’s offerings on my blog and through my website.  Please browse and enjoy, order if you would like, but most importantly please remember how special it is to receive a wonderful card in the mail from a friend who’s taken the time to remember you.
Holiday cards can be found here:  https://lindastaatsphoto.wordpress.com/2013-holiday-card-collection/
Desk calendars can be found here:  https://lindastaatsphoto.wordpress.com/2014-desk-calendar-collection/

We are quickly slipping from fall into winter.  Once Mother Nature has made up her mind it seems that the changes become so much more noticeable.  Although our days have been unseasonably warm, this past week we had two mornings of frost.  That and the shorter daylight seem to have triggered some major changes.  These two images were taken one week apart — the top image was last weekend and the bottom image was this morning.  The colors are gone, the leaves have dropped (except for a few hold-outs), and even the sky has changed to its winter shade of gray.    There is some mention of snow flurries possible later this week so we are hurriedly preparing the yard and garden beds for winter’s cold.   As with the change back to standard time we all seem to change our outlooks.  We’re looking forward to soups and heavier “comfort” meals, along with the upcoming holidays.
And with the calendar change to November I’m happy to announce my 2011 holiday card collection and my 2012 desk calendar collection.  Both of these can be found on separate pages at the top of my blog.  This is my eighth year of offering cards and calendars and you’re sure to find something to delight anyone’s tastes.  Some of the photographs you’ll recognize as images that have been posted to my blog, but many of them are new photos.  Browse and enjoy!  And email me with any questions.
Enjoy this time of changing seasons!

We knew it was coming.  We knew it wouldn’t be much longer.  We knew it was inevitable.  But we were enjoying our moderate temperatures and fall-like weather, when all of a sudden winter arrived.  The temperature dropped 30 degrees, the wind blew, and the snow fell.  And it fell, and it fell, until we had over six inches of wet, heavy snow.  Overnight our neighborhood because populated with snowmen & women. 

And with winter’s arrival, I’m reminded that the holidays and the new year are fast approaching.  Please be sure to check out my holidays cards and 2011 desk calendars.  With original and distinctive images, the cards are a memorable way to send your holiday greetings.  And the desk calendars will brighten anyone’s day — a great gift to give, or receive.  The information about both the holiday cards and calendars can be found as separate pages on the top of my blog page at www.LindaStaatsPhoto.wordpress.com or you can click on the links from my website at www.LindaStaatsPhoto.com.  As quickly as the snowpeople appeared in our neighborhood, the holidays will be here!  Don’t be scrambling at the last minute for cards and gifts!