Mid-February, and the chocolate rush is over. No more tacky heart-shaped red cardboard boxes, thank goodness. The 76% bitter chocolate in squares tasted just fine.
Commercialization of sweet ideas should not be allowed. Bah humbug. Wait, that sounds like Scrooge at Christmas. It wasn't. It was Scrooge at Valentine's Day; the crusty old goat doesn't like the commercialization of sweet occasions, the retailing of sweet traditions, or red-heart-shaped-cardboard-boxifying romance.
I have to agree with him. My relationship with my beloved is worth far more than a $39.99 heart-shaped cardboard box that will end up in the landfill the next day.
Never mind, it's winter and we are now free to smile happily and contemplate winter bytes, --even if winter bites. There is always something beautiful to behold, see this? It is natural wind-blown snow art offered by Mother Nature herself. It seems to appear magically every winter without fail. It sparkles in the moonlight too. How cool is that!
|Windblown Snow Art|
So all is not lost in winter after all, whether we end up getting cabin fever and the winter blahs or not. Where shall we wander? Out into the great outdoors, like this!
At Incoming Bytes we note and appreciate all kinds of beauty, outdoors or in, whether made by nature, man, woman, or child. Back indoors after that wonderful walkabout in the great outdoors, nature is providing her own showy, special beauty this mild winter day:
|Carnation and Chrysanthemums|
How about those bytes by Mother Nature? Carnations and chrysanthemums sure look good to me! Way to go, Momma!
Man-made art shows up in winter too. Especially around birthdays.
Oh oh...is that child genius artist at it again? See for yourself...
|Child Genius Art|
Oh, my...what a relief. It's just the wrapping paper. There's no rice, lentils, assorted beans or macaroni on it, attached, detached, or anywhere near. Artistic, isn't it? Macaroni-free too!
Maybe I'll close up the paper chute on the printer just in case. After all, we don't want any more macaroni in the printer. Winter bytes -- al dente. Hey, we learn fast around here.
Is that incoming I hear?
* photos (c) 2012 wlk photography