Today is First Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It started out as a magnificent blue sky day without a cloud in sight and a sun that warmed the patio and the cat who had found herself a sheltered corner behind a flower pot. The spider webs on the opuntia cactus stood out like strands of silver against the low November sun.
But shortly after, as is often the case at this time of the year, clouds began to form and the sky was soon covered. The warm air turned chilly and I could see that any thoughts of dining outdoors on the patio would have to be abandoned. Today I was preparing a special meal and early this evening we would be lighting the first of the Advent candles and having a cup of coffee with a slice of German Christstollen as is traditional in many homes. This photo was taken a few years ago, but it looked the same today.