Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter bound

The time for pastels and colors will come - so refreshing after the clarity and relatively blank palette of January...

...but January is where we still are - in the depths of quiet winter.

It's cold outside and we are, now, mostly house bound - only darting out to jump into the pre-warmed car to go to school or taking ages to bundle up just so that a mad dash can be made to the mailbox or to feed the feral cat who has adopted us and lives in our barns or to do the all important chicken chores. (Boy, are the girls tired of being cooped up....!!!) I, personally, am resisting any kind of longing for spring  because it's still a fair way off and, instead of digging in to garden dreams, I am snuggling into the warmth of making home inside - exploring new recipes in the kitchen - reading a lot - and rejoicing in the pretty snow, the bare, sparkling branches and the tastefully jewelled skies that I see outside my windows. How long I can hold out against the yearning for the feel of a balmy breeze again is anybody's guess.

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Money was really, very tight for Christmas this year and so I asked Tom, instead, if he would give me a concession as a gift. I asked for him to finally allow me to paint the bricks on the fireplace in the family room (without, then, asking me to concede to moving the hedge of lilacs in front of our house down toward the road... the fine print is important! ;-)) With trepidation and in desperation, he agreed! Then, in shock, he watched as, with three weeks to go till Christmas, I tore the room apart and began painting. Thankfully, it was an even easier project than anticipated!

What we've started to observe, since the deed was done, is that, nowadays, everyone can usually be found in the family room. Of course, the warmth of the wood stove has always been a draw but, now, we just all want to be in there - all of the time - all of us (including dogs and rabbit) - morning, noon and night.

I think that some other time, I'll post 'before and after' pictures of the room. Anyway, the project is only partly done. A new mantelpiece will come eventually and I still have cushions to sew... Right now, I just want to share the warmth at night and the quiet, wintry stillness in the morning - our life, right now!

Did anyone else feel like this new year, they were really turning over a fresh page?

...still in the quiet womb of new beginnings....

"May you be blessed with warmth in your home,
Love in your heart,
Peace in your soul
and joy in your life!"


Sunday, January 13, 2013

In review....

Yes, here it is, January twelth, and I am just getting to this post. And, I'm not quite sure what to say about it but, quite obviously, I march to the beat of my very own personal drummer. While enjoying the freshness and clarity of January, I, personally, would love to share a little bit of Christmas in review. If you can't stand one more bite of it all, well... then... er... close one eye or something.

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When I pray in the morning, this is where I sit and this is what I would see - very distracting but happy! 

It is my own tree - a lot of the ornaments are ones that I have been collecting since I was a little girl for when I grew up and had a tree of my very own.

Christmas seemed to just happen to me, this year. It went so fast and so slowly at the very same time. It went too fast because I took on an awful lot of extra projects in December. It went wonderfully slow because I, also, made sure to stop and just focus on spending time with my boys and Tom and family and friends. It was just one of those precious years like that - so many wonderful moments! But, decorating-wise, I feel like I just kind of threw everything together. I think, however, that it turned out very pleasantly to my way of thinking. =]

This is the 'family' tree. We put it together the first year when someone gave us a beautiful tree but our ornaments were still buried in boxes - lost. That Christmas was, also, full of sweet memories of making ornaments for our tree - sitting in the bay window cutting out the snowflakes - the boys making the cookie ornaments from start to finish - the melted crayon star and the paper chain that seemed to go on forever and ever and ever!!! All of the ornaments that we've bought on vacations and the kids have made in school and have been given to them are on this tree, too. The boys picked the tree, put it up and decorated it all on their very own, this year, and it was just beautiful!

and here is Chubbs, on Christmas morning in this picture, who just recently ate one of the cookie ornaments as it was waiting to be put away!

(A cookie's a cookie, I guess. =/)

and for those of you who were concerned if Jeffrey ever saw Santa or not....

Now! Onward! =]