"Out of the bosom of the Air,Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,Over the woodlands brown and bare,Over the harvest-fields forsaken,Silent, and soft, and slowDescends the snow."
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
feasts, family, friends, love and warmth.
soon there will be trees, lights, cards to mail and cookies to bake. time seems to speed up this time of year, every year. i'm trying to remember to slow down whenever possible and savor savor savor...
happy merry making friends!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
a week ago i began a new morning routine.
now we sleep in a few minutes longer each morning. we wake, get dressed, eat breakfast, then i gather my littles and drive them to school. no more morning school buses. this allows us an extra 15 - 20 mins at home each morning. that may sound insignificant, but it feels huge. after school drop offs, i take the longer way home and stop at the beach. each time a different spot. some mornings i take a long walk, other mornings i just pause for a few minutes and take in the salt air. the winter beach here is almost always empty, just me, the seagulls and the pigeons. some days the wind takes my breath away and makes my eyes water. some days i forget my mittens and instantly regret this. but mittens or not, our mornings seem less rushed, more peaceful, and i feel so much more grounded. i hope my littles feel it too.
Monday, November 11, 2013
casey and i packed our backpacks and headed northwest to vermont. friends invited us to a contra dance (my first ever!) and we would sandwich the trip with seeing family nearby. saturday morning we hit the road. the drive was smooth. the farther north you get the less and less cars you see. i always drive my favorite route through Franconia Notch. gorgeous mountains, big sky, and i figured a possibility of snow on the mountain tops... little did i know...(more on that soon.)
we left the dance and went home and got cozy for sleep. we knew there was a possibility of snow and it started to spit just as we climbed the stairs to bed. we woke and casey asked to go to the window to see if there had been snow. you could hear the excitement and hope in her voice. she pulled the curtain back to reveal it had indeed snowed. a beautiful blanket of white. not too much. just enough. a lovely first snow fall. and the morning went from there. warmed by friendship and the woodstove, a warm fresh breakfast and coffee with a spoon of maple syrup, the girls layered up and headed out. returning soon for hats and scarves for their snowmen... :) then returned again asking for help lifting their snowballs into snow people! we had no idea they were rolling really big snow balls. once they were finished we were allowed to come down and see their fun creations. one for each of them. the tall one, the big brother of course, complete with his hat!
we packed up and headed out to see more family, Pa on his birthday day, and big nana well. a lovely visit and then it was already time to get back in the car and drive home. the sun peeked out a little and the snow melted away as we drove south. when we hit the notch on the way home we pulled over to see the big mountains with the snow. winter is magic in the beginning.
we got back home to our boys who filled us in on all the fun they had, and we shared ours with them.
thank you vermont. we love you.
Friday, November 08, 2013
the darkness comes so early.
its such a shock to look outside at 4:15 as the sun slips away. my guys doesn't get home til well after the sun has set and it's so very dark.
i'm still adjusting.
it takes me some time.
our first round of germs struck this week as well probably dampening my already melancholy mood. a few teas with honey have been savored on my sore throat. thankfully it seems to be passing. the kids and i all seem to be turning the corner toward healthy. hubby escaped this round (knock wood). now what to do about all this darkness? vit d supplements have begun. new flannel sheets are all washed and on the beds. i need to stock up on some books for me at the library. and source some new comfort recipes to try this winter... new soups or stews... mmm yes.
are you feeling the darkness?
Friday, November 01, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
the nights are colder.
the mornings are darker.
we had our first frost.
our pumpkins are carved.
seeds were roasted and eaten. (salty was best. i burned the sweet.)
halloween costumes are still being assembled.
my big fuzzy sweater robe has been pulled out and donned while working inside. still holding off on turning on the heat.
most of the color has all turned to that golden brown, soon there will only be bare sticks, "stick season" til we get our first snow... not like i am in any hurry for that. december would be fine by me. i like to dream. started to stock up on cocoa. (note to self: need marshmallows!)
what have you been up to?