Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winterberries


"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?  And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again."

Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass





Heather


Friday, February 20, 2015

I'm Grateful for the Cold



Our weather has been frightful this week.  
We've had snow and temperatures measured in the negatives.

And, for that, I am most grateful.

This weather brought a calmness to the house that I so enjoy.  

An environment of hearth and home that warms my heart.

The weather gave me time to do things that are often rushed about due to time constraints and outside commitments.


I tried a new recipe for Popovers.  
If you've never made them, try them!  They are a fun treat.


I enjoyed breakfast tea with my favorite boy in the whole wide world.


That favorite boy and I had a fun art lesson drawing aquatic animals in an underwater sea world.



We've enjoyed casual meals by a cozy fire.


And spent quiet time together as a family.

So, I'm grateful for the cold, the wind and the snow outside.  It's reminded me of the warmth inside.

I hope the weekend brings you a full heart with much to be thankful for.

Heather


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Another Snow Day


The snow has been steadily falling since I got up this morning.

All the local schools are closed again today.

I decided dear son and I should have a festive breakfast.


As I was pouring our tea, my son said, "we are having a tea party."

:-)

I hope he'll remember these moments as he gets older.

It was a cold night last night, so I went to bed early and snuggled in with a new book.


This is one of my mom's books she brought up last summer.  It's about a young girl who finds an antique quilt at a yard sale and purchases it for $5.00.  Then she starts an adventure researching the quilt and duplicating the quilt herself.  
It is good so far.

My "Bobble Diamond" measures 51.5" now.  I think about another 12 - 18 inches and I'll call it done.  My brother-in-law is a little over 6 foot, so I want to be sure it's long enough for him.


I think some crochet time is in order for this afternoon.


I'm enjoying watching the snow fall outside and appreciating the warmth of my home.


This was taken shortly after the plow came by.  You can't see the road any longer.  

May your day be richly blessed.

Be safe and stay warm,
Heather

I'm linking up with Ginny for her weekly Yarn Along.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Around the House


"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort."
Jane Austen

We got quite a bit of snow yesterday.  
Temps this morning registered below 0.

But we are warm and snug, nestled in our rug of a home.

Dear son is finishing up his morning lessons.  After lunch, I have an art project planned.  
We'll learn a little about Paul Klee and create a picture in his style using pastels and water colors.

 


Who doesn't enjoy a little creative endeavor on a snowy day?

I have the candles going throughout the house...


and an easy dinner planned for tonight.


Baked cod, quick rice and steamed zucchini (or broccoli).  I haven't decided yet.
We live on the wild side.

:-)

I hope you are staying safe and warm.

Have a terrific day,

Heather




Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day


We don't typically celebrate Valentine's Day, but this year hubby has gone all out.

He's made childcare arrangements and reservations at one of my favorite restaurants.  

He also brought home some pretty red roses this afternoon.


The signs are there.
Maybe he's going to ask me to marry him again.  

:-)

My sister hosted a little valentines day party this afternoon for the cousins.  

She made pizza, the kids did a craft and enjoyed some free time playing together.

I took over two of the dishcloths I'd been working on.


One in pink and one in a cheery multi-color.

All wrapped up with a heart for the occasion.


"Sisters are different flowers from the same garden."
Author Unknown

As the kiddo's were playing, I started working on some more.



Happy Heart Day my friends.  
Thank you for your sweet comments.  
I appreciate you.

Blessings,
Heather


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rambling Thoughts on Thursday


"Every job is good if you do your best and work hard.  A man who works hard stinks only to the ones that have nothing to do but smell."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

That quote has nothing to do with my post today, but I liked it.  

It's quiet this morning.  Wednesday's are our busy days, with a lot of running around so I'm letting dear son sleep in this morning.

We are getting a bit of snow and it's pretty cold outside.  I took a front porch peek outside this morning and saw that the phylox I planted last year looks like it is going to make it through the winter.


Hopefully, it will have a lot of pretty little flowers this spring.

The boxwoods the landscape company planted are going to have to be dug out and replaced.  It's an evergreen and I don't think I've ever seen one this shade of rust before.


Back in the house...
I got a new bench for the entry.  
It's something I've been eyeing for a long time and when I saw that it was on sale, I finally pulled the trigger to purchase it.  


I like the lines of it, simple, yet interesting too.


I started working on a dishcloth yesterday.  


Hopefully I can finish this one today and start on another.  I always make dishcloths in pairs.  Don't quite know why?

Our family has been feeling the pressures of life here recently.  
Hubby has been very busy with work and having to take phone calls from home late into the night; he works with off-shore folks.  
We've had some problems with our home that we've been trying to get worked out with our builder.  
I've got some health things I need to get taken care of.  
Just life stuff.  
But, if you lose site of the things that are important, can really bring you down.


I'll close with another quote from "Laura".  

I hope your day is blessed.

"This earthly life is a battle,' said Ma.  'If it isn't one thing to contend with, it's another.  It always has been so, and it always will be.  The sooner you make up your mind to that, the better off you are, and more thankful for your pleasures."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Heather


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Life Lessons From Karate


FOCUS

Never lose focus of the things that are most important.


STORMS

There will be storms in life...
Keep your hands and chin up.


STUMBLE

You may stumble...
Get back on track and go back to number one; FOCUS.


DIFFERENT

We all have different talents.  
Don't let someone else's talent make you lose sight of the one you've been given.


STAND GUARD

Life isn't always easy.  
Stay on guard and do your best.  If you fall, brush yourself off and try again.



SHINE AND DO YOUR BEST


LEARN AND GROW

Keep learning and trying new things.  
Rome wasn't built in a day.


KEEP THE FAITH
AND...


STRIVE FOR SUCCESS

So you can say; 
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" 
(2 Timothy 4:7)

Heather


P.S.  This list isn't all inclusive.  :-)