January 29, 2017
I'm loving our new curtains. I've
always dreamed of lace that would
move in the breeze. But please excuse
the twine tie backs. I'm exploring
our options right now and promise
to replace those once we agree on
the right look. My Sunday night
post for everyone to enjoy: lace.
When the weather begins to change in the Fall,
my big soup comes down from the upper cupboard.
I bring out my cookbooks and start searching the
web for the best and easiest soup recipes I can find.
Recently, I found this one and have made it enough
times now, I don't even have to look at the recipe.
I don't know what or where "Panera" is but this
soup is worth the trip if there is one near you.
Or you can just get out your big soup pot from the
upper cupboard and start chopping veggies. Mmmm!
Homemade with Love, to nurture the body,
the mind and in today's world, the soul.
My Naturopath made a special tea
for my often raw and achy throat.
Full of flowers and herbs, it's so pretty
in my tea canister and in the tea infuser.
It's not as pretty once it's ready for my tea cup
but it's lovely on my throat and tasty for my tongue.
As dusk falls, our home fills with
ambient light to create a cozy feel.
First our tree, then the mantel,
then the lamps as night descends.
Even the sweet lamp in the
Butler's Pantry warms and lights.
Our scent warmer is on each night,
filling our kitchen with vanilla.
I hope I will always remember my favorite
sunsets in the Summer and our cozy Winter nights.
When we were building our home, we
put a small theatre room in the lower
level. My dh is a film maker and it's great
fun to have a spot to view his work.
But Canadian Winters tend to be a bit
chilly, so we decided to save up our
pennies for an electric fireplace so our
nights in the theatre room will be toasty
warm and cozy. Last week, this unit
went on sale for just under 50% off ~
a great deal and thankfully, easily in
our budget that we had managed to save
up. When I took this picture, we had just
taken it out of the box and it was sitting
in our dining room before we moved it
downstairs. I'll have to take a picture of
it now that it's settled in its place. The
heat is lovely and we both love the mantel.
After a week of frosty trees and no sun,
I was amazed to find this little pot full of
crocus bulbs at the grocery store. It now
has a couple of blooms on it but when I
first brought it home the other day, it was
just green shoots. Now look at the colors!
January 23, 2017
We are currently living in the most
beautiful winter wonderland.
Days filled with dense fog, warmer
temperatures and no sun created frost.
I've had a great time snapping a few
shots but wish I could capture all of
it to show you. Immense trees that
are silent and heavy with hoar frost.
Amazing and so beautiful. In a few
days, when the sun appears, it will
all disappear. Treasuring it until then.
I'll post more pictures when I can.
January 22, 2017
I've been feeling a bit achy the last few days and today, woke up with a stuffy head. No drips, no sneezes, no red nose or eyes, but the definite feeling of being struck down with a virus has claimed my body. I've done a clean of the house, put life in order, taken two Cold FX tablets, made a big pot of tea and am currently tucked into my cozy spot on the couch, with episodes of "The Crown" occupying my mind. I hope this doesn't last long and will be mild. There is no great time to be ill but I am booked in for an incredible workshop on Tuesday that I've been waiting months to attend. Fingers and toes crossed that I get to attend and will be feeling well by then. A blessing or two for good health would be welcomed by anyone who can spare an extra or two! Now, time for a nap.
January 18, 2017
.... at least it is at our house. As long as we still have
white snow on the ground, our tree will stay up. We
love the soft glow at night and it's not in the way. It
gives light in the season of early darkness. Not the
norm but something we've always done and have no
plans to stop at this time in our lives. I also posted
this picture today to see if you can spot something
that is new in the turret .... post a note if you can.
January 15, 2017
I love early morning sun but truly my
favorite time of the day is early evening.
Just before the sun sets, when the light
is low and the world starts to quiet.
Before we settle in for the night and turn on
all the lamps, the soft landscape is peaceful.
January 13, 2017
When we decorated our home for
Christmas this year, I pulled out
some of our "mini holiday decor
for our sweet dollhouse cottage.
Just like our little house in the big woods,
this house also has wreaths on the windows.
Glittery snow, frosted trees and this
tiny snowman in the front garden. I
hope to have this dollhouse finished up
this year, just in time for next Christmas.
January 9, 2017
.... doesn't it make you just want to
scoop them up and bring them home?
That's what I did on the weekend when
we were out and about shopping.
I needed new socks and came home
with 6 pairs for $10. Original price
was $40. Not only was it a sweet deal
but they are the softest socks I have
ever owned. I bought 3 like the ones
above and 3 striped. All purple and
white, of course. My feet and my bank
account are in Heaven. Truly, it was
the tied ribbon that was the deciding
factor for me. Anything with lace or
a ribbon around it just speaks to me.
Thankfully, my dh agreed and I'm
so glad they were a decent, frugal
price so I could buy more than 1.
Are you a frugal shopper?
Any good deals lately?
Now that our walls have received their final
coat of paint, we can start hanging our art.
We stored our art everywhere after we moved
in. In boxes, in closets, under beds .... everywhere.
There is quite a bit as we have a few favorite
artists and because some of it is "seasonal", like
my Christmas/Winter art that will be stored again
this year but brought out when it snows later on.
Now that I'm sorting it out, I'm trying to finding spots
to lay it out so we can decide where it will all go.
The guest bedroom has been a good spot, that is
until we need to set it up for an overnight guest.
My favorite find from our local charity shop.
Done by hand, a beautiful needlework piece.
My mom used to say this to us every night
when she was tucking us in. I often did as
well with our own kids when they were small.
So excited to find this and hang it in our home.
Do you have a lot of art in your home?
Where do you store it if you need to?
January 7, 2017
For years, we used a device that created bags to
store meat, fruit and veggies in our fridge and
freezer. The concept was to buy food in bulk
and then store them in airtight pouches, insuring
the produce and meat would last longer. We
loved having this handy kitchen gadget and
when it quite working in the Fall, it was time
to look for a new one. We estimated ours
was approximately 24 years old at the time
it "died" .... a small investment that lasted a
very long time and likely saved us thousands
of dollars over the years. A great savings for us.
After some research, we chose to buy this new food
saver from Costco. It was $170.00 but we had just
over $95 in coupons, so our cost was a sweet $75.
It came with a set of pre~made bags and a roll too.
We found a great sale on chicken and pork this week.
6 big packs of meat for $60. After making smaller
packs for just the 2 of us, we ended up creating 16
meals at a cost of $60, which breaks down to $3.75
per meal. Not bad at all for our frugal grocery budget.
And the smaller packs fit much better in the freezer.
We'll be set now until mid February as we before
we have to buy any meat again as I also bought a
good sized ham to roast then cut up and we already
had some fish in the freezer. We're not big meat
eaters at all, just some extra protein in our meals
here and there. We love stir frys and casseroles
but also eat soups, sandwiches and salads as our
main meals. Hoping we get 24 years out of this one.
Do you have a device like this?
How do you save on meal costs?
January 3, 2017
I started journaling when I was a child.
My first diary had a little gold lock on it
and it felt so very grown up to be able to
write my thoughts and then lock them up.
Since then, I've used lined journals, blank
journals, online journals and hemp journals.
All gave and continue to give me a sacred
place to record my life, my ideas, my dreams.
My 2 new journals for 2017 include the smaller version
in the upper photo and the black floral version below.
The white journal is my Art Journal ~ a place to flesh
out my art projects and to do some mixed media in
the journal itself. The second journal is for my daily
ideas, notes and lists to keep me on track. I'll also use
this blog as another option for recording and reflecting
on life. I have no plans for the journals once they fill
up, other than I tuck them away for safe keeping. I
have gone back to re~read my words and am always
encouraged by the growth and raw energy of my life.
Inspiring on days when life proves to be extra hard.
Do you journal or keep a journal?
What kind works the best for you?
January 2, 2017
.... and so far, so good. Honestly, the last year was a really tough one for us. Not the "end of the world tough" but difficult at times. I'm sure most can relate. I do believe that times that challenge us can provide an opportunity to truly appreciate the small moments, the gifts we do have, the relationships that hang in with us when life throws a curve ball. Do I appreciate everything so much more this year? Absolutely! I'm happy we've weathered the storm to date and hope that this year, we all get a bit of a break. Life is hard but it's also beautiful. More beautiful would be most welcome by the world!
I'm not a resolution maker. I like goals and am realistic on my limitations. Usually at this point in the year, I've got a good idea of things I'd like to accomplish in the coming year. Today, I don't have a list. It's still growing in my mind. I'll share once I have it set. Realistic and short.
Today, the 2nd day of 2017, was beautiful. We woke up to warm sun streaming through our windows. Outside, snow had fallen overnight and the perfect landscape was glittery and white. The trees were encrusted with frost and all around, silence. Living in the country is still so new to us and we marvel at everything new around us. I bundled up and stood out on the back porch to take pictures. I'll share some over the next few days. After breakfast and showers, we settled down to tackle our "to do" list. We hung curtain rods in the dining room to match what we did in the living room last week. Sweet lace curtains now grace the front rooms in our house. We hung some pictures and made plans for more next week. We did laundry, cleaned the kitchen of Christmas clutter, reorganized the desk in the great room and the shelves above. We went outside for a bit to set a new trap to catch the mouse in our garage and used some steel wool to plug a spot that I've been worried mouse could slip through and get in to the house. Dh, like our builder, are certain it's too small for a mouse but I feel better tonight knowing that we filled it up anyway. After dinner, we watched Coronation Street and then Leah Remini's series on her experience of leaving the Church of Scientology. Folded laundry, swept and mopped the floors, and then it was time for bed. A day well spent. I hope tomorrow and the rest of this new year are much the same. I hope the same for you. Peace and well being. Hope and love.
How was your 2nd day of 2017?
Have you had a good break?