a frosty morn

No matter how many times I waken to see hoar frost decorating the landscape, I can’t seem to resist the magic as it beckons me outside.  It is much like the first warm day of spring; the first crimson leaf spotted; or the first blanket of snow.  I had a craft that called for tiny bits of cedar so we bundled up and ventured out into the cool air to gather what we needed.  We wandered up into the woods and headed for the pond.  It really is the best way to start a day (when my overactive imagination doesn’t think about coyotes and bears that is).  The dogs raced back and forth.  Soma tends to go just out of view and that come crashing back out onto the path, but I noticed Huck would stop when he would get too far from us and sit looking back at us and in the direction Soma had gone.  It seemed like he didn’t want to leave us alone on the path.

We came back to a warm house warmed by fire (we have yet to turn on our propane furnace this season!) and scented with crock pot beef stew.  I opened the turquoise trunk that holds our Christmas decorations and began stringing lights around the perimeter of our front room while the kids squealed excitedly, pulling decorations from their safe places, and becoming tangled in tinsel.  I wrote “joyeux noel” with a chalk pen on the front window.

The rest of the day will be for making mini wreaths (if only I can find my glue gun), making date squares, and stringing cranberries.  Mike will come home to see twinkle lights in the windows and be greeted with warm stew and pastry ready for the table.  We will listen to Loreena Mckennitt’s Christmas music (and ,very likely, Silas’ post nap/ no nap tantrum.  We will bath the kids and then settle in a night in front of the fire.

Sometimes this life of one income and one car in the country can feel as though it is somehow lacking, but then there are days such as this, when it feels so utterly luxurious.


go gently + be wonderful


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  1. Posted November 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm by Karen | Permalink

    Your pictures are so lovely.
    And, days like the one you describe in this post – the ones that make one feel like they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be – are a treasure.
    Happy Monday.

  2. Posted November 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm by Stephanie K. | Permalink

    Just beautiful! I’m not quite into Christmas mode…something about bringing more mess and chaos into an already messy, chaotic home is daunting at this point in my life (haha)…loved the mental image I got of you three in your little home in the woods, getting Christmassy! Mike will be so delighted when he gets home!

  3. Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm by lily boot | Permalink

    it is exquisite – I keep scrolling back up to look at the tree trunk ring’s highlighted in frost – like something from Narnia. Enjoy your day – especially the crackling fire and beef stew – sounds lovely :-)

  4. Posted November 19, 2012 at 11:57 pm by KC | Permalink

    I always love reading your posts because they are so filled with descriptive words. I see so well the things that you describe. Thank you for such beauty!

  5. Posted November 20, 2012 at 7:47 am by Ana | Permalink

    :-) How wonderfully magical.

  6. Posted November 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm by Amberlea | Permalink

    It looks and sounds glorious!!

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