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Getting an Early Start

October 20th, 2012

It was a matter of course that the lucky one whose holiday (birthday) came around could expect a present from everyone in the house; and of course, one didn’t just go to the store and buy with cold money something turned out by a factory with no relationship at all to the young sister or brother. A loving heart and gifted fingers can produce a wonderful of little miracles.

Maria Augusta Trapp from The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

While reading through this book (which is fantastic by the way, if you’re looking for great winter reading material add this to the list), I came across so many wonderful little quotes like this one. So true that the best gifts we will likely receive this year are those made with a loving heart and gifted fingers! Like these lovely stepping stones my nieces & nephew made for me.

We like to celebrate a homemade Christmas with my family, which means it’s time to start thinking about getting to work. I have a few great ideas, which I can’t share here since my family does read the blog, I’d hate to spoil the fun. We have a lot of options including home roasted coffee, what coffee drinker wouldn’t want that?

I’d like to encourage you to think about making a few gifts this year. You’ll save some cash and no doubt they will be greatly appreciated.

Do you make any gifts? What’s the best handmade gift you’ve ever received?

Cold Belonged to Christmas

December 26th, 2011

In the flicker of the candlelight one could see a neat little frosty cloud in front of every mouth. From under the choir loft, where the confessional stood, one could hear the shuffling of hobnailed boots and also, eventually, the rubbing of hands and the feeble attempts to keep warm when it was below zero outside with yard-long icicles growing from the church roof.

But cold belonged to Christmas as heat to the haying days. This was as it should be and no one gave it a thought.

Maria Augusta Trapp The Story of the Trapp Family Singers

The cold weather has finally arrived. Here in Ohio, winters can be severe or mild. Some years we have really cold winters with lots of snow, other years it’s just dreary and rainy; this year as been the latter. I’m certainly glad the cold weather is here as I love bundling up to head out for walks. For me, one of my favorite things during cold weather is pulling on those knee high wool socks. Lucky for me, I got a few new pairs of SmartWools for Christmas, just in time for the cold weather. All my other wool socks have developed holes and were getting a little threadbare.

For some reason I feel like the cold weather is cleansing, not just for the garden but for me as well. I’m happy it’s finally cold!

What’s your favorite piece of warm weather wear for those cold weather days: scarf, socks, hat, gloves…?

Reading & Watching

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.