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  • Frosty Feeling, Antidote: Hygge

    Welcome January. I guess. The world is frosty, and I’m working to warm my heart to the hard work ahead. Outside the windows it’s fairly bleak and monochrome. But red, green and blue keep popping up saying, “Hey look at me!!” Safe marching in Washington, Sisters. In Boston. In Chicago. Philadelphia, and beyond. I’ll be in…

  • New Clothes for an Old Sofa

    Most of our furniture is gleaned from family houses, the curb or swapped with friends. I like the eclectic nature of the whole. But we do have a sofa that we acquired new in the late 1990s when I did design work for a furniture store and was paid in furniture. We picked it out…

  • Geremia

    Wings

    2014 is marching onward. Here I am in February watching the light change and finding myself cleaning the house with spring on my mind and snow whirling outside the windows. My daughter turned 12. We are on the verge or acquiring a horse that needs a home. Life is changing and I’m barely catching up.…

  • Woodland Findings © Sue Schlabach

    Hello Winter. Thankful.

    Almost Thanksgiving and the grass is nearly obscured by snow. That’s okay with me after the mild, lingering autumn we’ve had. Our garden wall project that ate up our summer (and was partially the reason I rarely wrote), is nearly complete, and that is one of a million things I am thankful for this season.…

  • Daffodils © Sue Schlabach

    Sprouting, Anticipating

      Yesterday I discovered a paper bag with four paperwhite bulbs—forgotten and sprouting exuberantly. I tucked them in among the spent paperwhite bulbs I planted in December. All our outdoor bulbs remain under a thick blanket of snow. The Irish daffodils are appearing in our markets and were irresistible.Their scent fills the house and nips…

  • eat sleep read photo © Sue Schlabach

    Eat Sleep Read

      This is my idea of a good time.When I’m not hanging from the chandeliers or mucking out a henhouse I do like to eat, sleep and read. It is also the playful slogan of independent bookstore organization indiebound. I’ve seen this banner in several of my favorite locally owned bookstores, and it simply states…

  • Forsythia © Sue Schlabach

    Yellow Blooms, Late February

      Nine days after I brought forsythia branches indoors I found the first three flowers opening. By today—day eleven—the whole arrangement is showing off. Through the yellow tinged branches I can see a red cardinal flitting around in the falling snow. Two thirds of the primary color group is making an appearance on a late…

  • © Sue Schlabach

    Pears and Tulips. Snow Covered Branches.

      Two nights ago R and I crawled into bed grumbling about snow and cold and wind. We’ve had our fair share of each lately. We love snow, usually. But winter was wearing us down. How funny, then, to wake up to winter paradise the next morning. It’s like Mother Nature overheard us and decided…

  • Cappella Kicheloe

    Forcing Forsythia, the Love of Orange

      As I typed the words ‘forcing forsythia’ I heard them spoken in the voice of Sylvester, the cartoon cat who always chased Tweety Bird. These metal industrial stools cheered me when I came across them this morning via Nest Design Studio. I do love orange, and a jolly little 1940s milk pitcher, a small…

  • Drifts © Sue Schlabach

    Drifting

      Today’s word: drifts. It’s hard to measure a snowfall on a morning with the wind howling and snow blowing about forming clouds in the otherwise blue sky. We braved the weather to feed the animals, shovel some paths, clean off the cars. And now we’re warming by the fire and watching the snowscape shift…