Treasury: Winter Romance

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Our Winter Guest

snowy owlLast night we had an unexpected, but most welcome visitor ~ a snowy owl!

He’s actually paid us a visit 2 other times.  The last 3 years now we’ve had a snowy owl come perch outside our bedroom window.  As we lay in bed, we start to notice the sound of an owl hooting. He seems to prefer an old ladder that I have in our flower garden right outside our window, so with the lights off we can see him very close-up. One of us will quietly rush off to get the camera, but he’s on to us every time.  As soon as we return with the camera, he’ll turn to face us and fly away without a single picture taken. This year our owl arrived earlier in the night.  Our son was the one to first hear his call.  Now Jacob has loved birds since the time he was born.  The sound of birds chirping was his favorite “white noise” to fall asleep too. So naturally, for  the first few months of Jacob’s life, our house sounded like a bird sanctuary.  Last night, Jacob was in brushing his teeth, when he came rushing out with this excited, searching look on his face.  I knew immediately that our friend had arrived.  I heard him too. This time he brought a friend with him and we could hear them call back and forth to each other. Neither came to our flower garden ( I moved the ladder this past summer), but stayed in the tree instead.

photo credit: a watercolor painted by Arline Wagner

Happy January

Seasons in life ebb & flow with the seasons of the year.  Every month the Earth shares with us gifts that are unique to it’s location as it makes it’s way around our sun.   In the past, I lived my life in a way that allowed me to notice , treasure, and share these gifts with others.  However, in more recent years, I’ve been busier, and often distracted with worry.  I have longed to experience again the joy that is found in the everyday gifts of the seasons.January2014

In 2014, I am determined to live slower,  to celebrate the beauty that surrounds me, and to to experience the wonders of each month.
To honor this choice, and to make my goal more tangible, I want to begin each month with a round up of my favorite things for the month.  I hope that these posts will also inspire you to live each day to the fullest, and to taking advantage of all the gifts our seasons have to offer.

Hot chocolate recipeThings I’m looking forward to . . .

January 1: a visit from a very special friend

January 8: my favorite boy turns 9!

January 11:  sledding & snowball fights

 

What is your favorite thing about January?

Round Up: Fingerless Mittens

Nov. 2013

1.  Kumara Arm Warmers by Laura Zukaite

2. Elf clobber by schnuddel Kerstin (Variation)

3.  Mitaines Rainbow by Elise Dupont

4.  Gillean Wrist Warmers by Karina Westermann

5.  Catching butterflies by Tiny Owl Knits

6.  Reversible Fingerless Gloves by Kyoko Nakayoshi

Winter Weaving

Winter WeavingI did a little winter weaving on my portable loom. It felt good to sit down on a cold, snowy day & play with some of my stash yarns.  This little weaving was inspired by the fresh fallen snow & the Magnolia tree in our backyard.

Winter Pussy Willow

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This weaving loom can be found in my Etsy shop

Snowy Days

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We received a large amount of snow this week, & yesterday, the schools were closed.  The kids & I took advantage of the day to go out & play.  The sledding hills were perfect & the weather was great, but there were also hints of spring!

lilac budsAs I looked around, I noticed that our trees are beginning to bud, & the birds have been returning to the area.  I can hear their songs throughout the day bringing cheer to these last days of winter.

This weekend the temperature is suppose to be 20 degrees warmer, so I know the snow won’t stay for long.  I am ok with that.  We got our last romp in the snow, so now Spring may come

“poor old winter is knocking at my door”

I’m not usually one for talking about the weather (I have a thing with small talk – which is why I am such a wall flower), but this morning’s weather came straight from a storybook. Owl At Home, by Arnold Lobel to be exact.

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As I sat here looking over my emails & drink my tea, the front door burst open, & there in my living room was poor old winter!  He had let himself in with a gust of wind.

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