Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Rose Hips
The wind is howling around our house this morning, bringing more snow and ice.  I remember the first night last fall I was awoken by the incredible whooshing, humming sound.  I couldn't fall back asleep for the longest time, wondering: will it be like this all winter up on our hill?  It has indeed been a blustery season, but I've grown used to the sound; whereas it once kept me awake, the wind now lulls me to sleep.

I wanted to walk outside in the elements this morning with the camera.  But once I stepped outdoors, the sleety rain was too much.  I only made it a couple of feet past the back door to admire these weather beaten rose hips before I knew it would be unwise to venture out any further.  

We have big plans for this spot, where the rose hips grow.  We've been dreaming about our garden for months now.  Packages have been arriving, including one with 63 varieties of seeds!  Tomorrow we'll welcome March, the month in which we'll begin starting some of those seed babies inside, coaxing them to life.  I'm looking forward to writing about our gardening adventures this spring.  But until the sun comes back to warm the frozen earth, we will stay cozy inside, planning our garden, listening to the wind.

Monday, February 27, 2012


Little C

My sister's beautiful boys.

Little T

Sunday, February 26, 2012



Ellen's favorite birthday gift from Gommy & Boppa: the wonder of Matryoshka dolls!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012



Such a sweet, sweet kitten.  I still wonder how she found her way to our door last fall.  My three siblings have always loved cats. . . but I was the dog girl growing up (you already know this, right?).  However now, I will fully admit, Miss Mitty has warmed my heart.  

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Library Reading

Reading to Ellen, reading to Mitty: a new favorite book, a new favorite (local!) author.

Kitty Time

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Snow Treat

Jeffrey's idea: cross-country skiing today, pulling the girls behind us in sleds.  I was skeptical at first, but we all had a blast!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Pin Cushion

Mending wool socks today in the sunshine.  I wish my Grandmother Lois could be here to give me a lesson.

Thursday, February 16, 2012



I was out admiring the snow-dusty, misty morning when I spied. . . 

I Spy a Little Fuzz Head

a little fuzzy head, still warm from bed. . . peeking out at me!

Peeking through the door at me!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Valentines 2

Valentines 3

Valentines 1

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Valentine Tree

A valentine marathon weekend.  Snow.  A fire in the fireplace.  Family love.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Copper Hues

I'm coming out of hibernation today to tell you about this beach.  This beach!  My parents walked here the summer they met (almost 42 years ago?).  Jeffrey and I walked here the summer we met (almost 14 years ago).  It is one of my very favorite places.  This is national park land, but because of our history here, it has always felt like this beach belongs to us.

Entry to our Beach

To walk on the beach without snow and ice in February is highly unusual.  The girls were skeptical when I told them where we were going this afternoon.  Ellen asked to get her blue and red polka-dot bathing suit out of her dresser.  "No," I said, smiling, "we are going to put on our snowpants."  

"There's no snow, mama."

"Yes, but it will be cold."  The wind was cold, but the heat of the sun balanced out the chill in the wind, and it turned out to be a perfect day to walk (and crawl) along the shore.

No Ice!

Grandmommy Love

The colors were breathtaking.  Is this February?  You wouldn't know it from the pictures, if it weren't for the down jackets!

Washed Out


And the dune grass: we took an arm-load home.  Grandfather carried it all the way back to the car.  I put it up on the mantel, where it will stand until spring, reminding me of this glorious afternoon on our beach.

Windy Bluffs

Tuesday, February 7, 2012



Books pile up on my dresser like old friends.  Sometimes I stack them up and take a snapshot of what we've been reading before I return them to their shelves and the library.

Monday, February 6, 2012



My mom has a way with centerpieces.  She sets a beautiful table - completely crowded with flowers in the heat of summer - or perfectly minimal in the cold gray of February.  How does she do it?  I'm still her design apprentice.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Evening Walk

A walk alone, after dinner, was just what I needed.  There is a lot of gray outside right now; but it is still beautiful.

Thursday, February 2, 2012




I watched her get out of the car and reach her hands down towards the muddy drive.  I was just about to say "Ellen keep your hands up. . ." when I remembered that I had packed the camera in my bag.  From snow tunnels to mud puddles in two days?!

More Mud


Wednesday, February 1, 2012



Inspired by Jenny's blog again, I've been noticing the catchlights in their eyes all day.