finally this morning there is some snow. it has been so howling windy and brown and ugly that yes yes i’m so excited to see fresh whiteness. we took a walk out in the trees down a winding dirt road deep in mountain country this morning and it was L.O.V.E.L.Y.
i have found a new love for decorating this season. its different for me and its just that. decorate for the season, not the holiday. so i thought about winter. the 5 senses of winter. i made a pin board about winter and i looked at it and did what it said. so i went to the bush, cut some teeny tiny little trees and put them in little miscellaneous pots and placed them around my house. and i lit candles. and I’m actually using my lamps in the other living room too. we’ve been wrapping one christmas present every couple days. and i truly get this little rush of excitement in my soul when i look out over my home in the cozy evening and even throughout the day. this is all thanks to instruction and inspiration from Myquillyn Smith and her book Welcome Home. i have added a couple Christmas specific things like my nativity set but mostly, i love how it feels by just bringing nature inside and adding or taking away a few other things. cozy minimalist is the word and it is lovely. come over will you?
this past week i made my Winter Food Queue. this starts my second year of doing the queues ! wow has it been life changing. i think maybe i wrote about it here before but. i have spent much less time this past year thinking about food and i am so grateful to The Lazy Genius for this hack. so i sat down with pen and paper, a stack of cookbooks and my list of ‘foods we love’ and set to work. it took me a good portion of the afternoon but now my meals are planned for december, january and february. go listen to podcast #121 How to Build a Fall Dinner Queue to learn how 🙂
i finished reading Prayers & Peanut Butter by Barbara Klassen. I slowly read through it over the last couple years and every time i have been so encouraged. i think i will just start over because its been so long since i started and I’m sure it will still be every bit as encouraging. there are so many verses in the bible to encourage mothers and wives and there is such a long list of them at the back of her book. i will post a few here.
im not sure how to link a pdf but I’m going to try and see if it works. i made a page of christmas tags or tiny cards and you can use them if you like. ( and if the link works)
be kind and enjoy your days, clarissa