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Fire and Snow December 22, 2008

Filed under: baking,bliss,daughters,snow,winter solstice — clutterlibrarian @ 5:50 pm



As we continue to get more snow (and I’ll admit that I’m starting to think that enough is enough)- I am very grateful for being warm and having plently of food and not needing to travel out onto the dangerous roads.


We had a nice Winter Solstice. We made Santa Lucia buns on Saturday and our oldest daughter brought them to us on Sunday morning. We had a yummy dinner: pasta with chanterelle mushrooms (collected pre-snow by hubby) and meatballs in a cream sauce. After dinner, we went out and dug out the fire pit. Fire light on the snow is enchanting. I was asleep by 9:30- a fox in her den.




Ode to my Swandri December 20, 2008

Filed under: coats,cookies,Swandri,winter solstice,wool — clutterlibrarian @ 8:59 pm

25637150As the unusual -for- us snowy weather continues, I am wearing my Swandri everyday as I make my many trips outside to feed the animals, get the mail and play in the snow. This¬† Swandri is most like mine (but mine has a zipper which I like better than a pullover) which I bought in 1999 when my hubby and I were in New Zealand. The exchange rate was wicked good then, so we bought some serious woolies. Mostly, it is too hot for me to wear here in our temperate slice of the Pacific Northwest, but recently it’s been just what the sheep ordered. It has great pockets and -the best thing- it reaches down to the middle of my thighs so no icy wind or snow up the back!

Snowing all morning here.  I feel asleep putting the kiddos to bed and slept happily for ten hours! Hubby asked if I was going for a jog this morning which seemed crazy. However, it was wonderful! The snow made the road not too slippery- everything was so lovely- and it felt fantastic after nearly a week without a jog.

I think it is now time to do some baking:

Santa Lucia Buns


I doubt we will be going the the parties we were invited tonight. I think I better chill a bottle of bubbles and let the kids open the Monopoly game.



Soon it will be Solstice December 19, 2008

Filed under: baking,bliss,daughters,favorite blog,Favorite Things,good news,snow,winter solstice — clutterlibrarian @ 2:14 am

december2008-0061Just three days away from the Winter Solstice and I am feeling kind of emotional about it all. Luckily, the emotions are good- I’m pushing aside all worries about being ready or doing the right things at the right time. Here we are watching snowflakes and baking cookies. Here we are remembering our loved ones that left us this year- and sending love to those who are dealing with the pain of lose. Here we are being generous with ourselves. Here we are looking at the winter sky- realizing how long and dark the winter can seem. He were are remembering summer fruits and the feel of warm sand on our toes.

Cookies made yesterday in between snow outings:

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Good old Oatmeal Rasin Cookies

Good news:

Happiness goes a long way

Fuel from coffee grounds?

Love this blog!!!:

Creative Kismet

Seasonal pics from our home:



Winter Wonderland Part 2 December 16, 2008

Filed under: chickens,daughters,snow — clutterlibrarian @ 8:41 pm

It is cold here- 27 for the high and 17 for the low- which may seem warm compared to other parts of the country, but it is unusually cold for us here in our part of the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had the usual fun: sledding, snow angels and hot chocolate. We have had the usual non-fun: frozen pipes, no water, struggling with tire chains and cars slipping and sliding through intersections. I grew up in Pennsylvania, so it is hard for me to except that even after two days, the road here are not plowed and salted. Shrug- we’re just not set up for this weather. Well, we have water now and the girls and I are making an effort not to get too much on each other nerves. It looks like we are in for more snow and cold weather- perhaps even through Christmas. I think I need a pumpkin pie.

I am so happy to know the chickens are safe and warm. Here is the Poulet Chalet:


Tommy’s first experience with snow- surprised but fascinated. He looks like a little snow leopard:


Yesterday morning as the girls and I were sledding, a large murder of crows flew over. They were silent as they flew in the cold air- very lovely.



Snow December 15, 2008

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Snow day! No school! No work! Break out the sleds and hot chocolate!

The chickens are snug in their new Poulet Chalet! I love it- pictures soon!


2008 Favorites December 12, 2008

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Happy full moon- and it is a big one. If you can see it, which we will not be able to as a spot of nasty weather as moved in. We did get to enjoy it last night however.

I’m still working on the second part of the solstice advent calendar and enjoying the process.

As we head toward the end of the year, I am thinking of somethings that have brought me enjoyment or at least made my life easier:

Favorite Addition to the Kitchen:
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixers

Favorite Books Read with the Kids:

All-of-a-kind Family


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Favorite Green Product

Happy Sacs

More favorites to come…


Winter Solstice Advent Calendar Part 2 December 6, 2008

Filed under: advent calendar,goats,Lucy,owls,winter solstice — clutterlibrarian @ 11:25 pm


Here is the second panel of my Winter Solstice Advent Calendar triptych which is to represent December 8th through the 15th. The batik fabric is just what I wanted for the sky- to show the colors and darkness that come just before the dawn.


Here is a close up of the oak tree and what will be two owls within the tree. Again, I want to say that I totally stole was great inspired by Green Kitchen. I did not do nearly as well at sewing my tree as she did. For the owls, I am using some cashmere wool from our goat Lucy. I will put some eyes on them somehow.

And, just had to add, if you are looking for books to read and crafts to do with your kiddos, the Crafty Crow has wonderful ideas!