year-end thoughts

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It’s been a quiet week between, as I reckon it should be. I had a morning of thrifting followed by lunch with a good friend on Wednesday, but since then I and the pets have mostly been nesting and enjoying the lazy days (James sadly could not join in, as he returned to work on Tuesday).

I love this week between, the time to reflect and begin to plan for the coming year. I am not so much a resolution maker, but I do find it meaningful to take stock and look ahead at the start of each new year. And this is true whether the year has been obviously eventful and full of much growth (as has been the case the past couple years, since I had my job outsourced and then began my fine art and design studies) or a seemingly tame one with only subtle shifts of mindset and focus — a year to pause and breathe.

Despite the at times heart-breaking and awful world in which we live, I still try to face each day, as well as the coming year, full of hope and love, reminding myself of William Blake’s wisdom, that our lives are woven of both joy and woe, if I ever find myself questioning the beauty of our day to day. And looking at the #2016bestnine photos from my Instagram account this past year, I feel very blessed indeed.

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Now off to prepare our NYE party nibbles! Wishing you all the best now and in 2017!

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midsummer

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This is what our midsummer looks like — beauty everywhere! In the garden, in the sky, all around the homestead. We are grateful for our many blessings and this abundant harvest season. Yes, even all that zucchini WILL be put to good use! (Last night we had it roasted, with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spinach, and a bit of chili sauce — yum.) Somedays, when the muscles are weary, it can be difficult to muster up the energy to get the work done. But we do it because the Earth is an amazing partner to work with on this journey. That said, if the weather holds, we are looking forward to a brief beach sojourn later next week, to dip our toes in the ocean and smell that salty air. Just what’s needed to recharge after weeks of hard work! 🙂 Wishing all of you the best of this bountiful season!!!

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{this moment}

As inspired by SouleMama (who has since retired this feature, yet I’ve decided to carry it on): {this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 

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gratitude sunday

gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • Signs from nature that spring is truly on its way

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  • Early morning light

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  • The adventurous and undaunted spirit of our Leni

 
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  • The peaceful, stunning beauty that follows a storm

 
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gratitude sunday

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gratitude — the state of being grateful : thankfulness

On this Gratitude Sunday, I am grateful for:

  • An almost 70-degree (!) temperature turnaround today from earlier in the week — to be able to sun oneself outside without wearing a parka, a hat, a neck warmer, thick gloves, snowboots, etc. this afternoon was pure joy, perhaps even more so knowing the warmer weather will be very short lived
  • Our pumpkins: Last year, we decided not to plant any pumpkins because we still had plenty preserved from the previous year’s bumper harvest. However, a few volunteer plants grew and proved even more productive than the previous crop! (We grow primarily this variety, btw.) Which has meant a revolving winter menu of pumpkin soups and curries, as well as pies, custards, and the super delicious pumpkin spice cake James baked this week — yum!
  • Receiving the answers I needed to a couple of important questions I’ve been asking myself the past couple of months.
  • A fun time with my friend Patty Monday afternoon
  • An uneventful operation, without any complications, for our puppy Leni, who was spayed this week. Of course, the real challenge is keeping her activities limited for yet another week when her internal drive is almost always set to go, go, go! 🙂
  • Remembering we always get more done and faster when we work together as a team
  • Our imperfect, in need of a good clean, but always comfy-cozy, home — some folks close to us learned this week they have to leave theirs rather unexpectedly in a few weeks, which made me all the more grateful for our own, and reminded me never to take it for granted
  • Catching great sales this week on tea towels and underwear —  clean “drawers” for spring has become an annual tradition 😉
  • Our cabbages: Last year we decided rather last minute to plant some extra cabbage. Like the pumpkins, we had great success with the cabbages, which also stored well in our cellar. Last month, we fermented the remaining into three types of kraut, all of which have turned out very well. And for the first time almost a year, our crocks are taking a brief vacation (until after the spring harvest!)
  • The extra hour and a half I gained this morning: For reasons too complicated to go into, yesterday I changed the time zone on my iPhone, which double-duties as my alarm clock. I promptly forgot to change it back, however, and thus found myself on Newfoundland-Labrador time for half of the morning, before a totally confused James set me straight. The 90-minute gift was one of the best I’ve received in a long time! 🙂
  • Chocolate peppermint cookies
  • The hyacinth that I’ve been forcing bloomed this week — yet another reminder that spring is only 26 (!!!) days away!