marking days

img_5418As life would have it, this year James and my anniversary came smack in the middle of my finals week and his busiest sales season, so we’ve yet to really celebrate it. However, it was super-nice to find this little note tucked in my breakfast napkin. He’s a sweetie who makes me laugh — I can’t ask for more. ❤

I did finish up the last of my final critiques with my instructors yesterday, so the fall semester is officially a wrap — woohoo! Which mean my winter break began in full this morning, and I could start to check tasks off my holiday to-do list. The first was ordering the calendars we give to family and friends each year. Sorting through our photos is always such a nice way to review the past 12 months, as well as be reminded of the beauty that we live with each day. And on a day with negative wind chills and snow squalls, I was grateful especially for the summer photos, with their blue skies and hints of warmer weather. 🙂 Here are the photos that made the final cut:

With that Christmas task complete, I’m continuing the warming up thread by opening up a couple jars of summer, that is, our preserved homegrown tomatoes, and popping out a few pesto cubes from the freezer to make this tomato farro soup for dinner this evening.

Wherever you are, hope you are snug as a bug in a rug, too, and enjoying this almost-winter night.


{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.



boxing day


Look at the handsome fellow who showed up at Baldy Hill on Christmas Day! Last year, you may remember, we welcomed a pheasant hen that sheltered around the homestead for much of the winter. But we had never seen a male so close to home — gorgeous he is, I tell you.

One of my favorite days has arrived, Boxing Day. Not a special day I celebrated until I met my English husband, I now embrace this holiday. After weeks of trying to get it all done, I relish in this quiet day at home, still pajama clad with no plans of changing. There are new books to read, plenty of leftovers, and any messes can wait until tomorrow to be picked up, I say. 🙂

I’ll be taking a break for the next week, to spend more time with family and to luxuriate in my year-end holiday. I leave you with some of our “best of” photos, which appear in our Baldy Hill Homestead 2014 calendar, as well as wishes that you too relish in the glow of this holiday season. See you again in 2014!