Patriotic Costume for School Programs

I'm busy stocking the shop with historic costumes! I know that from February to May there are many schools that have programs that require costumes. So, for the next month or so, I'll be busy sewing, sewing, sewing!

This week, the shop has been restocked with Colonial Boy's Costumes (click here)...

...and with the complimentary Haversack to complete the look. Click here.

Adventuring with Colette

One of my favorite things to do is go "adventuring with Colette". We love exploring the small towns, big cities, and charming places in New England! Monday, she had the day off work, so off we headed to Wellesley, Cambridge, and the Beacon Hill area...all in Massachusetts.

First stop was Wellesley College, where we went to admire the architecture. Were we still in New England? We felt as though we'd stepped back into Tudor England! 

We grabbed some pizza for lunch...mine was chicken and caramelized pear!

Right across the street was Harvard Yard, so we stopped to take a look.

Time for dessert at L.A. Burdick in Boston!...our favorite stop!

Then we strolled down Beacon Street. I love the historic architecture of these buildings!

The angel looking over the Public Garden.

Then we strolled the streets of Beacon Hill...admiring the front doors, window shopping, studying the architecture, ohh-ing and ahh-ing at the cute passing dogs, and generally enjoying this quiet enclave in the bustling city of Boston.

A Good Day's Work

Yesterday, Colette and I went adventuring (more on that later). And today, both Max and Colette had the day off work, so we spent the day quietly at home. But a day's adventuring means there's two day's worth of homekeeping tasks to do:

- to-do list for the day done first
- downstairs bathroom cleaned
- master bath tub and sink scrubbed and counters and mirrors cleaned
- five laundry loads of clothing washed
- sheets washed and dried and beds remade
- towels washed and dried
- the dog got a good brushing
- downstairs dusted
- wood floors swept
- downstairs carpet and rugs vacuumed
- meals arranged for a family having a baby this week
- new soup recipe, Southwestern Cream of Soup, made for dinner (quite delicious!). Click here to get the recipe.

And in and between and through it all, we continued plugging away on a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, and we talked politics all day long.

Sabbath Rest

"Almighty Ruler of the skies,
Thro’ the wide earth Thy Name is spread;
And Thine eternal glories rise
O’er all the heav’ns Thy hands have made."

--Isaac Watts (1719)

On the Move

I passed this little guy on the road. He was heading south. I was going north. But I stopped the car in the middle of the road to say "hi". But he had no time for conversation. He just glanced at me, and all I heard was the scritch-scratch of his sharp nails on the road.

Well, in case you were wondering like I was, porcupine do not hibernate. And there's the proof of it!

The End

I was a voracious reader as a child. But then adulthood happened, and I still read...but never as much as I feel I ought to. But when I do read, I stick almost entirely to classics. Last year I slogged my way though Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Ugh. Really, that is one depressing book. Then I read something short and pleasurable, the title of which I can't recall. Then I moved on to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, on the recommendation of a young friend, who avows it to be his favorite book. I think I started it about June of last year. It traveled with me twice to California (hence, the damaged spine...and leather too...just makes me ill), and I finally finished it in this, my quiet month of January. I must confess that it is far from my favorite book. It does end well (spoiler alert), but you do have to wait until the very, very end. I think it will be a long time before I try out another Russian author.

I'm thinking of working through the works of various British authors this year...mostly poets. Any recommendations?

What are you currently reading?

Baby Knits

Saturday, I went to a baby shower for soon-to-be-born twins! This is my second friend to be pregnant with twins in a year's time...and both with a boy and a girl! It was fun to give cozy, snuggly, baby knits on a day when the whole world was talking about snow.

Sabbath Rest

Butternut squash, coated with olive oil and sprinkled with cinnamon, waiting to roast for Sunday dinner.
Round this table, here to pray
First we thank you for the day
For our family and our friends
Gifts of grace that heaven lends
Living water, daily bread
Countless blessings our God sends.

- traditional child's mealtime prayer

Sleigh Ride

A couple weeks ago, we headed north to the White Mountains for a sleigh ride! A sleigh ride is one of winter's greatest delights, in my book! We went to this farm and B&B, which has been in the same family since before the Revolutionary War, when the King of England granted them the land. (I think the date on the sign must relate to the building of the barn or farmhouse, not the granting of the land.) That sort of family continuity is rare, even in New England, and made me so appreciative that the land is still in use and is cherished by the family.

Here comes the sleigh!...and it's whiskered driver! Don't you love it?

We shared the large sleigh with two other families, both of whom had small children. The first part of our half-hour ride had us descending down a hill. I loved hearing the heavy clop-clopping of the horses' hooves and the skidding sound of the sleigh runners on the frozen ground.

Then we leveled out and cut across farmland used for growing corn and hay, before entering those woods. A river ran along one side of the wood, and our party spotted a bald eagle flying quickly upriver!

On the way home, we stopped in at the Mount Washington Hotel to enjoy their views and for cups of coffee and hot cocoa by the fire.

Now imagine yourself standing on that lovely rounded part of the porch...

...and if you were standing there, this would be your view of Mount Washington, with the tip-top shrouded in clouds and the cog railway line highlighted in snow. So pretty!

I can never decide if enjoying the view from the porch is best...or warming oneself by the fire.

Got to love that moose!

Snowy Day, Baking Day

Another four inches of fresh snow fell on our little corner of the world last night. This is the scene that greeted my eyes this morning. The beauty of fresh snow just takes my breath away...every time.

And since I didn't have to go anywhere today, it was a great day to clean the pantry, give the kitchen sink a good scrubbing, and spend the day baking. Now we are freshly stocked up on clean AND granola AND almond biscotti.

Snowy Days, Winter Delights

Are you familiar with Nora Murphy Country House? Nora is a wonderful source of inspiration for all things New England...gardening, decorating, seasonal vignettes, and so much more! I highly recommend you spend a few delightful minutes (or maybe an hour or more!) enjoying her website, seasonal online magazines, Facebook, and Instagram account! It's my daily dose of New England pretty!

This week, Nora Murphy Country House tagged me in an Instagram photo to show my favorite winter decor. Oh goodness! It was difficult to choose. I love feathering our nest for winter. There are the perennial favorites: duvets, tartans, candles, anyplace by the fire. And then there are some of my favorites this year...combos of hotel silver and mercury glass, and pewter and stoneware. 

And in the end, I chose this image...a cozy cashmere throw, a chair near in a window for basking in the sunlight, a table for games, and a pewter platter with nuts for cracking. 

I stock up on bags of mixed nuts around the holidays (and especially 50% off afterwards!), so that we can have a platter out all winter. My guys, especially, love to feast on them.

Today, this is my view from one window of our home. Big, downy flakes are softly falling. It's a great day for working on a puzzle, nut cracking, and steaming cups of hot cocoa.

I hope your winter day is delightful! Stay cozy and snug!

Last Day in the Big Apple

Aside from our visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, our last day in New York City was our favorite time there! No grand plans this day...just small and quiet enjoyments throughout the day...mostly of the food variety.

We started the day by a quick venture into the fabric district, where I stocked up on velvet ribbons and rayon bias tape (perfect for tying up all sorts of things).

Then we reboarded the subway and journeyed down to SoHo to go to Laduree. We had long anticipated going to this Paris-based bakery's NYC location, so we were thrilled to be here!

The beauty of their pastries just took our breath away!

We ordered a late breakfast of fruit, pastries with orange marmalade, freshly-squeezed orange juice, a chocolate pastry, and hot chocolate. So delicious! The service was most genteel, and many of the patrons seated about us were speaking softly in French. We felt positively transported to Paris!

Then we moved back uptown to see the Flat Iron Building.

Selfie with the Empire State Building in the background.

Time for a little shopping now! Colette visited the Brooks Brothers Shop. And while she was there, I visited Beecher's Handmade Cheese just across the street and picked up some little items to take to our hostess and to the guys back home.

Then we went further uptown to Ralph Lauren's new coffee shop, Ralph's, where we enjoyed our second cups of hot cocoa of the day (no, neither of us are coffee drinkers).

Then we went from there to Ralph Lauren's gorgeous Madison Avenue store...four stories of exquisitely designed items! And the marble staircase is pretty fine too!

We had such a great time, and are so grateful to my dear friend for hosting us and making some great memories possible!
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