Dear Readers, At the time of this writing (December 18th to be exact), I am battling a bad cold, the tree is up with lights but no ornaments, the paper whites and amaryllis bulbs are growing at a snail’s pace and not likely to bloom for Christmas (again), and the outside of my house is […]
Tis the season for wreaths. They have a long history dating back to ancient Egypt and can mean many things, like protection and honor and hope and joy. They have always symbolized the bounty and beauty of nature. For us, in these modern times, they most often say Welcome!
I would like to trade Wellies with Kate. That is to say: I’ve always dreamed of living in a small village in the English countryside like she does. I first met Kate through her blog, Our Haystack, where she writes quite elegantly about leaving her home in Australia and living the life that many of […]
We start the holiday season with my grandfather’s eggnog. He used to make it at home and bring it along in plastic milk jugs. (the recipe is below). There’s nothing like that first sip of eggnog to get you in the holiday spirit. And I came across this recipe for bourbon apple cider with an […]
Around my house, I’m embracing the autumn days instead of rushing the holidays. I’m lingering on the falling leaves, the changing light, and the cool air that means sweaters and blankets and fires because this season is fleeting, unlike winter, which stays and stays. My mother decorated seasonally (it was one of her great talents […]