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Blue and White

My favorite color combination.

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Winter

This morning, Ed and I woke up to a windy, cold, snowy day.  “The only thing between us and the North Pole is a barbed wire fence,” Ed repeated, recalling my great-grandfather’s saying for this piece of property (told to us by my dad). 

We talked about what it would be like to live 100 or more years ago, during this time of year.  Going outside to use the bathroom, keeping the fire going to stay warm.  It must have been a tough season, but we decided that winters probably weren’t all that bad if you had enough fire wood, warm clothes, and food to make it through until spring.  Sitting by the fire, time to read and tell stories, practice skills like knitting and playing music, spending time with your family and the rare visitor.

We spent the day inside today, not a lazy winter day but a productive one.  Ed painted the base-cap trim that he plans to use throughout the house, a good winter-time project, then headed to my brother’s house to help with sanding his floors.  My mom and I spent the day picking up the house to get organized for my baby shower next weekend.  We did things that rarely get done around here, like actually filing that “to-be-filed” pile of papers and vacuuming under the bed.  I hate to clean, but I must admit there’s a satisfaction in getting the clutter organized.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I hope you had a productive and satisfying day.

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Thaw

Sunday Stroll

A week ago, a storm brought us over a foot of snow.  Between yesterday’s rain and today’s temperatures in the 50’s, it’s mostly gone, so my stroll felt surprisingly spring-like.

A vine wraps around a little tree

A big tree reaches up into the blue sky

Needles of the white pine get a break from the heavy snow

The woodpile sits, idly waiting for the mercury to dip again

The weather was so beautiful today that I spent a good hour after my stroll sitting in the sun, reading and dreaming about fruit trees, laying hens and my vegetable garden.  What does your weather look like today?

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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Winter Dormancy

Sunday Stroll

Today as I walked around snapping photos, I imagined those dormant little buds bursting forth leaves in the spring.  But then I decided to appreciate the beauty of the dormant stage as it is, and how dormancy enables these plants to survive the chilly winter.

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The blue hydrangeas in the front of the house.

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A little lilac, transplanted from Ed’s parents’ house.

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The teeny dawn redwood tree.

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Branches of our sugar maple against the blue sky.

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.

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I’m Freezing my Buns!

Freeze Yer Buns Challenge 2008

After much deliberation, I joined Crunchy Chicken’s Freeze Yer Buns Challenge.  I pledge to keep my thermostat set between 60-65 degrees when we’re home and at 55 degrees when we’re not home.  My dad always told us that lots of people can afford to build a big house, but not many can afford to heat it.  Now I understand what he means!  This challenge will help us keep our costs down and also reduce our dependence on heating oil.  I hate that we use heating oil, but it is what it is.  The best option for us right now is to conserve.  That doesn’t mean that we’re completely frozen! We’re supplementing our heat with fires in our wood stove and sometimes our fireplace, too.

In addition to burning wood, we’re also bundling up with warm socks, sweaters and blankets.  So far, it’s been pretty warm this fall during the day, so we didn’t even turn on our heat until a few days ago when we were both out until late.  It was too late to build a fire when we got home and it was very chilly in the house, so we turned on the heat and went to bed.  I’m hoping to not need to really use the furnace because we’ll get enough warmth from the wood stove, but we’ll see.  There’s nothing better on a cold winter day than a nice toasty fire.

What are your plans to keep warm this winter? Will you also be joining the challenge or trying to conserve?

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