Coziness & Contemplation

| 1/28/2013 2:11:00 PM

Tags: winter days, farmhouse in winter, homemade cracker recipe, Mary Murray,

Mary Murray head shotLately, the winds have howled furiously around the old farmhouse. Waking up to frosty temperatures between 4 and 10 degrees, we feel as if the wind is bearing down around us. Inside we hear it rattling windows, while
outside, chores are done with heads bent down against its icy fury. Oftentimes, it feels as if the entire house will sail away…thankfully, it never does.  For 149 years it has been defiant against wind, rain, sleet, and snow.


ice on creek

Today, the kids have an unexpected day home from school. Freezing rain and ice have made it a January day to be blissfully content inside by the fire. It’s been a day of playing games, watching movies, homemade doughnuts & hot cocoa. Simple pleasures, indeed.

Days like this are also perfect for puttering. Sitting by the warmth of a crackling fire in the kitchen, I’m working to finish a knitted
shawl I began last winter.  Yes…last winter. Time flies. And so, if I want to enjoy it anytime soon, I’d best be knitting away. I also have a skein of lovely llama/alpaca yarn that is calling me. I’m thinking it will become a warm & cozy hat. (Perhaps to be enjoyed next winter!)
 Tinkerbell on coop 

Farm cats don’t seem to mind the snow…Tinkerbell can be found observing the world from a high spot on  top of the coop, while Azreal and Midnight are content to stay a little closer to the back door in hopes of sneaking inside for a bit. Yes, they come in a cozy up by the fire on frosty nights and are quite content to settle in for a long nap. However; by morning they race out the door to see what the new day has brought.

Mary Murray
1/29/2013 4:14:40 PM

I hope so, Dave...the kids are growing up too fast and I'm trying to capture every moment! And yes...soup is always best on those icy days; warms us through & through. Ahhh yes, retirement from the daily grind; well deserved! I don't mind the daily ups & downs from home though...setting my own schedule is nice. Of course, sometimes the critters (2-legged and 4-legged!) do set it for me! -Mary

1/29/2013 3:01:42 PM

Mary, what a memory building day you had. Howling wind and frigid temperatures always makes a bowl of soup taste so much better, don't you think? It's one of those things that I enjoy about winter. Only in my case, I don't have outside chores that need to be done. I can watch out my living room windows with a hot cup of coffee in my hand those that still need to make their way to work. Ah, yes, I've been waiting for these golden years a long time. :0) Have a great memory building day.

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