I think this time of the year is the most difficult for me. I sit and wait with anxious anticipation for the renewal that Springtime inevitably brings, but it is such a slow march to those slightly warmer spring days. I start to long for the smell of fresh-cut grass, and the pretty pink buds on the cherry blossom trees that soon will be bursting into a froth of pink petals and blooms. Oh…it feels as though it will never be here. All it seems to be is day after day of rain and grey. Don’t get me wrong, I love the rain as well, but after the holidays are all put away and done with, I really need a good dose of sunshine and light. How about you, has this winter taken its toll on you? It really has been a crazy one all across the country. I think we are all ready for longer days and the warmth of the sun.
Here, is my go-to quick fix for the days when I have the winter doldrums. First, I try to give the house a quick clean-up. Just dusting, vacuuming and putting the clutter away. Second, I head out to the grocery store for a few items including some spring flowers to bring home and place in a pretty vase. Third, I light some fresh(floral or citrus) scented candles. Forth, I brew up some fantastic Jasmine tea…soooo good! Then, I put on some happy tunes and do a little baking. This time it’s Grandma’s Banana Bread. It's always a hit with the whole family. Not to mention the fact that it feels so good to use up a few of the bananas that are slowly taking over my freezer.
I've tried several kinds of jasmine tea in my search for the perfect one. I believe I have found a match in this one. I found it at Uwajumaya. The "pearls" are good for at least three steepings, so while it is a bit more expensive than some of the other teas you are able to stretch each single serving into about three.
Now, my winter time blues are gone. I have some yummy bread to eat while I look at my pretty tulips on the table, and daydream of the coming spring.
I hope the sun makes an appearance in your neck of the woods very soon!
I love these little Christmas elves that have found a home on my counter. These little guys are Shiny Brite reproductions. I only have a couple of the vintage fellows...I am always on the hunt for these little merry makers.
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I can't believe I haven't posted since October! Wow, how time flies! Well, as it always is with me, life gets crazy and hectic, and the blog is in the backseat once again. Hopefully, I will be able to be a little more diligent this month, after all it's my favorite time of year, and my favorite time to share with others. I love to see all of the decorations and traditions that so many of you have. It's so wonderful to share in all that is beautiful and blessed about this amazing holiday season.
The tree is done, the garlands are hung, now it's time to enjoy and share with friends and family. I was hoping to have this post up by the 1st, but of course that didn't happen. I was thinking that I would try to post a picture each day leading up to Christmas, already I am behind by two days, but hey, what else is new. So here are my shots from the 1st and 2nd of December, respectively.
Just a squirrel, trying to get a nut.:)
The dining room looks so peaceful here, a rarity I assure you.
I hope your holidays are off to a successful start!
This morning I was sitting at my table planning out my week, and looking for some inspiration in a few books and magazines. I love quiet mornings, with my coffee and some beautiful things to look at.
What I really need to do is put up our Halloween/Fall decorations. I have been trying for the past couple of days to get out all of our stuff, I just hope to finally succeed in doing so today. I've got The Temper Trap(I love these guys!) on, nice and loud, and I am in a very happy mood, especially for a Monday.(~.~)
Have a happy Monday!
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I had thoroughly intended on posting this Friday, but I somehow forgot to save everything(whatever happened to the auto-save feature here on typepad?) and had to start all over. Ugh!!! Writing is definitely not my strong suit, so to have to do it twice, not my favorite thing. Lesson learned though, never get up from the computer without hitting that little save button.
Sooo, this weeks etsy fave list was inspired by all of the fabulous and super cute, dog themed items over at Anthropologie. I am especially in love with the dog motif wallpaper. I envision it in the mudroom of my dreams. Picture if you will, lots of painted beadboard and beautiful natural light, counterspace that goes on for miles, then throw in this wallpaper... Yes, I could be happy folding the heaps and heaps of laundry we have, in a room like that.:-)
Is it not the cutest!?!
I had to end this post with a picture of our family pup, Mitzi. This was taken back in December when she was still itty-bitty. Although she has been quite a trial for us, chewed through I don't know how many pairs of my jeans, still prefers the hardwood floors to the outdoors as a potty, and barks like a mad woman, we still love her. How could you not love a face like this?!