February, a month of flowers, hearts and loads of pink – at least in my world! February is such a transition month. Winter still has it’s ice grips on us and will through the end of March for certain, but somehow come the end of February, we start to feel that next season slipping into the nearer future. The days are markedly longer and the sun feels so much stronger and warmer. As for the color pink, it just brings such happiness, especially pink flowers. I’ve purchased a few pink cyclamens with their sweet heart-shaped leaves and happy color, they bring a breath of freshness into my home. Much needed to combat the sea of white just outside my windows. Have a most wonderful month!
Well we finally made it! Another year over, another just begun. I’ve put all the Christmas decor away to shine in another season. As I packed away the garlands and ornaments, I reflected on all the memories made this year as well as past Christmases. Each item has a memory, my first Christmas married, a gift from a dear friend, something made by my children. It all gets wrapped carefully and tucked away. Once the bins are put away, there’s that familiar feeling of melancholy. The holiday season is so poignant. A yearly marker for us all. This year was so different for so many, but the solace of winter gives us a chance to be still, take stock of our lives and goals. Perhaps even a time to be a tad selfish and retreat inwards and take care of ourselves. Winter can be long if you are just yearning for spring. I say, this is a gift. Winter is the only time of year when the world slows down. Nature is quiet and no impending large holidays. It’s a time for you and you only. Grasp onto this opportunity and savor the bleak midwinter!
Happy December and welcome to the sparkly and glorious holiday season. This last month of the year always comes loaded with so much nostalgia and promise. As we haul out our decorations, we reminisce about Christmases past and make plans for changing things up a bit as well. For me, I decided to go a bit simpler and use fresh greens where I never had before. I am always worried that they won’t last very long, but with a daily misting, so far I’m loving my simpler aesthetic. Now, it is time for me to turn to my holiday baking. I’m going to be making my little gingerbread mug huggers and of course my tried and true Biscotti and Cranberry Shortbread. All recipes are here on the blog. My Christmas wish for you is a home full of happy faces, love and mostly peace as we savor this most wonderful time of the year.
What’s not to love about November? The month that slowly slips us into the holiday season and of course, my favorite, Thanksgiving. The weather seems to abruptly change, coincidence? I’m not sure but last year we had significant snow on the third and this year, the same thing is in the forecast! Not to worry, by this time the gardens and outdoor spaces have been cleaned up and put to bed, so I can start to focus on cozying up the indoors and wrap my thoughts around upcoming holidays. I’m one that does most all of my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving and this year is no different. I do this primarily to enjoy the season without the commercial pressures that seem to come at us from every angle. I like to savor all the moments in this beautiful time of year. Holidays should not be stressful, they should be filled with the love of family, preparations, and living fully in the moment. I have suggestions on how to make your Thanksgiving stress free under my “Entertaining” section. The key is preparedness. I wish you all a most beautiful November.
October has arrived and suddenly I feel the need to go full-on, east coast, New England, countryside, autumn at it’s best! I’m fortunate to live in an area where farm stands and all their goodness are like a quick trip to the grocery store, and I so love supporting our farmers who work the land tirelessly to produce this and so much more than the mainstream ever see. So here’s a glimpse into October and all that it will bring. The weather will slowly decline, the temperatures will threaten frost and the leaves will tumble to the ground with a stiff breeze. October has come knocking, it’s time to welcome it in.
I’m finding it difficult to wrap my head around the fact that August has arrived. I’ll admit, I’ve never been a big fan of this month for various reasons, the most primary one being that it feels as though people tend to dismiss this last lovely month of summer to go headlong rushing into that other ‘F’ word. You know the one…Fall. The second reason is the almost constant barage through media and advertising announcing and shouting “back to school!” Once again, confirming that dreaded feeling of the beginning of the end! Not to worry here my friends. I’m firmly keeping my feet planted in Summer. Typically this can be our hottest month, plus I still had snow in April! So I’m going to enjoy every last bit. This is our month for serious harvest here in the Northeast. My kitchen potager is producing tomatoes faster than we can consume them – again – not complaining! I’ve been busy harvesting and drying herbs (read about that in my Garden section), making my seasoned vinegars and oils and clipping gorgeous flowers for arrangements all over the house. Whereas I used to dread August, I’m having one of my bests ones ever, only because I’m not succombing to the hype of moving along to the next season and living in the present. Fall and all it’s glory will get it’s time to shine, but for now it’s summer and I’m loving it and I hope you are too.