Thursday, January 2, 2014

All is white

A Happy New Year to you all. We are snowed in again today. I have learned to enjoy the feeling of being completely stuck in one place. We have wood, milk and tea. Charlie is singing classical tunes as he sets up an epic Lego star wars battle on the still extended dining room table. The bakery has a sandwich maker now after a no call no show. 

Again I am lost to describe the snow. It is floating down steadily, small little flakes, adding to the already laden ground. It is completely different to the snow we had the other night and yet it is just as white and just as in need of shoveling. It is scenic in the most cliche way, there was even a plump deer taking shelter under a big snow laden fir tree at the bottom of the meadow. 

 Everything colorful takes on a brighter hue in the winter. I love color. I have always loved the idea of having a house filled with neutrals and modern sparse clean lines and have hoped that I was capable of creating that space but my new years 'accept this about your self and move on moment' is that I love color and tend to put it anywhere I find a neutral or modern sparse clean line.

Apart from enjoying the holiday and reflecting on the year gone and coming and getting the lesson plans done for the new year, I like to get a little quilting in. These are 2 of 9 blocks I am working on right now. All very precise and careful work which I think is good for my naturally sloppy self. Character building stuff is quilting, well for me anyway. Some of the other color combinations are below. Nice and bright no?

I always head into the new year with a little bit of hesitation. You know something rotten is bound to occur in the year ahead - you know this more definitely each year. But lots of good stuff too. Stuff that is already happening like watching the 'Hollow Crown' series with Marion or reading Mary Pope Osbourne's version of the Odyssey while reading Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood at the same time or sledding in an unabandoned and ridiculous way down our hill. All good, all colorful. Wish you all a happy start to the new year.