Saturday, January 11, 2014

Typical Days Around Here

With real live winter weather and temperatures here in Hartwood for the past few days, there hasn't been too much going on to talk about.  I wanted to work in the basement for a while, to get my workshop cleared out so I can work on projects a little easier, but it was 57 degrees down there ... too chilly to work comfortably.  I passed my time working on more exciting things, like laundry.  Woo hoo!  (insert sarcastic smirk)

To figure out how I spent my time, I turned to the photos on my iPad.  Let me share with you some examples of things that I photographed over the past few days.

1.  Here are Alice and Dorothy snuggling and sleeping beside me on the sofa, in a space that seemed to be much too small to be occupied by two cats.  

2.  Cold weather causes me to have an uncontrollable urge to simmer things on the stove.  The other day, I discovered a package of 15-bean soup beans in the pantry.  Using these as a starting point, and after I simmered the beans for a couple of hours, I added chicken broth, tomatoes, onions, carrots and celery, and some other stuff.  It was delicious as dinner, and I took some next door to the neighbors for their dinner.  The remainder joined the other frozen containers of various left-over soups that reside in the freezer.  (Ham and white bean, chili, chicken vegetable, black bean and pumpkin, etc.)

3.  The other day, I walked past the window in the family room ... like I have done a thousand times since we bought this place in 2002.  The sunlight perfectly illuminated the growth rings in the heartpine of the sill, and I was strangely drawn to count them.  124.  The tree that gave the wood that was used to make this sill was at least this old when our house was built in 1848.  Takes us back to 1724 or earlier, when that tree sprouted.  (I think about this stuff sometimes.)

4.  Our 2-year-old grandson stayed with us the other day.  It was a very active day, keeping a toddler entertained all day ... too cold to go outside, so we did things indoors.

Watching Dora with Granddad and Ruby.

Napping on the couch in the sunshine.

Dorothy says, "how about paying a little bit of attention to me?"

5.  I stopped working on my crocheted looper rug for now, because I have another project to finish.  The cats are helping.

Alice keeps my lap warm, while sleeping in her Super Kitty position.

Maggie, you shouldn't be laying on that!  

Today is the second of two rainy, icky days.  There's no staying at home today, though.  The Husband and I will soon be hitting the road for a two-hour drive to Maryland, for an annual luncheon for hordes of horticulture and nursery people at our friends Jim and Dan's house.    

I expect this to be a fabulous Sunday.  I hope yours is, too.


  1. I love your kitties - that photo of Dorothy on the rug is hilarious! Have a happy weekend!

  2. I love your kitties - that photo of Dorothy on the rug is hilarious! Have a happy weekend!

  3. Be careful on the road!

    Love the rings on the wood and your Grandson has grown by leaps and bounds since the last time I saw him. The cats are gorgeous, as always.

  4. My heart just whispered, "Awwww....." at the pics of your darling Dorothy, Alice, and Maggie, Connie. They are all sooo sweet. I just adore the Super Kitty pose, too. :)

    Our kitchen cabinets and all the trim in this house was made from the trees on our property. Our home was built in 1895. But to have that will dating back to the 1700's is just amazing!

    Enjoy your weekend, sweetie! Stay warm!

    xoxo laurie

  5. Your grandson is soooo cute. I bet you guys can't have enough of him.

  6. Oh that sunshine looks so inviting! Have fun in Maryland!

  7. Your kitties are too precious! I love to watch them sleeping. Your grandson is precious, too, of course. :-) He looks like he's totally absorbed in Dora.

  8. You found so many blessings on your quiet days in the house. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Wonderful homely pictures of your grandson with granddad, Ruby and all your cats. This is all very familiar to me.

  10. Your grandson is adorable.

  11. Your grandson is adorable.

  12. I love the picture of the windowsill. As much as many of us love old homes, has anyone ever taken the time to count the rings on slabs of wood in the house? I don't think so but I'm glad you did. Seriously. 124 rings??? Makes me appreciate an old home all the more. Thank you for that perspective.


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