In the Bleak Mid-Winter


   Today is bright but bitingly cold. We are keeping ourselves indoors, I'm finishing some little doll ornaments I'll be bringing to a class I'm teaching next month in Eureka Springs and all I hear at the moment is my littlest playing softly in the other room and the ticking of the old clock on the book shelf.

   It's that cozy time of year when I feel so lazy and just want to hibernate, although I am trying to paint when I can! Also curling up with sweet books, like my favorite 'feasts and festivals' book Cattern Cakes and Lace and our new copy of The Complete Brambly Hedge. Also copious amounts of tea....we are all on a tea kick in this house as of late. My oldest loves her tea time too. Today Im drinking the Salted Carmel tea from Bigalow Teas, and considering switching over to tea entirely from my morning coffee, which hasnt really been doing it for me lately taste-wise....and I had to choke back a sob yesterday morning when I'd realized I'd bought decaf!

      On my knitting needles I've started--- another--- shawl.... Its the Simple Shawl from Hedgerow Yarns (evidently Im all about the hedges these days!) and I'll show you more once I get it going a respectable bit!

    It is my little wish to get back to just a simple, chatty, day-to-day blog like I used to have in 'the old days' haha....not too terribly exciting, but I miss those nice blog days, do you? When we'd all comment and visit, and show each other what we were making and cooking and thinking in a nice leisurely post? I'm eager to start that again....which is why I've made my little blog here in this new space so I can do all my 'official art' posts on the Sleightholm Folk site. This will be the little chatty spot....where there's always a tea kettle going, knitting beside the chair, a cat to cuddle up with and just a simple respite from all the heaviness out there. We are "taking joy" here, after all!

   Bit at the moment, nothing too momentous is going on....it's like that lovely little carol 'In The Bleak Midwinter.' We are in that time, arent we? But I dont mind. I turn on the little stove in the living room, make some tea, grab some knitting. I told you....I am a bit of an old lady. But I relish it! I'd rather be home than anywhere. I'm a 'stay at home sort of bird', as Glady Taber would say. Oh, she's another one to read at this cozy time of year.....must go look in the bookshelves....

   How are you this bleak midwinter? Stay Warm! Stay Cozy! Take Joy!~
H

"In the bleak midwinter" Choir of Kings College, Cambridge

14 comments

Winnie Nielsen said...

Ahhh, one of my very favorite hymns! It was in the low 20s here last night and only in the upper 40s today. Pretty unusual and cold for north Florida!! Many of our plants were frozen in the last blast of Arctic air so our landscape is browning up more. It is comforting to have this change and I agree, it is perfect tea and knitting weather! Speaking of favorite teas....I have been on a Peppermint and Constant Comment Decaf binge lately. I need decaffeinated coffee or tea for on a regular basis and I have been enjoying these two flavors with the colder weather.

Yes, I would agree that the bleak mid-Winter is a great time to just stay inside and enjoy those things that get pushed aside when the weather is nicer!!

Tanya B said...

It has been so very cold this winter. We, too, have been in more than out, though I’m not at all bothered by it because I’m such a homebody. Plus it’s given me time to do a little more knitting and sewing than I normally get to do. My Littles are playing with their nesting dolls and I’m enjoying a cup of blueberry tea.

I’m glad to find your blog. I miss the old blogging days that were more conversational. If you feel like coming to visit, I blog at www.everaftercottage.com. Let’s visit over tea. :)

Heather said...

Ohhh you are in the bleak midwinter too-- flordia style!! You'll have spring so soon though :) your tea choices sound very nice, Im always on the look out for more tea :D

Heather said...

Thank you for your visit! I just popped by to see you, what a lovely space! And oh, to have winter in Maine! I've never gotten up that far north but I'd love to one day!

K.O. said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Blogs have gotten left behind with all of the cray-cray Facebook and IG going on...though they both serve their purpose, I always feel like screaming, "STOP THE RIDE! I WANT TO GET OFF!" So, here I sit in a new cozy sweater, sipping Gingerbread Tea (which is now part of my daily tea-rotation as I, too, have had to remove coffee from the ol' diet) reading your blog!! Ahhhh...now, that's more like it! ;)

Heather said...

Giiiiirl, lets turn back time! To the simple era of blog spot! hehehe!

Kit1934 said...

Salted caramel tea? Be right back- off to go find myself some!! I've been missing a good old fashioned chatty blog so count me in. :)

tiphaine said...

I would love to get a copy of the brambly hedge! I had the one little book about spring and daydreamed about that house in a tree for hours. I wanted to try a spoonful of all the different jams lined up in the larder.
I too miss the old blogging days from 10 years ago, when facebook was just picking up. I left facebook this year, too much noise; too shallow. I tried IG, that's how I found your blog :) But I left that too. Too many ads and 'like me back'
I decided to take my time; see less of the pictures out there but appreciate them more, and take the time to comment; because in the end we all crave relationships, not likes. Thank you for this space and for the virtual cup of tea. I m thinking to give up coffee for Lent and drink sage and mint that I cut and dried last summer but I never take the time to steep.

I've tried to comment last night but there seems to be a bug and the comment is never confirmed. I apologize if you get this 20 times!

Heather said...

Ive missed chatting with you here too! Lets get a cup of tea and have a good goss! ;)

Heather said...

Thank you for coming to visit! I do appreciate it! And sorry to hear that blogger has been buggy. Ive noticed that it seems to take a good bit before it will let a comment go through. It has to wait to connect or something. I miss the days of getting online and it was just all friends and sharing. Im ready to get back to that! Ive had enough noise!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

I want some salted caramel tea!!! That sounds lovely. I'm so happy you've decided to take this road with your blog. I for one LOVE reading people ramble and chat about cozy things! Have you ever seen Susan Branch's blog? Oh my stars, she's the best. If you haven't seen it, you MUST.

Heather said...

Yes! I have seen her blog! So cozy to read. I am allll about the cozy!!

gkgirl said...

I have been feeling the same. I started blogging about 10 years ago...never stopped...haha. But I definitely miss the connections & excitement that there used to be around blogging. I hear it might be making a comeback. Fingers crossed. :) Love your blog, by the way. :)

Heather said...

Oh I HOPE it makes a comeback! Im ready for it! Thanks for coming to see me here :D