It has been cold here in the foothills
of W. Washington State, with snow
and gloomy skies, but this morning
the sun shone bright into my kitchen
as I made my morning coffee.
The first thing I do every morning is
sip that wonderful, hot cup of coffee
(Starbuck's Breakfast Blend)
as I try to wake up.
I've been slowly transitioning
the decorations from Christmas to
Valentine's Day, here in my little kitchen.
My beautiful table runner is actually
an Irish Linen tea towel;
a Christmas gift from my dear SIL, Donna.
Thank you, Sis! <3
I made the Paper Roses a couple of years
ago out of coffee filters and watercolors.
I am loving polka-dots right now :)
My daughter, Heather gave me the
adorable 'Pioneer Woman' polka-dot
mixing bowl for Christmas :)
I love red gingham and polka-dots
My mornings are definitely more cheerful
with these happy little things!
The second thing I do is venture outside
to feed the birds.
I won't be sitting here to finish my coffee today!
I love how everything looks like it is
My Glacier Pansies keep on blooming
despite the cold.
These winter pansies will survive the
freezing temperatures and go on to put
on a show this spring.
I plant them every fall :)
The native Sword ferns are just as hardy.
I fill the hummingbird feeders first.
We see evidence of foot-traffic near the
I believe the last one is a gray squirrel.
The snow crunches underfoot.
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch....
Can you see Whitey Bear?
The little chickadees are waiting........
Snow-dusted moss on trees.
Tree fungi sport blue-tinged snow-caps.
Let's hurry back inside......
It's cold out here!
Today, the third thing I am going to do is finish
my crocheted pillow!
I started this pillow way back in June.
You can see my dear little Ling Ling
in her usual spot, along with Maggie
on the pillow.
We never know what is around the corner,
Dear Friends, so make the best of
every day :)
I have joined together all the squares
(9 front and back)
and crocheted a ruffled shell edging on
3 sides. I then made a pillow insert
to fit. I used two napkins! They were
the perfect color and size!
I then inserted the pillow and sealed it in
with single crochet, then added the
remaining shell edging.
You can see the curtain on my storage rack
and the flowered ironing board cover
in my sewing room :)
Its new home is my slip-covered chair
in the bedroom.
This is my favorite shade of blue :)
I made the tiny bag for my wedding,
so long ago in my little yellow bedroom :)
And now, here I am a Mother of 4,
and a Grandmother of 2,
all these years later.
I dreamed of this while making my
That took all afternoon, and now the fourth
thing I do is to make dinner!
Something to warm the insides
on a bitterly cold evening.
We had just finished dinner
and cleaned up the dishes
when this happened........
We had a power outage!
The fifth thing I did was get
out the emergency candles.....
We stoked the fire
and Ramblin' Man lit the fire
in the bedroom.
I stepped out onto the deck to
see the full moon over Mt. Rainier.
If you look up to the right, you
can also see the Big Dipper!
I could hear coyotes singing
from the distant hills
in the cold, still night.
And as we sat by the candlelight
in front of the fire,
we spoke of how truly blessed we
are for our warm and cozy home,
our wonderful family and friends,
and the beauty that surrounds us
each and every day.
Thank you for joining me, Dear Friends!
I hope your day is filled with blessings, too.
( P.S. Our power was restored by midnight :)
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