coffee on the left -a quick update-

My camera hasn’t been in tote lately.  My hands have been full of other things, particularly cup of coffee in left and baby on hip on right.  My free time has been graciously spent laughing with loved ones, sitting around this table or that counter, munching on an olive or a bar of chocolate, occasionally a glass of wine touching my lips.  The temperatures have dipped far below zero the last few days and nights and we are feeding the wood stove like the hungry dragon that it is.  I will admit, this time inside, with only enough gusto for fifteen minutes rolling down a hill here, or a quick wood run there, is welcome.  The cozy fireside is beckoning us and we are more than willing.

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That is not to say I haven’t enjoyed a bit of the briskness the season has to offer during these dark days.  I was reminded just hours before the main event to welcome 2015, (my most favorite tradition of all) after voicing some concerns over the deep temperatures and a possible cold onset, what if I had a bad year?  I would always wonder if it was because I didn’t plunge.  Well I couldn’t have that.

(from left to right; Hadleys man friend, Hadley- the most accountable plunger of all, my little neighbor always and forever, yours truly, and the boldest Columbian Woman I am so proud to call my sister)

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And now, with six lovely kids under our roof and a whole lot of dishes to keep up with this is all the update I can afford.  Our sweet friends are visiting and it brings so much joy to my heart!!

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Happy New Year!!!!  

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Yes, New Years Eve has changed its face a bit over the last few years.

But yes, I love it just the same.

It seems that even minus a cocktail overload, the wonderment (or plotting…) of who I may kiss when the clock strikes twelve and a dazzling outfit, the new year can be rung in quite merrily and sufficiently.

A bonfire with a home-made lantern to light our meal (by little crafter in the making), an early evening (making for a joyous early morning rather than a dreaded one), a plunge in some warmer waters (you southerners really thought that was cold?!  It was luke warm at best.  I tell you…), and the company of my lovely boys and some beautiful friends, I couldn’t ask for anything more.

(for the lantern its just tissue paper, elmers, and a mason jar… and lots of patience- that is a sticky combo)

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My resolutions this spin around are not quite so exciting.  I want to meditate nightly, I want to donate my hair, and of course, I want to move to that little rocky shoreline up north where we belong.  But that is not exactly a resolution now is it.

But most of all, I just want to cherish these little boys, because damn it, turns out everyone is right.  They do grow up right before your eyes.

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Those nights of no sleep are short-lived.  The arguments about whose truck is whose will probably be a conversation I will forget (which quite frankly seems unbelievable since the majority of the talking I do is about just that… but none the less…).  And one day, a cuddle and a hug and a kiss and a “mama, I love you.” for no reason at all, will be something I am sure I will miss with an ache in my heart.


Oh, for that, I will add-  Mama- I love you!  There.  If I haven’t said it enough.

Love love love to you and yours in the new year