Dear Friend

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Dear Friend, 

It has been such a long time since I last wrote. How are you? We find ourselves in a bit of a grey, snowy landscape, yet not without its pleasures. The sun has been shining, glittering off the white brightness, and the temperatures fluctuating between icy negatives to downright balmy 30-ish degrees fahrenheit. Our dear Phoebe turned SIX years old this week and it’s been a spread-out, quiet-like celebration for the past few days. Just her style. She loved her little felt kitty family we stitched for her and we’ve read through her new book twice already.  She asked for a batch of  scones for her Saturday breakfast. Our first two weeks back to our home learning have been just lovely, albeit a few inevitable back-to-the-books hiccups. “Opportunity” by Edward Sill, Spanish lessons, and a sewing class are just few things we’ve loved. I find myself fighting to enjoy all the beauty in this moment, in this season, yet with an anticipation for the coming of spring. There’s a fine line between contentment and looking forward to something, is there not? The bird feeders have been full and I’ve especially enjoyed the American Goldfinches with their dull grey winter coats on, a hint of their brilliance on the edges. They are so much daintier then the jolly, chubby Juncos.  How is the weather in your area? We’ve enjoyed a winter picnic on a brilliant sunny morning, when the temperature rose a bit. We even attempted tea making by melting snow over a crackling fire. A lovely time of relaxing. The children have ice skated and brought out their sleds, their tracks and paths, crisscrossing the acreage. How is your family doing? Anything new brewing? I’m easing back into some crafting, which has been enjoyable. I set aside some of it two children ago, and now with older ones pitching in, we’ve been able to try our hands at embroidery, painting, and I’m gazing at fabric stacks waiting for a new project. On my book stack, I’m especially slowly savoring The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury. It’s definitely a bit weird, but very creative and thought-provoking. This is the first time, in a long while, I’ve enjoyed a collection of short stories. Have you read anything lovely lately? Well, I better close, as I have a birthday lunch to prepare. I’m thinking of a lemon cake for afternoon tea as well. Maybe from my Jane Brocket book. Blessings to you, dear friend, and can’t wait to hear from you soon.

Love & beauty to your day!

Amy

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{Simple Scones – Allrecipes – I double the recipe. We omit the raisins and I sometimes substitute Greek yogurt if I don’t have sour cream on hand. Sometimes, I add a little nutmeg or other spice. I would love caraway seed, but some of the children aren’t fans.}

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4 thoughts on “Dear Friend

  1. What a beautiful collage of images, painted in words! It sounds lovely. I appreciated also this thought: “There’s a fine line between contentment and looking forward to something, is there not?” How true it is! Your images also prompted me to look *back,* at my childhood. I remember skating on the pond in the woods behind our home with my siblings, and making a “luge” run for tobogganing down the hill. I think I have a certain nostalgia for that time (nostalgia = “pleasure and also slight sadness”). I live in the city now, which is almost completely iced over – a thin layer of glass appeared on everything yesterday with a unprecedented amount of freezing rain: the hydro lines, the tips of branches, the sidewalks. This morning I watched a procession of snow removal trucks as they broke layers of ice off the street and sidewalks, and spewed some of it into piles, while the rest they took away to be dumped elsewhere. I struggle sometimes to appreciate beauty in the city (though the intricacy of the various machines this morning were fascinating!). But there’s a little park nearby that I like to go to, with lots of trees, where I’ll slip away with my cross-country skis, to cut my own path and do a few circuits. Thanks for your post!

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