To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In three short weeks...

The days will start getting longer again. Thank goodness because it's getting real dark, real early and I feel like I'm in hibernation mode. It's a struggle to stay awake when I get home from work because my body is telling me it's time to sleep, but my mind knows it's only 5:30. Shoot, even the little puff balls (Sparrows) are curled up and sleeping under the awning when I get home. It's crazy!

Okay, I know I can't really sleep the days away, but I can slip into my pajamas and enjoy the quiet and comfort of home, and that feels pretty luxurious. I have plenty of projects to keep me occupied and I continually look for little moments to bring joy and brightness to my evenings. And I keep reminding myself that without the shortened days I wouldn't get to see the stunning blooms from the Christmas cactus. Tell me this wouldn't brighten up even the gloomiest day. Dang these are gorgeous!

I do spend a fair amount of time in my office working on sewing or scrapbooking or knitting projects. Or painting, or felting, or writing, or reading, get the idea. The picture below is a recent repurposed project from the leg of pajama pants. It has now become a bag to hold all my cookie cutters. Crazy easy and required just a little bit of imagination to make it something useful. I've got several more projects in the works, but not yet finished. Soon. 

This is another of the few good things about the shortened days. This is a sunrise and they're much easier to see when the sun doesn't come up until nearly 8 a.m. I went outside to put the recycling in the bin and saw this through the houses in the backyard. Just beautiful. I couldn't enjoy it for long because I was shivvering in my pajamas. You know, the ones I put on last night nearly the moment I walked in the door, just after feeding the cat. ~grins~


  1. Hello from snowy England. I love love love those early morning/late at night moments when you pop out the back door and WOW the night air/sky/breeze/perfume just hits you with a 'yes. Still here! while you've been a hibernating couch potato!'
    Call them my 'back of the wardrobe' moments. Narnia, take me home;)
    pamela x

  2. It's hard to adjust to those short days. but I think it's a blessing to just unwind and have a slower evening. I am starting to enjoy the hibernation myself, although for me it's different, I usually get out of the pj's around noon and dress up for the evenings ;P

  3. I don't like these short days very much because there is very little time for my kids to play outdoors after school. Good to know there are only three short weeks - those extra minutes will help. Your cactus bloom is beautiful. Love your repurposed bag and all the tiny hand stitches you embellished it with.

    So enjoyed your last post and the gorgeous photos you captured while paddling.

  4. I have had a harder recently with the shorter days as well. Thank goodness for lots of sewing and knitting :).