Oh, you know...just an update of things going on around here. Mostly in horrible, grainy iPhone photos.
1. Since moving to Upstate New York, Cholla has become a fluffy ol' poofball. Big time. He went from adolescent sleekness and short hair to a walking Furby. And a tendency to eat too much. I think he is under the impression that since it has turned cold - and keep in mind this cat was born in the desert - that he must PREPARE FOR WINTER BY EATING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. His cat brain is convinced that he isn't going to make it. Also, he is NOT a fan of the snow. Not having it.
Also, I am making that ridiculous face because I was trying to get his attention. And he kept digging his claws into my shoulder. And I don't take normal pictures.
2. I got new glasses. Finally. See above. I have had my old ones for about six years now...I kept meaning to get new ones but just never got around to it. So.
Chris also told me that he "likes them better than the old ones" and that "they look like something from the 70s. Like, hipster beach 70s." I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. He ended by telling me we should go live on the beach. Maybe it had more to do with the fact that the wind was raging outside and it was only about 15 degrees at the time he told me this??
3. Welcome to winter in Upstate New York. Just a little icicle action that had been hanging off the side of the house after our first Nor'easter. I became obsessively convinced that they were going to fall and be the end of us, so the mister knocked it off. And then brought it inside. To marvel at it, I guess.
Also, random sidenote - I have started writing down things my husband says because I find them extremely comical. Things like this: "I wanted to wear flannel since I was birthed."
4. Just a horrendous cell phone photo of the three pups hanging out on a blustery night. Don't let their charming squeezed-in-mash-up fool you - they are a sneaky bunch. They keep trying to work my quilt off the couch so they can lay on it while I'm reading or watching t.v. And don't go feeling sorry for them! They all have comfortable, large beds downstairs. But, not upstairs. So they feel miffed.
5. The view from our living room during the Nor'easter. It started snowing shortly after I got home from work and I was foolish enough to think I would have time to go for a run. By the time I let the dogs out and went and changed, the world (okay, my world anyway) was covered in white. So I stayed inside for awhile and made banana bread instead. Good tradeoff? Yes, I think so. And then later in the day...
6. ...we went out and played in it. It just so happened that it was Bishop's third birthday (Happy Birthday, you goofy lovable dog!) and he was pretty stinking thrilled to be out in it. Actually, he and Iris LOVE the snow. Middy, not so much. I had her outside with us and after about 10 minutes, she was done. She kept looking at me with such a comically incredulous face like, "What are we doing out here? Can't you see it's cold?! It is time for me to lay down by the fire." So I took her back in. And that's what she did. She snored the rest of the day away by the fire.
7. When chance connections made in an online class (that really weren't chance at all) turn into real live conversations on the phone for an hour plus with plans in place to meet in person, and then a thoughtful, darling package arrives in the mail from that light-filled, generous soul...well, then...you know the Universe is at work. And that beautiful things are happening. So thankful for the crossing of paths with such a gorgeous soul. Check out her work - it's stunning, honest, and heart-filled. Thank you, Universe and thank you, Christina! (Oh, yeah - and Iris approved of this package.)
8. It's looking a whole lot like Christmas around this joint. I spent most of yesterday afternoon and evening hiking around the woods with a saw, cutting tree branches for decoration, and then dragging them inside. Talk about a holy mess! But my house smells like pine, spruce, fir, and cinnamon now and I've been happily dragging out lights and my vintage ornaments. No tree yet, but it's coming soon.
9. My sister sent me this picture of The Boys and sweet baby Moses, do they kill me. Look at them! Cutest little/not-so-little chunks of love I ever did see. Oh, how I miss them. Sweet Pea is now pulling up on stuff and crawling around at an alarmingly fast speed. And Little Duck consistently asks when I'm coming to visit (which squeezes my heart so friggin' hard every single time) and each time we talk, he asks me, "What doin?" and if we have a fire lit. Oh, I love them.
10. And this place. Oh, this place was a happy accidental find when we went exploring around the Adirondacks a few weekends back. We just happened to see a sign for these falls as we were cruising past a lake and decided to follow the snow-covered dirt road to find it. So worth it. However, I did get overly confident in my grippy Muck boots and ended up wiping out and falling in the water while trying to get a picture. Fortunately, my camera was fine, but my knees were not so fortunate. I ended up busting them pretty hard. My left knee swelled up and I had quite the colorful bruise from the kneecap down to my ankles for two weeks. Oy vey.
That, my friends, is a nutshell of activity for the last little while. Like everything else, it's been equal parts good + bad + really difficult + frustrating + beautiful + surprising. I'm feeling blessed nonetheless.
Happy Saturday! Much love to you!
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann