As I may have mentioned before, I’m a little enamored with fountain pens right now. Some time in 2020, I realized I could purchase ink samples instead of full bottles. I’ve… accumulated a few vials of ink. As the collection of vials grew, they tumbled all over each other in the little wooden box I … Continue reading Organizing ink
I love Sunday mornings. They’re the one morning of the week I sleep in, with no chores or errands awaiting me. Today I slept until 8 am; I got a ten-hour night of sleep. After I made coffee, I sat at the kitchen table and watched the bird feeder that hangs in the oak tree. … Continue reading Sunday morning at the bird feeder
Given the lockdown and the increased amount of time we all spent at home in 2020, I would have expected my reading to soar. I feel like I read a lot, and I did!, but I didn’t really read that much more than I did in 2019. I read 60 books in 2019 and 65 … Continue reading Reading in 2020
The highlight of winter is already behind us, four days after the season’s start. Now, months of cold, wind, brown, and grey stretch before us. I look out the window and ache for emerald leaves. Christmas is only one day gone, and my mind is already on the garden. I ordered a seed catalog today. … Continue reading Christmas is over; I’m ready for spring
Every year since we moved to Virginia, we’ve wished for a white Christmas. We watch the weather forecast starting the week before Christmas, and most years there’s not even hope. This year, though, after all the turmoil 2020 brought, we thought, maybe, maybe we will at least get snow on Christmas. All week we watched … Continue reading White Christmas!
I took advantage of the warmish weather today and went for a mid-afternoon run. As I panted up a hill in a community nature park nearby, I saw this Charlie Brown Christmas tree all dressed up by the side of the path. It gave me a little jolt of joy. I love the thought of … Continue reading Unexpected joy