winter

  • Beauty in Darkness

    Beauty in Darkness // Winter

    Dena December 11, 2017

    “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” Over the weekend, we had our first snowfall of the season. Late in the morning, the snow began to fall and it just kept falling and falling until…

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  • Nature Walk in March

    Dena March 18, 2014

    The harshest winter of my lifetime is slowly creeping to an end. It’s below freezing again today, but it warmed up enough to start melting snow over the weekend. We took advantage and went on our first real nature walk since autumn. Roman is really…

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  • Hope in the Dark Places

    Dena March 12, 2014

    “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” —Albert Camus…

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  • lovely weather for a sleigh ride together…

    Dena February 17, 2014

    This Valentine’s Day was the best one yet. It’s not surprising, considering that I had the sweetest valentine in the whole wide world. We had another week of snow, but on Friday afternoon the sun came out, the temperature finally crept above freezing, and we…

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  • a little trip to the library…

    Dena February 12, 2014

    I’m not even going to lie… I’m getting desperate for ideas to get us out of the house. I know I’ve said it before, but winter is always hard around here, and this one has been the hardest in years. The temperatures have plummeted again…

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  • Winter Days & Spring Dreams

    Dena February 5, 2014

    It’s been a long winter and we’ve still got three months to go. We’ve had two weeks of arctic blasts — temperatures far below freezing. And we’ve had more snow storms than I can even count. We got nine inches yesterday and we’re said to…

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  • 4/52

    Dena January 25, 2014

    4/52 — A snap of Roman James exploring. Everything is an adventure. The world is his oyster. He is learning and interacting with his environment in new ways every day. It’s the most extraordinary thing to witness. I watch him and I know that I…

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  • 3/52

    Dena January 18, 2014

    3/52 — A snap of buddy a few minutes after waking up from his afternoon nap. We’re in the thick of winter over here. The week before last we were in a polar vortex (yes, really) and they’re calling for another polar blast this coming…

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  • Our Wood-burning Stove

    Dena December 2, 2013

    This month, we completed the installation of our new wood-burning stove. This is one of our first, and most important, steps toward sustainable living. Wood-burning stoves are one of the most energy efficient and environmentally-friendly ways to heat the home. Wood burners outperform both solar…

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