In my travels through blogland recently I have come to the following conclusions:
- It is downright cold just about everywhere.
- Many of us are enjoying the act of putting the house back together after the holidays.
- De-cluttering as we restore order seems to be a popular theme.
I can relate to all of these things.
I've been enjoying the beautiful photos you all are sharing of your winter snowfalls. Despite frigid temperatures here, the best I can offer is a covering of ice on the goldfish pond this morning.
I haven't spotted the goldfish ice skating today, but I'm hoping they are doing whatever it is they do to survive these wintery days.
Inside, where it is warm, the Christmas decor is now tucked away and I, too, am enjoying the fresh start that this new year brings.
Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us I like to fill my mug with something warm and spend a few leisurely hours on my version of "old school Pinterest". Yep, it's true in this age of pinning I am still cutting and pasting my dreams and ideas into a little scrapbook of Christmas ideas.
As much as I enjoy the holidays, I am happy to have some semblance of order returned to the house.
One day I filled the sink with warm, sudsy water and washed all of the counters and knick knacks in the kitchen. With each swipe of the dishrag I felt the holiday excesses being whisked away.
It felt so good to wash away that greasy grime that tends to sneak onto the kitchen surfaces around the stove. It also felt good to have the time to give my wooden spoons and cutting boards a fresh coat of mineral oil.
I'm looking forward to a fresh start in my cooking.
Now that all of those Christmas goodies are gone, I'm moving forward with healthy soups, homemade breads & roasted veggies.
Sometimes things look a bit bare after the Christmas decor is put away.
While it seems too early for the spring decor, my personal opinion is when in doubt, put a bird on it. Ha Ha!! Now if you weren't a bird lover that may seem strange, but around here that's the way we roll. As a side note, once, after opening the birthday card I had given him, my dad said "you can always tell when a card is from Kim because it has a bird on it." Ha!
Anyhow, this sweet dish towel was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law's friend. She had gotten it at an estate sale and thought I would like it. She's been to my house one time... I guess that's all it takes to know that a bird lover lives here :).
On that note, I think I'll fly on out of here.
But first let me officially wish you all a Happy, Happy New Year.