It's snowing this morning ... in a teasing kind of way. Water drops glisten from the clusters of red berries on the mountain ash, so you know it's not that cold. Snow dusts roof tops and then melts like glazed icing. Snowflakes cluster on orange petaled calendula blossoms, while lazy flakes drop from grey skies as if not quite sure, not quite ready, for going full steam ahead into a new season. Many people would say, no, they're not ready either.
But as for me ... it's perfect! Wonderful, in fact! For with the time change this past weekend and the evenings now arriving earlier in the afternoon, my cozying, nesting instincts are in full swing.
For, you see, when autumn is allowed to be autumn in a blaze of glory first -- which it was this year -- then when the first sightings of snow appears in early November, I'm completely ready to give myself over to it. For snow and Christmas and cozy darkness on the horizon (not the creepy, bear-lurking darkness, mind you) are all favourites in my estimation.
So ... here in the warmth of my home, I've donned my work clothes with relish this morning and am entirely ready in body and soul to get to the bottom of some serious de-cluttering, dusting and setting things to rights after a busy fall. Here's a glimpse of what's up in my home today....
"Home is the heart of life... Home is where we feel at ease, where we belong, where we can create surroundings that reflect our tastes and pleasures... Making a home is a form of creativity open to everyone." ~ Terence Conran
As hubby would say, "First, let's plan lunch."
On his way out the door to the gym, when I queried about lunch, his reply was, what about mushroom soup? So here's our Busy Day Mushroom Soup (for days we don't have time or inclination to do it from scratch):
1 Tin mushroom soup
1 Tinful milk or water, as desired
Handful chopped mushrooms, sauteed in butter or olive oil
Sprinkle each of nutmeg and parsley as you're cooking and as garnish, if desired
Serve with buns, buttered and lightly sprinkled with garlic powder, toasted under the broiler for 1-2 minutes, or until toasty golden brown. Burnt is not acceptable, so keep your eye on them.
My favourite way to sort through paper of any kind is by hauling the accumulated piles or boxes in front of the TV. That way, I can watch or listen while going through the stacks. Makes the task more enjoyable for me.
And it's always amazing how much becomes redundant with the passage of time. The bits of paper that seemed so important even a week ago no longer matter or have relevance. No wonder it's a good idea to go through the basket on a somewhat regular basis. Good for that freeing feeling too.
Enjoying One Apple Scented Candle
This candle fooled my hubby when I brought it home from the store. He thought it was apple preserves ... because that's what the label says; it didn't actually mention that it was a candle. So almost it went into the pantry cupboard alongside the jams and jellies. Rescued, it now sits in the centre of our kitchen table, adding a bright spot on this grey November day.
So here's wishing you all a beautiful Monday.
Hugs to you,