3.10.2016

Spring, or Hurdling Toward Summer

March is always a busy month in our house. A birthday, an anniversary. Some work travel for Mr. Making It Bright. Without fail. He just got back from two trips over the last two weeks, and I'm ready for things to settle. If they will before summer comes along.

We finally have warm temperatures. Windows open, playing in the yard, short-sleeve weather. Ahh. We've gotten over the final hump of winter. As the white-haired grandfather sitting next to me on the playground bench said yesterday, "We did it." Yes, we did.

(A recent photo from our trip to Shaker Village. I can't wait to go back.)

Blooms are on the trees. A garden is being planned (I got my seeds in the mail today!).


There's a feeling of calm and of chaos. A feeling of fresh and new, and of already feeling behind. A feeling of being excited about summer coming along, and of hurdling toward it at breakneck speed. Signing up for summer camps, making summer family plans.

Trying to take it one day at a time, while also planning ahead. And looking forward to the later mornings that summer will bring.

2.29.2016

Man Crush Monday

My MCM for today is Wendell Berry.


So yes, he's 81 and married. But man, his writing is divine. His thoughts on community, the environment, the land are in line with my own. You can read more here.

I just recently finished Hannah Coulter, one of the Port William novels, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I can't wait to read more about Port Williams and its in habitants as told through the voice of another member of the community.


I'm a newcomer to Mr. Berry and his writing, but I feel an obsession coming on. This burgeoning love was fueled by news of this Kickstarter campaign I saw on Facebook. Oh yeah, I'm a backer. I cannot wait to watch this film. 



Who's your (perhaps unconventional) MCM? Happy Monday, y'all!

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2.12.2016

Love is in the air

And on the door.


I made this wreath for our front door, it was just so sad after the Christmas wreath was put away. I had the styrofoam wreath waiting for a project idea, and the white yarn. The thing that took the most time was the wrapping of the yarn. Fire up Netflix and watch a show or two.

I cut out the triangles, added some gold stickers I had gotten on clearance a few months ago, and used some black and white bakers twine to tie it all together. The LOVE banner is just stuck on the wreath with pins so I can remove it and use the yarn-wrapped wreath for another occasion (with some sparkly silver snowflakes next January?). 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

2.10.2016

What's Saving My Life Right Now

Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy recently posted her list of The things that are saving my life right now. I loved her list (and gorgeous photos!). She's right, February is rough. It's a cold, snowy limbo of short days and runny noses before the new beginnings of spring.

Here's my short list of what's saving my life right now.


1. Tea All the tea. I'm freezing most of the time so tea-- morning, afternoon, and night. I've been hooked on my favorite, Harney & Sons Paris Tea since I got a tin of it loose for Christmas. My current favorite nighttime tea (no caffeine) is Honey Lavender Stress Relief from Yogi. Smells so good! My lovely sister-in-law got me the little man infuser for Christmas. He's just so cute when he hangs on the side of the mug.

2. Chocolate. I'm a choco-holic and I'm trying to find a way to reform myself. I found the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond bar from Moonstruck on clearance at Kroger. I've been pretty good most days, just breaking off a small piece at a time and tucking the rest back into the cabinet.

3. Adult Coloring. I never thought I would try it, but I saw the Blossom Magic book at Costco a few months ago for a good price and thought I'd give it a shot. It's oddly relaxing. I can color away and think about any number of things, process my day, have a conversation with my husband. All while looking at something pretty. I have been using these markers -- nothing fancy.

4. Garden & Gun magazine.
I stumbled upon this magazine during one of our Costco trips and fell in love. Great stories and beautiful photography. And the cover story for the February/March issue... Alright, alright, alright.

5. Podcasts.
I love to listen to podcasts while I'm cleaning or cooking. And those rare car rides when I am alone. Glorious.

My top listens right now:
Anne Bogel's What Should I Read Next
Beyond the To Do List
The Lively Show
Happier with Gretchen Rubin

What's saving your life right now? Big or little things. We all need help to get through February.


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