This has been the week of returning to our rhythm, and in all honesty, we were totally ready for it. Two weeks of just hanging out was lovely, but we all felt the pull to return to our normal days. And while some have a hard time with the shift back to normalcy, I find we sink into nicely. We don't usually stray to far from the anchors in our days...morning, meal time and evening rhythms, so the adjustment hasn't been hard at all.
Winter has found us, in true form, with a little snow and very cold temperatures. We have been bundling up for our morning nature walks, and braving the cold, coming home feeling full of life. Fresh winter air will do that to you. Rosy cheeks have been the norm, and we find much excitement in the many animal tracks we have been able to find and follow in the woods. And can I tell you how wonderful a hot cup of tea is after spending time in the cold, so very good.
Over the last few winters, when we have a cold snap, Reece and I have made ice sun catchers. It is always fun, and with the news of colder temperatures I put it in the plans for us this week. I changed the plan a little bit, and instead of doing one big sun catcher, we made five small star ones in a soap mold, adding a few sequins for sparkle. Once frozen we made a little ice bunting and hung it outside. It looks great, but I think next time we might add a bit of food colouring to the water, so it stands out a bit more hanging on the porch. With the temperatures expected to be on the chilly side for the foreseeable future our new bunting will be around for a while.
Inside we have been snuggling up under quilts, in front of the fire, reading. We finished The Secret Garden this week, and it was enjoyed by both Reece and I. My hands have been kept busy with knitting, and little hands have been finger knitting, and embroidering. In between there has been time for games, puzzles, and play. Tea is never far out of reach, and I have been finding time in my days for both my own personal reading, and writing, both things I am wanting to do more of this year.
So, yes, we are sinking into this season, soaking up the fresh, cold, winter air, and enjoying our time both outside and inside. It is a beautiful time of year.