“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.””~Edith Sitwell
Other than a few Christmas photos here and there, Christmas has disappeared for another year at our house. Everything has been tucked into tubs and storage containers and are in our utility room. So Mr. Cottage and I have been sitting around in are bare living room/dining room. Nothing seems to bother Mr. Cottage, but the bare faux mantel and the empty lanterns were really starting to get to me. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been moving in slow-motion since the holidays.
So today I went down and retrieved a few items to get our place in gear for winter. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean everything has to be drab and dreary like it usually is outdoors.
So I brought up my winter balls, pinecones, antler (that is one of my projects I have to work on this winter) and my candles and candlesticks.
My sister bought the candlesticks on one of her many visits to France. She minored in French in college and spoke it so fluently, she could easily pass for being French. It’s one of a few items I had to keep that belonged to her.
I debated if I should share our faux mantel with you because it’s actually in transition. All I can say is it will be awesome! I’ll do another blog posting on our mantel when I finish it.
I’ve got so many pinecones, like tons of them. My parents and an aunt and uncle went pinecone hunting for me many years ago in either Prescott or Payson, Arizona. After all the pinecones were collected, my father took steps to make sure there were no critters left breathing or crawling among them. I can’t remember exactly what he did, but when he was finished, he boxed them up in a large box and had them shipped to me in Michigan. I had so many pinecones, that there were some I never even used.
Our red ornaments have been replaced with real-looking faux fruit.
As you read this today, I’ll be having cataract surgery in my other eye. I’ll be so glad when it’s over! To have one eye one way and the other another way has been a bit frustrating. I almost feel like the little girl, Ruby Sue, in the National Lampoon Christmas Vacation movie who had eye issues. If you haven’t seen the movie, forget what I just wrote. For those who have seen it, you’ll know what I’m referring to.
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