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oh, the solstice

December 22, 2013

solstice morning dawned chilly and frosty.


it was a pretty sight to see a white landscape without snow.

we had a lovely, slow and leisurely morning,

eventually preparing a late breakfast of gifted comice pears and sourdough waffles.


holiday foods are always extra special, and we try to take

our time to savor them.


after breakfast i put new sheets on the bed,

something that seems oddly appropriate on the longest night of the year.

looking forward to a good night’s sleep on these

uber-soft llbean flannels.


i am only now getting around to my holiday correspondence

but the solstice seems like a wonderful time to reach out to friends near and far.

i think about how much darker life would seem every day if not for the

brightness that friends and loved ones bring.


the house has gradually taken on its holiday dressing,

a bit later than usual but with no stress or sense of timeline,

which has allowed me to enjoy my december days more than i have in years past.


things have gotten done a little at a time

which feels just right.


i’m not sure why, but i often have a hard time getting into the holiday spirit.

once there’s time to enjoy it, though, i love it completely.

the little traditions mean so much and bring a special pleasure

because they come only once a year.


tiny white lights soften the early darkness and make home feel cozy and warm.


i left the selection of the tree up to brandt this year,

and had to laugh when he brought this one in.

i told him that was real cute,

and please go out and get the rest of it…

apparently when you shop for a tree on december 16 the selection is far from vast.


it’s funny how our little charlie brown trees work their way into our hearts each year.





a diminutive magic that grows with each day.


tiny objects acquired over several decades

make their appearance once again.


for some reason our little girl cat loves the reindeer on this table…

three times so far she has brought this display to the floor.

i think santa needs to bring her a reindeer.


over time objects gain an importance that few new things possess.


memories collected over a lifetime return to mind once more.

our winter solstice ritual of throwing bundles into the fire

will take place tomorrow night at our sunday potluck dinner.

one of our members could not attend tonight,

and after years of celebrating something so meaningful together

it wouldn’t feel right to do it any other way.

stay warm tonight, friends.

i’ll be back soon with holiday greetings from the herd.

we all hope that you are enjoying this special time to the fullest.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristi permalink
    December 22, 2013 12:33 am

    Thank you for postponing for me, I would have been devastated to miss it.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 22, 2013 1:14 am

      happy to do it.
      it wouldn’t be the same without you!!

  2. December 22, 2013 1:59 am

    ohHAHha! had to laugh at that: “that’s real cute, now go out and get the rest of it.”

    me, too: i have difficulty getting into the holiday spirit, but once i’m there, i’m there.

    tonight: baking and decorating holiday cookies. wish you were here to help.

    love, peace, and joy to you, my friend, on this long holiday night….


    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 22, 2013 2:23 am

      ah, baking and decorating holiday cookies with you would be wonderful! and then we could eat them with tea!

      it is a soft solstice night with snow falling and all the little white lights twinkling. i do believe that this is peace on earth.


  3. December 22, 2013 6:45 pm

    I love this tour through your holiday home! All the color and light, those pillows on your bed and your inviting living/dining room, those tiles in the kitchen and your cute little 😉 tree! We received a Christmas box of pears too, and had pears with wheat crackers and smoked Gouda with hot tea for lunch yesterday; might have to repeat that today. Give the horses a pat on the nose for me and best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a wonderful year to come, Janet.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 22, 2013 8:19 pm

      Thanks so much, Diana! We just finished a photo shoot with the herd so that they can add their own holiday blog post. The sun is shining and it’s a wonderful day. Smoked Gouda sounds divine– last night we had a potato and chicken sausage scramble with Amish blue cheese crumbles. One of these pears has to go into a salad with the blue cheese and caramelized walnuts, perhaps with a handful of craisins. LOVE holiday eating, any time of day or night! Merry Christmas to you and consider the horses patted!

  4. December 23, 2013 4:42 am

    so beautiful, warm and festive!
    happy holidays…

    xox – eb.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 23, 2013 5:41 am

      thanks for stopping in here, elizabeth!
      you’re always welcome!

  5. December 24, 2013 4:59 am

    thank you for the sweet message.
    wishing you the happy joyful christmas too.

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 24, 2013 5:36 am

      thanks for being here, coco. I love reading the things you have to say. they are very heartfelt.
      happy holidays to you, too! I hope that 2014 brings you the perfect new job!

  6. Katie permalink
    December 31, 2013 4:30 am

    Hello Janet,
    Finally getting around to comment on your beautiful blog posts. Love your Christmas house photos. It’s no wonder you call your home your wonderland. I also love all of the horse pictures and am so glad they bring you such joy. Merry (belated) Christmas and enjoy ringing in the New Year with your family and your herd!

    • sassysistersink permalink*
      December 31, 2013 4:43 am

      Katie!! So very good to see you here– I MISS you! It’s time to think about scheduling your “day off” again. Let me know if you have a day in mind, or if you want to meet and grab a quick cup of coffee before then. Have a great second semester– I’ll be thinking of you!

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