We are in the winter depression time of the North East when Vitamin D deficiencies rule. Today it is snowing, no surprise! It is piling on a powdery layer on top of a thick crusty layer of ice. Walking is nearly impossible. The wood furnace died and we are onto the small manufactured-home propane burner as backup. Half the house’s electricity is out and we are searching for an electrician. One of the sump pumps downstairs has kicked the bucket and left half our basement flooded and it is dark because it’s on THAT side of the house, the one with the blown fuse that won’t go back on. Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! At least it’s pretty, and doesn’t last forever! Here’s our hay barn in its icy, glossy, splendor:
Ray let me get a cute case and ring stand to stick to it! I am SUPER into iridescent things, so I was really happy to find this nice combination. I HATE talking on the phone, so this makes it a bit nicer :). I LOVE how it fades from purple to blue, and it’s clear so I can keep my business card or a photo in the back (I am still so analog!!).
Stupid of me, I know, but I have recently been coveting a set of 6 IRIDESCENT Moscow Mule mugs! I don’t need them, so they aren’t in my kitchen 🙂 I normally don’t want things I don’t NEED, but Look At Them!
The Note function on the phone is terrific. It’s a screen that you can use your stylus on. I use it like a blackboard and screen mirror to my TV while we are schooling. Vince also loves my new phone and snuck one of his Stikbot animations from his Stikbot Studio up on our YouTube! Cue discussions of identity misappropriation and trust between the boy and myself!
While I was switching files over, I came across some videos that the kids insisted I share (outside in NICE weather, carrot harvest, hay jumping, etc…), so we made a cute little collection below.
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Winter’s over. Stop hibernating. Wake up with citrus!! (It may be a bit before your time, but there was an old nursery rhyme, “Oranges and Lemons, Say the Bells of St. Clemens,” that is totally stuck in my head. I put a link to a kids’ animation of the song below.)
Winding down to the end of these winter doldrums, one might feel depressed, light-deprived, and generally used up. My remedy for this “down” feeling is using uplifting scents like the bright citrus notes of orange and lemon. I put sweet orange and lemon oils in my homemade cleaners, and they help make the job less tedious.
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Here’s that old nursery rhyme I was talking about…