Winter weather has arrived and brought with it sleet, ice, and very slick road conditions! Hello, friends. The skies have been unusually dark here, with no light to wake up to or brightness to carry me through the day. Instead I get to rely on the soft glow of our Christmas tree and flickering flame of a lovely holiday scented candle lit almost constantly. I know I’ve always been a fireplace kind of girl, but here candles will have to do. No doubt the smells inspired by Christmas cookies, holly berries and mistletoe add another layer of coziness to my days.
Yesterday I had planned to get out and take pictures, but as the fallen snow is just as hard and slick as the pavement, I decided to save it for a different day. I’m quite clumsy in Alaska (some people would say I’m clumsy everywhere) so I am trying my best now to avoid any sort of incline and all driving. Too bad the post office doesn’t deliver packages to my door…then I’d really find no excuse to leave the apartment!
I’ve been gobbling up The Hunger Games books this week, as you might have seen from a recent tweet, and next week I’m planning on getting my arts and crafts on. Painting a picture similar to “The Kiss” for Amanda and her fiancé, painting the stocking cards I drew up last week, and making a few December birthday cards. I have managed to write almost 4,000 words this week during the lulls of different activities. Amazingly, my sister and mom have been giving me overwhelmingly positive feedback for my current book-in-progress…my third. I’m not entirely sure why this one feels different, but praises like “whimsical, captivating and descriptive” are making me feel a little confident about it. I often wonder how many completed stories it takes before a writer finds his/her groove (and picked up by an agency!). After this one, which will be my longest book yet (as the story will span three decades), I don’t know what I’ll be inspired to write about. I do hope that I have the opportunity to share them with you eventually!
I hope you stay safe this weekend and surrounded by things that make you feel comfortable and cozy.
| pretty red flowers on a recently purchased scarf |
Here’s a funny little post for you all. It seems to me the holiday season is sweeter this year…as I’ve finally overcome my aversion to the color red. And now, I can’t get enough of it!
It’s true that in my younger years I gobbled up all sorts of foolish magazine advice…one of which was that men would be immediately attracted to a woman if she was wearing red. And I guess at the time I thought that was pathetic, so I somewhat subconsciously started to steer clear of the color. It had been years…maybe since a high school dance…that I donned red. Until, that is, I started seeing it everywhere, and I couldn’t stop thinking about the color! Since then I’ve bravely purchased a red dress, sweater, and fuzzy beret…and haven’t looked back.
Red actually looks quite nice on me. I like how it plays off my pale skin and brown hair…even my brown glasses! Wearing red has definitely added an extra layer of coziness to my winter months. Now it seems silly to buy into the thought that I’ll be some sort of man magnet! Other colors I’ve been keen on lately are emerald green, caramel, and deep, deep brown.
Do you have any colors you avoid (even if for trivial reasons)? What’s your favorite color to wear?
Our tree is hassle-free this year, no DIYs like last December. I guess you could say the ornaments Ethan gave me for Christmas last year are doing all the work, and I don’t mind it one bit! He surprised me with three boxes of vintage glass ornaments from Poland– a mix of solids, starburst metallics, and jester-like jewel tones. My eight year old tinsel tree is still standing strong, and my Santa topper is just plain playful. I know things won’t be so simple when we move back home and I get to sort through my 25+ year collection of Christmas ornaments…but that will be a different kind of holiday fun…holding each one in my palm and remembering years past. I also know when we go back home, I will lean toward the traditional for both everyday and holiday decorating, so I’m letting my slightly childish Christmas decor have its day.
What’s your holiday style? Do you think it will change in the coming years?