In lieu of trying to belong to any number of societies: Chesterton, Sherlock Holmes, the Inklings, and so on: I propose and establish one of my own. Don your intelligence cap at the door; dust off your logic and imagination; did you bring your inspiration and encouragement? We are shapers, my friends; lit lamps; light-bringers. Bring quotes*; poetry should be uplifting and thoughtful, or witty and clever, (or both). Humor is encouraged; laughter is invited back. Pull up a chair. Anyone for tea?



The Treegloo

That is the name we gave to our original idea of making a snow fort in a tree. And what do you know, it worked! These pictures are, naturally, from before we left the farm, I just haven't got around to posting them. It was loads of fun to make, and my good old friends Hannah and Jessie were the fellow constructors. High in the largest tree I know we built it with blocks of snow, and kept ourselves warm from exersion. It was one of those enjoyable winter days when you spend hours and hours outside and forget about the time and everything else.

Just wanted to pass along our rather original snow creation. . . (and yes, it's copyrighted :)

A Gallery

And I do mean gallery. I hope the people who said they wanted to see pictures actually do, because I have a plethora of them. This being a new house and all, and the decor being fresh, it is a delight to the photographer, be they only an amateur. I dearly hope you enjoy perusing (a great many) corners of our house, if you have time. A happy Thursday evening to you!

My Bedroom:

Southern light

things are still in progress, so there are piles. . .
A shelf near the floor for books-and-things~

It was Jules Verne's birthday a few days ago. . .
And this is just to show that we are still very much in the unpacking stage. . .
Comfort among the detritus for future relaxation
"If you're feeling fifteen shades of blue...." (from a Mel Torme song)
My room is definitely fifteen (or possibly fifty) shades of blue, which I love. When done right, blue doesn't make me blue at all.
Lots of warm layers on here for chilly nights~
and a couple of my views
Isn't that happy?

That globe makes me inordinately happy. . .

The Kitchen:

tidy colors
kitchen shelf
on the refrigerator
above the cupboards
the Hoosier corner
Our stacks to disperse
... forever friends
The Livingroom:

~Rejoice in the Lord always~
~In everything give thanks~

~Pray without ceasing~

Settling in

Hullo, my friends! Yes, we are actually living in our new little home. It really is an adorable house. I think there is just enough room for everything, if things are in their place, which ~of course~ they aren't yet. . . So things are still pretty chaotic around here, not to mention the annual bout of influenza that keeps at least a couple of us down at a time. Little by little things are getting done; many of our to-dos are interdependent and so take more thought and time. For instance: the closets need their painting finished before our clothes go in them properly, and the attic needs to be cleaned before the attic things can get out of my room.

But I am very pleased with our progress, and with the entirely lovable house we have been blessed with. Even without all of our stuff in it yet, and certainly not completely situated, it has comfort and beauty. I would love to share pictures of our new corners and decorated nooks, but I haven't the camera at my disposal just now. To come shortly, I promise.

The sunshine that is so welcome these chill days comes streaming through new kitchen curtains and through the blue cloths and lace on my south window. Katie, now that we live in her very own town, came by for an afternoon to enjoy some time and work with us and slowly but surely we are unpacking books; both in the livingroom and my own room. Now for the delightful task of finding out where all of them will go!