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Dancing with Daffodils

With all the blooming happening out of doors, it seems the polite and neighbourly thing to do to invite Spring indoors as well!

Some glimpses of the daffodils and spring decor currently brightening things up inside our home!

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

The afternoon light pours into my dining room in the most beautiful ways! I love my kitchen and back patio in the mornings and my dining room in the afternoons. Always chasing the light, I suppose! And in the glow of the afternoon sun the daffodils really shine.

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She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown;

She turned to the south wind

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor:

“Winter is dead.

A.A. Milne

And yes, what can I say, I love lace and old fashioned linens and dark woods and gold gilded frames! Traditional yet eclectic probably describes my style best. But it makes me happy and feels cozy, and I love cozy best of all!

Happy Spring!

With love,

Magdalena

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Weekend Spring Brunch

Well hello there, March!! Goodness we are glad to see you!

Here in our neck of the woods, visions of spring are bursting everywhere these days! And we are hopeful that our “monsoon” season has passed!

With such beauty and warmth calling our names, and beckoning us to come out and soak it all in, it seemed that an outdoor spring brunch was called for!

It was truly a rare Saturday, where my husband and I were childless and commitment free for the morning and after running some errands we decided that the day called for a real brunch and some slowing down and savouring of the beauty of the day.

Some time ago we discovered a Gordon Ramsey recipe for scrambled eggs, which has since been deemed by the children to be the finest and most delicious way to enjoy a scrambled egg. In fact, on most mornings the request for Ramsey eggs is now par for the course! And of course, I am in full agreement! I’m already an egg lover but these Ramsey eggs have raised the bar!

We paired the eggs with a lovely smoked salmon and probably one of the most flavourful blue cheeses I’ve had in ages, a Kerrygold Cashel Blue. On the side some of my “famous” (at least in this house) Polish potato salad and strawberries. And of course, coffee … in the French Press naturally! I mean if you’re going to go for it, go for it!

So we savoured and talked and laughed and soaked in every minute. And it reminded me of how beautiful it is to watch one season give way to one another. How winter bows out to make way for spring and how much life there is in these simple transitions.

How much joy comes from the savouring of the little changes! The first blossoms and blooms spotted, the first day when windows can be flung open, the first spring walk, where closed toe shoes are optional! Just as in the fall, when we delight in the subtle ways that Autumn begins to paint her vibrant red and gold strokes across the landscape and when Winter blankets us with the glow and sparkle of her first snow, so all these small changes are the beautiful dance, that when savoured, allows us to experience change and growth and loss and release in such profoundly beautiful ways.

And it also reminded me of the Omar Khayyam quote that I love so dearly:

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

I hope that if Spring hasn’t yet sprung where you are that you will be basking in the warmth and sunshine soon! And in the meantime, may we all savour the moment in front of us so that when the time comes we are able to make room for the next season with joy and grace and open arms!

With Love,

Magdalena


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Snow Day!

Snow Days, real honest to goodness snow days, with heaps of snow and air so cold you can see your breath, and most of the city shut down (perhaps even most of the State in our case) don’t happen here often.  So when they do, we celebrate them!  And take lots of photos.  In fact, when we weren’t playing outside ourselves, we were relishing and soaking in the photos of all of our friends and loved ones also playing in the snow around town and around Texas.  And indeed, in all the other parts of the South where snow comes knocking only occasionally and is thus met with shouts of rejoicing and the clamoring of children to throw on their coats and boots and hats as quickly as possible at the risk of missing their chance to build snowmen and throw snowballs.

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Snow in Texas has been on the wishlist of probably half the children I know for months and today a good number of them got their wish.  Our two munchkins were no exception!  The anticipation of the snow kept everyone awake way past any decent bedtime, so I let them sleep in and spent some time on my own quietly relishing the beauty of freshly fallen snow on a January morning.  It was absolutely what a snow loving, Texas dwelling Northerner needed today!

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And with this deep arctic chill that we seem to be caught in this year, for the first time that I can remember in my nearly thirteen years in Texas, the snow did not melt away by noon or end of day!  The mercury was decidedly set on not rising above freezing all day and it’s no exaggeration to say, baby it’s cold outside, with temperatures hovering at the 15F (-12C) mark!  Brrrr!!

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This snow day has now manifest into a second “snow day.”  Though without more snow accumulation, it is simply a chance for Texans to let the mess on the streets clear.  With weather events like this one coming rarely, we lack the proper infrastructure for clearing roads like they do in other parts of the country where snow and ice are dealt with swiftly and cold temperatures are no excuse for missing school or work.

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And maybe that’s why we love our snow days so much, because they allow us the room to pause, to play, to relish and soak in the beauty of it all while we can … because believe me by February we will all be plotting out our Spring gardens and no doubt,  back in flipflops and shorts.  Just kidding, there will likely be shorts as of the weekend, short sleeves at the very least!

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In the meantime, snuggle up friends, stay warm, drink hot chocolate or warm tea, eat warm soup or chili or chowder or stew, read good books, play games and cherish the moment!

Warmly,

Magdalena

 


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Halloween 2017 | Part II | Pirate Captain

Listen!  This girl of mine has so much spunk and moxie!  She is no push over and rocks it out at Taekwondo every week with her power kicks and fierce determination and discipline.  She is this amazing blend of kindness and courage.  And that usually means that her costume choices are always interesting and you can never tell which direction they will take, as we saw when she wanted to be Red Riding Hood one year and then next decided to be The Wolf!

This year she decided that a Pirate Captain was the way to go!  And friends, not just a Pirate, but to be clear, a Pirate Captain.  Because if she was going to be a pirate, we both agreed that she wouldn’t just be some random pirate, but the Captain.  She’s a boss lady already.  For the past two years she always says to me, “Mommy, let’s be boss ladies together, okay?” Indeed!

#bossladies #warriorwomen #girlstrong

Warmly,

Magdalena

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Halloween 2017 | Part I | Kakashi Sensei

Alas, another year has passed in the blink of an eye!  I have missed this space and am returning this month to regular blogging here.  But for today, I return with our annual Halloween costume photo shoots.  This year has been a big year for Japanese Anime at our house, at least for my son.  And so here is is as Kakashi Sensei from the anime Naruto.

He finally has an official headband now, but for over a year he has made DIY versions using old soda cans and perfected his prototypes meticulously.  It was so fun to see his joy to have the real deal.  And he worked so hard on making sure we got as many details of the Kakashi character right as possible.  I love to watch my kids really get into character!  And let’s face it, we love a good photo shoot around here … did I say that last year? I probably did! It’s still true this year.

Hope you had a wonderful Halloween!

Warmly,

Magdalena

P.S. For reference, the original Kakashi Sensei

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Halloween 2016 | Part II | Cinderella

Last year’s wolf transforms into this year’s elegant vision in blue … Cinderella!  Much discussion was had in regards to which version of Cinderella we should go with, the old classic or the latest modern re-envisioning.  In the end, we had a beautiful blue dress already and decided to work with the elements we had to retell this story in our own way.  But here she is … my very own sweet and kind Cinderella.  She keeps growing entirely too fast, and having just celebrated her 5th birthday two months ago, she believes herself to be a rather grown young lady … though her father is doing his best to remind her that she is not quite there yet.  Just as with big brother’s photos, we took to our downtown after dark (which is earlier and earlier these days) and imagined we were racing out of the ball as the clock struck midnight!

Lots of warm wishes for a lovely day for you all!  May your memories be sweet, filled with touches of magic and whimsy, and lots of laughs and good cheer today!

With love,

Magdalena

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Halloween 2016 | Part I | Marty McFly

It hardly seems possible that an entire year has flown by since I last wrote here.  It has been a season of change and growth in many ways, and also simply a very busy year for me, but I will be returning to the space shortly because I am itching to be writing again.

In the meantime, another Halloween and another set of costume adventures for our family.  This year for my son, we hopped on the time travel train, or rather Delorean, and had lots of fun playing Marty McFly from the Back to the Future series!  The costume was seemingly simple, if it weren’t for the fact that apparently finding a red puffer vest was trickier than I had anticipated.  But we finally pulled it all together and we had so much fun doing our photo shoot after dark in our downtown.

Hope your Halloween is filled with lots of wonderful family memories!  Stay tuned for Part II where last year’s wolf transforms into a lovely and elegant vision in blue!

With Love,

Magdalena

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