Reclaiming in Easter

I’ve mentioned that my word for this year is Reclaim. It’s a slow goal, not something I can snatch up and be done with. It’s more about remembering who I am than checking off a list of goals. I want to reclaim the Masha who read piles of books in a room of incense and…

Spring Reading

I’ve been mixing in a lot of new books recently. This is partially because I’ve passed my lovelies, Rilke and Camus along to so many friends since 2020. Sharing authors is a joy, but now my friends are quoting my favorites back to me, and it’s leaving me longing for something new. It’s not that…

Cleaning House

It’s Passion week. The statues are all covered but the Icons can keep watch. I love draping statues, but it’s always felt rude to do the same to the Icons. This week I’m deep cleaning all my spaces – thus far I’ve found a mouse nest, my long-lost recipe for doughnuts, and the little, wooden…

Today…

The sun is shining down on the snow. At the edge of the forest, tea-berry leaves are peaking out from under the snow. We’re expecting another storm on Friday, but today the warm air and sunlight are mingling with pre-lenten joy. We’ve been splashing in puddles, bringing in wood, slow-cooking chili on the stove, and…

Little Changes

I like making big, sweeping revisions. I’d rather dump the whole drawer and replace it all, or pull the house to pieces and remake it. The tiny, daily things are difficult. Maintaining motivation is difficult. Grand gestures make more of an impression – and it’s so satisfying to start over again and again. But reclaiming…

New Year, New Words

My goodness I’m a neglectful blogger, aren’t I! How was 2021 for you all? It’s been good and calm for me – cozy and hidden. By the end of the year though, my soul has been aching for something fresh. And now it’s almost 2022 and I’m looking back – feeling a bit like I…

Seven Sleepers for Summertime Sleepiness

I’ve spent the past few days running around away from home – errands, baking day at the parish, van repairs, and waiting for rides from friends to get me where I need to go. This morning, I woke up knowing there was nowhere to be and nothing to do but the homey tasks that bring…

Reclaiming Intensity

I’ve been looking closely at myself in the past few months – remembering the passion and intensity that kept me dreaming in my early 20s. I’m an intense person, I’m told I care too much about too many unimportant questions – and since I really can’t imagine what might be unimportant about those tiny questions,…

Springtime Herbalism

The warm, spring days have come at last! I’ve been busy in my yard and garden – introducing new plants and harvesting the first herbs of the season. Today, while heavy clouds and bright sunlight raced each other across the sky, I mixed and melted on my little stove, picked pretty violets and spicy leaves,…

Washing Walls and Lighting Candles

Earlier this year I was asked to write more on how I use Epiphany water and blessed candles. This year, on Epiphany, we were able to have quite a few jars of water blessed, as well as salt and chalk. The chalk sort of collects around the house after it’s used to bless the doorways…