Lenten Detoxification

Lent is probably my favorite season. Outside, snow and rain compete as winter slowly releases its hold on the land. Indoors, deprived of our favorite comfort foods, our days are shaken up. Lent is a time to clean out bodies, minds, homes, and souls as we prepare for the coming of new life. The late-winter/early-spring…

Winter Tea

I like to think of winter as the resting season. Our nights are so very long and dark, resting feels so natural. Cold weather makes me long to curl up on the couch with tea and Tolstoy. But life can’t stop completely just because it’s winter. I may want to hibernate all through the winter,…

Tiny House Living with Children and Artists

Our little house gets cluttered up quickly.Four people in a one room, 460 sq foot house doesn’t always feel comfortable. All the lovely, bright, and clean images of #tinyhouseliving on Instagram seem to focus on the homes of urban, minimalist, or obsessively clean people.I would love to be an obsessively clean person. But, even if…

Candlemas and the Waning of Winter

We’ve had a strange winter this year. The warm days are unnaturally warm and the cold days are surprisingly bitter. The coyotes in the woods seem hungrier than usual this year. At night, they lurk just inside the tree line, yipping and calling to each other in the dark. I’m locking my animals up tightly…

Making Domesticity Stick

We all know I like to dream big. Actually working my way through those dreams is not one of my strengths though. Maybe that’s why my New Year’s resolutions tend to fizzle out by the end of January.   This year though, I have some serious motivation. This year, it’s all going to be different!…

Word of the Year, St. Stephen’s, and Domesticity

Happy Christmas all! I hope this season finds you sipping tea with beloved friends and family! Today we’ve got leftovers on the table from Christmas Day’s feasting. The kids are sledding outside, and the sunlight is pouring in. I’m hoping for a bath later, next to the woodstove, but for now, I’m planning my 2020….

Fasting with St. Francis of Assisi

I adore St. Francis. And I know I’m not alone, he’s one of the most popular saints in the Church. Everyone loves the man who preached to birds, converted the wicked wolf of Gubbio, and started the Christmas Creche tradition. He’s just so overwhelmingly loveable. This year, I’ve been turning to Francis a lot, and…

Collecting Thoughts

It’s been too long, friends. I’ve been so neglectful of you. So full of other projects; and sometimes, just coasting through the weeks. So, how have you been? What’s been absorbing your days and weeks recently? I’d love to read about your life in the comments, if you have the time. What have I been…

Goodbye August

Even before the end of August, we could feel the summer fading. The nights are cool enough to cook indoors, and the mornings are cold. We wear sweaters in the morning while eating oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon and dotted with new apples. The first morning of September dawned colder than any morning since May. Despite…

Making Soup

It’s hot again today. The flies are making us all crabby and the little trickles of sweat creeping down everyone’s backs feel like more intrusive flies. The goats are all pregnant, lounging in the heat, chewing cud and looking disdain at the sheep. I’m cooking barszcz on the stove, despite the heat. It needs to…