These are the quiet hours in our house. Jeff is on his way to work in an ice storm and the Girls (Dottie & Olive) are tucked back in their nests for a quick nap after braving the elements. Olive has a special spot atop one of our old family quilts that's on its last legs and Dottie has tucked herself away in a secluded spot where she can dream her doggie dreams. The hand quilting on the quilt below is spaced 1/4" apart. It has been washed countless times and has frayed in all the right places. It normally serves as a tree skirt, but this year I wanted to enjoy the beauty and texture of the stitching that came from my Greatgrammy's needle.
Fortified with a cup of hot tea and the hum of our furnace keeping us warm, it's a morning to be savored. A holiday candle is scenting the kitchen with the aroma of spices and baking goodies. Who doesn't love the glow and scent of nice candles ~~~~
We put up our tree yesterday and decorated it very simply with the angels and snowflake ornaments I make on the embroidery machine. I have memories of embroidering angel components in July and August and tucking them away for completion after Thanksgiving. A few special ornaments can make even a humble tree pretty. I think there is something tranquil and pristine about all white. I think of this as my "Broken Wing Collection" as a reminder that Christ invites us to come to Him just as we are ~~~ broken wings and all.
On the menu today is a pot of homemade vegetable beef soup with hot bread for our dinner. If I had ripe bananas on hand I would bake a batch of biscuits for the Girls, but that would require a trip out into the storm. The Girls are happy to accept a bite of toast instead.
Wishing you and yours a day to remember as you begin the new week.
PEACE & PLENTY