Handworks and Happenings in the bleak midwinter, “Finally” is the theme

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago. ~Christina Rossetti

What a snowy  winter we are having. Storm after storm rolls through and the temperature climbs to the 30s than dips to the subzero, up and down, down and up. The boys have been skating a lot. Tim has been making great progress on the fort with Shep’s help. I have not felt well. A run of births all in the wee hours of the night left me way behind on sleep. I have been doing a whole lot of nothing unless you count staring at the fire and watching Tim cook and tidy and keep all the balls rolling as “something.” Until today. I woke up this morning after a 12+ hours long winters nap and felt like myself for the first time in weeks. Picture Maria von Trapp arms out, turning and singing in the Alps. I felt something like that this morning.

Taking stock of the last few weeks there are some interesting things happening here at the Pocket. The tree house has walls and a window and a partially shingled roof.



The ice has been good on both the ponds and the rink. Much skating has gone on. The boys are fast on the ice. I did 4 laps today at the rink, 2 in one direction then 2 in the other before needing to take my skates off and stretch my feet. I’m just not in practice.






And the complement to skating is…



Chocolate pudding.

The recipe from the Black Dinah cookbook is a new favorite.

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This lovely oil lamp was a Christmas gift from my folks and it was fun to finally fill it with oil and hang it up this week. It already looks right at home.


This morning with my unexpected burst of energy I finally finished Shep’s snow suit project. When I bought this suit the legs were sewn across the bottoms so he couldn’t wear shoes or boots with it which didn’t work for our walking guy. So I cut open and hemmed the bottoms but thought attached leg warmers to tuck over his boots would really keep the snow out. Its been half done for 3 weeks. Now the project is done.

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And last of all I had two fun antique finds. One, a bag of spools, heavy on the pinks which I love. And this granite wear ladle rack that came with the two mini ladles. Like the lamp it looks right at home in the kitchen.


4 thoughts on “Handworks and Happenings in the bleak midwinter, “Finally” is the theme

  1. Glad you are feeling better and with all that new energy. Love all your projects. Your kitchen looks cozy and warm. Mop & Pop

  2. Lots of goodness at your house. Ice skating is not a big pastime here, so I do not know how to do it. It looks like a lot of fun though, especially the chocolate pudding part! The snow suit idea is great – my little babe has her Patagonia fleece bunting and while it keeps her toasty, she cannot walk in it either. Its not that big of a problem this winter, because she is content being pulled on the sled in the snow.

  3. Thanks for all the news from Blue Hill! I love the oil lamp and ladle holder in the kitchen. Wish I had the talent to make leg warmers on snow suits, such a great idea. I bet the kids are having fun in the tree fort. Chocolate pudding from scratch, oh my!

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