Saturday, January 31, 2015

around here



Winter has arrived in a bone-chilling fury,
the snow is piled high

 and all I want to do is burrow under the quilts
with cats for extra warmth,
drink hot tea 
(my favorite evening/no caffeine variety)
read fat books, 
(I'm reading this right now)
and maybe nibble a cookie or two or three.
(I'm making these chocolate chip cookies tonight.)



We have a new cat in the family.
My son Luke adopted Taki and  
I hung out with her when we went to Brooklyn for Christmas.
She's a sweetheart and so happy in her new home.

I left the quilts long enough for a visit to Bow Street Flowers
saw Shelley and the bunnies,
and brought home some beauties.

Taki likes to burrow too.
(yes, that's a pant leg)

I hope that you are warm and cozy,

xo, Jen







30 comments:

  1. Hello Jen, Maybe all those lions and dragons do keep away evil--after all, there is no snow in Taiwan! Your top photo brings back memories of Ohio winter--nice to look at through the window when you can stay home, less fun to drive in.

    The new cat looks like lots of fun.
    --Jim

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    1. Thankfully, Jim, they are well-prepared here (the Boston area) for snow. Still, I think some lions and dragons would enhance frosty New England.

      Taki is a character, perfect for my son.

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  2. Taki looks very sweet. Those sweetpeas are delicious looking. Ask your florist where they come from. Colombia? You didn't show the thick book you're reading. Have been thinking of you whenever I see the snowstorm on TV. And you have another one coming. But you know that. We are hurting for snow here in the Pacific northwest. Always worry about forest fires in the summer when the snow pack is low.

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    1. She's both sweet and goofy--a good combination. I'm pretty sure the sweet peas are from Japan. I'm reading The Transylvanian Trilogy--there's a link in the post (I think).

      That is worrisome about the snow--hopefully you'll get some soon. xo

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  3. Keep warm, Jen! And make plenty of those disaster-preparedness cookies.

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    1. There's a bowl full of dough in the fridge, Mise. I'm ready.

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  4. Hi Jen ! Your cats are so sweet :))) The cardinal in the snow looks very impressive !
    Just lovely pictures !
    Have a nice Sunday !

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    1. Thanks, Ela. When I see the birds I wish I could get pictures like yours. But then I'd have to learn to use a camera!

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  5. How adorable is Taki in the leg of the pants.
    I see on the tv..that you have had really heavy snow falls in your area .
    Sounds good. Under the duvet, with a good book.. I have my dogs.. very cosy.
    Happy sunday Jen.
    val x

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    1. Isn't she funny? Stay cozy, Val.

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  6. The last photo has fully made me cozy. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hello Jen,

    Definitely the weather for hibernating in the warm.

    And, if in doubt.......bake cookies......surely then, all will be well.

    Take care and stay safe and warm with all your furry friends!

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    1. Hi Jane and Lance--The book I am reading, The Transylvanian Trilogy made me think of you--there are many scenes in Budapest. And soon you will be in Norwich--which immediately makes me think of many historic novels I've read. xo

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  8. books, tea, cat, quilts and flowers, and snow of course, the makings of a perfect winter day. I miss the snow more than I thought I would. It just doesn't seem like winter when it's 50 degrees out. Stay safe and treat yourself well. ♥

    I just started to read The Merry Month of May by James Jones. I'm going to snuggle up with it in my new rocking chair on the back porch. :)

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    1. Let me know how you like the book--I've never read it. Just looked up and it sounds good!

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  9. Go Pats! Of course I've followed your blizzard closely, as you know, due to those 02476 relatives. Sent you a photo this morning of our piddling 5-6" snowfall which fell silently & beautifully overnight. Love all your photos but the cardinal in the tree & the Bow St beauties just bowled me over.
    Cheers, Diane in You Know Where

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    1. Oh, Diane I'm a NY Giants fan! Enjoying the game though, You got the perfect amount of snow--enought to be pretty but not too much of a bother.

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  10. P.s., Forgot to mention, your Venice photos were remarkable. "Misterioso, molto misterioso." Ciao, bella. Diane

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  11. Taki is adorable! That is a fat book (or 3), perfect for cold weather. We are getting snow, sleet and ice today, beautiful but treacherous. Not leaving the house.

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    1. No, don't. Ice is the worst. I bet you'll cook something amazing!

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  12. too cute, your new cat. adorable :)

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    1. She's a great mix of dainty and clownish.

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  13. Oh, those lovely flowers! Great colours for a cold snowy day. The new cat is a sweetie, isn't she!

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  14. These cats! I am not a cat person, but maybe I will change my mind ;)

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  15. Sweet kitty! and those purple sweet peas, yum....

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