Do you ever get the feeling that you are being over-saturated with media? Twelve years ago when D and I were living and traveling in Europe we didn’t have smartphones or GPS; we had a travel book and maps. We relied on ourselves to get around. And news wasn’t at our fingertips all the time. The collective consciousness of the internet was limited to your computer, if you had one. Just writing this blog would have been a novelty.
My last post was November 9th. Since then I feel like I have been over-saturated with news and opinions and I felt like my voice here wasn’t necessary. So I stayed quiet. I think that is the beauty of Instagram, you don’t have to say anything at all.
The world outside of my house feels a bit crazy every time I open my news app to try and keep informed. I can’t even throw the phone like you could the newspaper. But you know what? Life inside my house is pretty awesome. Because we all need a little bit more love to balance all the crazy, here are some lovely things from my world.
We’ve had almost two inches of rain since the winter solstice; the ground is absolutely saturated, and my garden couldn’t be happier.
Nag Champa to remind me of my travels to India and my hippie uncle.
Homemade chocolate for a friend’s birthday. I make very very dark raw chocolate. The top bar is peppermint cacao nibs and the lower is a mix of homegrown calendula and lavender.
Filling the luminarias for Solstice. Funny how they have finally learned to do the “I’m getting my picture taken” smile.
I have a really interesting micro climate in my backyard that allows me to grow flowers pretty much year-round. These speckled zinnia’s are so lovely. They are about the size of a quarter.
We just took down all the solstice decorations yesterday. Or rather D and the girls surprised me by taking it all down while I was at a work meeting. We had a very lovely holiday season and took it all slowly and one day at a time to really savor our time as a family.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year!