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Happier at Home: little altars everywhere

Super-nerd here, reporting in for duty. 

I've just finished shelving 2013 books, and in the process, creating or expanding some sections.

Biology and Animals got a fine re-do, and Kid Lit's getting its own shelves. Historical Fiction continues to grow, especially the Marie Antoinette gallery, as I devour these titles as fast as I can.

I love arranging books just-so, adding topical trinkets, making little dioramas, pleasing my own eye.

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2013 to 2014: yay, Ritual & Nerdery!

Welcome, welcome, 2014!

FINALLY I have some time to indulge in my favorite tasks of the new year -- a pox upon mid-week holidays! a blight upon no-time-off! 

Finally, it's time for New Year's Ritual & Nerdery!

First Up: 2013 Books!

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more Making: whole lotta fregolotta

Like I said, one of the things I love most about Christmas is that it's such a Season of Making, whether it's baking, sewing, wrapping, or melting.

So much Making, such good eating!

Christmas Eve was a great day of cooking that started at 6am with the stuffing (wow, what a recipe!), then the fregolotta (Italian jam shortbread tart), a big batch of

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Country Mouse Monday: Making merry

One of the greatest things about living on our little farmlet is showing up places with things that we grew, with a "hostess gift" of something from our garden. All summer long, we arrive with flowers or jam or peppers or tomatoes, and sometimes honey. 

We show up with something we made.

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cozy green nest

Somewhere in our woods, there’s a squirrel curled up right now in a nest made super-cozy by an olive-green knit headband. The squirrel worked that headband round and round with its clever little hands, after it dragged it all the way up the tree, unsnagging it from bark and little twigs on the way. And then the squirrel turned it this way, that way, until the big floppy flower part came to rest at just the right angle for squirrel’s little head, big eyes closed tight and dreaming.

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