Sunday, February 07, 2016

Three posts brewing at once

Most of the blogs I read have much more reliable bloggers at the helm than I seem to be myself. I do have a few posts in the works, just haven't  found time for anything more than a quick update... and here it is.

I am nearly done planning the spring garden and will post soon with information regarding seed sources and chosen varieties...

I am planning a special post on root-cellaring for dear Nan of Letters from a Hill Farm because she expressed curiosity in a  comment on a previous post.  I just need to pull some pictures together and post.  By the way, there is a little bit on this subject in my recently published book.

That brings me to the last post I have in the works... a little book give away is coming up.  Will post details on that early next week.  Stay tuned!

That photo at the top reveals the level of gloom we have been dealing with here in my neck of the woods. Not a great deal of sunshine in our winter so far.  I love those days with blue skies and brilliant sunshine glinting over fresh white snow.  Still waiting for a day like that.  In the meantime, where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy, and something good to look forward to.

Monday, February 01, 2016

Comforts of Home

The lull of deep winter has settled over our house.  Through January, we were quiet, planning for the upcoming season of busyness and intense endeavor.  For the past few days, we were travelling in and around New York City.  We saw and did many fun and interesting things,but it will be nice to return to the quiet routines of home and work.  I will be up to my elbows in seed catalogs for the next few weeks... until the sap rises in the Maple trees and we begin making maple syrup; our first harvest of each new year.

Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you all the comforts of home.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Filling January

January has been overcast and dreary, and flying by very quickly.  I always endeavor to fill January with as much color and light as possible.  We are filling our bellies with food from pantry and root cellar, reflecting back on last year's garden, while planning the next.

We have had more candle light, more board games, and less outdoor exercise!

We have had snow and freezing rain, then snow again. Hopefully,  conditions will soon be right for some cross-country ski excursions through our quiet woods.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you all the joys of January.

Friday, January 08, 2016


When I began blogging, over nine years ago, I choose to use a blogging "alias." I wan't sure how much I wanted to disclose about my life, plus I loved the idea of using the lexicon of poetry to name my family in blog posts.

However, having just published a book under my real name, it feels like the right time to reveal that here.

So... without further ado, My name is Marcie. A little link to my book on Amazon follows. 

I have been taking some nature photos and taking some short brisk walks recently.  Hope you are spending time in nature too!

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you happiness.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Quiet Country Blog

In a busy month, what has been missing is time in nature.  Only one long walk in the woods so far this month. December here has been shockingly warm; full of rain, clouds, and wind.  Finally, yesterday it began to snow for the first time since Thanksgiving.

I have been busy with a lot of family matters, and proofing a book that I have been working on for over a year.  Hope to be back in a more regular blogging rhythm soon. 

Look for a post about my book and a "big reveal" in January.

In the meanwhile...where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you joy and peace.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Days of Gratitude - Tabula Rasa

I am thankful that
each day is a clean slate
and a fresh, new beginning.

Sunday there was heavy snow to the south of us. We were travelling back from a family gathering, and we stopped a while beside the Manistee River.

At home, there was just a dusting of light snow, soon gone.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you the blessing of new beginnings.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Days of Gratitude - November Blooms

I am thankful that sometimes 
roses bloom
 in November.

Snapdragons and lavender 
still greet me,
as I pull thyme and sage from the herb garden 
on a cool November afternoon.

A few sassy nasturtiums still sparkle in the old iron sink on the porch, 
mocking the November sun with the audacity of their yellow glow.

December nears. 
Winter approaches.
 But still we bloom.

Where ever you are, whatever the weather, I wish you delight in your surroundings.