Winter Peace

I love the peace that this time of year brings with it.  The craziness that accompanies the holidays has come to an end, and a certain quiet has crept in and brought with it a totally different rhythm to my days

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I have given myself permission to hibernate during these cold, grey days. Life’s pace has definitely slowed down and it feels good to just be quiet, feel the peace, focus on the magic of life.

I’ve been enjoying cooking and look forward to doing a bit of baking again soon. It’s been perfect weather for making my husband’s favorite, lasagna and steaming hot bowls of soup. I made a side dish of one of my favorites – arugula salad with toasted walnuts, beets, goat cheese and a lite lemon vinegarette. I just use, wine vinegar, olive oil, half a lemon and a spoonful of honey. Mmm, it’s so good and pairs so well with peppery lemon chicken and brown rice.

I’m also planning on writing an updated version of my perfect day. Years ago, a book I was reading suggested taking pen to paper and writing down what your perfect day would like from the time you wake up in the morning until the time you go to bed at night. It mentioned that you should make sure that you make it exactly the way you would love it to be. Don’t think about it, just do it. It’s amazing what you learn about yourself and also, how it helps you to take the steps needed to take your life in the direction of your dreams.

What do think? Would you be willing to take a little bit of time out of your life to find out what it is that would really make you happy? I love this exercise and it just seems the perfect time of year to write it all down again. Let me know what you think of this.

Wishing you all a beautiful week.

Susan
xoxo

Comments

  1. says

    Loved all your pictures, especially the outdoor ones. You’ve given me some inspiration regarding writing what kind of “perfect” day I would like. My oldest daughter gave me a handmade journal book for Christmas. She has taken book-binding classes. The book and the paper are beautiful – you can see it in my post on last Friday (1/9). I’m thinking this would be a great way to start the first page of this journal, since I haven’t starting writing in it yet. Thanks for getting me thinking along these lines.

    • says

      Happy to be here … and will think about what my perfect day would look like as I head out to cut brush and cactus. There’s got to be a good blog post in there somewhere

      • says

        Hi Liz – Thanks so much for stopping by. Maybe you’ll have a blizzard and be spared the cutting of cactus and brush! Or even better, in your perfect day you hire someone else to do it.

  2. says

    Writing about what the perfect day would be like sounds like a GREAT exercise! I would love to do it while enjoying a hot bowl of soup, too. :) These are the perfect days for warm comfort foods like soup and lasagna. One of my favorite things about winter! I’m jealous of the snow you got though. It feels like that weather is going to by-pass us this year. Maybe this week I’ll sit down and write out what my perfect day looks like. Seems like a pretty cool idea to me.

    • says

      Be careful what you wish for, Evie, It’s only mid January. We still have plenty of time to get hit with major winter storms. Here, in the northeast, we’ve basically only had dustings. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop!

  3. says

    Winter peace….ahhhhh yes, Susan. Our snow is still up on Mt. Hood, but I am enjoying looking at it there and I appreciate glimpses of your snow as well. Your cooking looks so yummy, too, and I want to try making the honey lemon salad dressing. I also want to try to write about my perfect day…now to do it!!! xx

  4. says

    I just made a soup today with turmeric and ginger..and a lasagna 2 nights ago..the cold I guess..It is so cold the snow goes crunch crunch with a winter’s echo.
    So similar our menus.
    Enjoy.

  5. says

    What a lovely peaceful posting. Your beautiful photos and wonderful food just looks so good. We have no snow and very unpredictable weather as of late. Even our skiing up at the pass is waiting for the snow. I am just getting back to blogging after a little surgery that had me with my foot above my heart for 2 weeks. All is well now ( if I behave myself and don’t push it), but I love reading your posts.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Sharon. I hope you’re well on your way to recovery. Keeping your leg up for two weeks couldn’t have been easy. Wishing you the best.

  6. says

    I am going to try writing that perfect day story for myself. Let’s see, shall I start with the spa treatment and the handsome Swedish masseuse or jetting to Morocco for breakfast at the palace? Mmm, a lot t o contemplate….

    • says

      LOL. Maybe your perfect day would include someone to help with the children or someone who, perhaps, does the cleaning, laundry and cooking – you get to call the shots because it’s your perfect day.

  7. says

    I love the idea of writing about an imagined perfect day but it would also be good to write about a day that happened that seemed very close to perfect. Being able to read through every detail again would be like reliving it. I want to do some journaling to accompany a lot of old photographs of my parents going back to before I was born so that those memories don’ get lost xxx

    • says

      Hi Kathryn – I wanted to save this for another post, but about 5 years (maybe longer) after I did this exercise for the first time, I went back and read it. I could not believe how much of it really came to fruition!
      Also, I love the idea you have of journaling about the pictures of your parents. That’s going to become a family treasure!

  8. Jeanene says

    Hello my beautiful and dear friend!!
    I have been reading your blog every time it comes through on my email. I enjoy all of it.
    First time replying…
    I am going to sit this weekend and write my perfect day but I have to say I know one part of that perfect day would be spending time with you. Your energy and spirit is always with me.
    I miss you here on Long Island.
    Love you
    Jeanene

    • says

      Hello dear Jeanene – I’m so happy to hear from you and happy to know you’ve been visiting me. I know your life must be wonderful since you’ve been blessed with a precious grandson. Sending lots of love to you and yours – we’ll talk soon.xoxo

  9. says

    Wonderful pictures . . .
    I felt lasagna inspired . . .
    And writing about my perfect day from the first start to the end sounds like a wonderful reflection writing . . . “TO DO!”
    Wonderful post Susan . . .

  10. says

    Dear Susan … thank you for visiting my “little space” and sharing your kind words. I do love the simpleness, quietness, peacefulness and cosiness of the winter time. We love the “comfort foods” … the snuggling inside. I love to take this time of the year to plan and prepare for spring time. For now, I will cherish a bit of hibernation time in our little cottage with a warm cup of tea and a good book curled up in my fleece throw all warm and cosy. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

    • says

      That sounds wonderful, Teri. You and I are definitely in agreement on the joys of simplicity and appreciating all that we have. Thanks for stopping by.

    • says

      Hi Gillian – Thanks so much. It’s that time of year when you’re never quite sure what the weather will be like so hibernating definitely isn’t a bad thing. Get a stack of books and some hot chocolate and you’re all set!

  11. says

    Oh…. My what would I write? Boy after my scare in the hospital I think I should and do owe it to myself to truly put to pen “My perfect day” So… I think I will follow you in this adventure! Hummm I have to say that I am really looking forward to doing this! I can sooo see how this could help put some perspective into my life! I love positive affirmations, poems and such. I like this idea and dreaming up the perfect day is exciting… I have never thought of doing that… Thank you Susan for sharing

    The pictures of your food made my tummy rumble lol… I thought that the chicken and rice was Curried chicken and rice one of my Granny’s best dishes that I LOOOOOOVVEE so much

    • says

      I’m so glad everything worked out okay for you, Eva. Seems like you had quite a scare.
      Now you’ve got me thinking about chicken with curry sauce. I recently had salmon with a green curry sauce in a local Thai restaurant and I can’t wait to have it again – so delicious.

  12. says

    a perfect day – a peaceful walk in the mountains when we travel to the Rocky Mountains – camping in the woods with a campfire going and cooking with the dutch oven. Listening to the nature sounds – bliss!

  13. says

    Well, I think I could learn to love winter if mine looked like yours! I am enjoying your positive spin on my least favorite season. And now I think I’ll have to make some soup. Lovely photos.

  14. says

    Every season has its own beauty, and with your lovely photos, it’s easy to see winter’s appeal.

    I’ve always had some difficulty writing about my perfect day. I would need to have two or three days in order to get everything in that I’d want. Greedy? Maybe. Unrealistic? Definitely!

    • says

      Hi Doreen – I think the purpose of the exercise was to do it immediately and not think too much about it before hand. I remember saying to myself, “What can I possibly write?” And then I just began with the sun shining thru the slats in my blinds and took it from there. I actually wrote several pages without ever stopping to think – the words just flowed.

  15. Suzie says

    Hi Susan, the winter photos look beautiful…and I love the arugula salad….looks delicious. I enjoyed reading your tips on the new year. I’m the same , love a clean slate to start the year. best wishes for 2015

    • says

      Thanks for the kind words, Helen. I really am in cooking mode lately. Trying to stay away from the sweets so I’m not baking but I don’t know how much longer I can hold out.

  16. says

    You do know how to spend your days Susan! I used to dread winter because of all the cold but as I have gotten older, I relish in these days when the garden is sleeping under the snow and I can give myself ‘my perfect day’. I love the idea of writing it down from start to finish and seeing what things I would find there. I’m sure eating anything I want would be on the list :)
    Thank you for your visit!

  17. says

    I am hungry just looking at all of your yummy food photos! I love this time of year – so calm and peaceful. Writing about what your perfect day would be sounds inspiring. I need to do this!

    • says

      Hi Julia – I love this time of year too – can you tell? Actually, I love living here in the northeast and experiencing the beauty and joy that all four seasons bring. I feel very blessed.

  18. says

    What a wonderful idea, I’m definitely in! And by the way, that salad looks fabulous, all of my favourite things especially the walnuts. I’ve been making a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, a finely chopped red onion, salt and pepper all in a jar and give it a good shake…it lasts a week in the fridge too, although it doesn’t last that long here!! :) Jan x

    • says

      That sounds good, Jan. I make a similar dressing using wine or balsamic vinegar but I’ve never added onion – I’ll have to give that a try.

  19. says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog this week and for the well wishes for my bout with “Whooping Cough”. Can you even believe it….whooping cough???!!! Just wanted you to know I love your blog. I wished we lived closer as I have a feeling from looking at your posts, pictures, likes and dislikes that we would be good friends. Two weeks inside and you would think I would have gotten tons of stuff done but no…..just sitting, resting, and lots of coughing. Stay well and go get your DTP booster!

    • says

      Hi Lynn Marie – Hope you’re feeling better. I don’t think you’re supposed to get a lot done – you’re supposed to be resting! Take care of yourself and thanks so much for stopping by.

  20. says

    Oh, all the food looks so wonderful! I will definitely try writing up my favorite day… I think I would have to do several to catch different weather and various moods. Thanks for the idea!

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