Minimalist.

Minimalist = a person who advocates or practices minimalism in art or music.

After a week full of family and Thanksgiving activities, I have finally put all the special dishes away, done many loads of laundry, remade beds, found a few forgotten items that will be mailed to Oregon, and generally put the house back in order.  While doing all of this, I decided to put out a few Yuletide holiday decorations. And I do mean a “few”.

I have definitely embraced the minimalist lifestyle in my holiday decorating. “Less is more” has been my mantra for many years. Two of my favorite winter items are old sleds.  One belonged to our older neighbor, Robert, next to whom we lived in New Jersey when our kids were growing up.  This little sled has to be at least a hundred years old.  The longer one on our farm table is a Flexible Flyer that belonged to a friend of our son. I’m not sure how we ended up with it, but I’m sure it was all above-board!

I’ll add some fresh greens as we get into December and possibly one or two of the little wintery fairy houses I have made over the years. It’s still a bit early for me to fully feel the holiday vibes.

Getting back to the hooking frame is on the agenda for this week. I’m anxious to get hooking on my Waxing Crescent pattern for a friend.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the simple things in life.

The Flexible Flyer sled sits on a runner by Family Heirloom Weavers of Red Lion, PA.

The Flexible Flyer sled sits on a runner by Family Heirloom Weavers of Red Lion, PA.

Robert’s little sled on the back porch.

Robert’s little sled on the back porch.

We had freezing rain on Saturday and the tree branches are coated with ice.

We had freezing rain on Saturday and the tree branches are coated with ice.

Early morning ice and mist.

Early morning ice and mist.

A week of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is a week-long sharing of family time here at Crow’s Foot Farm. Our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter, Lucy arrived on Saturday to share in the holiday happenings. There was a bit of melting snow for them to see when they arrived. They don’t get many snowfalls in southern Oregon.

No rug hooking this week as we spend time cooking, baking, doing jigsaw puzzles, running the turkey trot, and relaxing in the rustic countryside of Perry County, PA.

I’m sharing a photograph that our neighbor, Britta Schatz, took four years ago when we had a big beautiful snowstorm at Thanksgiving. I love this photo.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the time spent with family during holiday time.

Thanks to Britta Schatz for this photo taken in 2014. I love the blue snow/purkinje effect.

Thanks to Britta Schatz for this photo taken in 2014. I love the blue snow/purkinje effect.