Friday, December 28, 2018

Let there be light ♥ 2019

I look forward to more light to take blog photos again, and found this alfresco post that I started in the summer and never got around to publishing. But ahhh, wintertime (for me) is a wonderful time of the year. Yes, we don't like salt on our boots and it's not much fun driving through a blizzard but winter puts me in a dreamy suspended state as we grab our snowshoes and skis and head to the woods for a few hours. And all our cares are put on hold for a while as we prepare for spring and summer again.  

I recollect enjoying rib eye steaks from the local farm on a beautiful summer evening as I started cooking my way through another winning cookbook from Beekman1802. There is a Winter Chapter that I will start working on soon. Our life has been a whirlwind ever since Joe retired...LOL. 

Sharing one of the weekly poems that was sent to me by "Digger". Time to start making a list of seeds I want to plant. My daddy taught me how to garden :-) As the first born child, I reaped the benefits of being daddy's little helper. 

Through the Quiet and the Cold 
In the darkness
I learn
to see again.

To pay attention.
To trust.

the quiet
and the cold

My plans forgive
to the turning
of earth

And the seeds within
begin to stir.

Like beautiful dreams,
into spring.

~ Digger

Wishing you all the good, joy, family, happiness, health and especially peace. Happy New Year dear friends.
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. A sweet sweet post know if you think you're busy now with only Joe retired..a word from the'll be even busier once you are both retired;) Truly!Bonne Année .The poem is dear.

  2. LOVE the poem and post. I'm looking forward to longer SUNNY days.....we received five inches of rain yesterday and overnight with more on the way. We're waterlogged down here! :O

    Happy New Year!

  3. Your al fresco pics make me crave warm nights!! Happy New Year!

  4. So touching Debbie. I so enjoyed looking at your beautiful food. I hope joe is enjoying retirement. Happy New year to you both. Hugs.

  5. Happy New Year Debbie! I'm looking forward to longer days soon too:@)

  6. Beauritul post, Debbie. I love the poem! My mother and grandmother taught me the joy in gardening. It's a passion passed through the generations, and I suspect you will teach Xaviier to love to dig in the dirt. Thanks for sharing your delightful alfresco tables. Enjoy your quiet winter and savor these wonderful days ahead with Joe retired. Make the most of them because it is a stage in life like no other.

  7. Dear Deb, such a lovely post! Love seeing your "light" photos from warm summer days. What a wonderful memory of future days to look forward to. Such a sweet poem, perfect words for a cold winter's night. Joe should be getting accustomed to his retirement and the two of you enjoying more time together. Blessings to you both in the new year. Happy New Year Deb and Joe............

  8. Ah, longer days, more light! And soon it will be time to plan the garden. I love the poem! My mother and dad grew all sorts of veggies in their garden and had a raspberry patch that my daughters will always remember helping her pick when they were little ♥

  9. What a sweet post, Debbie, and your al fresco meals are making me hungry! I loved the poem that you shared for all of us to enjoy, too. xx

  10. I love the poem, but what I love more is your black and white chicken plates. As I sit here with freezing rain forecast for today and tomorrow I am already thinking about what I will plant come Spring.


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