Monday, January 10, 2011


I know that in many places all over the nation people are buried in snow and cold. It is cold here in Ca. but there is no snow. Leaves are heavy on the ground where folk have neglected to rake and it gives good ground cover for that tender spring growth. I've not seen much of the new growth but than I've been doing what most living things do this time of year-hibernating. In my basement is a woodburning stove, I spend much time down there in front of it reading and napping. I often feel like the tender young sprout that is buried in the dirt staying warm during the cold winter months, blossoming in spring. To kick start myself I've begun an online journaling class, called "NO MORE EXCUSES". Off and on through out my entire life I've kept a journal of sorts, visual journals have been wonderful for me and I love the peace of mind they bring me. I am excited about this class, knowing I can start it in my cozy basement and carry it with me into the sunshine this spring.


  1. "No More Excuses" is so appropos for me. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. I love the photos of the leaves, and the protection they are providing for the buds of spring. I was trimming back some cape honeysuckle but was careful not to do too much as I think some of the spent branches are protecting new growth. You are right, even though it might be sunny, it still gets very cold here too. I really want to try and "experience it" and "enjoy" it this year though, because I am not looking forward to the triple digits...sometimes I think that's when I just want to hibernate indoors, although I will be happy this spring. I've missed a few of your posts, I need to get caught up my friend!

  3. lorrie...i was just over on ETSY looking at julie's things..i saw you got that darling owl cup. did you know that julie and i have been best friends for about 25 years...

    i didn't know if you knew or not. for christmas i was one LUCKY GIRL. she gave me the MOST DARLING cafe au lait bowl with a yellow farmhouse on it and one of her spoons with a cozy Grandama Moses winter scene on it...they are both FRONT and CENTER in farmhouse kitchen :-)

    stay warm and cozy
    give penny a hug

    kary and teddy

  4. Beautiful photos and writing.
    This is my first visit to your site and it is fantastic! Your pictures are absolutely amazing…so real yet unreal!

  5. Your post makes me feel so cozy! I almost feel like I am sitting by that stove with you ... The art journaling class sounds great!! I am just now getting into art journaling and I like it!! Love, Silke

  6. Good luck with your journaling.
    Love your photos. This year I want to learn more about my camera - I want to be able to take photos like you!
    We have a lot of leaves on the ground here too, and a lot of dead shrubs etc but I can't sweep it all up because I think it's where the frogs from our pond will be waiting out the winter!

  7. Hello sweet Lorrie! What a lovely post - I want to hibernate too this time of year. I had such a nice visit here on your blog this morning and trying to catch up a bit. There is such a beauty in the things you share and write and remember and plan and take pictures of.

    I'm excited to read about your journaling class. If I can ever seem to feel on top of things, I really look forward to taking some classes and expanding my horizons. I hope you share your pages with us now and then.

    I hope this new year makes all of your wishes come true and is full of all of the things you love. Warmer days will be here soon!

  8. as I am working on my journal pages for January, I can only say Bravo!!! good for you!!! and we are buried in snow here, not too deep but snowy and very cold, -9 this am... chilly burritos!!!!

  9. I love the sound of your cozy wood buring stove....enjoy my friend....

  10. so beautiful lorrie- you have a gift for words.

    enjoy the weekend.

  11. Enjoy Gina's journal workshop. She's a good teacher. That's what I need to hear "No More Excuses".

  12.! "No More Excuses" is a good theme for a journaling workshop, isn't it?! Cheers to you....I've been hibernating too, when I can. I don't want to come out until spring!