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Fireside Days

It has been fireside weather this week. I nearly toasted my back sitting by it getting warm.  I burned up all my dry wood on the porch yesterday. Mike and I debated about keeping the fire going, but the rest of the wood is frozen together and we haven't seen anyone parked on the side of the road with a pickup of split wood.  Even with the fire, the whole house has just felt cold and drafty.  It is supposed to be even colder tomorrow than it has been all week! Time to scoop out the ashes and stuff the insulation back into the fireplace.

Fireside Stories

This is a wonderful book for cold days and nights, Fireside Stories.
It begins with Halloween and takes you through Candlemas.
The stories are mainly European, though there is one from Canada.

Fireside Stories 2

"The Lonely Boatman" is the Halloween story and it takes you on a journey with a fellow who travels through time.
I haven't read it to the children, but I certainly enjoyed it myself.  It is bittersweet and mysterious.

Fireside Stories 3

Here's another story from Russia about a young Jewish boy's connection to the land.
Pardon the blurry photos in places.  The sun has been so strong when it is out.

Fireside Stories 4

My personal favorite was "The Cailleach of the Snows."
It is a story about Brigid, or Bride, and her trials to overcome Nic Neven and let Spring come to the land.
We are very much looking forward to Spring right now.

Some of the stories are appropriate for the kindergarten years, but there are some that are not.  The last story was too adventurous for Roan, but he has always been very sensitive to stories.  I think they fit very well with the Enki stories for grade one.  Some have verses within them and they have rich, descriptive language with beautiful art.  In many, the character goes out, has an adventure and changes, and comes back home.  That's a big theme for this year for us. 

Speaking of books, I got a box of them yesterday, so it is time to settle onto the couch with my new shawl and read them.  I got the warmest and sweetest package yesterday from blakdove.  It had a thick forest green shawl (my favorite color!) and some gummy candies (I love gummies).  I have been wanting to knit a shawl for myself, but it just hasn't been happening.  Somehow, she knew and sent me one!  I never knew cold shoulders until we lived in this house and now I feel so nice!  The children are calling it my ranger shawl and had to get out matching mittens and hat for me to wear with it.  Thank you, Tanya!


( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 12th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
These look like lovely stories!

I am glad you got and like the shawl. I actually made it for me, but as soon as I cast off, it became obvious that it wanted to be yours. Enjoy!
Feb. 13th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC)
I am so toasty warm in it. I had a kilt pin from Mike's Aunt Nancy that I had been saving for a shawl and now I can use it! The children are trying to take it from me, but I am holding strong (and warm!).
Feb. 17th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
The Cailleach of the Snows! Ah, another book I have to get. I'll bet your shawl is lovely. I've never had one for myself, either. Stay warm! - Stacey
( 3 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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