Friday, December 13, 2013

cheer


My favorite time of day now is dusk. With a cup of tea or a glass of wine, a lit candle, in the quiet.

A few days ago, I came upon my copy of Celtic Devotional by Caitlin Matthews and, well, the saying everything old is new again applies here. There is value in forgetting things sometimes. Arranged by season with key words and phrases for meditation or prayer and activities as well, it is a gem of a little book. In the Celtic tradition, Samhain (Sow'en) isn't just one day -- a/k/a All Soul's Day, Dia de los Muertos, Halloween -- it's the entire season of November through January. The winter quarter of Samhain is a time of personal introspection, contemplation on the season, and remembrance of ancestors, loved ones, and "the elders of spiritual traditions whose footsteps have kept the pathways open." That feels good to me because I wasn't able to really let go of that connection with my loved ones at Samhain. Everywhere I look, I see something that reminds me of someone I love.

The black linen, nine snowflakes crocheted by my mom, and white pompom trim are coming together for a simple little sewing project. That she made nine snowflakes is key. I never truly appreciated them until I laid them on the black, it was very exciting.

The paper whites are shooting up. Soon. I read somewhere that winter squash stores well on top of the kitchen cupboards and so far, it's true. I like the way it looks, too.  No snowflake curtain yet, it'll get hung in January this year. For now we'll just have plain and simple cheer.

Thanks for visiting and happy weekending. Cheer. xo

5 comments:

deanna7trees said...

those beautiful crocheted stars caught my eye immediately. how lucky you are to have them as a memory. happy weekend to you as well.

Peggy said...

Hi Deanna, always took these kinds of things for granted before. Something has changed (in me) and you're right, I feel lucky to have them now.

Jeannie said...

Your snowflakes had me wanting to grab the hook and start making. I love the concept of Samhaim. I have been practicing it and not realizing it! :) I came across photos of those who were a huge influence in my life yesterday. I thought I had lost them or given them back to my Mom. It was like a message from the past telling me how to approach the future. Your paperwhites are so stately! I can almost smell them. Your spider plant!!! My gosh!!! It is gorgeous! Happy Weekend!

Ms. said...

YES-white on black is perfect, and oh, how your home glitters and shines, so full of light. It lifts me to visit. Thanks.

Nancy said...

Samhain sounds like an idea I can embrace! I've been thinking of elders a lot this week, those with us and those gone. Honoring them all is an important practice for me.
Your houseplants are AMAZING!!! My what a green thumb you have :)
I agree with Michelle about the lovely light in your home.
And, last but not least...those snowflakes are wonderful. I can't wait to see what your little project is! I have included one such snowflake on everyone of the 100+ Christmas stockings I've made. Of course the ones I used were store-bought...yours are much more meaningful!