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Snow (Ice) Day!

We woke up this morning to find our street covered in a thin layer of snow/sleet/ice — so I have an unexpected day off!

Which is good, because my parents gave strict instructions that their future grandson is not allowed on the road in these conditions! So here I am. At home, with the fireplace on, a hot cup of coffee, and a toasted and buttered English muffin. Richard is here, too. He’s doing a bit of work from home, but at least he can work in the comfort of his pajamas!

Oh, and here’s Merlin, clearly enjoying the fireplace warmth.


The sleet is still falling, making “clicks” and “clacks” on the window panes. I popped outside to snap a few quick photos and the ice crystals crunched under my slippers. Aaaaaand I quickly headed back inside because damn, it’s cold.


The question is, do I spend today relaxing or doing things around the house? Ha! I’m terrible at relaxing! Does anyone else have this problem? Relaxing always sounds nice, but I end up spending my “relaxation” time thinking about all of the things I should be / could be doing. Maybe I’ll do something that is both relaxing AND productive — finally go thru some cookbooks, dog-earing pages, and making corresponding grocery lists!

I did tidy up our master bathroom. Here are some before and after pics.



The bathroom countertop had essentially become a jumbled mess of my various lotions and potions, so I decided to put things where they needed to be (in the drawers and under the sink) and leave the countertop clean, crisp, and extremely minimal.



I love how this red and white amaryllis brightens up the space. There’s just something about having real flowers around… it always puts me in a better mood when I’m getting ready in the morning.

So, baby boy bump has had his one cup of morning coffee and is kicking away now. Other than that, not much else to report!

If you’re home from work today, enjoy your snow/ice day and be safe!

xo Cassie


  1. Lovely, lovely post – so glad you listened to mom and dad and stayed home!
    Looks like you’ve been busy – I’m like that too, relaxation doesn’t happen easily – remember I even have to knit scarves whilst watching The Good Wife etc., can’t sit doing nothing, need busy hands creating something no matter how simple!

    Great pix, love the view of the houses around your new neighborhood – and Merlin looks like he at least can relax – perhaps we need to take lessons from him. Oh to be a kitty!!! We’re playing ‘chase the squirrels off the bird feeders’ – I hear Grandpa down there clapping his hands and yelling ‘get going or else’ – but at least he’s not chasing them on the ice, we elderly folk value our hips and ankles too much, LOL! The birds are numerous – especially cardinals – and the bluebirds actually chase them off the feeder. The titmouse loves coming to seeds scattered on the porch rail, but is so quick I’m having a hard time capturing a good in-focus portrait.

    Stay warm inside – off to make aubergine and mushroom soup, a spicy one for the cold night to come, and planning something pretty with rainbow chard!

    Love you OX

    • Cassandra

      January 22, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      I really need to get some feeders for our new house, as we don’t have any yet! Well, I did more cleaning… but also a little bit of relaxing! Soup sounds delicious, I hope you’ll share the recipe. xo

  2. Cassie, your neighbourhood is so lovely. I love those home all facing the park like that. Your home too seems so clean and inviting!

    Mary is your grannie, no? Well, I can certainly see you too write well as no doubt your parents as well.

    I wanted to follow through blogger but alas, no “follow” button and I have not done blogovin’ before so will try to remember to pop in now and then if I bookmark this!

    Stay warm out there!

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