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I’m sitting at the bar in our kitchen, typing this post, with the baby monitor on my right and a cold cup of coffee on my left.

Colin is taking his morning nap.

A few of the windows are open, and I can hear birds chirping and gathering old seeds that have fallen from the dregs of our empty feeder out back. I can also hear Merlin (one of our cats) snoring. He’s asleep on the bar stool next to mine. A sense of calm filled the air as soon as Colin fell asleep. It’s a moment of peace and renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories, and overall chaos that is my life as a stay-at-home-mom. I love every bit of it, I really do.

But I also love these quiet moments.

These moments of tranquility are like little gifts when my sleep was sporadic or yesterday was particularly trying.

Today’s Scribble Picnic theme is “Cabin”. I actually sketched this cozy A-frame cabin in bed last night – and doing so brought me a little bit of tranquility when I was having trouble falling asleep last night. I drew a place that I would want to be. I’d love to be reading a book in this little cabin, preferably by a warm fireplace, with soft blankets, and coffee that’s actually hot! Oh, and there absolutely must be snow on the ground outside!

But my little house in Chapel Hill, in my messy kitchen, with my cold cuppa will do just fine for me today.

xo Cassie

PS – I hope you’ll join in on next week’s Scribble Picnic challenge – the theme is “Umbrella”.


  1. This is a beautiful ‘cabin’ piece!

  2. I just love that little cabin – the stars and trees make it look like a special magical place – and it’s so pretty in b/w.
    Michael has certainly got you back on track with your art Cassie – that’s so great – and I’m sure is a good way for you to fill those personal moments grabbed when Colin is napping. Cold or ICED coffee? There’s a huge difference!
    Love you –

    • P.S. I decided to do my bit and join in!!!

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Oh, it was certainly COLD coffee (that was once hot!) — haha! Thank you so much for your comment on the drawing. And yes, I think I can handle once a week, so I’m glad that Michael started this co-op. Getting me back on track, as you said!! xx

  3. It is a charming sketch, with a real feel for what it is like to be in a cabin in the woods.

  4. I love it! I enjoyed reading your post too. I remember all too well savouring those precious moments of tranquility when my kids were babies. In these hectic modern times, I think we all need those quiet, tranquil moments in our daily lives.

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:45 am

      Thanks, Serena! Yes, moments of peace and quiet are so precious — and we DO all need them! And deserve them, I think that’s key. If we put ourselves first, we can be a better person for our loved ones. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. the cabin looks quite tranquil, would definitely relax and read in there, good take on the theme.

    have a lovely day.

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Lissa, thank you. I’ve got so many books on my shelf that I have been dying to read… can I go to this little cabin now?! Haha!

  6. Looks like a great little place to hang out amongst the stars.

  7. Cassie,
    I am like you – When I draw I relax. That’s why I drew when I couldn’t sleep. I am a grandma of 7 but I had 3 children and know about hectic times. Those quiet times are important for renewal. You have depicted a lovely cozy cabin.

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:43 am

      Janis, thank you so much for your very sweet comment. I’m sure you know ALL about how crazy life can get – and yes, sitting down to draw (or just scribble away!) certainly is food for the soul.

  8. Cassie, your write up is as enjoyable as the actual art piece..which definitely evokes that sense of quiet tranquility. Yes, I think it would help me slumber better too after being lost in this scene. I love the swirly sky as well and your general line work. It seriously looks like an architect’s drawing! Wowza! Love it. Thank you so much.

    I so loved your choice of words here too: “renewal between the bouts of laughter, crumbs, wriggles, dirty diapers, stories,” So true, and sooo adorable. Bravo Mama! And thank you to Richard for letting us steal you away every now and then in those moments when no doubt he would rather like to spend some of that with you, all to himself!

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:41 am

      Michael, thank you for that lovely comment! I do love bits of scribble and swirls in my drawings – it just seems to happen! Richard is happy that I have found this little niche and way of “escaping” the day-to-day, if you will. So thank YOU for starting this fantastic group!

  9. I’m glad you found/made the time to do this drawing. It looks quite restful there!

  10. This looks like someplace I would like to stay! Especially if there is a fireplace!

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Sue, thank you! Yes, a fireplace in a cabin like this is key! My kitties would sure want to join me, as they love snuggling up by the fire!

  11. What a wonderful sketch, Cassie. Love your line-work and the detail in your roof. I SO want to toss a blanket to the ground and do a little star-gazing there. 🙂

    • Aww, just going back through to see what others have said and I must say, that is a such a perfectly noted comment above, I must say. So true. 🙂

      • OK, so the last comment of mine was not so perfectly noted! Hahaha. (I didn’t mean to repeat myself there.) My computer has a tendency to skip sections and move the cursor over or back, so missed that I suppose. Well, you get the gist, I hope. Hopefully you are all snug as a bug there, but perhaps you’re up at 1:00am, scribbling to slumber? I must do some of the latter myself!

    • Cassandra

      March 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks so much, Alexandra! Ah, star-gazing… now that would be lovely.

  12. It does look a relaxing place to live, even though there is such energy in your line work. A lovely piece.

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