The rhythm of a simple home

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I found this wonderful non-fiction book written by a Japanese woman named Yumiko Sekine.

She started a company called Linen Fog

It is separated by the seasons. I love books that do that. 

The weather: Autumn's cool temperatures have finally arrived. Today we will reach only 59 degrees but this morning, as I type this, it is only about 49. I have my fuzzy slippers on!

Outside my window: it is dark. The sun has not yet even begun to rise up over the harbour. Sunrise won't be until just after 7:00. I don't mind the darker, earlier evenings. It's sort of cozy. I don't, however, enjoy the later mornings. It's hard to get out of bed in the dark!

Right now I am: sitting at my kitchen table drinking a hot cup of vanilla nut coffee. 

Thinking and pondering: about a book I read recently called, Life in Five Senses, by Gretchen Rubin. It's very interesting. She writes about how she spent one year being very mindful attention to her 5 senses. She set up occasions to put each sense to use and included her family and friends in the experiments. It was very good and reminded me that noticing our senses throughout our day can lead to more fulfilling lives.

How I am feeling: Content. I had a wonderful, albeit busy weekend with my sister, brother, and sister-in-law, along with both of my daughters, my son-in-law and all three grandchildren. We went on a pumpkin walk through a local trail and we also carved pumpkins ourselves the following day! So much fun!

On the breakfast plate: coffee and whole old fashioned oats with raisins, ground flax seed, turmeric, chia seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, along with some local honey.

On the lunch plate: I made some plant based shepard's pie for dinner and will take leftovers for lunch today. 

On the dinner plate: Roasted tofu, green beans, leeks, and mushrooms with brown basmati rice

What I'm wearing: maroon corduroys with a grey cable knit sweater

On my reading pile: Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge. I have had it for quite a while but haven't started it yet. This week!

On my TV this week: I have started Ken Burns new documentary called The American Buffalo. It will probably take me all week to finish it. I tend to fall asleep about 15 minutes after I turn the TV on. 

On the Menu: I was so busy over the weekend that I didn't get to the market. I know there will be one night of pasta, one night of salmon....I don't know about the rest yet. 

Looking around the house: It is cozy here. I spent some time cleaning before my sister came to visit. 

My kitchen table is laden with winter squash. My daughter grew some in her gardens this year and some I picked up at the market. I will make a dinner of roasted squash and rice this week. 

To do list: 


clean out my bedroom closet

Take the Thanksgiving decorations out of the closet. I have a cute set of wooden feathers and a turkey head that you poke into a pumpkin. My grandchildren love the turkey pumpkin! I also have two turkey candle holders that my aunts gave me years ago. I'll have to buy candles for them as I burned through them last year. 

From the camera: 

My grandson carved his pumpkin all by himself this year! He turned 7 earlier in the month.

He used a safety carving tool and I was right next to him but he drew the face, scooped out the "guts", and carved it all by himself! 



I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all 

making my prayer with joy,

because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Philippians 1-5

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  1. I love your fall table. Looks like Verne is doing a great job. I have copied the names of these books and look forward to researching them on Amazon!

  2. This space in your house is nice and cozy. I really like the table runner draping over the table. What a nice time you had with all the family. It brings us special memories when we spend time with them. Good for your grandson for trying to carve just the right pumpkin. The book about the seasons sounds wonderful. And my favorite part on your post today is that you are feeling content. It doesn't get any better than that. ; )


  3. What a nice week you had and what a good one to look forward to . Monday is a good day when both of those things are true! Your grandson looks quite determined and it is wonderful that at 7 he is smart and independent and talented enough to 'do it himself." i appreciate your meatless meal suggestions... we are working on getting there.

  4. Your grandson looks like he's really concentrating on that carving. :)

  5. enjoyed this glimpse into your Monday. You'll have to let me know about that Eldridge book. I had mixed feelings about it. I led a women's small group where we did that book. there were some good points but also.....well.....i'd love your opinion when you're done. :)

    LOVE your dining room table!!

    We are having our first chilly morning here. WHen i got up at 6:30 it was only 39 degrees BUT we're supposed to be a WARM week. I'm ok with that!! :)

  6. Beautiful sentiments, as always!

  7. What a lovely post! Love your photos....and really like "what is on your plate!" It all sounds delicious! And I agree, these later mornings make getting out of bed harder and harder. I could not believe how much I slept in this morning. Your grandson is taking pumpkin carving quite serious!!:)

  8. We just arrived in Florida for the winter . I was able to get winter squashes for an extremely reasonable price at local farms in Pennsylvania before I left. Here in Florida, winter squashes are quite pricey.. Your table looks lovely and your grandson's carving skills are impressive. Have a peaceful week.

  9. There is nothing like the period from Halloween to Christmas to bring a family closer together and make a home feel like a home. Our high today will be in the 30's, 59 sounds pretty darn good to me right now!

  10. thanks for sharing the lovely dailyness of your schedule, your homekeeping, and the sweet and simple joys found there. I heartily agree. there's no place like home.


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