Hyggeing the House – The Bedside Table

Before: The table beside my bed is one of my favorites.  I love the color, the weathered patina, the size……but it was hidden under all of the things that I felt like I needed to help me relax and sleep better.  There was my alarm clock, my book, my Kindle, my diffuser, my scented candles,…

December 30th – Bringing in the Boar

Day 11 of the Yuletide celebration is for “Bringing in the Boar.” There is a tradition dating back to the 15th Century of bringing in the head of a boar after the hunt; oaths were sworn on it, and they were as binding as any taken. Tonight we are reminded of the strength of our…

December 29 – Honoring Spirits of Hearth and Home

Yuletide continues and on this tenth day we honor the Spirits of the Home and Hearth – asking them to watch over our home and tools and to light our way through the year to come. Work is customarily set aside for the Yuletide celebration, and as it draws to a close, this is the…

December 24 – Honoring Alfar

On the fifth day of Yuetide is dedicated to the Alfar, the male ancestors home and hearth. We will remember and try to keep the bargains made to the spirits throughout the year and take a moment to honor our ancestors – – maybe even leave out a little offering for the most well-known of…

December 20 – Mother’s Night

Tonight begins the Celtic and Norse celebrations of the 12 days of Yule.  Sunset on December 20th this years marks the beginning of the shortest (and this years darkest, due to a total lunar eclipse.  December 21st marks the Winter solstice and the beginning to longer days to come. The eve of the Solstice is…

Yuletide Cookies – Sugar Shapes

On the fourth day of vacation…….  (I missed a few days when the water heater went out in the middle of the snow storm) the sugar cookies were baked and decorated.  More trees for the tree, snowflakes and reindeer for the cookie tray.

Brigittine Chocolate Fudge

There is a long tradition of Brigittine Monastery Gourmet Fudge in Oregon.  At Our Lady of Consolation Priory, the monks quietly go about producing some of the most delicious, rich and creamy fudge in the world.  We didn’t have time to make the drive to Amity this Yuletide, but in a wonderful spirit of giving, years ago, the monastery…

Yuletide Cookies – Gingerbread

On the first day of vacation…….the gingerbread cookies were baked and decorated.  Trees for the tree, snowflakes, gingerbread men, and stars for the cookie tray.

Yuletide Tree

We drove out into the just-above-freezing-rain today to find our Yuletide tree.  We found a lovely Norman Fir at the farm where we have kenneled our labrador – really nice people.  Hubby trimmed off the bottom branches to bring it above the height of two wild and wooly dog tails.  That way they don’t beat…

New Chickens on the Backyard Farm

Over the weekend we added some new pullets to our flock.  We drove down to Corvallis and picked up four poulet de Bresse and one Copper Maran from Fraiser Creek Farm.  They are all about 4 months old and should start laying fairly soon.  This brings our flock up to eight hens and two roosters. The poulet…