Friday, November 20, 2009


This time of year, I am so aware of the light that enters our house and lands on the floor, our children's heads and on anything else for that matter. I think it's because sunlight is vital to comfort as the days grow colder at our house. Our house is old. Almost 120 years old. The thermostat is in the living room and in the winter we set that thermostat to 67 or 68 degrees. Toasty, no? Our kitchen, where I spend much of my time and therefore our children do as well, is in the opposite corner of the house from our living room. When the living room thermostat reads 67 degrees, the (indoor) kitchen thermometer often reads 52 degrees. Even less, if it's a cold and windy day.

What can make a huge difference is whether or not it's sunny outside. If it is, sunlight streams in the kitchen through the four windows (all new, the problem is not the windows) and it's significantly warmer. On the cloudy days, a space heater is required. All that to say, I love the light this time of year. It's not yet freezing outside, but when I see those rays of light I feel warmed. Warm and thankful for this house. Charm and all.

Photos (in order): seed heads from flowers outside, windowsill at my kitchen sink, Sam's cup on dining room table, dining room chair and floor, last few green tomatoes ripening on the counter, shoebox with shadow of wreath at the back door, our office where I pay bills and blog with Miriam often watching from cradle (orange balls from my sister's wedding). Pin It


  1. Ah, sunlight. I'm much more thankful since I moved into our farmhouse cottage because in the winter, we get so little of it! Our house is surrounded on three sides by small mountains. Unfortunately, the only side that does not have a mountain is the north. It's great in the summer, but in the winter, the sun tracks so low that we only see the sun from 8:30 AM to just before 3:00. My utility bills are my constant battle. That's more than double the electricity for lights than what we use in the summer.

    Sorry it sounds like I'm complaining. Truthfully, I've done plenty of that over the 6 years we've been here. But I, too, have learned is to be VERY grateful for sunlight. It is a treasure to me!! (Love the photos!!)

  2. Lovely pictures. Morning sun is the most wonderful, I think.

  3. So beautiful...I can see why you love it so much.

  4. I LOVE the orange puff balls... and the covered glass chicken dish... I have the same one in green...(it was my grandmothers).

    I am grateful for sunlight peeking in to say hello as well. Something about it brings a smile to my face too. Have a blessed day :)

  5. Very cool pictures and very nice tomatoes in November!!!!


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