A Good Winter’s Night :)

by brenda on

Tonight has been a good winter’s night! What’s a good winter’s night look like for you? I was out running errands with the kids all day, and I wanted a quiet evening at home. I recently got a stack of books at the library, and I wanted nothing more than to sit by the fire and read! Do you love to read? Do you love a good fire?

The Farmer is a good man. He made dinner for us all tonight, using some future meal plan recipes: salmon with ginger and lime, and extra garlicky mashed cauliflower. It was yummy!

Since our only real fireplace is in the living room (and did I mention that we have seven children?), there was no chance I was getting quiet reading time next to a fire. But I got the second best thing: my new heater! It looks similar to this:

I got the feeling of the nice warm fire, and the looks of a nice warm fire–OK–a little fake, but still very nice! Our room is the chilliest room in the house, with 2 outside walls and a full wall of mostly windows. This little heater makes a big difference, and looks cute too!

So, I got to read! For a bit! And then Farm Princess 1 came in and wanted some Mommy time. I snapped a photo on my iphone:


We were listening to Pandora on my laptop, and Farm Princess looked through photos on my iphone. Some of my favorite songs include:

Magnificat in G, Op. 81
Nunc dimittis, Op. 98: Nunc Dimittis in G, Op. 81
Media vita in morte sumus (à 6)
Hodie Christus natus est

They’re peaceful, and wonderful, and calming. My husband used to sing songs like this in a choir. The day we got engaged, I got to stare at my sparkly ring in a church while he sang with his choir. He isn’t in a choir these days (it takes a lot of time commitment, and we have a full house and a farm), but I still think it’s pretty awesome that he can sing like this. That’s better than Super-Man strength, in my book! :)

I had some favorite lotions:

Alaffia’s Shea Butter for dry, cracked feet


my favorite Pumpkin hand lotion

and my fake fire, and my books. What books did I read?

Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture


The Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition

Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture


Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual

Yes, 5 books. :) Ok, so I didn’t read every detail, but I caught what I needed for now. :)

Oh yeah, and I ate a little chocolate.  Mmmm…Maybe you can make some good chocolate and enjoy a good winter’s night tomorrow evening. :)

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