Monday, December 20

snow + break

apple crumble from neighbours' apples
join me in Life Up Close

we're completely snowed in. as in, no one can get in or out of our village. husband parked his pickup in a village lower down and he can walk to it, about an hour, if we really needed supplies or such.

we're fine, but when to fly out for England is still undecided. considering as well that airports there are closing down due to their snow. we really don't want to get stuck anywhere, what with a toddler.

on the fun side the Wildflower and i made a snowman and ran around stomping in the white stuff.

the other thing about snow, is that it shows up footprints.., or paw prints. fun to search with the little one... especially the cute bird ones.

but then there are sets of tracks around your home that cause, erm... concern of sorts.

tracks leading to the old cold cellar

sadly, i haven't been very well recently. nothing to worry about, nothing serious. a chronic digestive thingy that knocks me sideways. usually lasts a few days at most.... now, it's been over a month and worsening. i'm lethargic and a little despondent. i know i'll bounce back. too much of an optimist not to. but right now, i've been dealing with frustration at the little i can manage to do, and the little i feel motivated to do. and struggling to manage discomfort or pain, all day long.

i'll post when i feel the urge, but likely only once more before we leave for UK, supposing the snow allows us to leave! then a break of a couple of weeks.

i've been smiling at the festive warmth, whether xmas or solstice, around the 'net. and a little crocheting that i'll try to share.

Life Up Close


  1. I hope that you feel better soon and that you are able to fly out. The snow sounds like it's affecting the whole of Europe.

    All the best.

  2. oh - do feel better soon!!

    um..those footprints (?) are creepin' me out?!

    i think the rest of the world has got all our's like we're in some sort of un-snow bubble...very odd.

    have a safe (and uneventful) journey...


    ps.oh - and a blessed Yule/Happy Christmas etc. etc. ;)

  3. ~mon...sending healing wishes and blessings upon you...i am sorry to hear you are not feeling you know what is going on or just a general digestive for thought if it is anywhere near this...

    i suffered from chronic stomach pain, back pain chronic headaches and fatigue...overall not feeling so well mainly after eating...gallbladder removed last year and well didn't solve problem...still suffered from same attacks...since the summer i have eliminated gluten from my diet and well all my issues have disappeared!!! just a suggestion as i really have no idea as to your symptoms...but its worth a shot right!

    as for your snow...envy from me!!! i have been wishing and hoping for a bit you think you could ever so kindly send a bit my way...not much...but enough to cover the grounds in glisting white!

    i wish you and yours a blessed holiday to come...much l♥ve and light shining brightly upon you always~

  4. Get well wishes from Belgium to you.

  5. Hello Mon,
    Wishing you balance and well-being, too. I know how it is, and your willingness to accept the ups and downs inspires me... getting more and more a taste of that acceptance myself (also due to chronic health/digestive issues).

    Enjoy the snow with Wildflower. How fun!

    Oh! And I have a post for life up close:


  6. Oh no! Hope you feel better soon. Kombucha helps when my digestive system hits the brakes and makes me feel crappy.

    That sounds like a lot of snow. The stories out of the UK about travel are horrendous - hopefully things will clear and you can be out and about without any headaches or delays.

    Enjoy the snow!

  7. I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well :(. I am sending many warm thoughts and well wishes your way, especially on this special solstice evening!! So many times our body sends us not so subtle hints to slow down and and turn inward. So good for you to honor your body and give it the time it needs to heal. Many many blessings...

  8. so sorry that you have been feeling so ill. It's horrid to be ill and have a little one to look after, when they need so much of your time, energy and attention.

    I hope you are able to get over to the UK - we do have nearly as much snow as you seem to have there - it's crazy, but I hope your journey goes ahead and by being with family you are able to have a break and rest and recover.

    Wishing you a really wonderful Christmas, however it may turn out, am sure the Wildflower is going to have a marvellous time - let her lead you into embracing the moment and finding the joy no matter what happens with travel plans/snow and circumstance, and I'll look forward to reading more of your wonderful enlightening posts on your return. With love x

  9. Monica, hope you feel better very soon. Wishing you and your family a safe and happy trip. I love thinking about playing in the snow after how you describe it in this post. You capture the magical feeling that can embrace you when surrounded by all that beauty of a snowy landscape. Merry Christmas!

  10. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well Mon. Hope it passes soon. And hope you can fly in/out to the UK. Heard the midlands were supposed to get a heap more snow today, but don't know how that went, so keeping fingers crossed for you.

  11. thanks everyone for your good vibe for my health.

  12. Sending belated healing light your way. Hope you were feeling better before your travels. Soooo envious of your root cellar!


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