February 12, 2013


Cold and dreary here. Thank goodness for books, little reading lights, the new green growth on the rosemary plant in the kitchen window, and Izzy's little face, always looking up at me with such anticipation. "Where are you going? Can I come? Mind if I sleep under your desk while you work? Is it time for bed yet?"

I finished the book by Tammy Strobel on simplifying and it was wonderful. So much inspiration, good insight and encouragement. I recommend reading it if you're interested in decluttering, downsizing or possibly moving in to a "tiny house." She lives in an 8' x 16' house with her husband and loves the life they share in their itty-bitty home.

Along with reading Tammy's book I happened to watch an excellent documentary on Netflix called "Happy." It was AWESOME! You know how sometimes you feel like something comes along at the perfect time in your life? Like you were waiting to find it? That's how I feel about this movie. I loved it and it's made me think about a lot of things . . . yes, I think a lot. You can watch the trailer and read about the movie here.

Lots of work to do this week. Have I ever mentioned that I'm a freelance graphic designer? Maybe not? Well, that's what I do when I'm not rambling here or reading or crocheting or spending time with my girlies. I'm designing brochures and newsletters and book covers and event posters and logos . . . or annual reports, which is the case this week. Did you know that February is annual report season? Well it is, and I'm knee deep in it.

As always, many thanks for reading. Wherever you are — sitting in a coffee shop in New York, watching the rain fall in the UK, or relaxing on your patio in Austin, Texas — I wish you a happy week.

* I made the star in my kitchen window: directions here.


  1. I too have a rosemary sprig in a glass by my window, that also has some pretty sun catchers on it. I was amazed at the tiny house website and several of the links she shared. Sounds like you are in your busy season. I'm kind of glad not to be right now!

  2. howd you know i was relaxing on my patio!?

  3. Thanks for the head's up on the Netflix find. Will check that one out tonight! Love the 'around the house' pics you've been posting lately... cozy. Max is snuggled up in his bed behind my desk as we speak. Good luck on your pile of work this week!! xo

  4. Oh how I love that furry face, I think I would get nothing done, only doggie snuggles! I am going to watch Happy today, I need some happiness right now, I've been a little blah-maybe the seasonal thing. And I'm still snickering over the "flu beads" :)

  5. Love these little glimpses of your home - it looks happy and warm and welcoming.
    Ideal for doing all those things, even work, that fill up the winter hours.

  6. Flu beads, =) and stars and good books to read and music to listen to, but I must be off to prepare for a weekend at the beach with friends working on scrapbooks, some stitching, watching waves and gulls...while you work on graphic designs and hopefully have happy days as well, Jenny.


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