Vintage Pastimes on a Snowy Day

Yesterday was not the magical kind of snowstorm. You know, where you go to bed and it’s clear, but you wake up and either the houses have been dusted, or it’s still lightly snowing, and the whole world looks ethereal, like Christmas morning? The world changes overnight and seems almost like magic?

This was not that kind of morning.

We woke up to rain. Both of us found that work had been closed. We listened to the rain as it became louder and realized that the temperature had dropped to the point that it was sleeting. Soon, fat snowflakes started dropping from the sky. And it just kept going. Neither of us wanted to go anywhere. So we holed up on the couch and watched a fair amount of Netflix.

But we also found older fashioned ways to amuse ourselves. I pulled out a shawl I’ve been crocheting for a while now. It’s made steadier progress since I started taking it to rehearsals. The shades-of-grey, hand-painted yarn fit with the day, and the softness and warmth of wool on my fingers was soothing on a bit of a dismal day.

And then, Boyfriend taught me how to play cribbage. A cribbage board was his gift to me for my birthday, and we hadn’t had time to try it out. After playing one open hand to help me get the hang of the rules, we continued playing normally until I roundly beat him. It was fun. We later played another game, where he just barely won. I think we might start playing in the evenings rather than watching TV some nights.

Still the snow came down. We decided to nap in the middle of the day.

Eventually it slowed to the point that Boyfriend could wander out for some provisions at the store that is walking distance from our house. He got some food and brought it back so we could eat well for dinner.

And now, this morning, after digging out my car and driving to work, I can look around and see that the world still does look a bit magical with its fresh dusting of snow.

A Brief Update and Taste of Things to Come

Hello, there! I’ve once again been remiss in my blogging. It’s a little bit of personal responsibilities, a little bit of ennui, and a bit of just general hectic-ness (hecticity?). You see, my birthday was yesterday, and I was having so much fun planning and executing my small festive gathering. I’ve also had rehearsals for a new show. But I have some posts on deck in my mind that will come out in the next couple of weeks.

To Come:

1.) Tea subscriptions: I’ve recently started looking into tea subscription services. Now I’ve found that so many of them focus on flavored teas that I’ve had to really hunt around. I ordered a sample box from one company, and have decided to order a three-month subscription to another. The first sample box has come and has been consumed and I took notes to share my thoughts. And I’ll share thoughts on the other as soon as my first box arrives.

2.) Makeup and skincare updates: It’s not been long since I posted my series on vintage-inspired beauty, but my routines are an evolving beast. I’ve recently made two pretty major modifications. I’ve started using almost entirely homemade products for my skin, and I’ve started using almost exclusively natural lipsticks with food-grade ingredients. To come are posts detailing both of these developments.

3.) Recipes: I had to develop some recipes for my birthday gathering and I’ve gotten some new baking supplies that will bring more recipe development. Once I have something good, I’ll be sharing. I also have some cocktail recipes I might share.