Saturday, February 12, 2011

Goodness, Where've I Been?

Goodness, just when I thought I'd get so back into blogging, I have slacked off for weeks! I seem to be living life in spurts. When it's really busy at the office, I don't spend any time working at home, and everything suffers--I mean housework, watering plants, blogging...My cats like it, cause I come home and just sit down for the evening with a good book.

So, winter is progressing. The days get longer, but not warmer. We've had 7 major storms in under 6 weeks. Isn't winter in New England the quintessential curl-up-with-a-good-book place to be?  I've been wishing I could get my creative groove back, and with that thought, I logged into Amazon and went shopping...

In the last week I've gotten these three great books, Some of my favorite artists and bloggers are in them, like messages from friends ready to teach me whatever they know.  If that isn't cool, what is?  If you are a mixed-media artist or even a wanna-be, these books are great inspirational tools!

I have some new projects brewing in my brain already! After I get my photo show hung in a couple of weeks, I'm sure I'll jump back in to my creative groove (I think)!

Remember my screen-porch project last spring? I've been storing things in there for the winter, with hopes of opening a resale shop in the summer months. It is an unheated "room" I call a shed-room.  In the summer it is a nice open breezy spot to hang out and read or even sleep on sultry nights. When the porch is too buggy or too hot, the shed-room is breezy and lovely.

I went in there the other day to find that stalagtites were hanging from the ceiling and covering my cute coffee table and knickknacks with ice. I moved what I could out of the way, but much of it is still frozen in place.

The ice had built up under the eaves and behind the wall in the attic over my screen-porch. If it had happened a couple of feet to the left, it would have flooded the kitchen ceiling, possibly disrupting the red squirrel who has taken up residence there. I hear him rolling nuts around up there every evening.

This place is hardly insulated and is nearly impossible to keep warm. It is usually about 55 degrees F. in the kitchen on these cold days. In the core of the house is my cozy room, a little spot where I keep my recliner and shelves full of books for snuggling in by the major heat vent. There is very little light. Plants survive in the one bright  but cool living room with southern exposure for a few hours each day. They look forward to summer in the screen-porch or the patio, as do I.

Thru my frosty windshield
As much as I like living in this old hulking former hardware/lumber store, I dream of a home with all the amenities. I enter the HGTV Dream Home of the Year and the Publisher's Clearinghouse contests on line every day, just in case it is my turn to win.

I have a few more local winter pictures for you. In a month or so this will all be a memory. We'll be going to the maple sugarhouses and getting stuck on muddy back roads.

This snack bar does a booming business from May till October.

Stay Warm and Cozy!


  1. Brrr... I'm cold just thinking about New England's winter. It's bad enough here in Indiana! ;) That's one thing I DONT miss about NE.... It's mostly grey in the winter, which leaves me feeling mopey and depressed. And on the days when it's sunny and bright out, it's almost always TOO cold to enjoy it! (Why is that, that the sunny days are always like 20 degrees colder than the cloudy days?)

    I think we've all been blogging a little slower than we would like. Sometimes, thats just the way it needs to be. :)

  2. Sherry, i always love your images. Your home seem so cosy though, so very unusual and I always enjoy getting a peak inside.;)
    Enjoy the last weeks of winter, reading and relaxing and being creative outside blogging, it is good for the soul. Before we knwo it, the first season will end, even if it might not feel like it just yet.

  3. Hi Sherry,
    you are surely covered in snow and ice...
    looks beautifull from here, but I know it must be enough now...
    I love your blue "corners"- looks so fresch and lovely--
    and the books uhhh I would love joining you,- with them in a cosy ,warm,place.

  4. Ah..Sweet Sherry, Your Photos Are Always So Great! The Chunks Of Ice And Snow Really Jumped Right Out At Me Here In Middle Georgia. I Certainly Won't Be Complaining About The Abundance Of Rain And Chill In The Air Today..Whew..It's Nothing Compared To What Your Neck Of The Woods Is Dealing With.

    Ya Know..I Enter The Same Contest Every Year That You Enter. Isn't The New Vermont Dream House Wonderful? Thanks So Much For Visiting My Place Earlier. I'm Using A New Comment Window And It Allowed You To Say Hi. YAY! I've Missed You. Have A Wonderful Week Ahead Sweet Friend, Terri

  5. Hi Sherry,
    I don't know where the time is going, but about all I've done this winter is snuggle up & read. I LOVE all the pretty aqua in your home - beautiful.

    Stay warm, and enjoy those wonderful books! They look amazing.


  6. We had a touch of spring last week...but this weeks it's brrrr over here too.

  7. For me...the 'beachy' colors of the snack bar and tables just says Hurry Up, Summer!


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