Friday, October 29, 2010

Golden Moments

The forests in these parts are mainly silver birch, which turn the most delicious caramel in fall. Right now the woods are absolutely magical. Leaves trickle down on shafts of light and form a thick carpet of camel, tan, and gold. The dogs chase eachother, kicking up clouds of papery leaves, while I slowly crunch down the path, soaking in all the beauty. 

As you all know, we moved last Friday to our new home. It was a very chaotic time, and I was on the verge of an awful cold. On Saturday we did alot of unpacking, but on Sunday I was too sick, and spent the day in bed with a fever. On Monday I was already feeling a little better, and by now I am doing quite well. (Unfortunately I passed the cold onto Ramon, so I'll be pampering him over the 3-day weekend. Soup, bubble baths, and lots of liquids!)

Bit by bit this place is becoming a home. It actually already feels like our home, just doesn't quite look like it yet! Still lots of things in boxes. The kitchen is almost complete, the wall just needs tiles. Once everything is in place I promise to share photos. I consider myself an honest person, but the honesty of pictures of this place in it's current state is where I draw the line!

Today we got cable and internet up, so I can finally say HELLO! :) I've missed you, and am looking forward to taking the time to visit you all and see what you've been up to while I was 'gone.' It felt really odd not being able to go online, which I quickly realized is the place where I connect with so many people I consider to be friends, and whose lives I enjoy following. Is that strange? 

I hope you've been enjoying these gorgeous, golden days of late October!


xoxo country girl


Thursday, October 21, 2010

We're Moving Tomorrow!

Wow, you wouldn't believe how crazy things are right now. But I just had to leave a quick note to tell you all that tomorrow is the BIG DAY! We can hardly wait to sleep in our new home, and make that first humble meal in our new kitchen. It will probably be PB&J sandwiches or Ramen noodles. :)

I hope to have internet up soon. In the meantime, I'll think of you all fondly, and hope you will have your fingers crossed for a smooth transition and a happy fresh start!

xoxoxoxo country girl

Monday, October 18, 2010

A New Home

This is the pathway leading up to our new apartment. It feels so secluded and quiet, even though it's very central. Right now there are autumn leaves strewn about, and the river runs black and cold on the left side below.

This is a sneak-peek of our new kitchen. I say 'sneak-peek' because it isn't quite finished yet. When the builders unpacked the lovely, deep ceramic sink which belongs in that gaping hole, it had a large scratch accross the front. So we have to exchange it for a new one. The range hood also needs to be covered, and the siding is missing from the upper cabinets.

We are also waiting on the delivery of this Liebherr refridgerator:

My jaw dropped when I saw this picture...and then again when I saw the price. We are giving it to ourselves as an early Christmas present.

We're also getting a linen-covered couch from Maisons Du Monde:

And oversized industrial hanging lamps for the kitchen and living room from East Hampton Living:

I've also bought some lovely items from etsy artists like this twin set of prints by The Black Apple:
I can hardly wait to find nice frames for them and the perfect spot in our home to display them in all their mysterious beauty!

We plan on staying in our new apartment for a long time, so we've decided to only buy things we REALLY LOVE and are sure to keep loving. 

This is the view out of the kitchen window. It makes me daydream about a time when our little children will play on that swingset, and then when the first star appears in the lilac twilight sky, I'll call out to them, "Supper is ready!" And they'll come inside, huffing and puffing from the autumn cold, and there will be a warm meal and tail-wagging and a big hug from their Dad.

Leaving the new apartment today I had to take another picture of the walkway. I am really looking forward to this being the way to-and-from our home.

It's a rainy Monday. Leaves have begun to fall and plaster the wet streets. My little ten-year-old brother is visiting, so between packing and errands I'm supplying him with pizza, hot chocolate and video games galore. He calls my husband's media room 'heaven.' I like spoiling him when he visits. It's so much fun!

Wishing you all a cozy start to the week,

xoxo country girl

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Anniversary, My Sweet Husband!

Three years ago, on a blustery October day, Ramon and I vowed to love one another and care for one another for eternity.

After the ceremony, we gathered with friends and family in a rustic old lodge, where there was a roaring fire in the stone hearth, and antique tables and chairs; country roses in cream and pink; candles flickering, Frank Sinatra crooning, delicious food served on wood platters, and a three-tiered almond cream cake topped with two tiny millinery birds.

My beloved Godfather, whom I have loved and adored since I was a tiny baby, wasn't able to make the trip overseas. But he sent a speech, and his words for us, read aloud by a dear friend in a moment of silence with only the sound of the crackling fire, are precious and dear to me. They bring tears to my eyes every time I read them. Here is what he wrote:

Dear Dawn,
I've loved you clearly from your birth to the present and now to the beyond. Your happiness and clarity in the years to come are important to me. 
And now...Ramon.
I know you to  be a man of good judgement and sound character, and as you step into Dawn's life and as 'two' exchange vows and are joined in Holy Matrimony, I applaud you both, and have tears of total joy for your future.
Your Godfather and family,

On our wedding day, our loved ones had so many good wishes for us, and I am overjoyed when I see that they are all coming true.

Monday, October 11, 2010


What a breathtaking fall we've been having!
That's muscat de provence pumpkin soup with a dollop of sour cream, a dusting of ground pepper, and a buttery pile of homemade croutons.
I'll share the recipe some day.

xoxo country girl

Friday, October 8, 2010

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch

Jessie, thank you so much for finding me. Because it helped me find you! Your photographs of life on your family ranch in North Dakota are breathtaking, and your open, honest words are refreshing. I could lose hours following you bareback down grassy trails under that huge North Dakota sky.
It amazes me how blogs are capable of connecting two girls who are so far apart geographically, but so close in terms of heart and soul.

So happy we connected, kindred spirit!

Visit Jessie HERE.

xoxo country girl

all photos copyright of Jessie Veeder Scofield

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

he flies with angels

This morning I was having my breakfast of toast and coffee, taking a small break from packing, perusing my favorite etsy shops. I stopped by Lovely Sweet William , and when I saw this picture, I burst into tears. I am still crying now as I write this. To me, this is a picture of our son, our little angel baby Blueberry. Flying with the angels. Smiling at me. Telling me he is happy where he is, and that everything is alright. 

I immediately bought this print. It will be placed next to the ultrasound picture we keep lovingly framed by our bed. 

I miss our baby so much.

But at least I know he is up there, flying with the angels, smiling down on us.

xoxo country girl

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Truth About Romance

Taken on our wedding day, October 12, 2007

Our 3rd wedding anniversary is coming up next week, and our 12th anniversary as a couple is coming up in February. I never could have guessed that I would be blessed with true love in this lifetime; this relationship has transformed me and is a huge part of who I am. I recently read an interview with the artist Rob Ryan in Cath Kidston magazine, and his words struck a cord with me:

"People have this idea about romance. To me, romance is seeing an 80-year-old couple...staying together...having a family. I've been with my wife since I was 18, and for me, romance is about the long haul." -Rob Ryan

This is how I feel about love, about romance. 

There is an older couple who takes afternoon walks here on the path that winds around the field, in good weather and bad, and they always hold hands. Seeing them makes me so happy, and I quietly bless them, and feel happy that there are unions like this in the world.

One of the most beautiful things about being with my husband is the feeling that, through our relationship, I am growing into the person I am meant to be. The longer I am with him, the more I feel comfortable in my skin, and the more I feel I am going in the right direction. 

I never completely understood until now what people meant when they said, "He makes me want to be a better person." 

That to me is true romance.

xoxo country girl

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Off To Find Fall Treasures

 The woods are thick with the earthy scent of mushrooms these days. We set out with the dogs to see what we could find. Not to harvest and eat, because we don't know enough about them to cook what we find; but just spotting them is fun. Here are some photos of our mushroom adventures!

Hope you have all had the chance to enjoy some fall beauty outdoors this weekend.

Thank you for always leaving such supporting, honest notes for me. I appreciate you all so much!

Happy Sunday,

xoxo country girl

Friday, October 1, 2010

Learning to Make Peace with Imperfect

Look at this picture. It's not perfect. It's out of focus, cropped strangely, and doesn't have very good lighting. But I love it. I remember the evening I took this. My husband and I were baking cookies together on Christmas Eve. I am so glad I didn't erase it just because it isn't perfect.

Looking back on recent posts, it's become clear to me that I have been diligently trying to learn to be imperfect. Or rather, to accept my imperfections. And in a way, befriend them. We love our partner, our friends, our pets, our gardens, our families...and in loving them, also make peace with their imperfections. The most difficult imperfections to embrace are, I believe, our own. 

This past week I was really struggling with myself. When I was making orders for my etsy shop customers, I felt I should be packing. When I was packing, I felt I should be cleaning. When I was cleaning, I felt I should be walking the dogs. When I was walking the dogs, I felt I should be ironing that mountain of laundry. And every evening, when my husband came home, I felt guilty that I hadn't cooked something really good for a man who works hard all day. One night I was so scattered and busy that he ended up eating cold roast chicken leftovers. Period.

For the first time since I opened my two shops, and in a matter of two days, I got complaints from four customers about various problems.

I was feeling totally exasperated, and living on the verge of tears.

I won't go into detail about what happened yesterday; suffice to say that someone had very kind, sincere words for me, and made me feel appreciated. And for some reason, this simple gesture loosened the knot in my stomach and made me feel completely different. 

On the evening walk with the dogs, my spirit refreshed, I called my husband, and told him I was sorry I had been in such a funk lately, and that there hadn't been clean ironed clothes or good hot meals. He laughed and told me it really wasn't a big deal. He said those aren't the kinds of things I should be worried about. The more he spoke and reassured me, the more I smiled and felt at peace. 

Yes, there are still so many things to do, and so many towers of boxes, and so many things that could go wrong. I'm still behind on the ironing, and I there could be another customer complaint waiting in my shop's inbox. I still have my grey roots, I still have these extra 20 pounds, and I still go to bed sometimes and lie there and realize I completely forgot to shower. 

I think I am finally learning to make peace with my own imperfections. 

It helps when the person you love most has made peace with them, too. I love you Ramon.

xoxo country girl


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