Waldorf In The Home

Sunday, November 16, 2014

52 Weeks of Nature :: A Dusting




                         
              Philadelphia in Late Autumn  45/52  ~ A Dusting 








We woke up to a dusting of beautiful bright white snow one morning this past week. The contrast of the bright yellows and red leaves against the snow was a true marvel to look at.   

November always promises us with leaves falling, melancholy, and a bit of romance. Geir and I will be celebrating our 15 year anniversary this week.  

I've been quite sentimental, feeling still very much in love and loved. We are living the life that we've imagined. 

A bit later today, we'll take a ride to get a box of donuts and a part that we need for our clothes dryer. 

~ Namaste, Nicole

Thursday, November 6, 2014

52 Weeks of Nature :: Swinging


I like to sit here. I can hear the trickle of the water pass by and imagine it to be a gentle stream, rather than a culvert. This spot is hidden from the rest of the yard. That is until all the leaves have fallen. I inhale and quietly pray for the leaves to hold on a little longer. Autumn have enveloped me in such hypnotic shades of oranges, reds, greens, and browns.     I feel happy. 


I hear a new sound. It is the busy sounds of leaves being shuffled, as the hens search for plump worms and bugs in the cold, damp earth under the crisp leaves.  Shuffle, shuffle. I can't see the hens, I can only hear their pursuit of a  warm snack.  I will soon harvest the rose hips and plant the last of our tulip bulbs. I love that there is always something to do in the garden and that I always have a place just to sit, relax and think. It is mesmerizing to watch the leaves descend from the sky, landing softly and quite purposely on the ground. I have the urge to pick them up. I like to be tidy. Then, I realize that everything is where it should be, including me swinging on the swing. 

 ~Nicole

    Autumn in Philadelphia :: 44/52  ~ Oranges & Reds

Monday, November 3, 2014

Corner of My Home :: Jump Rope Making








We spent hours outside with friends, Ms. Eva, a few pizza pies and beautiful Fall weather making jump ropes. It was fun. I look forward to jump rope games with the girls outside in the coming cold November days.  Can you believe it is November 3rd already? Time is flying by. 

~Nicole

Friday, October 31, 2014

{this moment} :: Halloween 2014

{this moment} 
inspired by Amanda Blake Soule

A Friday ritual. Photos - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

                                                 My Heroes! 

Namaste, Nicole 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bone Tired

  

I ran into a friend of mine at the library last week and I told her how busy we've been when she asked how we were doing. She then asked "busy with what?" being naturally curious. I had to think, because I didn't have anything in particular in mind, I just felt busy.  Life in general is busy, especially when we are cooking three meals a day in our home daily.  I've been busy keeping home and creating the environment for us all to flourish in as a family and academically. Keeping a slow pace is being busy. It takes a lot of work and energy, and yet nothing has ever been more fulfilling to me. Have you ever come across this book Homemaking as a Social ArtI highly recommend it. Perfect for those who enjoy staying at home and love keeping the space. 

Fall around here has been absolutely amazing. I need to pick up my camera before all the leaves slip away. Instead, I have been picking up shovels, bulbs, museum passes, dirty dishes, my novel, laundry, groceries, paint brushes, leaves, oven mitts, rakes, books, knitting needles, and recipes  - all without a single photo for 52 Weeks of Nature. You could say I've been bone tired. 


              Philadelphia in Autumn  ~ 43/52   Bone Tired



But the camera is coming out again, Halloween is in a few days and the witch is me is starting to wake up!!! 

Heehehe, Nicole

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

52 Weeks of Nature :: Five Minutes Away








  Autumn in Philadelphia 39/52 ~ Five Minutes Away


We packed a lunched and took a ride just up the street to Curtis Arboretum.  Crazy, but we have only driven through this gorgeous space and never once got out to explore it on foot.  

There were so many hidden surprises here. We did some tree hugging, pretended to get married,  and watched some turtles. Running though was what they needed most and ran they did.  

I loved unplanned adventures like these. We needed a big out breath.  

Autumn has arrived! 

When we returned home, tea time was MY time and I started a new novel. It's been a while since I read a book for fun. 

Happy Goddess Wednesday! 

Namaste, Nicole



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Theater Challenge :: Martha The Brave

 Meet Martha, she is brave. 

 This is the Dragon, she is fierce. 

 This is the thoughtless dragon eating livestock and causing 
tremendous fear amongst the villagers.

 Martha is not afraid. She takes off her golden sash and captures the dragon.

The villagers are safe once more.  Hurrah for Martha! She is brave. 

 The girls did a nice job on this challenge.  They came up with the mini presentation all on their own. They were inspired by the book Martha The Brave and The Dragon. Click here for the book.  I love this book and I think most Moms with girls will too. It is a nice addition to St George and The Dragon, which I also admire deeply.  These two picture books are interesting in their stories and both speak very well to the feelings associated with Michaelmas. The art work is phenomenal and I see a a future art project ahead of us. 


We surely must keep those thoughtless dragons at bay! Wishing you much courage and grace to face your own dragons.

Love, Nicole