Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Respite in a Busy Month

Every December, I make sure to take some time for "me". It's a hustle and bustle of a season and one would get frazzled if one didn't make some time for oneself.

Every December, I reread one of my favorite books, Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher. Not plowing through but rather enjoying favorite chapters in this, my favorite of all Christmas books.
And when I read, it's also time for tea and a nosh. Christmas cookies abound in the larder and a few are put on the tea saucer. Clementines are a part of December as well and I like to nibble on one while reading.
It's a cozy spot in our bedroom -- with the chaise, a just right size table and a small oriental lamp.
Winter potpouri permeates the room while Mr. Frog corals pins and needles for I often do hand sewing in this, a favorite spot. And since it is December, tea is taken from the Tartan cup and saucer -- with the smell or spicy potpouri and the Christmas china, it makes the bedroom seem festive.
The chaise is from the 1920's and has a down cushion. It's the coziest spot upstairs!

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and see what other tablescapes there are this Thursday, Christmas Eve.


a quiet life said...

looks like a perfect little cozy corner to enjoy! wishing you a very merry christmas~

The Bramble Patch said...

Ahhhhh,one of my very favorite authors is Rosamunde Pilcher! I know exactly how you feel reading the book. Enjoy your respite, my dear kindred spirit! :)

xinex said...

I am glad you have that cozy corner and that you find time to read.I hope you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!...Christine

From the Kitchen said...

I adore the writing of Rosamund Pilcher. Discovered her only a few years ago and was disappointed that she does not write any more. I found Marcia Willet (the English Rosamund) and like her writing a lot as well. Very similar. Right now, my "cozy" read is "Bed and Breakfast" by Lois Battle. My "not-so-cozy" read is "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. Both are very good.

Southerncook said...

Oh Martha, Winter Soltice is one of my most favorite books. Actually, I love all books by Rosamund Pilcher and your lovely spot for afternoon tea is so cozy. I thoroughly enjoyed this post. {{{HUGS}}}


Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

That looks so comforting! I need a place like that right now. Merry Christmas!

Marigene said...

Martha, that looks like a nice cozy corner to curl up, read and sip tea; for me it would be coffee! Thanks for sharing your little private space.
Merry Christmas!

Lana said...

I love that chaise. I, too, relish a great read at Christmas. I just finished The Mermaid's Chair and it was delightful. Because everyone knows I'm a "word nerd" some dear heart always gets me a new book for Christmas and I actually take some time to just READ and RELAX. I LOVE your post! Hugs, Lana

Sarah said...

Great idea of take time for yourself and what a perfect spot to do just that. I like Rosamunde Pilcher's work as well. Enjoy your tea and book.
Happy Holidays! ~ Sarah

The Bloom Girls said...

Looks very cozy! I dream of a day when I can sit down, cuddle up and read! Merry Christmas!


Mary Bergfeld said...

Just dropping in to wish you and those you love a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday.

{Bellamere Cottage} said... looks like a little bit of heaven! I've never read Winter Solstice, but I'm sure going to now.... One of my favorite books was Shell Seekers, have you read it?

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Warm blessings,

vignette design said...

I have a special spot in my sunroom just like yours. It is a nice place to sip coffee. Enjoy your respite while it lasts. Merry Christmas! --Delores

Linda Q said...

Lovely spot to cozy up, I could use one of those right now. Maybe on Sat. I can get one!
Have a Merry Christmas, thanks for stopping by, be safe in that snow.
My hubby went to college in Dodge City.
Hugs, Linda