By the blaze….



I wrote you something,  I did,
but it annoyed me,  all those words.
Too much talking.
I just erased my post for the first time ever.
Felt good.
Just lets stand here together
in the light
and sip the quiet,

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Glad to just be here with you
for a moment,
s – l – o – w – i – n – g  down,
at rest in the hush.

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I feel warmer now.

Glad to share the firelight with you,
all the while my heart thumping hope
for a beautiful week of gathering
or what-ever-ing.
May these days be merry and bright.

And hey,  hope you remember
to grin at that face in the mirror
each time you dash to the bathroom
….a warm nod of welcome
and how wonderful to have you here,  too.
(Really,  don’t forget to be good to you)

A very large joy to you,  friend.


“For fast acting relief,  try slowing down”
-Lily Tomlin

(Sending out a special package…a love bomb…to Susan of Windrock Studio.
She is is joy and a wonder,  if you’d like to drop in on her.
One more week I’ll be drawing a name for giveaway,
a package of handmade love in the mail.
Just say hello and you’re in the mix!)


  1. Elephant's Child on November 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful – as always. As you are.

  2. Julia Bourque on November 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Oh that fire sure looks inviting and warm. I have a fire in the wood stove on this cold windy night and I’m sending you some warm hugs. I know that I need to slow down and I got a lot done while the weather was nice but now I must try to slow down with the season and take my cues from mother Nature.

  3. Barbara on November 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    That first photo just lights me up from inside out. Glorious!!! Hope you have a beautiful week, Jennifer!

  4. Judy Hartman on November 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

    A beautiful post for this busy week, Jennifer. I find myself writing lists, saying yes to more commitments than I meant to, getting stressed. Glad to have had these moments by the firelight with you, with Lily’s message to “slow down”. Thank you for your beautiful heart and words that sooth and lift me up.
    You are a treasure…

  5. jeanie on November 25, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Sometimes photos say more than words. Today i feel the warmth of your friendship as we gather around this communal “campfire” known as the blog. Sending much love — and now I’m off to smile at myself in the mirror!

  6. Suzanne McRae on November 25, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Feeling warmer from the glow of your campfire and your words of wisdom. Slowing down sounds really good to get back in touch with what’s most important in our lives. xo

  7. Kathy on November 25, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Did I ever need this!! Tomorrow is my fourteen hour day at work with parent teacher conferences after a full day teaching. Today I kept preparing. Now I need to RELAX. Your artful, soulful photos and words always soothe… Thank you, Jennifer! Happy Thanksgiving! Blessings to you and yours, kath

  8. Donna on November 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    What a special love in and reminder to be good to ourselves too!

  9. Donna on November 25, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    What a special love in and reminder to be good to ourselves too!

  10. kathryn on November 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    after today i am looking forward to slowing down, relaxing and enjoying the holiday festivities and time off of work!! wishing you a joyous Thanksgiving!!! beautiful, toastie photos!! 🙂

  11. Susan on November 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve been sipping the quiet alot lately but so delighted to stop by and share your warmth. I am wishing you all kinds of joy and pleasure this Thanksgiving and since I don’t yet know how to make the cute little hearts that everyone else leaves please believe me that I’m including many smiley faces and pretty pink love hearts!

  12. Kathy Anne on November 27, 2013 at 8:21 am

    A pause. A deep breath. A warm rush. A smile. Just what I needed.
    That’s how we do fires in our neck of the woods too- like your pictures.
    Lots of Thanksgiving Love to you and yours,

  13. Kimber Britner on November 27, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Sipping this sweetness to accompany my “ah” and rest. Thanksgiving love to you!

  14. Sue on November 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Each time I visit I get warm and happy here! Love you!!

  15. sharon leaf on November 27, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Before I read this blog, I wrote in MY blog about the Christmas evening we sat around your fire outside and soaked in the warmth of our friendship. You are loved beyond measure, dear Jennifer.

  16. Relyn on November 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    It’s Thanksgiving Day, and our family eats an early dinner instead of lunch. Just now there is a lull between the hectic preparations and all the guests arriving for the meal. I wanted to take some of that time to visit my blogging friends. I needed to say thank you. Thank you for the inspiration you provide here in your place and for the comments you leave behind when you visit mine. Happy Thanksgiving, friend.

  17. Lindsay on November 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    How brave of you to delete a whole post, just like that! Ahhh, the soft words you shared with us instead, they warm a heart. 🙂 I wish I could join you for the bonfire!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  18. Dulcy Stewart on December 1, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Oh Jennifer… I LOVE your photography, and with your words simply magic! I was just sitting here sipping coffee, looking out at the hazy winter sun…. and feeling warm winter thoughts, Your post (as usual) is just perfect for my mood!


  19. Connie Smiley on December 2, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Jennifer, thanks for all that warmth on a gray winter day, and for your “heart-thumping hope for a beautiful week of gathering”. We had a good one, and I hope you did too.

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