Sunday, February 11, 2024

On a Quiet Sunday

 


The light today is dull and cloudy. A good day for indoor pursuits. Four loaves of rye bread are currently baking in the oven and filling the house with a wonderful fragrance. No caraway seed in my rye bread - that's one flavour I'm not at all fond of. 

Earlier this week the sun shone for a short while. I captured a crocus open to the light in spite of the shadows over it. 


We had a waffle brunch for our grandson's birthday yesterday and I picked a few hellebores and snowdrops and nestled them in some of the abundant moss growing in our garden for the table. The Fire and Ice pink hellebores are blooming merrily, and the creamy ones are still quite low to the ground, but with lots of buds. Patience needed. 


As part of the "unch" part of brunch yesterday, I made a roasted squash salad with apples, toasted pecans, sliced Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. The big platter disappeared to the last leafy green. 


The flooring is complete, and all the baseboards and trim installed. I'm very pleased with how it all came together. This room is where we visit with family and friends, but also spend most evenings reading, stitching, or watching television. There is light and warmth, and in the evening we draw the blinds and are cozy in our space. More art will be hung, but I'm taking my time with that. 

The light rain seems to have mostly stopped. As soon as the bread is out of the oven, we're going for a walk, then home to supper and a quiet evening to round out the day. 

29 comments:

  1. Isn't it lovely to finish projects in the house? Your newly renovated space looks warm and inviting. Enjoy! X Chy

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  2. Your Sunday sounds lovely!
    Baking rye bread, enjoying the blooms in your garden, and hosting a waffle brunch for your grandson's birthday all sound delightful. Great to hear your home renovations are going well.

    Hugs and blessings, Lorrie

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  3. How nice to see flowers blooming while my gardens lay under snow. Your new floors look beautiful!

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  4. Crocuses and hellebores blooming, it must be lovely! (We have almost one metre of snow and the temperature last night again -31 C.) Your drawing room looks beautiful and comfortable.
    On TV, we can now watch a British documentary about islands. The first (and to me the most interesting) episode is about Vancouver Island and as we guessed, nature there looks fantastic. It's a pity they are cutting so much of the old forests there.
    We had a special Sunday: a new president was elected.
    Have a happy week ahead!

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  5. I did not recognise the crocus it is very nice. Th e hellebores are coming out here too. We had a lot of rain during our outing yesterday and today it has stopped ! Your new decoration is very nice and cosy! Our daughter ´d birthday is on the 23 rd of February and our son 8 th of March. Grandson’s birth should be 6th of March. Enjoy your new room!

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  6. How comfortable and welcoming your room looks, just waiting for a relaxing evening.

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  7. I love the way that you have placed the Spring flowers in the moss. The birthday brunch sound delicious, and I can almost smell the rye bread, but where do you get all of your energy from?

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  8. Your room looks cosy, we were ages getting pictures up on the walls after we had our main room decorated and we've some more to go up, but decisions sometimes takes us a while!

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  9. I can almost smell that bread from here. Well done on the flooring. It’s looking good. Like the idea of using moss in your flower arrangements. B x

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  10. Your brunch salad looks delicious. And I love your living room. It's so welcoming and cozy. How lovely to have such a project finished so you can now it enjoy being in this space.

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  11. A lovely room to enjoy and relax in. Not surprised that salad disappeared. Happy new week to you.

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  12. Sitting in that pretty room with the smell of bread baking in the oven sounds delightful.
    The salad looks so fresh. I can see why it disappeared so quickly.

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  13. The salad sound delicious and the room is beautiful!

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  14. Rye bread baking in the oven, a crocus open to the light, a cosy living room - little-great pleasures of life!

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  15. Your salad looks and sounds so appetizing I could lick the screen! And the thought of homemade rye bread coming from your own oven drive me crazy! I don't remember ever making it, even in the decades I used to bake regularly. We do buy ours from a bakery now and it's seedless because of RH's preference but I love seeded rye bread. We both love pumpernickel too, do you?

    When I think of you now, Lorrie, I picture you on one of your favorite nature walks or in that lovely new living room beside the fire, both of you with a book at hand or stitching for you. You have done what I see often in design books, make the environment suit your subjective self.

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  16. This sounds like the perfect Sunday to me - especially the rye bread. I would be interested to know how you bake yours. We are those people who absolutely love caraway seeds in our rye bread. I also put them on roasted potatoes when they still bake in the oven for the last 15 minutes. Definitely a flavor we like, but I remember that I didn't like it at all as a child.

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  17. Your newly redone living room looks wonderfully cozy. I like your pretty hellebore. I'm anxiously waiting for mine to bloom.

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  18. Anonymous5:24 AM

    The living room looks great. The salad too.
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  19. Lorrie, your room looks lovely . . . so cozy and welcoming . . . and your new floors are wonderful! That yummy salad is making my mouth water, even though it is barely past breakfast time here. ~ Cheryl (Thinking About Home)

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  20. Your living room looks fabulous. Well done -- I bet you are so relieved to have it back! And that salad sounds to die for. I think I might have to try that combo the next time I host a monthly lunch I do with friends. It's perfect!

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  21. Your room looks so cozy, Lorrie. The salad sounds wonderful -- all my favorite ingredients. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of crocus and mini daffodils in our yard. More snow is forecasted for the weekend, so it may be a while yet.

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  22. Marilyn M6:56 PM

    Your crocus and hellebore are so pretty. Actually, so is your living space. Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow.

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  23. Lorrie - it has been snowing most of the day, and I don't mind it one bit! No crocuses peeking out around here! I have been tucked up at home, catching up from our recent trip - and sniffing the aroma of baking bread - that much we have in common! Thanks for your birthday wishes!

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  24. Your home remodel is coming along so beautifully -- I love this cozy room. And the aroma of the baking bread makes it perfect (honestly, I almost can ...). Happy Valentine's Day ... I hope Spring is well on the way for you and look forward to seeing more of your Spring flowers.

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  25. Nothing as wonderful as homemade bread in the oven! Happy Valentine's Day to you! Your living room is so cozy and welcoming. I love the happy space that you've made it!

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  26. Hi Lorrie,

    Oh, I love that open crocus, and your hellebore and snowdrop are sooo pretty. My hellebores are blooming right now, and I think I should pick a few to bring inside. :) Your waffle brunch sounds like such a fun idea. Your family room looks so serene -- a place I would enjoy spending time in. I have to tell you -- I LOVE that mirror over your fireplace. Beautiful!! Your floors are lovely; we have really enjoyed our wood floors and are glad we made the switch from carpet.

    Thanks for your visit and comments, Lorrie. Your hike for Valentine's Day sounds like a great idea. I know you love the outdoors, and a hike is something to help keep hearts healthy. Have a great week!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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  27. A wonderful Sunday.

    All the best Jan

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  28. I am admiring the pretty purple flowers and your family room's new flooring. I can picture you reading and enjoying a cup of tea by the fireplace.

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  29. It turned our beautifully!

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