It's been very quiet in these parts! The temperature has dropped which has me surrendered under piles of blankets. This is the hardest part of the year for me. January through March is the longest stretch of bleakness; my bones quiver. This is the first year we haven't a trip planned to break it up. So I've entrenched myself in a good book 'Blood, Bones and Butter', been streaming my friend's best of 2011 mix and catching up on all the movies I've recently missed. How is everyone else holding up? Above are two photos of some of my favorite Christmas gifts both from my wonderful mother. The first is this geometric plant holder that energizes an otherwise strange window between two of our rooms. The other is an ash wood platter/cutting board from Terrain.