Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A day in my life

7:06 a.m. – Good morning, morning!

Outside is still dark, but there is a magical glow… the garden beyond the window is shimmering, peacefulness reposes in the form of white beams of lights on bare tree branches and naked bushes... the land had been purified with the first snow of the year.

7:08 a.m. – the magic of light

The house is dark, but I would not turn on the ceiling lights... I prefer the soft and subdued lighting that let my mind wander amidst the beauty of my surroundings, softening the rough edges, bringing inner peace. And so, I start turning on some lights—a small lamp here in this corner, a group of candles over the mantle—the shadows softly evaporating into the nothingness… it’s a magical moment—me, the shadows and the mistiness of my cozy house.

7:15 a.m. – Evidence of coffee

I love the aroma of coffee wafting through my early morning kitchen… I love the quiet spirit of the house in the wee hours of the morning, the soft murkiness that rests over each object, like a magical shawl embracing forms and shapes, and how, as the morning advances, natural light from outside starts creeping in through the window in magical shades....

7:30 a.m – The day starts

I’d never ever leave it unmade... Is a made bed a morning must in your house? Or is it about as common as a blue moon? I need to know that it's been made—tightly tucked sheets and perfectly placed pillows.

8:00 a.m. -- Breakfast by Mike!

Spanish Tortilla! A slow cooked, thick omelette with potato filling. So simple but so delicious! As far as authenticity is concerned, Spaniards would have you believe that the only filling to the Tortilla was potatoes. But a sprinkling of spinach brings color to the Tortilla as well as making good use of whatever vegetables are available.

Today I am wearing my new scarf... I have bought two new scarves and several winter tights in all sort of interesting patterns. They’d look good with my boots, and with my gray Mary Jane shoes and gray pencil skirt... and I have plans for our guess bedroom. I’m in the mood for painting. I think I’m going to paint the big bed in white.

The geraniums by the window in my kitchen are blooming again.

And outside, facing the geraniums, the last of the roses are covered in icicles...
I have peace in my heart.


I have created an altar in my heart in thankfulness for all the blessings bestow upon my house... Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.


  1. What stunning pics, how did you get that little snowflake to move around in your pics? Your morning looks wonderful, I think I'll trade you! Cindy

  2. Oh Cielo...
    What a beautiful, peaceful calmness there is looking into the night air and seeing that gentle ice as it is clipped to the edges of the sweet petals of nature itself. The color is so calming. I would leave the lights off too. Just to take in that breath of beauty before nature snaps another shutter of beauty, and this one is gone. The shutter speed seems so fast when Mother Nature starts swirling her wand.

    The softest pink of cotton candy is shown as the roses are iced with their first and last cool freeze of the season. Beauty at it's finest hour.

    I love your scarf. What a wonderful color and pattern it is. It almost looks like a brocade type fabric, and looks so antique and beautiful with your dangling earrings. So beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing my beautiful friend. Please stop by and say hi. I love to have company come for a visit. Country hugs...Sherry

  3. Beautiful on so many levels. Thanks for sharing. I feel such peace when at your blog, particularly today.

  4. Oh, a made bed is a MUST here at my house as well. I can't stand doing anything else until they are made.

    Beautiful pic's. Your breakfast looks so yummy and I love your scarf!

    Have a lovely day!!


  5. What a beautiful post!!!!! I LOVE every photo & the verse from your heart speaks volumes of peace, love, & beauty. LOVE your new scarf & the earrings! Such a fashion plate you are! Have a wonderful day. Hugs~Charlene

  6. Wonderful pics. I love the morning too.


  7. When I saw your comment entered in my Robins Egg Blues giveaway, I had to stop by and see. What a calm peaceful blog. The icicled roses are beautiful. Thank y ou again for stopping by.


  8. ohhhhhhh, what a beautiful post. You take the loveliest pics. Your scarf is so pretty, I just love scarves. What a nice breakfast!

  9. Oh yes, I must straighten the bed! :-)

    Love your scarf... And the icy roses. I so love frosted or icy roses. First snow .... Not here as yet. But a thick covering of frost was left, last night. As the frost coating gets thicker, can a frosting of snow be far behind?

    Addition to my (Aunt Amelia's) last post

  10. Hi Cielo,
    Beautifully written,your photo of your pink rose covered in frost is absolutely lovely!
    Looking forward to seeing your quest bed painted white.
    Isn't always a pleasure to be able to spend the day at home.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  11. Beautiful pics. love your earrings and scarf. I must have my bed made in the mornings before I leave the house it is a must ;)

  12. You are such a poet, and I must say, I truely enjoy reading your blog. I also love your canisters with the roosters. I will have to keep an eye out for those. I hope you have a great holiday season and look forward to visiting you so much more, Char

  13. I adore your blog for so many reasons, therefore I have awarded you a blog award. Congratulations!
    Pls stop by my blog to collect it.

    Kind regards


  14. What a lovely picture of the pink roses overlayed with ice. The bed has to be made here at my house. It gives ma a sense of peace. Thanks for sharing all your lovely thoughts.

  15. What a peaceful and beautiful way to start YOUR day. I loved the photos and could just "feel" the mood of the morning, smell the coffee and taste the omellete.

    YES must have a made bed.

    I wake up to the coyotes yipping in the field.

  16. So much loveliness and joy and peace here, Cielo... Your frost-crusted roses have a sweet-sad beauty... Happy Days :o) ((HUGS))

  17. Reading this post was like taking a deep breath and a sigh. Hmmmmm. so lovely and the rose with the ice on it is captivating. Lovely, just lovely, Kathysue

  18. I so enjoyed this post...
    Your roses with ice on them are amazingly beautiful. Such a contrast!
    I truly savor my mornings also!


  19. *Sigh* Sweet Cielo! How are you? Loooong time noooo see.... What a make-over you have done with your wonderful blog...and it´s fantastic! I´m so impressed...and I love all your photos and what you write. It is smoothing for the soul... From time to time when I´m working with my shop and all the old beautiful things, laces and roses it reminds about you and your blog and I think that this should Cielo have... :)
    Sarah sends her love too... now she can count to ten in english... :)

    Hugs and roses from Annie


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