Wow what a week!! It feels like so much happened that we had two weeks in one! In no particular order — here’s the view from here:
1. As I mentioned last week, Autumn is going out with a flurry, transforming our local landscape into the seasonally appropriate “Winter Wonderland”. The river that runs through town, our daily retreat from the heat of Summer, all but stopped one day, frozen in its tracks. Of course, it really just appeared that way from the mounding sheets of snowy icebergs that collected, and like tectonic plates made a vast, rough continent of solid ice crusted over the river mantle. By Thanksgiving, the temperature had climbed enough to burn holes in the frozen surface, and the river reclaimed the rest. It was even green and sunny on Thanksgiving Day, now it’s white from ground to sky again… 2. Which is to say that it’s still freezing out there. And that is why these two, virtual strangers throughout the Summer, have been parked here for the last couple weeks, and are still in roughly the same spots now… Nimbus is more diplomatic about it than Frau. 3. Echo’s been working on some portraits. Here’s Mom up close. 4. Speaking of “up close”, here’s Natalie’s finger up close, with some little teeny Fairy Food donuts on it. She’s been in hyperdrive production mode for the last month. And this week has only been more of the same… She’s adding meals this year (below) on gorgeous fae-sized china like the one featured above. Mmmm Fettuccine Alfredo with garlic crostino… The meal menu is diverse to say the least… Though it reads a little like a Monty Python routine: “Chicken, peas, and cornbread”, “Chicken, peas, and egg”, “Chicken, egg, and bacon”, “Chicken and salad”… “Spam, spam, spam, spam…” Here’s the sweatshop, where Natalie’s tiny-handed minions make Fairy Food earrings… Not really! 😉 This is actually the result of Xi and Echo’s begging Natalie to let them help her. Echo is assembling the best pairs, and Xi is turning them into ear-worthy accoutrements. And here’s Natalie laboring away at another new Fairy Food incarnation — Fairy Food Paintings! One of the current favorite Üuuuuuu’s And one of the current favorite Aaaaaaaah’s. 5. Echo and Xi with Lily and Hannah. The ladies were all out for a stroll together on this day — hot cocoas at the ready.Later, the foursome worked together on a fashion photo spread featuring some of Lily and Hannah’s favorite outfits.
6. Thanksgiving this year was a decidedly “scaled-down” affair, but lovely nevertheless. Echo, Natalie, and I hid out at home most of the day and only made a handful of our favorite dishes. We went for a stroll in the early afternoon — Echo was already in her fancy attire for dinner, I was in my Montana Mountain Man best. We got home and were feasting by 4:30. 7. After the Thanking, it snowed again, and Echo took the initiative to build her very first solo snow person, George. We all agreed that George had a winning smile. 8. Echo styled Mom’s hair and then wanted to take some photos — featuring only the hair.9. She then turned the camera on the current lego scene, below, which covers a significant portion of the living room floor. This castle wreckage was raised and razed innumerable times over the last couple weeks. Echo built a room for Nim the cat, a full-on defensive fortress, a family of robots, and a faery spa, among other things. 10. Here are some of Bella’s current art projects. On herself…including stripes, geometry, organic shapes, and (below) the names of some of her most profound influences.
And on the computer… (I can’t get over how much I love the Llamacorn, and “You can do the thing” — so good on so many levels!)11. We got out the Yule tree yesterday: cut from the basement forest, unfolded and set-up on the traditional spool table, and adorned with lights and just a smattering of ornaments (we saved more than half of the ornaments to do after Xi gets back this week). So our seasonal celebrations are officially kicked-off and well under way!
12. Last but by no means least — Natalie’s first Annapurna article is now (like our Yule tree) up and ready! So head on over and enjoy that at your earliest opportunity!
I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings, and that you’re enjoying all your own seasonal delights, too!