Sparkling, and the return of Five Senses Friday


Just a reminder: you can find me every Thursday on the Sparkle Stories Blog with a new craft project! This week, I shared our Animal Tracks Journal. Japanese stab binding is fun and easy, and a great way to use up your leftover sock yarn. Now, I just need a project for all the punched-out circles.

In other news, I’m feeling inspired to revive some old friends, like Five Senses Friday. I do hope some of you will join me! If you’re new here, or don’t remember, Five Senses Friday is a wee journey through the sensory experiences of the week. Here’s an archive of FSFs past.

And for this week, I’m…


Seeing: My little world blanketed in snow…but from a distance and mostly through panes of glass. The high today is 1 degree with -20something windchill. Not the day for a long run or hours of sledding, but we’ll keep busy.

Hearing: The silence of the winter landscape. I love the crunch, crunch, crunch of stepping out into the deep snow, but then I pause, and it’s as if all the sound in the world just got sucked away. A deep, momentary meditation.


Touching: Silky fur. Now that the cold has really set in, I am constantly covered in cats. As I type, Beezer sits in my lap and Pollyanna on my shoulder. I don’t mind.

Smelling: Woodsmoke, all around. I love to walk along the road and note the subtle and not-so-subtle differences in the way everyone’s wood fires smell. They all smell like comfort and fill me with gratitude for my own shelter and warmth.

Tasting: Experiments. I wasn’t able to get to the Co-op before the storm this week, and so there have been a few unexpected meals. What was meant to be spinach and feta hand pies for dinner last night turned into mushroom and pumpkin. They were surprisingly delicious and I’ll share the recipe with you tomorrow!

What’s happening in your world?


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