"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Joy in Winter

Spread the Christmas tablecloth and place the matching plate next to the mug of steaming hot tea.  Take two Split-Second cookies out of a tin.  The ones I baked for knitting. A bite of shortbread cookie with raspberry jam. Try the fig one. Nibble slowly, make them last.  Sip the almost scalding tea.  Savor the combination.  Open the book you’re reading for book club. (Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner-1972 Pulitzer Prize- I’d never heard of it until Tess picked it).  Listen to the furnace kick on. Wrap a shawl around you. Sip more tea.  Read until you doze.  Think of the cookies still in the tin. Repeat tomorrow.

I love the Naif Christmas pattern.

It wouldn't feel the same if you did this in July.

11 responses

  1. laura

    yum. one in each flavor

    December 11, 2010 at 7:13 am

  2. Perfect

    December 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

  3. Kay Comini

    I love it. Merry Christmas!

    December 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

  4. Sue Reinfeld

    What a wonderful way to spend time during the day. Eating cookies and reading, 2 of my favorite things.

    December 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

  5. connie

    Joyce gave me a tiny sugar bowl in this pattern. I love seeing the items grouped together and the small tempting cookies on the plate. Today I baked a batch of your Prune Cake as mini bread loaves for gifts. I always think of your mother when I make this recipe.

    December 11, 2010 at 11:20 am

  6. This is so Ruth E. and what these days are really all about. . Love & Gratitude,, Lois

    December 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

  7. Toni

    The weather outside may get frightful,
    But your picture is so delightful!!!!

    Cozy, warm, comforting!!!

    December 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

  8. Joyce

    How those Naif Christmas plates bring back memories of Germany and you! Love that you have the table clothe to match. Happy memory day!

    December 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm

  9. erica

    the essence of Ruth !!! Merry Christmas!!! xoxox E

    December 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

  10. Cj

    Picture perfect Ruth!

    December 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

  11. Marlene

    Nice!

    December 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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