Monday, January 16, 2012

bonne neige!

Hello Splendid Readers, I hope all is well with you. We have had a fantastic little snow storm here in Seattle and many of us are loving every single flake.


I didn't get out much today, in fact I've been somewhat homebound lately, "encouraging" the completion of college applications, helping the little academics to prepare for their final exams, and then, I have been on a MAJOR organizing binge.



It's amazing what three new drawers can do for a kitchen. These plain white drawers, with brushed nickel bin handles, replaced a bank of shelves and an irritating beverage refrigerator. The two deep bottom drawers became the home for all of my appliances, centralizing these items to a space where they are most frequently used. When I open the top drawer, there is a beautiful, slightly tilted, display of each and every jar of herbs or spices I own, organized alphabetically... oh, how I swoon over this sudden ease of accessibility to these exotic, flavorful ingredients. 



Moving these things to their new home, of course, opened up other spaces. I've spent the past couple of weeks focused on how to make my kitchen storage space as functional as possible.

Then there was the furnace issue...more on that later, maybe.


Today, I did take a baby step towards addressing a resolution I've made for to myself for many years. Before she spent time with my daughter, I spent an hour with a fabulous french tutor. I must admit, it was an exhausting struggle trying to extract those words from the catacombs in my brain, then trying to put them together in an attempt to converse with this lovely Parisian. Though the attempt may have seemed pathetic to her, to me, it felt great and I plan to continue down this path.


On the local news tonight they are "concerned" that there are more storm fronts moving in, visibly distressed by the unfortunate weather pattern which has come our way. 


Personally, I love this winter wonderland, and all of the uncertainty and inconvenience it offers. 

Want to bundle up and join me out here for brandy later?



 I say, let it snow!




11 comments:

Splendid Sass said...

Oh, I wish we had some snow here! Never will that happen. Guess I will have to visit my daughter at college to get that!
Beautiful images, Emily. Thank you for sharing.
Tereas
xoxo

French Girl in Seattle said...

Beautiful pictures of Seattle in the snow. I am on the Eastside, and we woke up to a winter wonderland too. Congratulations on resuming your French studies. As a French tutor myself, I know your instructor appreciates your efforts. Bon courage! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

I Dream Of said...

Hi Emily! I'm trying not to sweat the fact that I can't get to the office this morning - and that this entire week is looking a little iffy. Hmmm. Taking a conference call in my PJs this AM, and just taking it as it comes from there. Your new drawers sound perfect, and what a fantastic project for snowy day! Maybe we should meet up for a brandy later... I have a feeling I'll be stuck in the hood for awhile!

PS - I'm so excited to hear about your French tutor! That's been on my list for years, too! Here's to you for moving forward. Tres bien!

Leslie said...

Love Winter in the PNW! Great pics and I am enjoying your blog! Check out my post today ;)

Splendid Market said...

French Girl ~ thank you for your encouraging words. I know you instruct, and I want you to know that I looked into your program FIRST. Unfortunately, the distance between us made it necessary for me to pursue a more convenient situation.

J ~ I know, if I had to be somewhere, I'd be a little more stressed. As it is, I need to stay home and help the kids get ready for finals. How nice for you to get to a have a more relaxed morning! Maybe vino or brandy tomorrow night? Let's see what the weather brings in..

L ~ I am heading over right now!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love it when the NW gets hit with snow - it's such a novelty that everything shuts down and it's an excuse to stay home! And with the internet, anything is possible. :) Enjoy it while it lasts! I just hope it clears before Friday - my pup is flying in that day and I want her to arrive safely so my parents can pick her up!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I love it when the NW gets hit with snow - it's such a novelty that everything shuts down and it's an excuse to stay home! And with the internet, anything is possible. :) Enjoy it while it lasts! I just hope it clears before Friday - my pup is flying in that day and I want her to arrive safely so my parents can pick her up!

Komali Nunna said...

Beautiful images of snow in Seatle, Emily. Thank you for sharing. I wish I can get into organizing binge too. I need that very badly.

quintessence said...

Beautiful shots - we had a brief little flurry that very quickly disappeared. As you know, we are in the midst of college apps as well!! I had started taking French soon after I had started the blog and even though I love it, discovered I just couldn't keep up - I hope you do better!!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** Oh, how I A*D*O*R*E the SNOW... and OH, how I A*D*O*R*E DOGS!!!

Hence, I A*D*O*R*E your blog this morning!!!! It's totally DEEEELIGHTFUL!!!

Many thanks,

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

Linda said...

Emily - My daughter Facebooks with her friends from Tacoma and was distraught over not being there for sledding on Wed. they have 9"! I hear the freezing rain hit today --- hoping your power stays on!
Believe it or not, wishing I was there too enjoy it all too.
Cheers!