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Cake, Care, and Winter Happinesses

It is shiveringly cold today, with an icy wind that goes right to your bones and sets you a-trembling.

In between dashes to the laundry line to hang up wet clothes (brrr!), I’ve been staying nice and warm inside, making cauliflower potato soup, doing dishes, and wood-burning the last few markings on my wooden clogs. I love them, and can’t help but grin as I clomp noisily across our wooden floors and try not to trip over myself stepping gingerly down our steps. They are astonishingly warm and comfortable, and I have a feeling these clogs and I are going to have a long and happy friendship.

This weekend I took time to chronicle recent observations in my healing. One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve made is that so many of the things I thought were “me” – workaholic, people-pleaser, insomniac – have fallen away. In their place is quietness of mind and comfy-ness of spirit. A natural rhythm is being restored and I find myself functioning in a healthy way as if it were the most natural thing in the world. It is a wonder to me, and I continue to be in awe of how our minds, bodies, spirits, are so interconnected. When one aspect is wobbly, all the others are affected, and when one finds healing, it spills over into all the other parts like a most beautiful infection.

Such discoveries give me courage to press on, to keep going for treatments, to keep meeting with my counselor, to keep touching base with my doctor to make sure we’re doing everything we can to promote healing.

One of those things for me is happiness through self-care. Bear has always been amazing at self-care. When he’s tired, he rests, when wants to build something, he builds it, when he wants to go somewhere, he goes. He’s so attuned to what he needs for fulfillment and happiness that it’s second nature for him to simply do it.

I, on the other hand, am still learning, but it’s a jolly fun learning process. This weekend was dedicated self-care time for me and Bear, and we made the most of it. Computers and phones off, delicious sleep ins, reading of books, watching of movies, chats over bowls of stew as rain bucketed down. He did leather work, I did word-burning, we shared popcorn and dark chocolate, took turns making cuppas, and treated ourselves to red wine, sourdough bread, and four different cheeses: English Red Leicester, Danish Havarti, Tasmanian Triple Creme Brie, and Italian Asiago flavored with chestnuts. Such good, nourishing things that allowed us to start this week rested, restored, and thoroughly inspired. We loved it.

Today it’s back to work, tackling all sorts of little household projects: laundry, dishes, and getting my medieval knives buffed up. Knives are one of my happy things. I do so love them, especially unusual ones like the Bedouin dagger Bear gave me (middle), the gorgeous horn knife (bottom) our friend Colin made, and the wonderful top one that our blacksmith friend, Master Scully, made from an old railroad spike.

Homemade dessert is another thing that always makes Bear and I happy. Today I made an Apricot Upside Down cake, and we dined quite happily on pieces still hot from the oven. The cake was just the thing for a frigidly cold afternoon.

Now I must brave the blustery winds once more and get the laundry in off the line and start folding.

What is something that makes you happy on a self-care day? xo

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Serina aka Ms Frugal Ears - “When you are tired, rest.” Oh, how simple yet how often I disregard this. Everytime I don’t listen to my body it lets me know afterwards.

Thank you for sharing your journey of healing, and for radiating out joy and love for your readership.

Jeanne Horak-Druiff - What a lovely, heart-warming post! I had wooden clogs as a little girl and loved them so… Yours are gorgeous (as is that apricot cake – I love upside-down cakes…). Bear is lucky to be so naturally attuned to what he needs to be fulfilled – so many people struggle with that. Sending you both hugs 🙂

Turkey's For Life - I’ve been enjoying these photos on Instagram and Facebook. I love your clogs and can definitely see that you re going to have a log and happy connection to them Enjoy your wintry weather. Almost 40 degrees here. :/

Liz Posmyk - I love the dragonflies on the clogs xxx

Anna @ shenANNAgans - Your clogs are beautiful! What a treat to say you made them. WOW! So much love. 🙂 Food, my doona and Gilmore Girls is my go to happy place on self care days.

Gourmet Getaways - What an insightful post. I’m so pleased you are learning self care. I must admit I have a long way to go. Your post was inspiring though, I will make an effort not to feel guilty when I’m tired or stressed or sad. Love to you for sharing.

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Cheryl - I love clogs! And I love those clogs you are wearing with the socks!!! Just gorgeous!

Faith (An Edible Mosaic) - Oh my sweet friend, I am so happy to hear you’re doing so well. You are so right about all the various pieces of what make us unique being connected…it sounds like you’re undergoing a restoration and rejuvenation. You deserve every good thing, sweet lady. And can I just say how incredibly talented you are? Those clogs are gorgeous. xoxo

Cathy - What a lovely post. I admire Bear for being in tune with self care. I understand where you are coming from Krista in getting there slowly. I like to bake on a self care day and read 🙂

Vannessa Vinos - Lovely post Krista. I love how your Husband just knows how to listen to his body (my Husband is the same; isn’t that funny about Husbands-they just know?) I am like you and still learning to listen to my body. Sometimes I think I read so many books advising the best way to do things that I end up with information overload and don’t follow anything!

Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella - What an absolute beauty of a cake Krista! So sunny and orange. Bear sounds like he has it sorted out. How does he do it? 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - Those knives are stunning! And I love your clogs. Not sure I would be able to walk in them. It is bitter cold here today as well. Thankfully I don’t have laundry to do 🙂

Kathy McDonald - always cooking, that makes me happy and gardening

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