Thursday, February 19, 2015

Beating Cabin Fever

Dear Friends,

Happy Chinese New Year's to you (We were going to do a Valentine's post, but didn't get around to it, so Chinese New Year is the next best thing.)!

We had a wonderful week of spring-like weather that had us all basking in the warmth outside, but now we're back to mitten and boots weather. The little ones aren't quite as excited to go out and play in the snow as they were back in December, so we've been trying to keep everyone entertained inside.

We put on a show for the residents of a local nursing home on the day before Valentine's, which was a lot of fun. The older folks seem to enjoy the upbeat songs more than anything, so we've been working on learning the guitar and fiddling songs to keep from hearing nothing but crickets after each number. :)

We also recently acquired a mountain dulcimer to spice things up a bit. Thankfully the dulcimer is quite easy to play, and we know that Tasha Tudor played one, so that is a plus in our book.

Frankie has been busy making bows and arrows for himself, and his sisters have been having fun creating costumes for him out of faux fur.

Even little Rebecca wants to be a part of the show (unless she's performing in front of live humans!).

Frankie has been learning to read, but still isn't quite up to reading Narnia, like he'd like to . . .

The dolls have re-opened their post office, and have been busy with the rush of Valentine's cards and other personal mail.

So we'll be continuing to creatively create until we can get out and get our hands dirty in the garden!

May you find something fun to do to get you through as well (unless you live in the Southern Hemisphere or Zone 9 or higher, of course).

Love and blessings,



  1. How wonderful to have a house full of musicians! Maybe someday you'll make a Youtube video? I can't believe that Frankie is old enough to begin reading. How time flies!

  2. Marqueta, your children always look like they are enjoying life! Such precious music - and a dulcimer! How wonderful! PS I emailed your yahoo account. :-)

    1. Thank you, Gina!
      I forgot I had a Yahoo account. Could you remind me what my e-mail address is so I can find it?

    2. My mistake, Marqueta. Your aol account. I think my brain is frozen!

  3. Great post! Love the pictures! Am amazed at how Rebecca has grown!

  4. I enjoy this time of being "snowed in". Lots of old hobbies brought back to life and our costume basket came out this week too. I love your little post office, like Sparrow Post. Those are the things to treasure.
    My only "problem" with this weather is too much scone baking...and eating.

  5. Looks like everyone was having a pleasant time. It's wonderful that you all get to play for the elders. They enjoy that sort of thing so much, just seeing and visiting with your children is probably a grand blessing for them. Huggs to you all ♡

  6. You blog truly has BLESSED me!! I have enjoyed reading this post and look forward to reading into your past post also!! God bless!!!

  7. Dearest Marqueta,
    Life is sweet when I come to visit your way!!!
    That is a beautiful Mt Dulcimer! I wish that I could hear the sound!
    I have two and they both have their own distinct tones!
    I love to see to see all the fun your family enjoys together!! :-)
    Sending love warmth and many blessings Linnie


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