Thursday morning it was minus 5 degrees F. (—20.55 C.) when I got up around 7 a.m. I just can't get warm, even though the days have been quite sunny and we have big south-facing windows. It's so cold that I've been wearing my flannel-lined Japanese winter gardening pants, a long-sleeved turtleneck top under a wool turtleneck sweater, heavy socks and one of my many pairs of fingerless gloves — indoors!
When the sun goes down I crank up the heat literally and figuratively. The fireplace is lit to add heat to the living room and candles add visual warmth. If you're going to have candles scattered around the room you need lots of matches. I've got them — but they're souvenirs from different cities, countries and long-gone local establishments.
I use one of those butane thingamajigs to actually light my candles. I wouldn't dream of striking these mementoes. Most of the time they live in this antique bowl in my china cupboard. But I thought they would add an amusing and colorful note to the altar table with the Lohan and my big Mark Skudlarek candlestick.
Recognize any of your favorite places? There's matches here from Toronto, NYC, D.C., Seattle, Rhinebeck and on and on.
And there are also these charming little boxes decorated with images of the original covers of famous books. Every time I visit Arcadia Books in Spring Green, I buy one of these literary match "books".
Once I warm up a little more, I can turn my mind to gardening. I will admit to checking the web to be sure none of my favorite nurseries have gone live with their 2018 catalogs. But the cold and lack of snow have had me worrying more about my current garden than looking forward to the planting and playing season. Since there's nothing any of us can do about the weather, I guess I need to ignore what's happening outside and think Spring!