Greetings! Can you believe tomorrow is February?

This afternoon I’m feeling so thankful for sunny skies and the beauty outside my front door. Would you look at these foolish crocuses? I planted several clumps of bulbs our first winter in the house, and every January they insist on prematurely poking through the earth. Last year this time a freak snow and ice storm led to their demise — apparently it made them all the more hardy this year.


I’m also thankful for the company of good friends. Our plan for a nature walk changed last minute with the too cold temperature and winds, leading us to the warmth and comfy sofas of a coffee shop nearby. Such fun to linger and catch up. Not to mention I got the chance to visit with their little ones — two sweet new personalities and one still cozy in mom’s belly. Sometimes all you need is a morning away from the usual.

Well I just can’t stop going back to my cheery yellow crocuses. Now I’m dreaming of all the pretty spring flowers, and of starting my garden seeds on a sunny windowsill! Both will have to wait a bit longer. Until then, please send book suggestions to keep me occupied! I checked out a few random titles from the library, and am bummed that none clicked. What are you reading?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and some of my recent favorite links. Here’s to Punxsutawney Phil making the right call on Monday (though it doesn’t look promising…).

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • Designated as American Heart Month, February is a good time as any to make sure your ticker is healthy. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of mortality for both men and women in the US — accountable for approximately 1 in 4 deaths each year? Learn more about the risk factors + what you can do to protect your heart, and definitely throw on some red this coming Thursday to show your support!
  • Be kind of a big deal at your Super Bowl party with this build-your-own G&T bar.
  • Go with your gut on this New York Times quiz about your digestive system.
  • Scientists look to ants to help reduce traffic jams.
  • Farmers look to cows to make a new type of ‘crop’ circle.
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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