11 minutes of minutiae

My skating coach said I have to rebuild my skating legs. I will go in on Friday and do laps of scissors for an hour.

No Rosca de Reyes this year unless we can find one that is gluten free. I have already declared tomorrow night be dedicated to Mexican hot chocolate though. A special batch.

Because it is the year of the rabbit, Artie gets extra, extra special treatment all year. He already has a brand new, spacious abode with loft. Next on the list is a brand new harness and leash in his favorite color...red. I put several colors in front of him and he picked red for whatever reason. He  kissed the color card then tossed it and did nothing to the other color cards so I am going with it.

I've been really into teas lately and bought several boxes after Christmas that are nearly gone. I have discovered red and pink rosebud tea. It's a very pretty tea. Rosebuds don't have to make a wimpy tea either. Steeped long enough, it can be strong and fragrant without becoming pungent in any way. One cup leaves me feeling pretty dreamy.

All the seed and plant catalogs have already begun to arrive and they have managed to get me looking at the backyard again. Making plans, deciding on plants,  finally getting a much needed composter. Four, picky, little hens just can't  make up for a composter.

Watched  La Cienaga by Lucrecia Martel because my friend loved it and declared it one of his favorite movies of all times and urged us to see it. It is a slice of life sort of film and focuses on two families living in Argentina. I find myself liking it more and more.  Many scenes overwhelm the lens it seems and it works to pull you into the lives of these people. I didn't always like being there but it was an experience nonetheless.

Caught Mona looking at the tree lights. She loves to do this and it's always so nice to sit with her and  just look at the lights from her point of view. They will be coming down this weekend. We'll all miss it.

The tree is still fresh and green. It will be in it's stand out in the yard for a few weeks. I like looking out the window and pretending I have a balsam growing. Last year I continued to water and new growth appeared before it started to turn an orange-red in March. It was then chopped up and became mulch for the backyard. Part of it was burned in the chiminea in October. It smelled like Christmas and got me started on the holiday thoughts.  Round and round we go.



Anonymous Francesca said...

I love tea, but only in winter. My kids, on the other hand, only like iced tea in summer. So, we drink tea all year round:)
Your one hr skating practice plan sounds quite intense, it should work in very little time if you keep it up, shouldn't it?

Friday, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Tera said...

That is the plan, I hope my legs cooperate :>

Friday, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Karen Rae said...

I *LOVE* tea; haven't ever had rosebud tea. Let me know please where you get it. I bought lavender buds in San Francisco in a tea shop.

your skating sounds like fun and a good work out.

Friday, January 07, 2011  
Blogger Dar said...

I love the pic of the tree from Mona's perspective.
& I love the Christmas tree fast-forward cycle, from decorated to mulch to campfire & back round again.

Skating - such a great way to exercise & build strength, while feeling like flying. I've got my skates out to get sharpened, & your resolve has inspired me to get out there & do it :)

Putting La Cienaga on my netflix list...

Saturday, January 08, 2011  
Blogger Tera said...

Dar-I do love that flying feeling. I wish I could ice skate outdoors!

Let me know what you think of the film.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011  

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