Everyday Magic: Kittens, Baking & Snow

by Tammy Strobel on December 17, 2012

{Every week, I run a photography series called ‘Everyday Magic.’ Enjoy!}

Over the past week, I’ve been snuggled up in the tiny house working, baking, and playing with my kittens. It’s been super cold at the ranch and most mornings have been either frosty or snowy, which makes our bike rides into town exceptionally frigid. Despite the cold weather, our bike rides were one of my favorite parts of the week.

The second highlight of the week was a date night with Logan. On Saturday night, we went to Ms. Lynn’s Teahouse in Montague and had a five course meal. To start off we enjoyed some bread and Brie, then moved on to a tomato-bisque soup, salad and for the main course I had a portobello mushroom wrapped in a puff pastry with cheese! Logan opted to have beef Wellington for his main course. We topped off the meal with tea, wine and a few amazing deserts. The lemon custard was the best! I could have eaten two dozen of those sweet little tarts.

The past week reminded me that happiness is all about savoring tiny pleasures, like snowy mornings and a wonderful date night.

Enjoy’s today photo round-up and tell me about your weekend in the comments section.

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In my early twenties, I was in such a rush that I didn’t notice everyday magic, like the changing of seasons, the incredible colors at sunset, or the rain droplets left behind on leaves after a summer rain. Everyday magic was invisible to me and I wanted to find it again.

To do so, I brought my camera everywhere to record my everyday life. I reasoned that taking photos would help me slow down and notice the world around me. Taking photos, daily, helped me do both. And I want to help you learn that skill too.

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1 Liz December 17, 2012

Thanks for shining some bright warmth on a cold rainy December day. So funny to see your cats sitting in those little boxes — or cat Phil does exactly that every chance he gets.

2 Tammy Strobel December 17, 2012

@Liz – I don’t know what it is about cats and boxes. They don’t need toys, just boxes to play in. :)

3 Claire/Just a little less December 17, 2012

Some lovely festive photos and tiny pleasures Tammy. We’ve had a busy weekend of experiences: a live Christmas folk night, celebrating an 18th birthday and singing carols and watching folk dancing at our local pub. Great moments!

4 Tammy Strobel December 17, 2012

Ohhhh that sounds so lovely Claire. Thanks for sharing. :)

5 Alicia December 18, 2012

That sounds wonderful!!!

6 Marie December 17, 2012

I can’t tell you how much I love your blog. Your pictures are wonderful and I adore your tiny house! I read your book over the weekend, too, and enjoyed your stories and writing. Here’s to hoping I can get my significant other and 2 cats to such a great place in life! :)

7 Tammy Strobel December 17, 2012

Thank you for reading my book and blog Marie. I really appreciate it! Here’s to a bright and beautiful 2013.

Hugs,
Tammy

8 Barbara Techel December 17, 2012

Simple pleasures for me are weekly date nights. Baking cookies this weekend while Christmas movies playing in the background. Reading. Snuggle and play time with the dogs. Lighting candles, Christmas music and playing Yahtzee with my husband.
Looking so forward to your photography class!

-Barbara

9 Tammy Strobel December 17, 2012

Barbara – Ohhh that sounds like a super lovely weekend. Date nights are the best. I’m looking forward to the photography class too. I’m so glad that you’ll be part of it.

xo,
Tammy

10 Laura December 17, 2012

Tammy- I love your cats they are just precious. I am glad you enjoyed your dinner.For some strange reason I am feeling hungry now :)

11 Anne-Marie December 17, 2012

It has been unusually cold. And the winds were fierce yesterday (Sunday) in Weed. When I went to bed Sunday night it was a strange sight to see rain and snow at the same time as I saw stars.
Have you noticed that we have a lot of micro climates in this area? Saturday we had winds and a few flurries in Weed but when I came to Mt Shasta it was almost a snow storm with accumulating snow and black ice. Odd how different the weather can be just a few miles apart.
Have never been to Ms Lynn’s Teahouse but it sounds like a great place! Hugs!

12 Tammy Strobel December 18, 2012

@Anne-Marie – I agree. We do have micro-climates in this area. It’s really crazy. Hugs to you! :)

P. S. You should visit Ms. Lynn’s. It’s a great place.

13 Sara December 18, 2012

Hi Tammy, I live in New Zealand so we are at the beginning of what I hope will be a long hot summer, love seeing snowy photos though, even though I am currently reaching for the sunscreen! I bought your book a month or so ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I am working very hard to make some changes to my life and being very aware of the “everyday magic”. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a lovely snowy Christmas ..

14 Alicia December 18, 2012

Your cats have an affinity for boxes. My little gray-and-white kitty, Brigit, spends most of her time jumping in and out of one when not using it as a bed.

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