we've had incredible late-november days here lately, where the sunlight is golden and warm during the earlier hours. of course, as soon as the sun disappears (which happens so early now), the temperature drops instantly and the wintery air envelops us again. not that i mind, because it means we get to have fires in the woodstove every day - we blow on the embers to restart the fire in the morning even before we brew our first cups of tea. fire is such a comforting winter ritual. (so is tea, of course).
i'm so thankful for all of these creatures pictured here. they are the beings who keep me warm and protected and laughing and loving. this big front porch is our family gathering space, a glorious place for tea and coffee, books and naps; and no matter how often i clean it, it is constantly blessed with the clutter of comfort and life.