Hello & Happy New Year!

Hello dear friends, and Happy New Year! We hope you had a splendid 2018. Somewhere between September and December we fell off the blogosphere, but here we are, plucky as ever, and ready to embark on a big and beautiful new year.

Of course we can’t have a proper catch-up without chatting a bit about the weather. If you’ve spent any time in Southern California, you know the seasons are a little tricksy here: slow, subtle, playful, and sometimes utterly confusing. Autumn of 2018 was wet and windy, followed by a pre-winter stint of cold and fog. (This is fog country; Our town’s first hockey team was called, “The Fog.” #YouKnowItsSeriousWhen) Watching the storms blow through the garden is always eerie and beautiful. The crepe myrtle leaves turned a fierce shade of red, and after the storm they looked particularly lovely against the fresh green clover. By now the tree is bare, her white trunk and branches looking stark and lovely against the cold blue winter sky. And just as we begin to settle into winter, spring blossoms are popping up all over town. So tricksy. I should note, we’re already sorting through the seed stash and making garden plans! Last summer was the first summer in ages we did not sow a flower and vegetable garden (for good reason – more on that later!) But this year, it’s back on, baby. My zinnia game is strong.

 

 

Dennis and I got a wee bit tired towards the end of 2018, I must admit; Just a little worn for the year and all the work we’ve done. But we got some much-needed rest, recovered from a stubborn cold, met commission deadlines, got Chinese take-away, etc. It all worked out. Oh, and I crocheted a pair of mittens! That’s been on my to-do list for years. (I promise a proper ta-dah when all the ends have been woven in.) Of course, there have been gobs of seasonal stitchery, and bunches of new kawaii cross stitch patterns at Trellis & Thyme! (We’ve had a marvelous time playing and designing in our favorite kawaii style.)

 

 

And then there’s Coolba. He’s gotten particularly pudgy and poofy this season, and nothing is quite as cozy as falling alseep with him in my arms. (He’s a wonderful snuggler and will sleep in my arms for hours. And I’m very okay with taking a long nap.)

 

 

We hope you’re as excited about the new year as we are: Trellis & Thyme has lots of magic in store for 2019! Pop back in next week to hear all about our “top secret” project – the one that we worked on all last year! We’re pretty sure you’re going to love it.

See you then!

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