to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice

Today is the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year. It is also the day my Dad died five years ago. I can’t believe it is five years without him in my life. Although he is always with me and my sisters and my mom everyday. That is how it is with Dads.

My wise friend Diane sent me this poem by Robert Frost which I am now sending along to all of you. Enjoy.......

By Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


Kar said...

I know how you feel about your Dad. I've been without mine for six years. He is always around us also but I so miss his wonderful smile and laughter around Christmas. It was his favorite holiday. We just have to remember their smile and the happiness this time of year brought to them. It helps.

Have a wonderful day!

Michele in Maine said...

This is one of the few poems that I can still recite by heart, and a favorite.

Blessings to you and your family this Christmas!

Sara said...

I love that poem. Reading it again today has made me sigh.

Happy wishes for you and your family during this holiday time.

Nana said...

As a *daddy's girl*, I still miss my father who passed away 26 years ago. He was my role model in life. Do so love that man and sometimes I swear I feel his presence.

mathea said...

Thank you for sharing that poem, it's an old favourite, but I hadn't read it in a while.

Amy S. said...

My dad died almost exactly a year after yours. You put it so well. I miss him terribly but I do sort of feel I've got him with me all the time. Thanks for the poem!

Robin said...

I know I am seeing this a little late but just wanted to tell you that I have loved this poem for many years. Seeing it on your blog brought back wonderful warm and calm feelings. There is just something so peaceful about it. Thank you for reminding me.