Monday, January 27, 2020

levels of cozy

Is winter over yet? That's how I'm already feeling. We've settled into the long string of dreary, dark, gray days and "oh great, another snowstorm" weather alerts. I'm not liking it, but it is what it is, so I'm trying to look at the cozy side of things. At least just for this post.

Fluffy friends indeed. Aren't pets the best?

Cozy, dim lighting...

Something good simmering on the stove (in this case, black bean chili)...

or a baked treat fresh out of the oven...

Afternoons spent art journaling with a loved one (on a rare day of sunshine)...

And good books to read. Always a must.

I'm sure most of you are familiar with Sarah Ban Breathnach's, Simple Abundance. I've been reading this book every year for many years. She just came out with her 25th anniversary edition this past November! It's much the same, just with updated information. I love reading the daily entries. Sometimes I miss a few days and then I have to read a few days worth, but somehow that makes it even better.  Other times I skip ahead and read writings from another month. But I always go back to that day's entry.

What does cozy mean to you in these long, cold, dark winter months? 


  1. It looks pretty cozy there in your house, Melanie! And you have something not even mentioned in the Levels of Cozy--wonderful home cooked food!

    Cozy in the winter to me means getting to wear sweaters and long dark winter nights that make it easy to finish up with supper early and have lots of time to watch a movie or read. It would also mean wood fires, if we had a fireplace--lucky you! And soups, soups, soups. And snuggling with dachshunds, even though I do that in July too. Alas, the big snows that make it even cozier have not come here in two winters so I can't help envying you for that too. And you would probably love the sunshine and warmth here today. Wish we could swap for a day!

  2. I loved the Simple Abundance book. Like you, I used to read it every year. I'll have to go look for my copy. I can't believe it's been 25 years since it was first published. I think your kitties have the right idea for cozy:) Tea, sweater, candles and a book are the things I look for.

  3. For me it means snuggling with the pet babies. Having the electric fireplace going. Looking at the plants surrounding me like a jungle. Books ready to read. And good food. Not to mention lots of chocolate!

  4. Yes, pets are the best. You know how we love Reeses and Peanut. They keep me on my toes.

    I have had it with the cloudy days. NJ can't get out of this weather pattern. Two years now and no that's not an exaggeration. I would take a snowstorm to add some brightness outside.


  5. Definitely fairy lights and our cuddly cat! Coffee for sure and LOTS of books! Great post!

  6. Hi Melanie! I am so excited to have found your blog! I just started blogging back in December. I live in North Idaho with my husband and 10 year old son. I am really looking forward to reading your blog. I'm definitely starting to feel ready for winter to be over but I know we still have quite a ways to go. I love all things crafty and I've never heard of an art journal before. I am so intrigued now!

  7. You are looking really cozy at your house especially those fur babies. This is the worse time of year for us here in Illinois so I feel your pain. Glad you are finding things to stay inside and feel cozy. Looks like the weekend might be pretty great and sunshine. So I hope they are right. That will be so great. Have a good week.

  8. Cozy to me is much the same as you! I must pull out that book again, thank you for the reminder! I adore the photos of your sweet kitties - they really know how to do cozy!

  9. Oh....and I'm LOVING those twinkle lights in your entry - super cute touch!

  10. I can definitely relate to the levels of cozy. I think I do them all except I no longer have a furry friend. Your furry friends look like the epitome of coziness and your house looks like a cozy place to be as the countdown for springtime begins.

  11. Well everything about your home and daily routine looks cozy. I'm all about the fireplace, big blankets, something warm to eat or drink and a good snuggle. And while this all sounds delightful, I still can't wait for summer! 😉

  12. A dreary day here. Not necessarily cold but definitely always feels colder inside. Cozy cat next to me. She loves when I turn on the bedroom radiator in the evening so she can get warm and toasty. I haven't made chili in a while so now feel the need to. And to bake something. And to do some art. :) Happy February!


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