2 January 2017 is logical New Year’s Day since 1 January fell on a Sunday this year. A bonus day to settle and assess after disembarking from the runaway train that carried us through the holidays.

Reading by the fire. Not a bad way to usher in a new year. Finding myself more and more attracted to our fireside. Becoming routine to gather scraps of lumber from Frank’s workshop for kindling, crumple old newspapers and throw on a couple of logs before settling down to read.

Partially a nesting instinct, I’m sure. Avoidance of political news is now routine. Quite a reversal for one who avidly followed events. Burying my head in the sand (or in a book by the fireside) won’t reverse the outcome of the presidential election or stop distressing future events from unfolding, but I still need time to at least attempt to process the situation in this country that produced our current state of affairs.

Winter is a good time for fireside introspection. But time and life have a way of marching on. Perhaps it’s a good thing that we have Daisy to force us to bundle into hats and gloves and boots (love my UGGS!) and head out the door for a daily walk. Left to my own devices, I’d probably settle for the treadmill in the basement. Even I have to admit that, in spite of the cold, outside is better.

Thinking of Mary Oliver’s words from “November,” in Why I Wake Early:

Through the window
we could see
how far away it was to the gates of April.
Let the fire now
put on its red hat
and sing to us.



About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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3 Responses to Fireside

  1. Janet Andrade says:


    Sent from my iPad


  2. Diane says:

    Oh, yes! Happy New Year!

  3. Summer here but your fire looks beautiful – I enjoy ours and a good book in winter 👌

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