Everyone thinks of the winter months as the arrival of frenzy. But here in snow-blanketed Truckee, the longer nights and shorter days invite us to adjust our expectations. Just how much is it possible-- or desireable-- to accomplish in one day?
Even as the transition can be a little uncomfortable, we welcome the shift in seasons because it helps us slow down. The weather limits the length of our to-do lists. We become less ambitious than we were under the seemingly endless summer sky. Bear-like, our bodies respond to the sun deficit. We find ourselves going to bed a little earlier.
When we're in our cozy shop, the handmade items around us show us that slow is beautiful. From woven blankets and canvas workshirts to hand-forged hunting knives and hammered hoop earrings, the careful craftsmanship that goes into each piece speaks volumes about the value of taking your time.
Here are a few other slow things we love.*
Real-time knitting in Norway. How "Slow TV" is captivating Scandinavian audiences.
Saying "No." From an L.A. blogger, the art of doing nothing.
Saying "Yes." From a parenting blogger, ways to incorporate play into a busy day with kids.
No-stress gardening. A book on slowing down, weeding less, and enjoying more from your backyard garden.
A 77 hour train ride in India. A photo essay.
Building a steam locomotive. Footage from 1938.
Watching a tree grow. An apple tree kit to give away.
Watching indoor clouds. An afternoon craft project.
Lemon tarragon brined chicken. Worth the wait.
Mmmm, the house smells wonderful. A stovetop alternative to air freshener.
*Click on the first phrases above. There's some kind of hyperlink error going on.