Image and text by Gabrielle.

Hello, Friends. How are you doing? We had an interesting week around here. Our internet line was accidentally cut and we went most of the week without it. Which is tricky when your job is internet-based. : ) We ended up at McDonalds twice — it has the most reliable wifi in our little town! I think I only managed to get through half of my list this week, but today felt productive. In fact, we reapplied for our French visas this morning. And the appointment was smooth and easy! Feels good to mark that off my list.

Last weekend was all about getting outside and searching out signs of spring. (Signs were indeed spotted as evidenced by the bouquet above, given to me by Betty.) But the temperature dropped all of sudden last night, and it’s supposed to get even colder tomorrow. It’s so cold that I’m predicting frozen pipes! So I think this weekend will be all about cozy fires and baking cookies and eating stick-to-your-bones sorts of meals. How about you? Any fun plans?

While I stoke the fire, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share with you:

– We all went nuts over Erin’s Nairobi house tour, and now Erin is generously offering a 20% discount on adorable Toto Knits with the code designmom. Yay!

– You know I’ve got a thing for Caldecotts, so of course I love this infographicThanks, Annie.

– A nursery that is as sweet as it is unusual.

Cool drawing tools.

– If it’s cold outside, you might as well have some fun!

– Remember Swiss Stacked Wood? And the Olive Us Stacking Wood episode? You might also enjoy this NYTimes article about a surprisingly divisive Norwegian television program. Thanks, Carrie.

– Polarn O. Pyret just launched a fun new blog.

– Wow. Just wow.

– A sweet way to save lives.

Oscar worthy poster for Best Picture fans.

– And don’t miss the Clementine Giveaway I’m hosting. (I want one of everything.)

I hope you have a terrific weekend! I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle

P.S. — Today is the last day of school before our kids have a 2-week winter break. I feel a roadtrip coming on!