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Sunday, 02 February 2014


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Paul B

Fascinating to read Alexa. I feel all warm and cosy now. Love your word of the year and that's one gorgeous book you've started to keep on it. What a fabulous idea. Whenever I see the word Wild this year, I'll think of you :) Pxx

Fiona@staring at the sea

What a great word to live by this year Alexa. I love it! That tea room looks wonderfully quirky. I hadn't come across a FitBit until last week either. Somebody posted a picture of one on Instagram, showing that they had taken 8000 steps while invigilating that day!

Jacky S

I love your word...it has so many directions it could go.....and I think I'd have a hard time leaving that book shop as well.


Ah...a lovely read alexa. We have tried kitchen gardens over the years, mainly with herbs, they start well...good luck with yours x


ooh thank you so much for the cuppa! What a great chat as always Alexa, is that snowy photo of you recent? Look forward to seeing more of you soon xxx


I'd gratefully accept that offer of hot cider (considering I don't drink tea or coffee having never developed a taste for either). I'd tell you that the weather here topped out at 51 degrees (F) allowing some of the snow to melt, but the temperatures are plummeting again and we are expecting more snow tomorrow. This has been one of the coldest winters in quite awhile. I'd tell you I don't have a favorite cafe (again since I don't drink the beverages most of them serve) but if I had to pick one to hang out in, our local Panera Bread seems pretty nice. It has a beautiful fireplace. I wonder if they ever have it on? I'd tell you that your One Little Word is so exciting, so full of possibility! I wouldn't need to explain mine, I know you are already aware of what I'm up to. And I'd answer your question - YES! I have a FitBit. I've had one for about two years now. And YES! I love it and do find it motivating trying to make sure I meet a certain goal on a daily basis. I have found that the suggested goal of 10,000 steps per day is out of my reach during the winter when I spend most of my time inside on my computer. So I set my goal to a more realistic 5000 steps a day - which is an improvement over the 3000 I was getting in without the goal. I'll up that a little each week as the weather improves and be pushing myself to get 8000 per day by the time Spring is in full bloom! And I'd tell you if you decide to buy one, make sure to "friend" me on the website!


Thank you for such a wonderful catch up. I love your word! Would love that tea room, I like quirky.


Book shops and coffee/tea shops; I would love to spend time with you in either or both! Your OLW surprised me; one I've never known anyone to choose--and such possibilities!


Homemade hot spiced apple juice sounds fabulous! My experience of coffee shops is limited to generic chain stores, not much fun, but always consistent; one day I won't have children with me when I meet friends for brunch, so can experience quirky and cute places.


Bookshops, craft shops and creativity? Now you know that's my idea of a good time. Hold onto that spiced apple juice, I'll not be long :)


Snow or not, I would have been glad to come and have that hot drink and chat about all those lovely subjects. I am toying with the idea of a Fitbit too...so it would have been good to hear your thoughts on it!
Alison xx

Missus Wookie

Hot cider please. Pink Fir Apple are lovely waxy potatoes - have you tried the new potato bags? Just keep topping up the dirt until the bag is full. We also grew quite a few in a no-longer-needed plastic dustbin with some holes punched in the bottom.


ohhh yes, please on the hot cider as I shiver from the cold. I love your word and that is inspiring you in so many ways. The Chosen One and I are considering doing a small garden at a church near us but he seems to not be as inspired as he was when he brought it up in the fall. We got Fitbits for Christmas. I had something similar when I was doing WW and did find it motivating. The Chosen one has already lost his and opening mine is on my to do list this week.


Alexa, there was so much here that made me smile! Your journal is wonderful and I smiled at the gorgeous photo of you. I would love to get into gardening however my mum and I have a bit of a black thumb rather than a green finger! Thank you so much for joining in!

Prairie Jill

Oh, what a lovely visit! The cider was delicious, and it was so nice to catch up on all our news. (I'd love to go to that little cafe with you one of these days!)

PS I actually enjoyed your weather - so much warmer than mine! (It always makes me smile to think you and your Dad are following my Winnipeg weather.)


Loved reading this Alexa and the hot spiced apple sounds lovely! I haven't chosen a word this year, but I do have a couple of intentions - one to try and get out and walk every day (even if it is just up the road at work in my lunchbreak) and the second is to spend more time with my family having fun. Hoping that I will be able to do both!

Yvonne Yam

Love your chosen word...looks like an adventurous year for you!
As for me, I'm slowing down on projects...now a mix of simple gifts to give away and complex mixed media canvases to feed my soul.

Jemma @ Just-Jimjams

Love the sound of hot spiced apple and penny farthings! Your journal is already looking beautiful - love the doodles.


I feel as though I just sat down to visit with you. You are so welcoming!

Wild. What a fabulous word and it goes a direction I would never have considered - before. Now I will! I haven't been chosen by a word yet this year.

Deb @ PaperTurtle

What a lovely catch up, Alexa, and I just love the photos of you in this post. You look so sweet and happy in that café. And OH MY GOODNESS! The doodled page for WILD?!?! Over the top adorable. I am smitten with it! I love the way your OLW is taking shape for you, and I do hope you'll be sharing more about that journey in the future.

Thanks for the tea! ;o) xo


What a nice visit. Though the weather was cold, the garden things in your kitchen hint at spring's promise. I must admit, as well, that I'm a bit envious of your bicycle shop visit--it looks like a fascinating place to visit.


Thank you for the lovely visit! I enjoyed it :) I should really join in one of these days!


Hello! Thanks so much for the tea and a chat! It is 10degrees F here this morning, it's sunny and beautiful after our foot of snow on Wednesday… Would love to come for tea and a chat if ever across the pond!! Love seeing your journals and photos. Just starting to think about gardens here in New England…what did you build your raised beds out of?!

Melissa Gross

What a lovely visit today Alexa! My word is FUN this year & it's popping up all the time! We're expecting snow flurries here today, so I'm staying inside & crafting!


I have missed reading your posts! We have some potatoes chitting ( is that how you spell it ) and will probably start some seeds going fairly soon. It has been fairly mild though wet most days but I'd better make sure we have the green house heater gas topped up, just in case.


Shrinking potatoes? Whatever next. I love ur OLW which makes you sound like you're taking a great big adventure this year. Thank you so much for the info on the Greek word for butterfly, I did not know that at all so I'm off to research a bit more. You see blogfriends are the best. Between yourself, Lizzie and Julie I've managed to learn loads this week.
Look forward to more tea and cake this month,
Love Jo xxx


I like the peak at your handwriting. That's my favorite thing; handwriting. It's so personal and telling. Yours is pretty.


Count me in for hot spiced apple juice drink too. And from a purely appetite point of view, potatoes top leafy green things, hands down. I'll be back soon to see more of where "wild" takes you.


how I enjoy your time for tea posts! I feel like I have indeed been nattering by the fireside, warming my toes and sipping on a warm cuppa, and looking out the window at the gently falling snow!

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