|Cozy, fleece-lined slippers.|
What else keeps me cozy? There’s nothing like my first cup of coffee. I brought over my hand crank Burr grinder, and finally, after searching for a month, discovered some good organic whole bean coffee. I brew it using a coffee sock, which is kind of like pour over or drip. A cup or two of coffee keeps me feeling real snug. And when I need a break from it, I turn to robust Earl Grey tea.
Another cozy activity the girls and I do on school days is
to begin lessons with Morning Time. We sit on the terrace wrapped up in
coats and blankets (if necessary) or basking in the sunlight on a warm day.
Morning Time always consists of a song, a prayer, a Bible reading, and a
chapter in a book. Currently, our lineup is Love the Lord Your God, a
prayer of St. Patrick, a reading from the book of Acts, and a chapter from
Tumtum and Nutmeg.
One of my favorite things we get to do is buy roasted chestnuts. Have you ever come across the children’s book In the Town All Year Round? It has characters that go through each season. There are little picture stories throughout and you can track what happens to them. One character sells balloons one season, ice cream another, and roasted chestnuts in the winter. I remember thinking how enchanting that was while wondering if I would ever get to try a chestnut in my life.
Well, there is a chestnut vendor precisely one block away
across a street. He and his wife scoop handfuls of chestnuts into a shiny pot
over a fire. The smell is heaven. It’s a combination of maple and cinnamon and
camp fire. You say how much you want to pay (two euros, three euros) and they
wrap a piece of paper into a cone, fill it with hot chestnuts, and hand over
that package of coziness to one very delighted family.
|Just a couple of blocks from our home.|
|The meat of a chestnut|
And you? How do you do cozy?