Photo by Elizabeth Halt
Photo by Elizabeth Halt

eternal spring

March 2, 2015

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“Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.”

~ Victor Hugo

it’s the atlas express!

February 25, 2015

elizabethhalt.com | postcards from Atlas

hello, friends!

just a quick note to say:

if you want to get mail from me, there’s still time to sign up.

i am ready to deliver the postcards myself if needed. (pony express. pfffft. i am just as fast as a pony.)

it’s going to be so much fun!

love, atlas

’cause there’s beauty in the breakdown

February 23, 2015

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i think of this line – from the song let go, by frou frou – whenever the petals on a flower begin to fade & fall.

there is beauty in the breakdown indeed.

always.

laid low

February 21, 2015

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a tiny nephew & small niece were here for two weeks, and a tiny niece & small nephew joined them for part of it. needless to say, my time has been occupied. they are all gone now, but they left me with memories and a rather awful cold-flu-what-have-you bug.

if you’re wondering what i’m like when i’m under the weather, here is a story for you.

when i was ill last winter, my mother told me that when someone else is sick, she feels sympathy pains. i asked her if she wanted me to tell her how i felt, so she would know if she was feeling sympathy pains for me. “oh no,” she said. “you have been very explicit. i know exactly how you feel.”

i suppose it’s a good thing for everyone that i am generally well.

still, all is well. we are in the midst of a frigid spell, so it’s a good day to stay indoors. i have hot water with lemon & honey, two unread library books, a sweet pup, and there is a sunny spot in the living room that is calling my name.

i leave you with a wish for sunshine + love + warmth.

may you be well.

a trick of the light

February 16, 2015

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this oak tree is in a neighbor’s front yard. i was walking down the road one day in autumn and the leaves caught my eye. in the afternoon light, they resembled spring blossoms. it looked like the tree had skipped right over winter and landed in spring.

(i so admire the hardiness of oak trees. they manage to keep many of their leaves through the icy gusts of winter and the brown leaves lend a tiny spot of color to the winter landscape.)

narnia

February 12, 2015

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remember the snowshoe trail i discovered last winter?

the one that was just down the road?

elizabethhalt.com | narnia

it’s back again this winter and it is just as enchanting.

elizabethhalt.com | narnia

i have decided to call it narnia.

meet buddy

February 9, 2015

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every time i see him, i can’t help but smile. he looks so delighted + satisfied. (can you blame him? look at his fish!)

atlas says: i want to brighten your day + mailbox

February 5, 2015

elizabethhalt.com | postcards from Atlas

that’s right! it’s time for another round of postcards!

i’m calling this one project happiness. it’s my cure for the winter doldrums.

all the details are here.

if you want in, i’d love to have you.

either way, i am wishing you sunshine + smiles + happiness.

your friend, atlas

seeing stars

February 1, 2015

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i am totally enjoying the winter over here – during a recent warm spell, i found myself wishing for cold + snow so i could snowshoe or ski again – but sometimes i like to reminisce about warmer weather. also, the stars in my eyes delighted me.

this was taken at my grandparents’ farm one day last summer. i modeled for helen against the silver door while our sister changed the baby and our brother & brother-in-law had target practice. considering all the episodes of america’s next top model i’ve watched, you’d think i’d be better at modeling, but i haven’t really improved since this modeling session. clearly i need to watch more episodes!

(are you surprised that i love antm? ’tis true. i do. i watched religiously until my favorite contestant heather was eliminated in season 9 and then i quit watching in protest. now, i watch a season or two when i think about it. thanks to antm, i have learned two important things about photos: not to smile & to quickly inhale pre-photo. as you can see, i generally remember to do neither.)

so, what’s your favorite guilty pleasure tv show? america’s next top model, gossip girl & selfie are mine. for sure. though i watch with no guilt and lots of pleasure.

the twelve days of christmas – a tiny story of serendipity

January 28, 2015

elizabethhalt.com | the twelve days of christmas - when you're a dog owner

back in december, i mentioned that i was unsuccessful in my attempt to find my terrible + humorous parody of the 12 days of christmas featuring an adorable + saucy pup named atlas.

last night, i took down my grandparents’ christmas decorations. when i put their wreath back in the spare room closet, i noticed a single card on the floor. i opened the card to see if it was a blank card (which goes in one place) or a saved card (which goes in another).

the card was the christmas card i sent them in 2004, the year after i got atlas. inside the card was a piece of paper with my 12 days of christmas poem.

you can imagine my surprise + delight!

i am sharing the poem here, even though it’s well after christmas, so i will always have it.

the twelve days of christmas – when you’re a dog owner.

on the first day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the second day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – two sloppy kisses and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the third day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the fourth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the fifth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the sixth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the seventh day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the eighth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – eight friends a barking, seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the ninth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – nine children running, eight friends a barking, seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the tenth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – ten loud howls, nine children running, eight friends a barking, seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the eleventh day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – eleven mile hikes, ten loud howls, nine children running, eight friends a barking, seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.

on the twelfth day of christmas, my puppy gave to me – twelve ignored commands, eleven mile hikes, ten loud howls, nine children running, eight friends a barking, seven cats a howling, six teeth a nibbling, five sque-ea-kers, four smelly paws, three pillows’ stuffing, two sloppy kisses, and one cold wet nose waking me from sleep.