Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

I'm not sure if it's the egg nog, the hot apple cider or the warm fire but I've been on vacation mode and it feels quite good.

Here's what we've been up to...first, this is Hubby reading, "The Joy of Cooking" in hopes to discover a fabulous new Christmas Eve recipe. See those 'crumbs' on his pocket? Well, they're not from Christmas cookies, those are tree crumbs from splitting and hauling in so much wood for our fires.

We also went cross country skiing up around Mt. Hood. It was a beautiful blue bird day. Note: Lucy is still smiling!

And there's been lots and lots of cozy time in the house....with lots of accompanying warm hot cocoa.

Green tea.

And hot apple cider - something I've consumed a lot of this past week.

There's also been a lot of Backgammon (shhhh, I'm on a winning streak).

And a lot of sitting in front of the fire enjoying the Christmas tree lights.

And the warm glow of the fire.

The new furniture is proving to be very comfortable and conducive to lazy day snuggling.

I love how the cabinet glass reflects all the light in the room.

Nate over at Laurel Street nominated me for the Homies 2009 Award! Wow, huh? I'm absolutely honored but also, feel a little shy!

Happy New Year!


  1. What a wonderful life! Best wishes for a wonderful 2010 to you and your husband and your ever smiling pup!

  2. A very sweet scene, indeed! Congratulations on being nominated for a definitely deserve it!

    Happy New Year!

    : )

    Julie M.

  3. Happy New Year Trina!!
    Loved seeing Miss Lucy in jingle bells! That is definitely a puppy-smile! And a husband who cooks... now that's a keeper!!!

  4. Happy New Year, Trina, Hubby and Lucy! Steve

  5. I feel robbed! You looked away from the camera! Just kidding. I'm exactly the same way. I'm like Chandler from "Friends" -- my smiles are getting more weird as the years go by. Happy New Year. xoxo

  6. Happy New Year! I love your blog and always look forward to reading your posts. Here's to 2010! --Delores

  7. Hi Trina,

    Everything looks so warm, cozy and perfect. That's saying a lot because it's not easy to do with white.

    A husband that reads cookbooks! You lucky girl.

    Also, congratulations on your nomination. I voted right away for you. I have been your #1 fan since the first day I read your blog. You so deserve the recognition you are receiving. Your beautiful photos and gorgeous styling make reading your posts pure pleasure. Thank you.

    Happy New Year!


  8. Hi Trina,

    Just called in to wish you a very Happy New Year. Wishing you nothing but good things for 2010. Love all of your pictures for this post and Lucy looks like such a gorgeous dog. Even though you are not facing the camera, you still look beautiful. Congratulations on your award nomination. Take care till next time.
    Tasmania, Australia

  9. My friend sent me your blog address and she is right. It is wonderful. I can't wait to see all the progression of making over your farmhouse.
    We enjoy our rehab of our foursquare. It takes time but is worth it.
    I just wish we were out in the country like you are instead of in town. Ahh maybe the next house :)

  10. Hi - i have just discovered your blog . Its beautiful - ahh all that snow, its boiling hot and humid here in Australia! I hope you dont mind but i've added you as a favourite so i can catch up often. take care, Mel xx

  11. Just found your blog. It seems that your home is just what we are looking for... classic, elegant, and cozy!


  12. I just found your blog, as well, and have just finished reading every post! Your home and acreage is absolutely beautiful! What an amazing makeover you have accomplished! I'm sure your home is breathing a sign of relief for bringing her back to such a beauty! I, too, have added you to my favorites and look forward to your future posts.

  13. It's my first visit to your blog and I adore your living room. Very nice.


  14. Simply Lovely- I adore your home- so comfy and casually elegent .. can i ask what camera you use? Your photos are beautiful, timeless...
    Happy New Year - COngrats on your award - truly deserved! and keep up the wonderful work.. such a breath of fresh air always..
    patty xo

  15. Hi Trina :)

    I don't think you know me, but I just spent hours reading your blog off and on today while my husband cuts a vent into our 101 year old house to warm it up in a downstairs bathroom. I tend to avoid the cutting projects, because you never know how they'll go LOL

    Anyway, I've really enjoyed visiting you. Have a wonderful New Year from another California girl (now in Ohio).


  16. Hi Patty, I use a Canon Rebel XSI. It's a pretty fancy digital SLR but I practically use it as a one-shot because I only use one setting - no flash! And I use a tripod as it really helps create crisper images. I also put all my images through Photoshop Elements, which also helps with picture quality. Thanks for stopping by! xoTrina

  17. awwwwww looks like so much fun!!! :) the LR looks gorgeous!!! big hug,

  18. I think I have just found a new friend and blog to read....Beautiful!

  19. Looks perfectly cozy and relaxing.

  20. Simply Amazing~ great pictures and love your home.I have to say I am jealous.Please tell me Mt. Hood isn't your backyard?
    I live close to Mt. Hood, grew up going there and our town has an amazing view of it always.
    I just started a new blog and plan on following your's.I am holding a Giveaway for 2 Gifts if you would like to follow me? Come on over.Thanks for sharing~Kim

  21. Trina, what a cozy little room...I'd never leave!

  22. Ahhh....coming here is like entering the pages of a good magazine, lovely blog, lovely photos, your pictures tell wonderful, simple, country stories, I LOVE IT!
    PS: Your living room is gorgeous and so is your hair!

  23. I just found your blog, and its so lovely!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your coffee table!

  24. Beautiful home, I loved the Living Room! Somehow, it looks familiar to me...was it in a magazine? If it wasn't it should be.

    Janet @ Housepeepers

  25. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love those chairs! Can you tell me where you got them?

  26. Hi Amanda, The chairs come from Rowe Furniture...and so does the couch. xoTrina

  27. Your hubby is a hottie!! Love your dog Lucy!!
    ...she is having a great time in the snow.
    Beautiful photos...lovely blog.


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