Winter Sunrise

December 17, 2010

Every morning I wake up warm in layers of fluff


I look out the window to see if the sun is up (and out!)


Then I tiptoe over to the other windows to check the state of the union


This morning I found pawprints all through the snow!


And then I just gaze at the mountains for a minute or two.


We didn’t move here for the mountains (in fact, I dislike them compared to the ocean or water views) but I have grown to love them. So much that whenever we return to Charlottesville, I find it’s the mountains that remind me most of home. (That and the sweet, sweet air!)


Enough of the pensive thoughts – breakfast is waiting!!!!!!!!




The Mix

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • Salt, vanilla, cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 2 tbsp cottage cheese, stirred in at end
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Sunflower Butter
  • Rosie’s Best granola



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The house still smells like smoked paprika collided with a burnt log. Coincidentally, I just received a sample of Aussan Natural Room Odor Eliminator from the Home Cleaning Kit available through OpenSky. It’s 100% natural, nontoxic, botanical  – and it worked! There’s a nice, light lemony smell, but that has faded to a neutral as well. I spritzed it all around our living room and no longer smell the smoke. Impressive. [More on the company here. More on the kit, which comes with a non-toxic oven cleaner and all-purpose cleaner here.]


We have exciting Christmas related plans for lunch with Karen – 1 week till Christmas!

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1 Katie (Sweet Tater) December 17, 2010 at 9:33 am

i’ve never been a big fan of mountains either. it’s not that they’re not gorgeous; it’s just that i like flat plains better. the view goes on forever. that’s what growing up in illinois will to do a girl.


2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love mountain views. They are so calming to me. Although the beach rocks too!


3 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 17, 2010 at 9:35 am

I’m definitely more of a mountain person than a sea/beach person.

I love everything about the mountains.


4 shannon (the daily balance) December 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

i’ll take beach and mountain views any day!


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 17, 2010 at 9:37 am

I can’t believe the Christmas countdown is already on – where is December disappearing to!? I think I prefer the sea /ocean views as well. Particularly this time of year when all I can see outside is snow and slush! Have a great day Kath :)


6 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

I love the peace and quiet of the morning. At home I wake up and look out my window to the sun rising over a field and pond- it’s gorgeous. Definitely my favorite time of day!


7 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats December 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

I cannot believe Christmas is in one week.

Love the views from your house :)


8 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 17, 2010 at 9:44 am

I wish I could look out my window to see if the sun is up but 1) I wake up at 5:30 a.m. and 2) the sun doesn’t come out much in the winter around here! Though it is out today :) Have a great day!


9 jen December 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

So beautiful! I love the mountains, but I also love to look at the ocean…probably because we have neither in Michigan!

Have a great day :)



10 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey December 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

I used to live in Asheville, and miss the mountains very much! I envy your view. It’s dark when I get up in the morning… 5:15 a.m…. yuck!



11 Christin@purplebirdblog December 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

Christmas?! Which also means its only 2 weeks until the NEW YEAR! That is just bonkers! :)


12 Ashley @ the fit academic December 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

Cool post – I like the “this is what happens when I wake up” idea! Beautiful view!


13 Mimi December 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love the ocean, but I am a mountain lover at heart. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the chance to live near them. I just soak it up on vacations! You are lucky to have such a pretty view from your bedroom window!


14 Lee @ College Foodie Finds December 17, 2010 at 9:59 am

kath, I like that bowl a lot! Where did you get it from, I am in the search for some new dish ware!


15 Kath December 17, 2010 at 10:02 am
16 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) December 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

I love that yellow mug! And what beautiful views you get to see everyday!


17 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Nothing better than Virginia mountains. :)


18 Dee December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

Wow – Charlottesville sounds beautiful!


19 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

We live in Pennsylvania, and having grown in in Louisiana and gone to school in Charleston and Indiana, I’d NEVER really been around mountains before we moved here, but now I LOVE them! They’re so pretty in the winter!


20 Lauren December 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

I am a big fan of your blog. Can’t remember if you have shared this before but, where did you get the black and white patterned chairs in your living room. I have been looking for something like that for ages.


21 Kath December 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

They were custom made for Karen in the 90s :(


22 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

i’m with you…i actually prefer the water ad the sound it makes and the calmness it brings…but the mountains are so stunning and majestic!


23 Allison K. December 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

awww. I LOVE moutains. It’s interesting how where you grow up influences you. I grew up 25 minutes from Lake Tahoe, at the base of the Sierras, love mountains, they feel like home to me!
And the ocean feels magical, and like vacation!


24 Natalia - a side of simple December 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

I love the mountains. I’m off to celebrate my birthday, but wanted to stop by and say have a great Friday! The countdown to Chrismas is officially on!


25 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

I can’t believe it’s only a week until Christmas… I need to go shopping!!


26 Carrie Beth December 17, 2010 at 10:33 am

your posts are always just to beautiful and fun to look at! i truly look forward to reading your blog each day!


27 Kath December 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm
28 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 17, 2010 at 10:44 am

Beautiful morning photos!

Love the pottery bowl in that one shot, too, that’s sort of a indigo/blue/purple swirl…so pretty!


29 Ashley December 17, 2010 at 10:59 am

1. I want fluff!!! 2. I looooove mountain views. 3. I’m obsessed with smoked paprika. 4. mama pea has that towel 😉 5. have a great weekend!!


30 Alicia December 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

What a beautiful view! That looks like the perfect thing to wake up to!


31 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

It totally didn’t hit me that Christmas is so close until you mentioned it! I can’t wait! 😀


32 Krystina December 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I looove those placemats!


33 Allison (Have it Your Weigh) December 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Your pics always make me want to check out Charlottesville. I miss the mountains so much!


34 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 17, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I love that view! What a way to wake up! Have fun today!


35 Marina December 17, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I love the mountains, and your view looks amazing! what a lovely way to wake up.
Your cup is so cute :)


36 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Love the mountain view. I could sip coffee and look at those all day long!


37 ilana December 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

This post was especially beautiful, Kath. I miss Cville! Both your photos and writing were just what I needed to read on a very tired morning. Have a wonderful day!


38 sarahMTSBB December 17, 2010 at 1:19 pm

i didn’t think that i liked mountains either (in fact, i cried when i was a kid and my dad interviewed for a job at a tiny, tiny airport on a mountain in west virginia in february begging him not to make us move there!), but i couldn’t believe how gorgeous the mountains around charlottesville are! it’s too bad that i like your blog too much to stop reading it cuz it makes me wonder if i made the right decision (technical challenge on day shift in a warmer climate and lower cost of living > supervisory challenge on seconds in a lab and city i preferred). 😉

have fun with your christmas planning!


39 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 17, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I looove the mountains! Living in Upstate SC is great… 3ish hours to the beach or go the other direction to the mountains, best of both worlds!


40 Stefanie December 17, 2010 at 1:30 pm

My mom is in love with your mug! I really want to surprise her with one (she loves ginkgo leaves!) any way I could find out where you bought yours? Thanks!! :)


41 Kath December 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

They are available in OpenSky, although I haven’t really mentioned it yet because it’s just a soft opening!


42 Vanessa December 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

I love the mountain views… However I can’t decide what I like more, the bowl or the mug.


43 Lisa December 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Aw, so pretty! Glad you love your home.


44 Lauren December 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I’m a mountain girl and I’ve lived in the Green Mountain state my whole life! They’re so pretty to look at, snowboard on, and hike.
Love your bowl too!


45 Hannah December 17, 2010 at 9:11 pm

It’s just so wonderful to hear how much Charlottesville feels like home for you already. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.


46 Alaina December 18, 2010 at 11:43 pm

I love the ocean views as well. That’s why I loved going to a college on the ocean.

Although mountains and ocean at the same time? I’m movin’ to Oregon! 😛


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