Winter Sunrise

December 17, 2010

Every morning I wake up warm in layers of fluff

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

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

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This morning I found pawprints all through the snow!

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

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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!)

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

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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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Coffee!

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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.]

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

i’ll take beach and mountain views any day!

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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 :)

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

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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 :)

Jen

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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!

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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! :)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

Nothing better than Virginia mountains. :)

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18 Dee December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

Wow – Charlottesville sounds beautiful!

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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!

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20 Lauren December 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

Kath,
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.

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21 Kath December 17, 2010 at 12:40 pm

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

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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30 Alicia December 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

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

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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! :D

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32 Krystina December 17, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I looove those placemats!

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!! :)

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41 Kath December 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Stefanie,
They are available in OpenSky, although I haven’t really mentioned it yet because it’s just a soft opening!
http://shopopensky.com/katheats/buy/10-oz-colored-mugs-4-pack

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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.

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43 Lisa December 17, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Aw, so pretty! Glad you love your home.

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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!

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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.

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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! :-P

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