Monthly Archives: December 2016

Best of Spy Garden 2016

Happy New Year’s Eve! I skimmed through all the pictures of 2016 and selected all the ones that caught my eye for the composition or for the happy memories (or both)!

Winter Hike with Dexie

Winter Hike with Dexie

Hawk

Hawk

Hiking

Hiking

Early Spring

Early Spring in the woods

Spring Break in Florida

Spring Break in Florida (that is a shell egg-casing)

Pelican

Pelican; Caloosahatchee River

Goliath Grouper; Boca Grande Pass

Goliath Grouper; Boca Grande Pass

Blackberry Bushes

Blackberry Bushes

Troy, MO Forest School Canoeing Lesson (the maiden voyage of our canoe!)

Troy, MO Forest School Canoeing Lesson (the maiden voyage of our canoe!)

Buds

Buds

Tiptoing through the tulips; and that shirt! It is in 50% of photos; definitely the t-shirt of 2016!

Tiptoing through the tulips; and that shirt! It is in 50% of photos; definitely the t-shirt of 2016!

Dexie

Dexie

Yay for dirt!

Yay for dirt!

Eno hammocks are the best

Eno hammocks are the best

Wild weeds in Spy Garden; the garden mostly rested peacefully in 2016 (Shmita 2016!)

Wild weeds in Spy Garden; the garden mostly rested peacefully in 2016 (Shmita 2016!)

Tree fort upgrades

Tree fort upgrades

The best haircut of 2016!

The best haircut of 2016!

2016 was definitely the year of the houseplants; we invested in a lot of them and they are all doing great!

2016 was definitely the year of the houseplants; we invested in a lot of them and they are all doing great!

Volunteer Celosia

Volunteer Celosia

Canoeing up Centaur Chute

Canoeing up Centaur Chute

Missouri River (Centaur Chute)

Missouri River (Centaur Chute)

A great view of St. Louis at Cahokia Mounds

A great view of St. Louis at Cahokia Mounds

Turkey

Turkey

Playing in the yard

Playing in the yard

First year of football

First year of football

And the last year of the Knights (now a Tiger!)

And the last year of the Knights (now a Tiger!)

Huzzah River

Huzzah River

Maggie and Aunt Spy

Maggie and Aunt Spy

Rope Swing

Rope Swing (Huzzah River)

There's that t-shirt again!

There’s that t-shirt again!

Dahlia

Dahlia

Flower Child

Flower Child

Tussock moth caterpillars

Tussock moth caterpillars

Little Onion Bloom

Little Onion Bloom

Pumpkin success! Musquee de Maroc

Pumpkin success! Musquee de Maroc

Geese

Geese

Moochie at the fire pit

Moochie at the fire pit

Baby Bun Bun

Baby Bun Bun

Betta fish; Gronk (named after Ron Gronkowski a football player)

Betta fish; Gronk (named after Ron Gronkowski a football player)

Butkus with his namesake's card

Butkus with his namesake’s card

Loving these bunnies!!!

Loving these bunnies!!!

At Aunt Spy's Wedding; the best time!

At Aunt Spy’s Wedding; the best time!

Hygge and Koselig Holiday; the best Christmas!

Hygge and Koselig Holiday; the best Christmas!

Dexie snuggles

Dexie snuggles

Wishing you all many blessings in 2017!

Happy New Year!

Spy Garden Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Little Airplants

Little Air Plants

Christmas Betta

Christmas Betta

Little Bunny Farmer

Little Bunny Farmer

Christmas glassware haha

Christmas glassware haha

Rudolph

Rudolph

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Front Porch

Front Porch

Pool

Pool

Christmas Black Ice

Christmas Black Ice

Sledding on ice

Sledding on ice

Headless Dexie

Headless Dexie

Moss

Moss

Christmas cards and crafts

Christmas cards and crafts

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Black and white orchid

Black and white orchid

Lighted Tractor at Sunset

Lighted Tractor at Sunset (near Spy Garden)

"I'm cooling. Come cool with me."

“I’m cooling. Come cool with me.”

Dexie's toy in the garden

Dexie’s toy in the garden

Back yard sledding

Back yard sledding

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Woods

Woods

Sledding in the woods

Sledding in the woods

Tasty snow!

Tasty snow!

Beading

Beading

Bun Bun

Bun Bun (and Puff Puff and Butkus)

Bunny Condos

Bunny Condos

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Hay

Hay

Hay

Hay

Snow Gear

Snow Gear

Frozen Rose

Frozen Rose

Weed

A Weed in the Garden

Sunset

Sunset

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The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

Even though we are sad to see you leave St. Louis; we are looking forward to having a new Florida beach to visit; soon!!!

Christmasy lamp

Christmasy lamp

Cozy town

Cozy town

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

After the service

After the service

Tablecloth paper (with knives, fork and spoon print)

Tablecloth paper (with knife, fork and spoon print)

Dexie admiring the decor

Dexie admiring the decor

5:30 AM !

Up at 5:30 AM !

Hahah

A Very Early Christmas!

Horsey

Horsey

Lite Brite!

Lite Brite!

Trampoline!

Trampoline!

Setting up the trampoline

Setting up the trampoline

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Besties

Besties

Cozy

Cozy

Christmas steaks

Christmas steaks

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Out with the old! haha

Out with the old! haha

Moss

Moss

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

A very Merry Christmas to all! And a happy, healthy, hygge and koselig 2017!! What’s that you say?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. (source: Hygge House/Alex Beauchamp)

Hygge definitely describes our Christmas this year and Spy Garden in general; and since I am part Scandenavian (Norwegian) it is just a perfect descriptor. Which also brings us to koselig.

There is an important concept one needs to understand and embrace when living in Norway: being “koselig”. Most English speakers translate it by “cosy” but that term doesn’t even begin to cover everything that “koselig” can express. This concept is difficult to translate to those who do not live here, but basically anything can (and should) be koselig: a house, a conversation, a dinner, a person. It defines something/someone /an atmosphere that makes you feel a sense of warmth very deep inside in a way that all things should be: simple and comforting. And just for the fun ask a Norwegian what is his/her definition of koselig and you will realise it is not only hard to translate but also hard to explain for them. Then ask what is the difference between “hyggelig” and “koselig” and you might have lit an evening-long discussion. (source: Lorelou Desjardins, A Frog in the Fjord)

Cozy days and nights to you and your families this holiday season! Only a few more days until 2017!

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Spy Sister Ties the Knot

At the Chase Park Plaza...

At the Chase Park Plaza…

At Aunt Spy's wedding!!!

At Aunt Spy’s wedding!!!

A delicious, fancy dinner

A delicious, fancy dinner

Flower Girl

Flower Girl

Bouquet

The flowers were gorgeous

And obviously my sister is the most gorgeous bride

And obviously my sister is the most gorgeous bride

Sisters

Sisters

Bouquets

Bouquets

View of the Arch

View of the Arch

It was very fun to stay at a hotel.

It was very fun to stay at a hotel.

Even though we were 30 minutes from home it was like a destination wedding!

Even though we were 30 minutes from home it was like a destination wedding!

St. Louis views

St. Louis views

Getting ready

Getting ready

Sunset

Sunset

Checking out the decorations

Checking out the decorations

A REAL gingerbread house (rivaling my Empire State Building from last year! Or my Eiffel Tower!)

A REAL gingerbread house (rivaling my Empire State Building from last year! Or my Eiffel Tower from 2014!)

We had the greatest time!

We had the greatest time!

Back home; some winter gardening progress…

Dug up all the Dahlia tubers (now hibernating in the basement) and 3 rosemary plants

Dug up all the Dahlia tubers (now hibernating in the basement) and 3 rosemary plants

We potted up the rosemary; they're like little Christmas trees!

We potted up the rosemary; they’re like little Christmas trees!

Gardening by lantern haha!

Gardening by lantern haha!

Christmas Rosemary

Christmas Rosemary

The ottoman is red and the couches are green; so the man cave is VERY Christmas-y!!

The ottoman is red and the couches are green; so the man cave is VERY Christmas-y!!

Snuggle Bunny

Snuggle Bunny

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Practicing for Christmas Eve

Practicing for Christmas Eve at church

Bringing the bunnies to school (again!)

Bringing the bunnies to school (again!)

Winter light

Winter light

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

Forest School Besties

Forest School Besties

Bunny Yoga

Bunny Yoga

Bun Bun loves yoga!

Bun Bun loves yoga!

Bun Bun is my favorite.

Puff Puff; check out his one black and white whisker!

Puff Puff; check out his one black and white whisker!

After school snacks

After school snacks

Bunny food

Bunny food

Mmm carrots!

Mmm carrots!

Hair Selfie

Hair Selfie

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Chandelier

Chandelier

Durer detail

Durer detail

Outdoor lights

Outdoor lights

Hope you all are having a nice December; only 10 days ’till Christmas!!!