Greetings from Montana where it is still cold, but not as cold as it has been. Today it’s a whopping 20 degrees! As I mentioned in my last post, Marcus and I are here visiting my husband this month, and through the first week of March. We are definitely living the minimalist lifestyle here, which I love, and for me it feels like I’m on vacation, although in a hermit sort of way.
Here is the afternoon view from the front door
A blogging and homeschooling friend introduced me to a new word which could describe my cozy, relaxed life here: Hygge. I have no idea how to pronounce it, haha, but according to dictionary.com it means, and I quote:
Candles, comfy socks and a throw, good company, maybe a little wine or cocoa … gotta cultivate that hygge.
Hygge is a Danish cultural concept and value of warm, happy coziness and togetherness, which people make time for in everyday life. Outside of Denmark, hygge is commonly referred to as “the good feeling you get from a well-curated, cozy, and aesthetically pleasing environment.
Minus the wine, because I don’t drink alcohol, it’s pretty accurate. I sip hot cocoa every morning and hang out in yoga pants and fuzzy socks all. day. long. I even have an electric throw blanket. If the weather was warmer, Marcus and I would be taking walks in the neighborhood, but it’s just too cold to venture outside. We’ve become hygge hermits. 🙂
I start each morning with this devotional journal. A sweet friend gave it to me for Christmas. I’ve never used a journal like this before and I’m enjoying every page. I start out by looking up, and listening to the worship song or hymn at the top of the page. I’ve recognized a few of the songs, but most are new to me so that’s fun.
I am also in the middle of two Bible studies. One is a year study called, Come Follow Me. It’s a beautiful New Testament curriculum by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The artwork is stunning. Besides my own study throughout the week, as a family we have a Skype study session every Sunday after everyone’s home from church. 🙂
The second Bible study is an eight week study I’m doing with my friend, Audria. It’s called Altogether Beautiful. I am at the end of the third week, ready to start the fourth week. I’m enjoying this study as well.
I watched Marcus’ English class with him this morning. He is reading Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice and today his teacher showed some clips from the play. I enjoy watching/listening to his history and English classes. In history today he was learning about the Red Scare. This school year is going smoothly for us. We are thinking of shaking it up next year by road schooling. I’d love to hear any reader’s tips for full time RV living, especially with a teenager. This is something we are seriously exploring at this time.
This hygge life gives me lots of time for reading and binge watching. One show we’ve recently discovered on Netflix (I have a like-hate relationship with Netflix, but my son pays for the subscription so we use it moderately) is called Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. I’m getting some handy tips for decluttering my home when I return next month. ♥ We just finished watching the miniseries, John Adams. This is considered fairly historically accurate. We’ve owned it for years, but never watched it ’til now. Go figure. I think John Adams sacrificed, as did his family, a lot for this country. I’d like to get to know more about other founding fathers. I have one book waiting to be read about George Washington. ♥ I’ve just begun reading a huge book about education in Colonial America. It’s going to take me forever to read, haha.
♥ I hope all is well with you. Is it snowy and cold where you live? I can’t wait for spring! Let me know a snippet from your life. ♥