A cozy winter day in FL

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Today is a crazy day in the U.S. because *all* 50 states had temperatures below freezing this morning. Chicka-what?!I told you! c r a z y.

As an avid news-watcher and weather-tracker, I knew this cold blip was headed to Florida and it actually got me kind of excited. Though I love living in a place that never sees snow or ice, I revel in the days where leaves whistle down the historic brick road outside of our cottage as I sip hot cider and layer on scarves. From my porch I am able to sway on our creaky swing and listen to the trees rustle as if they're whispering to each other "what the heck is going on?!"

These days are a not frequently occurring in Tampa and I think that's why today's drizzly, grey-skies are so calming to my soul! So, rather than grumping that I don't have nearly enough clothing in my wardrobe to keep me warm or fighting with our little cottage space heater in hopes that it will stop putting off the smell of melted plastic, I'm thinking about my ideal cozy day. Besides the fact that I'd want to be under blankies in bed or a throw on the couch all day, these items would have to be included:

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Winter Weather in Tampa Florida Cozy at Home_0410

To start the day, a cup of English Breakfast Tea. I've never been a coffee girl but thanks to The Courtyard, a Dunedin British Tea Room, I'm learning to really enjoy the quiet and drawn-out experience that comes with sipping on a cup of tea.

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Winter Weather in Tampa Florida Cozy at Home_0409

Cold, snuggly days seem to demand a certain level of quiet and peace. As such, they are some of the best days for me to let my mind crawl into my bible and journal. The world's demands hold still, the confinement of our little home acts as a safety net and time devoted to the Lord and to just listening and being has space. It's this that I crave most in a world that I so fettered and frantic.

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Winter Weather in Tampa Florida Cozy at Home_0408

It's not a cozy day at home without some cozy food to accompany all of the "hunkering". I say often that I would do anything to go back to the great plains during a snow storm in the 1800's. As a child I'd get lost in those chapters of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series, amazed that families went months without leaving a home except to hunt and trade. The visual of a wood burning fire throwing embers into the night, games, hand sewn quilts and pots of stews, chilis and warm loaves of bread sounds like the epitome of quality time and gathering among those we love.

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Winter Weather in Tampa Florida Cozy at Home_0411

The day would end simply, with a final swing on the porch before darkness crept in. The tin roof cascading off of our cottage is one of my favorite features-- you just can't beat that sound.

I hope wherever you are today that you're gathering some excitement from your own "cozy at home" list. Whether you're there now or waiting for the 5 o'clock bell, be blessed during this season of great thanks. There really is so much to be thankful for, don't you think?

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Winter Weather in Tampa Florida Cozy at Home_0407

Thanks to Jen and Brandon for reminding me while editing today that sometimes snuggling in with those we love is all we really need.

in His love,

Laura