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Country Living, Reading, Simple Living

Hello 2016

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
― Edith Sitwell

barn cat

cozy winter


cozy cabin


ryan and hannah corson


corsons in living room

nubian goat


Temperatures have been pretty chilly and we’ve had snow on the ground since Thanksgiving. This means watering animals twice a day with hot water, feeding everyone a little bit more, and bundling up as much as possible before morning and evening chores.


We had some new friends, Zach and Elle, stop by on their road-trip-tour to interview us and the animals. They are working on a project called the New Americans. Their goal is to wander around the U.S., capturing the stories of normal, everyday Americans. We had a blast hanging out with them and getting to know them for less than 24 hours before they moved onto the next destination. You can follow their journey via Instagram (links above).


Christmastime was fun this year. We chopped down a massive tree from some friend property and drug it between 1/4-1/2 mile back to the car. I think we decided on a slightly smaller one for next year, but it still looked great once we got lights and ornaments on it.

christmas tree

restoring simple


restoring simple


We also went on a Christmas morning hike where Ry surprised me with another tree & cozy campfire.



We also found out that we’re expecting a baby around the end of July! So I’ve (Hannah) been dealing with fatigued, nausea, and eating a ton of cereal. We’re looking forward to this new adventure this summer!



There really hasn’t been too much going on other than normal daily routine. Which is nice.

  • Ryan finished making the aspen ladder for our bookshelves (photo to come later)
  • We’ve been enjoying getting our Christmas presents (Taproot, Backwoods Home) sporadically over the last month (thanks MIL!) and reading them in the mornings or evenings next to the fire.
  • I started thinking about & planning the garden and what we’d like to plant and what we should plant, seeing as the baby will be coming right before harvest time…
  • Also reading: Lord of the Flies, The Friday Night Knitting Club, & Birthing from Within.
  • Watching: That 70s show, Downton Abbey, Business of Being Born, & Holy Ghost.


Thanks for reading & stay warm!

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  • Reply Jennie L. Brown January 11, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Looks very winter comfortable. And . . . the mountain view is always great.

    • Reply RyanHannah January 11, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      You’re right – the mountains don’t ever disappoint :)

  • Reply Jana Miller January 11, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Beautiful, Hannah! Congratulations!!! I’ll be a Grandma in June and your Mom in July! Awesome!

    • Reply RyanHannah January 12, 2016 at 7:45 am

      That’s awesome! You two grannies are gonna have to start warming up the rockin chairs pretty soon ;-)

    what are your thoughts?