Winter came early this year. Usually November is gray, icy and slippery, but not this year (it is not yet over, there is plenty of time for gray, icy and slippery yet!). All is white, the trees are snow coated and everything is perfect and beautiful. It has been cold too, until now… today the climate changed, the temperature is around zero, it is misty and wet. I hope this is temporary and it will get back to wintery digits. But, look at these pictures… isn’t that just wonderful.
Summer forest, in the evening, when shadows become long and the light is soft, can be quite enchanting, but so is this. Summer is the time for all the fairies, where winter is the season for all the gnomes. The twilight time, when everything turns blue, is magical.
I was in town today and there amongst the busyness of the people and cars rushing this way and that, the world seems to be on the move but here in the country, where there is only the stillness of the forest, wintertime seems eternal. As if I have all the time in the world to mind my business.
This is strange but I don’t have anything to show to you… I have not done much crafting… I have been cleaning and tidying instead. I know, some of you really don’t need to hear about it but let me just say, that everything had turned icky during the past months and I have been extremely l a z y and it is about time to bring this house into a state that all your houses are in already. I don’t want you to feel bad or the pressure to clean (I know Christmas time is busy as it is, without all the extra work) and just say to yourself that she cleans so seldom, it is a good thing, she is doing it at least now…
I am not sure if I have told you this, maybe I have already, but we celebrate Christmas every two years… or every other year is very modest. I wonder if this sounds bad to you… This was my idea, I know mothers are not supposed to get tired during Christmas time, but this mother does. I love my family and love to spend time with my girls but preparing meals, getting the house into Christmas condition and keeping everything running for a few days, is a lot of work and so I asked everyone how they would feel about the every second year. Everyone was happy with the idea and this gives them room to plan different Christmases as well. They don’t always have to come up here but can do something else instead and they can build their own celebrations and traditions as well.
Also, we are all adults and there are no grandchildren to think about, so this arrangement works well for all of us, again, this might change if there would be little ones to take into consideration.
This year though will be a family Christmas again. I am very much looking forward to it, making meal plans, baking plans and this being the reason for all the cleaning I have been doing. I know, nobody expects me to clean, but it sets me into Christmas mood. I have been listening to audiobooks, polishing furniture, cleaning kitchen cabinets, washing dishes from the top shelves, arranging drawers, tossing out little odd objects that have been pushed out of sight, ironing tablecloths, making lists of things to buy for Christmas. and I have enjoyed every second of it so far. All the extra work has left me very tired in the evenings, too tired to do much else than to stretch out on the coach with the dogs and the cat. I hope I get most of the cleaning done in November so that right before Christmas, it will be quick wipe of the surfaces. In December I plan to cook and bake and enjoy the best of the season.
My hope is to get everything done a few days before Christmas and before everyone arrives. I hope there will be time for me to just sit and anticipate for the good family times and to enjoy the quiet house and to rest for a bit.
This is my plan. I hope I can make it happen.
Wool with you,