Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Right Here, Right Now


It's very cold here right now. The temperature hasn't made it above freezing in a couple of days, and looks unlikely to do so for at least a couple more. I love our big old house but it can sure get draughty, and certain rooms are impossible to keep warm! Outside the snow has been trodden down and then frozen into slippery toboggan runs, and the side roads are treacherous.

I'm so thankful I don't need to leave the house again today. I'm so thankful I haven't needed to drive anywhere over the last few days, and should only need to make one short trip in the car at all this week. I'm so thankful for my snuggly fleece Doctor Who blanket which protects my toes from the draught. I'm so thankful for central heating, and shelter, and hot comforting drinks.


It's very quiet here right now. The Children were both under the weather yesterday, and spent all of this morning in bed. They are both much better today, but needed the extra sleep, snuggled deep under cosy duvets. I can hear the washing machine in the background, the tip-tappety of the keys on my computer keyboard, the low rumble and swoosh of traffic passing by outside - but little else. Perhaps later I'll put some music on, but for now I'm happy in the quiet.

I'm so thankful that The Children are feeling better. I'm so thankful that they weren't full-blown poorly, just under the weather. I'm so thankful for the peace, the quiet, the chance to reflect and to enjoy the absence of noise and bustle.


It's very calm here right now. I feel pretty much on top of all that needs to be done. My lists are up-to-date, and it's really only the final details now. I still have some gifts to wrap, but only a few, and I should get those done today. Other than that most of the remaining tasks are to do with buying, preparing and cooking food, and I've already done all that can be done in advance, so yes, I feel calm, and on top of things, and prepared.

I'm so thankful for having had the time to get so much ready in advance. I'm so thankful for internet shopping, which helps me to get organised. I'm so thankful that preparing the food isn't a chore for me, it's (mostly!) a labour of love and an important part of my celebrations. I'm so thankful that I feel calm, that I'm not stressed, that I'm able to enjoy a restful day today.


It's very Christmassy here right now. I can see the rows of cards we've received, neatly arranged on the bookcases. I can see our Advent calendars propped up along the mantelpiece, many doors now gaping wide as the chocolates inside have been eaten. I can see our wooden Nativity scene on the window sill, Mary and Joseph inside the stable with the donkey, shepherds to the left, Wise Men to the right (baby Jesus waiting till Christmas morning before joining the tableau!) In the dining room the tree stands proud, lights twinkling, branches barely visible beneath the hotch potch of lovingly and randomly hung tinsel, ornaments and chocolates. A tub of mince pies waits in the kitchen for those 'feeling peckish' moments.

I'm so thankful for all the little reminders of Christmas that I can see everywhere. I'm so thankful for friends and family across the world who have remembered us with a Christmas card this year. I'm so thankful for good things to eat and family to share them with as we celebrate together. I'm so thankful for Christmas.

27 comments:

Sian said...

It's -11 here today, so I am waiting for the kids to finish school at lunchtime and then we will all tuck ourselves in here with some Christmas baking and a couple of dvd's. We have had no post since last Wednesday - so today I am most certainly thankful that we have everything we need and all is calm, all is bright. Enjoy the rest of your day, Mel!

Cheri said...

What a beautiful post Mel! I'm thankful for the calm too and my last few days of quiet before school is out and everyone is home all at once for TEN SOLID DAYS!

Liberty :) said...

A lovely post Mel!!! I love the silent excitement brewing before Christmas!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Really wonderful post! It's almost up to freezing today here (31F) which feels almost balmy after a week or more of 20F weather. But I am so happy for space heaters by the front door, keeping the cold air outside

kel.light@journaljourneys said...

Your pages and posts are lovely Mel! I should have gone out today but I am so nervous about getting the car off our drive, Mr Light had trouble with his the other day and so my little banger will skid and slide all over the place reversing up the slope. Oh well more time for crafting, reading and journaling lol! And housework groan. Surely the rest of my Christmas shopping can wait....

Kirsty.a said...

Keep warm, stay calm and enjoy the CHristmas holidays.

debs14 said...

Can I come and live with you? Sounds much more under control where you are! I love the picture you have painted - sounds like the back drop for one of those lovely Christmas films.
Hope the peace and serenity remains!

scrappyjacky said...

A lovely post,Mel...it's quiet and calm here today as well....though tomorrow I do need to venture out for some final shopping.

Maria Ontiveros said...

It's 8:30 am here, and the kids are still sleeping. They love sleeping lat on school breaks. Hoping to head up to San Francisco today, as long as the weather holds.
Rinda

JO SOWERBY said...

lovely post mel and thank you for ur kind comment. i am dreading going shopping tomorrow as i couldnt book a slot for Internet shopping and delivery,
Jo xxxx

alison290 said...

Am loving your posts...we are not so organised here, but all is fairly calm...DD and her friend are making Christmas cards(they are aged 21 and 19!)with every bit of glitter I possess!!!

melissa said...

those colors are so festive, I love them!

Lizzie said...

A lovely JYC page and a lovely Post today too. It has been quiet here this afternoon. I had to go out in the morning and it was quite chilly - though after yesterday's -10, this morning seemed positively warm at only -3! I have got most of my jobs sorted out, up to now, but I'm still making some diaries as Christmas gifts. Working my way through these, step-by-step, fairly steadily.
DH and DS are both on holiday and were in town this morning. They came home at lunch time and we had a relaxed afternoon, doing our various hobbies/jobs.
Tomorrow morning is "Jobs Day" and everyone will have a duster tied to their tail and a list of household chores to complete (don't tell DS, but he's on Bathroom Detail!)
Glad you enjoyed a relaxing day. I hope tomorrow is just as nice.

Lesley said...

Loving your posts . In a bit of a catch up, so sorry for not commenting sooner.
Love Lesley xx

Beverly said...

It sounds like your heart, mind and body are in the perfect place for this Christmas season :) Glad I could introduce you to "I Need a Silent Night", I just discovered it myself!

Fiona said...

A lovely post and another great page.

Mary B said...

What a lovely entry, love the sound of your quiet morning very descriptive and made me feel calm and relaxed somehow, even though I am not ready for Christmas yet. still have some cooking to do and odd bits and pieces of present presentation etc.

melissa said...

AND...MMEL has my name all over it too, how funny!

Sandra said...

What a really lovely post, you can almost feel the calm around you.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Have just caught up with you last few posts...your JYC pages are just stunning this year! This was a wondeful post to finish up with...so many very valid observations & I so know what you mean about absorbing the quiet & calm. I hope everyone is fully recovered to enjoy the festivities. Stay safe & warm ♥

Denise said...

Oh to be calm and peaceful- now the boys are back - quiet doesn't happen! Mind you,it's nice to have the house alive again! I hope everyone is much better soon ready for the big dayx

madelineas said...

I love the twist you put on this prompt Mel

Karen said...

Lovely post, Mel. It's 8:30pm here and I wrapped up all the must-dos today. Gifts are wrapped, cookies done, and cookie trays ready to be given away. There are things I still want to do, but it's all optional. Feels good!

Kristin said...

It sounds like a miniature Chrissy heaven at your abode :) lovely pages once again, glad the kids are feeling better and you are ready for the Christmas festivities to begin. Kudos to you for getting stuff done ahead of time. I love shopping online as well, it saves my nerves every year :) Happy Holidays and I hope the weather improves a bit so you can enjoy your winter outside a little.

Linda said...

More rain showers here and scheduled to continue through Christmas. I am thinking I should have utilized the internet for my shopping. Having this last week to do Christmas is not very joyful. Will make a note to self for next year.

Stay warm. xx

Ruth said...

You know, this is the sort of post I wish that I had the ability to write ~ it's perfect and gives me a window into your life. More of the same, please.

Rachel B said...

This is such a lovely post Mel, I can actually feel how calm and relaxed you are whilst reading it :)