Cold, but sunshine. My tree has ornaments but the room has poor lighting and I can't get a good picture. Today is my first day without the possibility of going to work. I had anticipated unbridled joy but instead find myself untethered. Drifting. Alone on some new and uncharted venture. An email suggested a "maybe" art quilt commission which looks both scary and exciting. I have promised to embark on a "body" of work for next summer's art gallery tryout. My "hoarding" tendencies must be controlled. I was thinking of renting a small dumpster for the winter and filling it with the clutter. I have an unfinished bed quilt to work on as the last piece my departed friend was working on for a grandchild. All these threads, wiggling loose in my unconscious mind, could tether me to a new kind of work for the winter months.
I feel better about Christmas now that the tree is decorated, the cards mailed and a few ingredients are on the counter coming to room temperature for some holiday cooking and baking. Later today I will be making Potstickers filled with ground chicken, bok choy, shitake mushrooms and ginger. Something I have never made on Christmas Eve but I am looking forward to the preparation and the eating.
There are, thankfully, no presents to wrap, no last minute shopping or guests arriving tonight hoping for a good dinner. Tomorrow, is a different story.
Riley already has one of his presents. It actually was given to my husband but Riley was immediately interested in owning it. A simple stuffed duck (Disney) named Pook. A baby toy by the looks of it (my husband loves Donald Duck so is given many duck items by his co workers). Riley has had it with him constantly for two full days now. If you see Riley, you see Pook. All Pook's parts are still intact but very well "mouthed". He still has his bow tie and little hat. Amazing.
I was going to walk Riley with my walking buddy, but when she called this morning I was still in bed and now it is too late. I just don't feel like bundling up for the first of a whole winter's walks with Riley. I know we will eventually go out but right now, I just want to sit, rest and be still.
I do want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Having someone reading the words I type here, means a great deal, sometimes a very great deal. Life, here in my head, can often be very lonely. It's nice to have a thought or idea and be able to sit down and type and then press send and let that idea or thought drift out to whoever is reading. And every once in awhile get a reply. Delightful. Thank you for that. Be warm, be happy, be joyful and eat something delicious! Merry Christmas!!!!!!