This must be what it's like to be in outer space with no gravity. Nothing to hold you down and connect you to the earth. Nothing you can grab a hold of, anyway. I recently saw the movie Gravity with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It was very good ... and thought provoking. And I held my breath through the whole thing. But really ...
I feel like I am floating from this to that, bumping into things I was hoping to have finished and put away or wrapped. This is not at all how it was supposed to go. There is no rhyme nor reason in this crazy jive I'm actually doing, yet I cannot seem to stop it. The beautiful lyrical dance in my head is so much more elegant and poised than the actual "frog in the blender" dance I am doing here. It must be the holidays! AHA!
Oh yes, that must be it! And my husband, who keeps me focused and grounded, must not be around~ lest I would stop being so spastic. I am driving my own self a little batty. So, what to do?
Well, since I am not going to be home for Christmas, and the only ones to celebrate it here at the Glover's house are the cats and the mailman, I got a tremendously beautiful Christmas tree. (you see what I mean?) I wanted to get a little one because they are heavy and hard to maneuver when you are all of 5 feet tall. But I ended up with a 9 foot tree because, well, it wanted to come home to our house. After I wrestled it out of the car, drug it to the front door, took off the bottom limbs, my sweet neighbor, Bobby brought it inside and put it in the stand (twice - I had to get a smaller stand this year) and I spent the evening decorating her (the tree, that is) last night. She is gorgeous. There were Christmas carols on the iPod, Christmas spirit filled the house, and the cats were in heaven with ribbon and such. It was quite glorious, beautiful and peaceful ... and lonely without my Paul. I think it is the first time I have trimmed our tree without him. He's the lighting genius. And he is tall enough to put the angel on the top. And is task oriented and finishes a project in an assembly like manner. (if he wants to, that is) Thanks to Bobby for helping me get this thing in the house and upright, and to Tammy for putting the angel on the top. I sure appreciate good neighbors. :-) There is a complete treasure trove in the ornaments on this tree. They are from years of collecting. And I can still tell you which student gave me which ornament, which grandchild made which one, and why exactly I bought that special one! I do seem to adore tradition.
I LOVE to start my morning sitting in front of the lit tree, drinking my coffee, working on my morning thoughts and meditation, art journaling and making my to do lists. It helps me plan my day, organize my grace and direct some of my frenetic energies. VERY helpful this time of year. Also, it helps me breath in love and breath out and exude peace. I love having the tree. That is why I insisted upon putting it up. It is my sanity this time of year. Tradition.
|better photo coming soon ... tomorrow the light will be just right --- ice storm on the way|
I am a follower of Leonie Dawson. She is an amazing and empowering individual. She teaches how you can clear a space in 5 minutes and feel accomplished. I am planning on doing that very thing, to the 20th power in just a few minutes! Then I can decorate my mantel for Christmas! And make the rest of the journals. More on Leonie later.
My sweet elf on the shelf, Sarsaparilla, has returned to help with everything she possibly can.
She reminded me to complete this glass star quilt window ...
So, the glass is all glued finally ... next step after drying is to grout. I really like it.
A reminder to decorate the mantle
and to finish sewing all the gifts!
Yet, another journal station
I am contemplating all the other things I need to get done before this coming Thursday. I even made a list. I can't wait to post photos of all the completed projects ... but some of them I cannot post before the holiday for obvious reasons! So .... there are a lot of presents out there!
I am going to be heading to Florida for our Nina's graduation from Nursing School. And then there is celebrating Christmas in warmth, for the first time in 7 years. I am both happy and sad about that. But I think happy and warm win. So ... onward.
I haven't had time to post "frivolous" lately, and today is just going to be that day. So, above are some photos to prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I am unquestionably, absolutely untethered.
And with FRIVOLITY, this will officially conclude my gratitude posts. For where would we all be without the "throwing caution to wind" kind of frivolity? Try it! It feels GREAT!
I made it to 28 out of 30 gratitude posts. Good enough, because I want to move on and write about the holidays, my great love of the season and all that jazz! SO, please know how very much I am grateful for you, my friends and family who stick by me, and read my babble ... and love me in spite of my many faults. Many, many thanks.
And a fur ball update for all of you who are asking ...
Spartacus, helping with journal tasks ...
safely stowed under the table with Artemis!
Mr. Sulu --- hunted all day and he sleeps HARD all night!!
our outside boy, Frankie. Big Cat - beautiful blue eyes. (impossible to photograph)
Here's to enjoying the frivolity of the season!