Monday, December 20, 2010

happy

holiday spirals
As my family and I spiral in towards the center of  the holiday festivities, life has taken on a lovely blur. I usually get overwhelmed trying to do EVERYTHING... and do it all well, for that matter. Not this year. I've given myself permission to enjoy the ride and not constantly be in the driver's seat. My daily practices attempts at mindfulness this fall really set the tone for how I choose to greet each moment. My hope is to hold onto this awareness in the new year when I have lots of big projects lined up.
In the meantime, here's a list of what's making me super happy right now:
~My mother returning to the barn just in time for Christmas! And my sweet husband driving into the wee hours of the night to get her when her original flight was CANCELLED.
let it snow
~Counting down the days "easy style"... lots of treasure hunts and spontaneous games behind each door has made for very little prep and silly nights.
~Knitting and sewing by the fire as we wait for snow. I've been making more wool coil spirals for ornaments, to adorn hats(shhh!), and top gifts. My daughter finally changed from pink to blue wool.  Hickory Cat... just keeping us company seems to suit him fine.
knitting blues
~Learning how to get the surprising mothball smell out of my thrifted sweater dress just in time for a holiday party!  How? White vinegar and sunshine/fresh air (thanks to tweeting friends).
~The Solstice lunar eclipse! Here's some info and tips.
~And lastly... our most savored new tradition: candy cane whipped cream in hot cocoa, on waffles, with chai, or just by the spoonful! You really have to try it... really! December will never be the same.
peppermint whipped cream!
 And what's making you super happy right now?
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13 comments:

  1. On our first official day of Christmas vacation, sleeping in this morning is making me happy, especially since I know we will not be sleeping in on Christmas day. Enjoying our tree lights from the moment we awake until we go to bed also makes me happy. The coils are so pretty.

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  2. My brother coming in to town and spending Christmas with us is making me happy! Sharing Christmas Eve dinner with 22 aunts/uncles/cousins is making me happy (and a little overwhelmed...but it's a good kinda overwhelmed!) :)

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  3. Tara- we're loving the light action, too!
    Stephanie- what festive way to spend Christmas eve! Good luck and have fun!

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  4. What a lovely list you have!
    What's making me super happy right now, surprisingly, is that we have colds. Not happy for my partner who has to work outdoors in the winter air, but for us unschoolers this simply means we can sloooooooooooow down our days leading up to Christmas. This is a blessing :)

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  5. such a lovely post. like you, relaxing with family is high on my list. it's nice to have time off together to sit around and cook big meals. xo

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  6. Peppermint whipped cream sounds awesome! My trick for mothball smell is nothing revolutionary-- just the dryer. The smell resists soap and water but it no match for heat and light!

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  7. I like your list!
    Happy Things:
    I came in from helping outdoors -- opening & closing gates for the livestock as Hubs and Son cleaned and laid in new straw for bedding. It's so crisp and fresh outs there!

    Lighting candles.

    Shipping Christmas cookies.

    Thanks for spreading your JOY!

    Jody

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  8. Eating cookies, drinking tea, wrapping presents, turning on the Christmas tree lights. Also helping out at my local food bank where they are getting gifts and presents ready for over 100 families in need.

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  9. Oh yes, that has given me a lovely feel for Christmas in the cold. So snug! x

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  10. so fantastic to see your wonderful family and hickory in this post. I went to bed last night disappointed that the sky was cloud covered but something woke me up between three and four am, I looked out of my guest room window on the way to the washroom and stopped in amazement as I had a beautiful view of the full lunar eclipse. AHHHHHHH

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  11. school is out .. for a teacher like me that is major! love the glimpse of your "easy"...

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  12. That's your mom's barn!? I've totally not made that connection, even though I driven by on the way to sweetland every week for the last three years! I've always thought it was a beautiful property. Glad to know whose hands its in.

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  13. That's your mom's barn!? I've totally not made that connection, even though I've driven by on the way to sweetland every week for the last three years! I've always thought it was a beautiful property. Glad to know whose hands its in.

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