Even though I never do anything to celebrate ’em, the solstices are two of my favorite days of the year. I suppose schlepping in the ice and snow to Grandma’s house will count for ‘communing with nature’ in an NYC sort of way, although I’d prefer less asphalt and subways in between.
I am woefully unprepared for the holidays, sort of. Nothing is wrapped, no gift tags have been made, and even my scarf clocks in at 2/3 completed. This last part will hopefully be rectified this week–I keep wondering if it’s bad form to take my knitting to therapy (with a halfway har har). Tomorrow is wrapping and papermaking, I freaking swear, and we should make the mozzarella already. I mean, seriously. I have all of these pie-in-the-sky ideas and my follow-through sucks because I get all ‘ooh, shiny’ about new projects. On the other hand, should you come to my house and need a sticker, sheet of construction paper, or otherwise have a pressing need to make a papercraft, I can actually find what you need. This is a huge deal to me even though it wasn’t even on the radar before Wednesday or Thursday. It makes me want to make stuff, y’all. Just not the stuff I’ve been planning to make for the past month.
I do think, however, that my plans to simplify my life through getting rid of stuff we’re not using is going to be a roaring success. It’s already looking better in here, and I’ve barely begun packing things away not to mention that nothing has been removed from the premises. I’ve rearranged some stuff in the master bedroom, a little in the kids’ room, a wee bit in the dining/music/art/Halloween room and sorted through the crafty stuff (I have had to implement a strict ‘if we haven’t reused it in 6 months it must be recycled’ policy about which I have mixed feelings.) When this whole project is completed, we will have additional space in the kitchen closet for less-used items from our overcrowded cabinets, we will have additional counterspace, and best of all, we will have more space for dried food storage. In the living room, we will have space for the kids to run around. In the kids’ room, we will have space for a crib and, ideally, for the baby’s toys. In the dining room we will have more space for those projects I never finish. And eventually I will either be able to get into my closet to wear non-yoga pants-and-t-shirt outfits *or* I will be able to turn it into something practical, whatever that may be. A place to escape from the children? A super-claustrophobic writing nook? The possibilities are endless!
Throughout the holiday season, I have attempted to buy predominantly handmade goods for presents and while I do not have a final tally, I am comfortable saying that I am pleased with how I have done. Much is handmade, and if not handmade Fair Trade. I did get some from teh Amazon but that was mostly from smaller sellers therein. I did not do as much donating this year for the holidays but I did throughout the year so I’m pleased with that as well. I did, however, end up buying more than I had planned so that is something to work on for next year–remembering that it’s not how much you buy but how much you love.
And so to all of you, I hope each and every one of you is surrounded by people who love and are loved by you, and that your holidays are full of joy. I am thankful for every comment, every friendship, and every connection I have made here and I hope to see you all in the New Year. Now that I’ve said that, you’ll be treated to a million posts, of course, but as of right now, my plan is to spend some time in Facebook real life.