Archive for November, 2014

The Weekend Is Now

It’s a cold, bright winter day and I’m very glad to be at home.  The weekend has begun and thus my fun, satisfying work and play has begun.  The movie du jour – Flying Monkeys.  There’s nothing some trash TV to make daytime viewing worthwhile.*

I have the usual on my list of things to do this weekend.  Dusting, vacuuming, crafting and writing.  Right now I’m wrapped up in my big sweater with cold legs inside a pair of jeans.  A lap shawl might be in order.  If I have anything to say about it there will be a fire in the fireplace before it gets dark and I’ll have a glass of wine beside me while I do whatever has to be done be it watching Mad Men (arriving soon via Netflix-today), gluing bottle caps, or reading in the warm glow of the East Wing.

I’ve always hated the song Working for the Weekend, but it’s pretty much true.  Right now my life is all about the weekends.  But guess what?  I’ll be retiring in less than a year.  Seriously?  Yes.  I’ll be eligible, so chances are pretty good I’ll be doing it because no one should have to work longer than 35 years at the same place.  I’m just sayin’.

Happy Weekend, everyone!

*I’m embarrassed to admit having watched this movie.  It’s terrible.  Like, really, really terrible.

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Winter has arrived in Minnesota.  The snow remains on the ground since the first flakes fell at 3:15 a.m. Monday morning.  How would I know the first flakes fell at that particular moment?  I stayed awake all night to witness it.

Cold air moves in, snow flies, ice forms, and I love to cozy into my favorite chair under a handmade afghan with a good book (or a laptop) in front of a crackling fire.  These are the months of reflection for me.  The annual nesting instinct takes over.  It’s the time of year when the kitchen is filled with the aromas of freshly baked bread (thanks to Husby), bubbling stews and the delights of sweet cookies and cakes.

Winter is such a quiet season.  Of course there are occasional snow storms that inconvenience us with power outages and hazardous driving, but the overall dormancy of winter is one of the most peaceful things I know.

It has begun.  With the arrival of this cold and snow white season I hope to become revitalized as I have in past winters.  It’s time to throw on a bulky sweater and heat up a pan of milk for a steaming cup of cocoa.  These moments of warm silence in a cold world fill me with gratitude.

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