Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sleeping in Heavenly Peace
Yesterday I frantically shopped and tidied and wrapped and washed. When I went to bed the house was still in a mess, I wasn't feeling great and there was still plenty to do.
This morning I got up and felt a little better, tidied and cleaned solidly for an hour, hung out the washing again and brought it in before it rained, before a friend came for morning tea. What bliss to sit down in a living room which was tidy and clean (although our desks were not great, the rest was fine) and eat delicious goodies prepared earlier.
This afternoon I have baked a Christmas cake (which, as usual, took a disturbingly short time to bake, although my oven was almost as low as it could go!), done a tiny little bit of sewing which needed to be done on a present, wrapped the very last of the presents, helped the girls sew by hand and machine gifts for cuddly friends .... and ... finally ... sat down on the sofa with a scented candle burning in my pretty Christmas Tree holder with Dicken's A Christmas Carol to read. The girls went off quietly to do something in their rooms. This was the pre-Christmas moment I had dreamt of as I worked the last weeks to prepare for Christmas - everything done, time to relax and enjoy.
Five minutes later I was asleep. When I woke forty-five minutes later, the cake was done (thankfully not overdone), the girls quietly doing some secret on the computer, and I read a few more pages of Dickens. Now some afternoon tea while the girls watch some Christmas specials on TV.
I hope you are having a restful (and not frantic) few days before Christmas.