Two suburbanite boomers throw caution to the wind, postpone retirement, and move to a farm in Indiana. There they intend to live happily ever after.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Let It Snow
Well, that's it then. New Year's has come and gone, and the holidays are officially over. This was an especially good one. We really decorated the new house for the first time, and took the time to enjoy the glow of the lights and the warmth of the fire. We didn't exhaust ourselves, and we kept the gifts reasonable. Family came to stay overnight on Christmas Eve. There was laughter and companionship and snow.
We've just returned from a quick trip to the hubby's parents in Ohio, where we celebrate "Little Christmas". There were 26 for dinner, including three babies, the first of the next generation. Dad's Alzheimer's is no worse, thank God, and he enjoyed the kids and chaos. Mom is amazing at 82, still baking and cooking and crafting for all her kids and grandkids. And I do love the car trip. Five blissful hours of quiet, dozing and thinking and just watching the world go by.
I wish I could wrap the last couple of weeks around me like a down comforter and just stay there until spring. But all good things must end.
Tomorrow I'll take down the Christmas decorations and pack them away. The house will need a good cleaning. We will need to retrieve the cat and all his paraphernalia from our son's house. I'll need to throw in some laundry and run to the grocery store.
But for just a few hours longer, I'm savoring the time. Drinking coffee and rereading the Griffin and Sabine books. I do love those in the winter. I have seasonal favorites I like to reread - for winter, it's those, as well as Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin and A Trip to the Stars by Nicholas Christopher. And Shakespeare's plays go especially well with a deep snow and a crackling fire. At the moment, we have both.
There will be time enough tomorrow for shouldering all the mundane burdens of life. But tonight, for just right now, I'm just going to snuggle up in a soft robe and read until dreams take me. I wish you all a peaceful night and a happy tomorrow.