But I must confess, I also love the peace and quiet that comes when they are done. In addition this year, I had 4 days (yes!) off in a row. This will probably never happen again until retirement, but it was sure nice.
And I did, nothing!
Well that is not true, I took the stove apart and washed the burner pans.
I emptied out the salt and pepper and washed the shakers.
I warmed the honey to dissolve the crystals.
I carried wood and kept the fire going in the stove.
I organized the left over Christmas goodies, sending some to the freezer.
I put away the small amount of decorations that we had set out this year.
I had pie and coffee for breakfast the morning after Christmas.
I reorganized the kitchen, hoping to make it "bigger" until we can do a bit of remodeling.
I gave Honey a quick tour of the reorganization.
I stayed in my pajamas all day long, one day.
I did all the things that are easy, peaceful and give a sense of belonging to one's home.
Because the older I get, the more I love my home and spending time there. I have never been a big social person, but I have been a work long hours or long weeks person. For many years that meant a 6 day week.
Home was usually a short visit. One day to restock the fridge, wash some clothes and put clean sheets on the bed.
2008 has been a year of small but significant changes.
I had already downsized my work life (late 2007), and was able to keep going and not lose what I had worked hard for.
I became excited about cooking and started canning & preserving again.
I started this blog.
I returned to/incorporated reuse, recycle and reduce. Now I just need to apply that last one to my waist line!
I made mistakes in the kitchen and the garden, and I will again.
I was successful in the kitchen and the garden, and I will be again.
I calmed down. Not that I was high strung, I was just busy; always more work than workday.
It has been a good year.
I look forward to the snow melting, rhubarb growing in the spring, roses in the summer and more cooking and sharing here.
Thanks for stopping by,