slow lane life 3

slow lane life 3

Sunday, 24 December 2017

It's that time again!



Yes, that time already. Time is speeding up; the familiar markers of the year have rushed through at an alarming rate. No sooner has the Summer Solstice been and gone but the family birthdays fly past, then my own, and all of a sudden the Winter Solstice is upon us too. And then Christmas arrives and my usual uncertainty as to what day of the week it is gets worse than ever.

Anyway, it's here, as is the family. The house is a chaotic mess and full of toys, noise, laundry and ridiculous amounts of food. We will be one person more this year; our friend who is seriously sick has refused to accept the barely-credible bad behaviour of her own adult children for a moment longer, and has agreed to spend Christmas with us, where she knows she is loved. She is making the long drive this afternoon. We will be bursting at the seams, but who cares. Loving kindness is the best gift of all, I think.

Baby E is no longer a baby, but a talkative toddler in love with us all, including the dog ("Hallo, Foshie!" innumerable times a day) and the cats ("Cootie gone!" - as Scooter flees from his enthusiastic advances). We are all in love with him too, despite the occasional mega-strop, and highly amused by him. He orders us about - we usually obey, although Flossie is largely oblivious to his stern instructions to sit, eat, not eat, or how his toys are "Mine! Not Foshie!" We walk on beaches, gaze in wonder on our local steam trains, and have intense conversations about diggers....





  
I hope this season will prove to be festive for you too; after the general ghastliness of this past year, we must all be wishing for a calmer, saner, more loving year to come, but also bracing ourselves for whatever lies ahead.

Wishing you all warmth and love and kindness; Happy Christmas and see you in 2018!


10 comments:

  1. How lovely to see a post today. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year, all of you.

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  2. And the same sentiment to you and yours. May it be filled with joy!

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  3. Oh! I just emailed a rather late greeting!
    Yes, kindness and loving friends are really what keep us whirling round that big hot star.
    Enjoy your family days.Here's to 2018

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  4. It looks like you have this Christmas lark cracked! Enjoy your day together and hope to see you here in 2018.

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  5. Happy Christmas and we wish you a lovely new year! xxxx

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  6. It's Tuesday. I think. Hello there. Lovely to see you. So glad you had the full house. Ours must be a mirror of yours today. Maybe we'll meet in 2018.

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  7. Hope the big day went well and everyone enjoyed the festivities (it's hectic with a two year old, isn't it?). Best wishes to you all for the New Year.

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  8. Too late to wish you a Happy Christmas, but I hope it all went well. So, Happy New Year ..we are nearly there ! For the first time in many years we are not out tonight, and grateful for having had no invitations ! I can sit beside my own radiator, ( a crackling log fire would be nice but we only have radiators!!) dogs on my lap, a few drinks , TV , and then to bed at 12.05. Grateful not to stand around in someone else house for hours on end, and then can't politely leave until at least 12.30 for a walk through dark streets. ( Most of our street lights go off at 12 ). We shall however be enjoying a "neighbours " lunchtime party tomorrow ....4 houses away and lots of people we rarely see, despite them living close by. X

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  9. It has been ghastly, hasn’t it? I’ve been following what’s happening in your country, while living in the horror that’s happening in mine. Has everyone gone mad? Brexit? Trump? All we can do at the moment is focus on what brings us joy—Toddler E (my goodness how he’s grown!), cats, cozy fires, good books. May 2018 bring the turn around (or at least the beginning of the turn around) that most of us are hoping for. May we all have more peace and joy. Lots of love, Karen

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