Well it's been, and now it's gone... almost in a blink of an eye, the Christmas festivities have passed. I find this time the oddest of all, the void between the end of Christmas and the New Year. I always feel quite unsettled and even a little bit blue. Nothing of note happens and normal life can not resume until the passing of New Year. I think perhaps I feel this way because I am single, but I don't know for sure. I have to admit Christmas is an odd time for a single girl in her 30's. As yet I have never spent Christmas day in my own home!! It seems a little odd and strange really. I love my home, I spend all year making it homely and yet at Christmas I dessert it. It's kind of expected that I will go to the relatives with families, rather than them coming to me. Don't get me wrong, I love spending time with my family and I love them dearly, but I just think I would enjoy hosting Christmas and between you and me, I think I would do a darn good job of it too!
I should add that my sister was a fabulous host too. I had a great time relaxing, reading, crocheting, eating, playing games and even wrestling with my Nephew! It has been a tradition for many years that I wrestle him in order to be able to kiss him on cheek. Sometimes I even adorn bright red lip stick for the event!! But now he is 14 and the chances of me winning are stacking up against me. He is taller and stronger than me and very handsome young man! But it wouldn't be Christmas without the annual wrestle!!
The good thing about not hosting Christmas is that I get to spend lots of time making. Over this Christmas period I managed to get two cushions made. The left hand one is simply little Granny squares, easy and quick. The right hand cushion is from a pattern by the Royal Sisters. Its as great pattern to follow, not too difficult and once you get the feel for it, the Crochet just flows off the hook!
As you may already know I also have a sick tortoise at the moment. She isn't actually mine, she belongs to the Tortoise Trust and once she is well I am hoping she will go to a forever home. She too had to travel at Christmas and I packed her and the dog up and off we went up north to stay with my sister. I have to Nebulise the tortoise twice a day at the moment as she has a very bad cold which can be fatal, but it hasn't put her off her food. On Christmas day she was quite happy to munch on some bought salad leaves, which are the next best thing to weeds due to the snow! Considering the tortoise in question is in her 60's, I think it might be a little late in life to try teaching her table manners!
Since coming home I have been having a bit of a sort out. I love old prints and over the last couple of years I have collected rather a few. I decided to pick the best of prints and finally frame them. Today I finished the tortoise part of this task, but I also have some beautiful dance prints to show you at a later date.
I am sorry if the beginning of this post is a little blue, but you know just writing this post has improved my frame of mind. I hope you can all enjoy the void, I will muddle though. X