Thursday, December 25, 2008
I love the serenity of spending a peaceful, gift-free Yule season at home with my Beloved, sitting by the glow cast by flicker flames and deep red embers in our fireplace drinking a warm cup of apple raspberry cider, watching old movies and just enjoying each others company. I did a little baking this year since I was gifted with a very large bag of sliced almonds. I made a fantastic cranberry cake made with almonds mixed in the batter & sprinkled on top (along with a liberal sprinkling of Cointreau) and cranberry cider (in place of OJ-I simply modified the bread recipe on the back of a bag of cranberries) which was delightfully eaten by many at a friends party tuesday evening I also made almond cookies, half made with Splenda (hubbies) and sugar (for me) ... well of the versions of the almond cookies kinda sucked, so that is actually a blessing as I still have plenty to bring to a big gathering today vs eating them all myself :0. The only 'present' we self~gifted this year is a beautiful big red vase of arranged flowers on our living room square table adding whiffs of fragrant grace to our holiday environment. So I've plenty of time to work out- I even put in a whole 2 hours yesterday in fact! My gym is closed today, but I'll get in my 6-7 mile walk easily enough before trotting off to a fellow dancers Christmas open house. I should say open house and yard... they have a big deck and short trail leading to a hugh fire pit surrounded by wood benches along with several acres I can meander around. I figure there will be about 50-100 people there, so there will be no shortage of hopefully esoteric (at best) or intelligent (at least) conversations!
All of this is a vast improvement of my past gorging 'merry' days of past. Sometimes I do miss having children & more family around. .....humm, well let me just think about that some more... Ok, I wouldn't want to go back to all that unless I can also bring my current knowledge with me and we all know one can't do that...! Oh I do send them love where ever they find themselves now! ♡
This time of year I frequently think of my mom & dad, both of who have long passed away youngish - too young in fact to see me happily married (ok, I waited till I was 50!) to a wise and secure man, and me 'skinny' and healthier then my old heavy days. And I am more happy and fulfilled then ever before! My own life force mojo is fine tuned and primed; I have my own seamstress business, which I love, and volunteer my time doing artish things like (designing a logo for a non-profit dance studio) that benefits my community. And I have a community!!! A series of overlapping circles within circles, each interconnected by a love of ecstatic dancing, most conscious & awake (or becoming so) with a wide variety of unconventional artistic talents and metaphysical expertise! A blessing beyond all other riches!!!
I have Soooo much to be grateful for! I must never lose sight of that!!!
Well I am off to walk the walk and present a gift to you, gentle reader, this blessing:
I wish you peace and joy throughout the holiday season.
I wish you time with loved ones and friends to warm your heart.
I wish you serenity and calm from all the rush and chaos the season tends to bring.
I wish you hope for the new year to come.
I bring you gratitude and appreciation from my heart for everything you do for me.
I hope this holiday season is filled with whatever brings you happiness and a peaceful heart.
Love & More Love,