Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I've been sitting this morning writing my Christmas cards.
Snuggled by the fire I spread them out around me, looking at the pictures and reading the verses.
Perusing through the list of recipients names from last year made me think of all the people I'd written down on it.
It has an order to it, a priority.
Family first, starting with the nearest and dearest and going right down to much loved distant aunts, uncles and cousins. Some we hardly ever see except in photographs but keep in touch with through letters, 'phone calls and e-mails while others are a big part of everyday life.
Then it's the dearest of friends, followed by work colleagues and acquaintances who enter our lives briefly but live on in our thoughts.
Things have changed since last year too.....a few names are missing.
Elderly relatives who've had a good, long life and a young man who succumbed to illness. There's also a marriage split needing two cards now instead of the usual one and new names to add as a baby was born and a marriage occurred.
Addresses have changed too, some to more exotic places, others closer to home and roots.
Each person pops into my mind as I choose a card, remembering the little things they like or do, picking a card to suit their personalities.....you know, Auntie Wynne likes cats so I choose one with a kitten in a Christmas stocking and cousin Jane loves skiing so she gets a brightly suited skier whizzing down a mountain, or I choose a Christmas scenes for a family's first Christmas together.
Treasured memories crowd into my mind of wonderful or not so wonderful holidays, happy days out and the joys of childhood as I write the cards sending love and best wishes winging across the miles.
It's a sobering thought to see so much of my life tied up together on a single sheet of paper.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
We awoke to a white world this morning after overnight snow. It was forecast up to four inches but we managed about two.
The garden looks beautiful and is filled with birds squabbling to get on the feeders.
There are chaffinch, goldfinch, greenfinch, long tailed tits, robin, bluetits, great tits, starlings and blackbirds together with woodpigeon, collared doves and jackdaws and one lone wren.
I always think a snowfall's kind to all, it makes everyone's garden look as nice as it's neighbour whether it's a mess of weeds or not but the birds have churned the lawn up covering it with little arrow shapes from their footfall.
It's registering 2 degrees below on the outside thermometer but the sun's appeared and is casting a golden glow on things so it won't be long before things start to drip.
DH had to de-ice the car to go to work, it obviously froze before it snowed as when he'd scraped all the snow off the windows were frozen solid.....cue the kettle of warm water!
The school bus didn't arrive to take the village senior school children to the town, they waited around twentyfive minutes before sloping off home again. They've been told to wait that long and if a bus doesn't arrive then it's ok to go home, we have hills in and out of the village which makes for a precarious run for a double decker bus.
The nursery and primary school in the village is open so there'll be some 'it's not fair's' when they get back home to elder brothers and sisters who've had a school free day!
I've cleared the paths front and back and made a path to the shed and bird feeders, I'm glowing from the cold and feel energised...lol...sort of like those little bunnies in the battery adverts!! I just thought I'd post my Spark as my computer has been poorly again and I've just got back online again after another week of missing everyone and then I'm ready for a nice hot bowl of homemade butternut squash, carrot and onion soup with a hunk of wholemeal bread....yummy!
View through the kitchen window
sunlight highlights the roof tops
sunlight makes the ash tree shimmer with a golden glow
'Nanook of the North' attempting to clear the car ready to go to work
Monday, October 11, 2010
Well I haven't really been away but last week the computer decided to play silly beggars and only work when it felt like it!!
A definite go slow....
Some days it worked perfectly, others it wouldn't even load, yet others I could, very frustratingly, see all my pages but had no reply boxes and on other days no colour, no pictures, no clickable boxes at all and some days just a white page!!
This didn't just affect Spark, but all my computer right down to e-mails which wouldn't send!!
Seems it was a 'google' problem and not just me it was affecting. They seem to have fixed it now and hopefully it will stay that way.
I'm Sparking now for the first time in ages and not wondering if the pages will all be there and it's lovely. I HAVE missed everybody.....it's been sooo frustrating I had withdrawal symptoms!! LOL!
It's sooo good to be back with all my very special friends.
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