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I love, love, LOVE being snug in the house while the snow flies. It takes me back to my childhood and the snow days from school. Today we had our first significant snowfall of the season, and my family was all home with me, except for Jim, who was away on business.
The kids slept in, we did a little school work, and then we just enjoyed the day together. Dutch Blitz has been the game of choice this season, although we’ve played it for years, the zest for it has been revived. In fact, the cards are so old and used they near stay folded in half! We searched all over town but alas, no one has any in stock. We ended up ordering online and are anxiously awaiting their arrival.
Phase10 is another game we love, and we started that one last night but it got late, so we resumed this morning. We’ve spent a lot of time reading as well, the girls are into the series “The Hunger Games”. I plan to read it as well, once I finish the book I’m reading right now. I feel like a librarian because we use an ipad and our Kindle ap on our phones for any books. Taryn got a Kindle for Christmas, and we’ve been sharing books with her, and she with us. I correlate the sharing via emails and make sure everyone can see the books they need. Who knew I’d never need to leave the house to do something I always wanted to do! I’ve always loved the library.
I can’t find it in my heart to take the tree down yet. The holidays are my favorite time of year, I relish the season, so it is hard for me to let it go. The lights just provide the brightness that counteracts the leafless trees and early darkness. I could never be one of those people who takes the tree down the day after Christmas. I literally grieve when people do that! Don’t get offended if you are one of those people. I have a deep respect for you, because that means you are organized, can’t stand messes, and can get past the emotional attachment to do any job that needs done. One of my best friends texted me Christmas night saying she’d already taken her tree down. She knows how I feel about that. My response was that I didn’t think my heart could stand those words! I tend to let my emotions dictate any job I need to perform. Which means if I’m in a bad mood, those floors are not getting mopped today!!!
Don’t worry, I don’t leave the lights up all year. I will get them down probably this weekend, because I know it’s time. But not without lots of dread and sadness. Jim and I even had a fight about taking the tree down before company came over for New Year’s Eve. He’s right, the tree was in the way. But I won. Mostly because he’s afraid I’ll have a nervous break down and go crazy if I’m not ready to let it go. He’s gotten used to my idiosyncrasies down through the years, and I guess he figures he makes out better in the long run if he just goes with it.
Today we saw 6 deer and one coyote in our back wooded yard. Yes, I said a coyote. It’s not the first time we’ve seen him. That’s life in the back woods. We watched the snow fall and enjoyed not having to go out in it! And tonight, we are watching an old favorite: “Muppet Treasure Island”, which just happened to be on the HBO channel.
I’ve got my tree lit (of course it’s lit, it’s been on all day), every one’s giggling at the movie (which we haven’t seen in years), and I’m thinking how blessed I am to have this down time with my family. Ah, the slow days of winter – because the weather has a way of forcing us to slow down, stay inside, and enjoy one another. And the Christmas tree!