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The First ChristmasIt's prime Tea Season around here.  The weather is wet and cold, hardly any snow to count.  It feels like a Little House Christmas when the river was swollen with rain and Mr. Edwards swam across to bring candy, cups and pennies.  To go with the tea, I've been making lots of shortbread.  It seems I hardly get it put up before it is gone again.  Christmas is still holding on--I can really feel the possibility and deep thinking that is an essential part of the Twelve Days.

I'm practicing my handwriting here and there, the Vimala alphabet, as I've mentioned before.  As time has passed and I no longer take a dozen pages of notes a day like I did in college, my handwriting has slipped.  The old callus on my finger has mostly gone away and my hands get tired to write much any more.  What used to be so natural and quick has become a very contracting activity.  Time to change that.  It is certain that there are letters that are truly very difficult to me.  I also want to have a signature with my no longer new name looking its best.

I'm feeling ambivalent about the computer lately, as I make decrees that we will cut back on television again.  Winter and Christmas and needing to keep children busy when Mike was sick have found me falling back.  I want to knit more, since my Christmas crafting really stalled out and Virginia did not get her mermaid tail and there were no camera mittens or Christmas hats.  I've already got my new calendar waiting behind the old one.  I've also picked out new stories, movements and crafts for the coming months.  There's even a perpetual calendar to guide us through the year.

Just things to sit with and think about as we sit on the edge of another fresh start.


( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )
Dec. 30th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
Lots of tea here too. Tell me your favorites!

I hadn't heard of the Vimala alphabet but it looks pretty. I used to do some penmanship and lots of handwriting... now I find my writing has gotten sloppier as well but writing some letters recently has helped it somewhat. The right pen and paper make a difference, too...
Jan. 1st, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, I like a lot of kinds. Lady Grey is brewing right now.
Dec. 31st, 2014 03:14 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about how my handwriting is slipping! It's always been messy, as I think so far ahead of my hands, but now it looks like I'm deranged. Which, well, maybe is not a lie ;)

Jan. 1st, 2015 07:31 pm (UTC)
You are too funny.
Dec. 31st, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
Please pass the tea & shortbread! :)
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Jan. 1st, 2015 07:32 pm (UTC)
He still has considerable pain, but the rash is almost healed up. It's been three weeks.

I'm having some alone time tea right now.
( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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