This has been the year of YES.
YES to writing short essays and submitting (thirty submissions, to date 25 nice rejections). YES to knitting twenty Nordic baby hats at short notice. YES to standing for hours in the post office to pass on my Mother’s art books to family that would love them forever. YES to cortisone for a failing joint. YES to tripling Granddad’s eggnog recipe and asking over a crowd to sip from Grandmother’s punch cups.
And the weekend after Thanksgiving?
YES to the open house of @adaneknits with @edg_originals, the first annual mother-daughter open house which resulted in a ripping success: I learned how to use a square, to start. And inadvertently this hosted a pop-up standing-room only holiday party that rocketed me into the holiday spirit.
But all that YES has made me go OOF.
It’s coming on Christmas and I am longing for a Lanz nightgown, Bourbon-spiked hot cocoa and taking over the couch. In slippers. @sammybgood calls this Restmas.
But Restmas requires a few NO’s: NO to some invitations so I can wrap and have a quiet dinner with family. NO to every other piece of cake. NO to arranging and rearranging Christmas decorations when a few — with plenty of fairy lights and berries from the garden — is just perfect. NO to eating meals standing at the counter to get to the next item on my to-do list.
Instead of waking up and already feeling completely OOF I am trying to stop before I even get started overachieving; read a few chapters before I even swing out of bed, sit and write a little at teatime, knit a little at the end of the day, sip some of that cocoa. Spend some time with @sweet_little_birdie.
Can you do it? Can I do it?
3 thoughts on “OOF”
I started reading your posts about 1 1/2 years ago when a friend who has a home on Cuttyhunk sent it to me. I have been forever grateful. Your writing inspires and gives us hope to persevere.
I also have a bond as I grew up in Seattle and now live in Massachusetts. Continue on, enjoy the holidays and we look forward to your next post!
Dear Marsha, Thank you for reading my words and have a restmas holiday! Take care, Alexandra (ps. Internet issues so this response might be a repeat?!?)
Hmm I am just getting to reading this note and am home today because the chills have me. So I did not get to OOF. I guess I did go kerplunk. I got so many compliments on EDG’s cards and ornaments last one delivered Saturday!!!! Happy New Year Alex Best of 2020 Nan