Dearests, I know this is Holiday Crunch Time, and that many of you are In The Midst. I am as well; today is Present Wrapping Day, and I will not quit until every single one of them is wrapped or giftbagged or concealed in some way by snowmen, candy canes, Santa heads, or some combination thereof. That is my vow to you.
I did, however, promise St. Patsy that I would update you all on a little item: the Tradition Of The Wheat continues. My sister Susan and her husband Paul discovered that the food for their boys' pet hamsters has a high volume of wheat in it. One night, they all sat down and spilled the box and began the painstaking task of picking out the wheat kernels. St. Patsy conveyed them safely to her place at my brother's and set them in their shallow bowl of water to sprout. The planting was successful, and each sibling will get a pot of wheat with a candle on Christmas Eve, thanks to Zach, Jacob, Susan, and Paul, and of course, Cleo and Hipster.
Certainly that does not count as a Christmas Miracle, but perhaps we can count it as a small Christmas Blessing.
I'm also counting the four days of temperatures in the forties and fifties (!!) as a Christmas Blessing. That streak means a smiley goodbye to our five inches of snow, the gutter icicles, and the icy spots on the deck, porch and driveway. What a spirit lifting sight the green grass is. How lovely to go out shopping in just a blazer and scarf. And, in a burst of Non-NEO Climatological Whimsy, we actually had a sunny day or two! I felt renewed.
In spite of the latest research by Science that my cats don't love me, and despite the fact that menopause is causing me to store all my wine in a spare tire around my waist all of a sudden, I am still counting small happies daily. It's not that difficult to do.
Have a lovely, calm-as-possible, happy Run-Up-To-Christmas. Take good care of yourselves and each other. And for my Readers who are not Christmas Celebraters, sit back and enjoy the show. As you know, it's always a good one. Let that be one of your little happies.