'Tis the last month of the year, already! The refrain I keep hearing is, where did the year go? Well, D5 has a good answer: her "project" took most of the year!
Now we enter into the busy, bustling, stressful/joyful holiday season. I'm thinking about putting up a tree this year, which would be the first time in five years. Don't know if the house will be ready, or if that should be the criterion for doing a little decorating--maybe it should just be done for the sheer joy of it. Even if no one but D4 and I will see it.
I think a lot of that will depend on how well the shoulder heals. It is making progress, slowly but surely. I can knit 8 rows now before having to give up. Note the Pollyanna quality I'm bringing to this: I said, I can knit 8 rows now. I believe the last time I said I can ONLY knit 8 rows. Trying to work on my grinchiness!
Even been using some of the Christmas mugs. I know, it's cheating if they never got put away last year, but still. They're cheerful and fun.
I do believe the East Coast-ers are getting some snow, which will add to the enjoyment of their holidays. Well, truthfully, might add some extra stress, too, but let's keep the outlook jolly.
Nothing like a few snow days to start the winter off right!
Meantime, here we can look forward to the "Christmas camellia" blooming again. It's that big fluffy one with the masses of inner petals. It grows by the front steps and is taller than the roofline--which, at that point, is a good two stories tall. It is usually in full bloom by Christmas, with brilliant red blossoms that stay on for a long time and make a gorgeous carpet on the ground when they fall.
Rose hips say "autumn" don't they? There are a lot of them this year, and perhaps I should look up a recipe for Rose Hip Jelly.
So, while my yearnings for snow will remain unassuaged, I am going to concentrate on the good things around me.
And maybe, just maybe, I'll put up a little Christmas tree. I'll let you know if I do!