I’m sitting in a quiet house. T took Bella out for some fun in the snow. It was an unexpected excursion and now I find myself all alone and I’m not sure what to do. Usually I have a list of things ready for when I get an unexpected break, but right now I’m all caught up. Can you believe it?

This is the first year ever that I am ready for the holidays so early. Part of the reason is because most of our gifts have to be shipped to the east coast. I learned the hard way in the past that you can’t count on them getting there in time if you wait until the last “cut off” day for shipping. There were a lot of late nights and bleary-eyed mornings the past few weeks, but it was worth it. I just have one little gift left to sew.

The only thing that got me through the crunch was imagining myself knitting downstairs in front of the fire with a glass of wine. Last night, I did just that. It was lovely! The only thing I’d like to finish before the holidays is a blanket for M. I’m not stressing about it, though. If it doesn’t get done, the world won’t end. She’s going to have so much fun this Christmas, the blanket really isn’t going to make much of a difference, I’m sure.

And, of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without having to buy at least one gift twice. I went through all of the brown boxes that arrived last week to make sure everything was ok and Barnes and Noble had shipped the wrong Thomas gift. We ordered a small figure eight track with a bridge and water tower. We received just a water tower. The packing slip said we were sent a set. The label on the box says it’s a set. You know what’s coming next, don’t you? When I called them, they said it’s out of stock. I went on the Internet. It’s out of stock everywhere. I started calling around locally and found one. One! I’m really glad I didn’t wait until Christmas Eve to open everything up. Hopefully that will be it for this year.

Today I’m off to our knitting guild’s holiday party and ornament exchange. The rest of the weekend is pretty open. Mostly we’re just going to hang out together. We hope to see the fat man in a red suit so M can ask for her drum. Other than that, I plan on sitting by the fire with my knitting. And maybe some hot cocoa. Or maybe some more wine. It is the holidays, after all!


One Response to unexpected quiet time

  1. Cioci Ingrid says:

    Glad you found Thomas. I remember what it was to find that special gift for a child.