I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, haven’t I?
It’s that very busy time of the year … work is finishing up, holidays are beckoning, family fun is just around the corner, we are attending a graduation soon, and helping a girl move back to our home city … oh yes, and I’ve had some personal health issues as well.
After visiting an outstanding podiatrist, I’ve been diagnosed with Archilles tendonapathy, peroneal tendinopathy, and plantar fasciitis … my poor feet … and that means no running. Truth be told, I am not really built for running (the physio told me as much yesterday!), and it has never been my ‘happy place’ as it is for the man, so now I am enjoying (ok, not so much enjoying!) some weekly physio and daily exercises, and I have placed my running shoes on a shelf at the back of my wardrobe for now.
If I want to run again, I have to wait till the end of 2015! Yes, I’ve done that much damage! But for now, I am happier that the constant pain is slowly drifting away as I diligently do my exercises every day. I will be happy to be able to walk … running really isn’t a passion for me, and I’m ok with a break from it!
Summer is well and truly here … the sun is getting up at the unearthly hour of just after 4 am, and often I wake very early, disturbed by the light outside, and head downstairs. Here, it is very quiet before the rest of the family wakes, and I enjoy this solitude, enjoying the small signs of Christmas around me.
We haven’t decorated for the season for five years … four years away from home and we didn’t bother the last year before we left, as I was busy packing for the interstate move. I have almost forgotten what Christmas decorations I had tucked into my collection of storage boxes. We have two Christmas trees tucked carefully into boxes, one large tree, and one medium sized tree.
This year, with a new house to decorate, I dragged out the larger of the trees and set it up last Saturday night, which the man was out, and the boy tucked away upstairs. I decided that I really wanted a simple, white tree this year, so I decorated it with lights and a couple of crystal strings, then invested in a couple of boxes of white/grey/black decorations. It is very simple and elegant, and I love it!!!
I visited Ikea on the weekend, as you do, and picked up some white lacy pots and greenery, twined some strands of LED lights between the pots, and hung some white and silver teeny ornaments on a little silver tree stand. A little metal white house with a tea candle, a small white bird, and I was almost done.
The girl has been asking if I had set up the Willow Tree Nativity set, so on the weekend, I carefully unpacked it and set it out on the sideboard. We add to this set each year (it’s a tradition that the girl and I enjoy!), and I’m looking forward to shopping with the girl when she arrives home soon.
And I think that will probably be it for decorating this year, though I know the Christmas Queen (aka Megan) will want to know why my white staircase is undecorated!!! I’m thinking just some simple greenery?
On the quilting front, there was a mad scramble to get stuff finished before the end of November. There will be a ‘wip december’ post sometime soon. This morning I unpacked some white Ikea storage boxes. I love these little boxes … they have zips in the bottom and are sturdily constructed. AND fat quarters fit into them beautifully.
I am storing the girl’s white bed until she has need of it, and there are three deep drawers under the bed, perfect for storing fabric stashes, and this morning I suddenly realized that they were empty!!!
I constructed the boxes (which just meant opening out the boxes and zippering them up), popped my slim stash of fat quarters into the boxes, and carefully placed them in the deep drawers. Now I can see my pretty fabrics which can be kept out of sunlight which might fade them, and now I have the top of my dresser clear. Win-win!!!