Today there is absolutely nothing that I have to do - I am totally free. It is a good feeling and I shall revel in it.
Maybe I shall give my fridge a good clean out and wash, so that it is ready to accept Christmas food - but then again I might leave it for another day.
One thing I shall do is to concoct something tasty for lunch from whatever I happen to have in there. It seems to consist of two chicken breasts, an unopened pack of button mushrooms, some new potatoes and some cheese. (Tomorrow the farmer is taking friend W and me out for Christmas lunch), so I shall go and dice the chicken, chop the onions and mushrooms, par boil the potatoes and make some cheese sauce. Then I shall assemble it all, put the sliced potatoes on the top, grate over some parmesan and pop it in the oven. I hope it will turn out to be a tasty treat - time will tell.
Strong winds and storms are forecast for this area again - but at present it is the calm before the storm with warm temperatures (ten degrees), a slight breeze and sunshine. When the sun is low in the sky, as it is now, our house gets beautifully warm (we face due South). Tess is well aware of where the sun hits and follows it around - at present on to the stairs where she slumps rather than sits, eyes closed, lapping up every sunbeam.
The farmer is away clearing up briars he has cut off the hedges and branches which have fallen off the trees during the last storm. The briars will form the basis of the last bonfire before Christmas and the branches will be sawn up for the log burner. Country life is good.