Ice, as somebody pointed out writing in The Times today, is interesting. When we are children we absolutely adore it - we slide up and down and really 'polish' slides so that eventually we can approach them at speed and enjoy the thrill.
But then, as we get older, we view ice in a completely different way - we envisage car accidents, broken limbs, bad backs - there is nothing at all to be said in its favour.
Similarly with snow. It is pretty when it first falls and everything is cloaked in white and the frost shines making the scene like fairyland. But how quickly it palls - bad enough while it is frozen but then turning to slush which is just as bad in its own way.
So us killjoys hope for a mild Christmas - easy for travelling around and keeps the central heating bill down into the bargain. Yes, that's another thing, we do tend to get mercenary as we get older.
You can imagine - I am finding it difficult to cultivate a Christmas spirit this year. But with not one but three great grandchildren coming to a buffet lunch here on Boxing Day I shall do my best to enjoy it and remember the twenty three happy Christmasses the farmer and I enjoyed together and the thirty nine Christmasses I enjoyed with my previous husband. They add up to a lot of Happy Christmasses and for that I am eternally grateful.
Here's wishing everyone who reads my blog a Very Happy and Healthy Christmas.
Monday, 18 December 2017
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All part of this awful season called Winter, Pat, a season which perversely, some people actually like.
In the Wind in the Willows, the Water Rat had the best idea in winter, he got up late, slumbered in front of a fire, writing the odd line of poetry and retired early. Only a couple of weeks to a new year, now that is exciting.
Happy Christmas Pat!
Many happy returns to you too Pat x
Merry Christmas Pat!!
Despite the beauty, it's not a favorable choice driving in snow or ice.
I'm with you Pat, maybe a light dusting on Christmas day, just to make it extra special.
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, I know it's a difficult time for you, but I can't help believe the farmer will still be in your midst.
Ice is the one condition I loath. We don't bounce as well as we used to when children. The problem here is my section of the lane is about the first to freeze over and last to thaw in the village. My solution some three years ago was to buy a set of ice spikes which I keep fitted to an old pair of shoes. Not the most comfortable of footwear but it means Penny and I still get our three walkies each day whatever the Winter throws at us.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas. I'm sure when all the family arrive, especially the littlies, you'll find yourself having a wonderful time.
I fell over today on some ice. My bum coccyx is so sore and my hand that input out to still myself.i felt do silly. I knew there was a reason I dislike winter!
Stay off the ice. Ice is very scary for me also.
Merry Christmas !
cheers, parsnip and mandibles
Hello what a sensible post. I know what you mean. I am most impressed with your longevity, we had our 27 anniversary this year but are spring chickens compared to you. Have a lovely Christmas and remember that all over the country there is chaos, confusion and bitterness on the 25th and you will be insulated in peace and calm. Break with tradition, have a nice bit of venison and relax in front of the fire!
Merry Christmas dear Weaver. Great grandchildren must be sweet to enjoy and will bring smiles with them, I imagine. My husband and I celebrated 44 years of marriage and you asked me if this is my first Christmas without him. This is my second but really sort of my first since I was in a daze that first Christmas. Stay off that ice please.
A happy holiday season all round to you, Pat, and enjoy Boxing Day a lot.
Freezing fog forecast for Tuesday.........I don;t like that either.
Take care on those pavements
Enjoy and stay safe. Happy Christmas.x
Yes, please stay off the ice! I won't drive in it and I'm scared to walk on it as well.
I'm sure this is a difficult holiday for you Pat but I do believe the Farmer is with you in his own way and most certainly in your many happy memories. Be extra kind to yourself and only do those things you really want to do.
Thank you Pat for sharing yourself in your blog with us all. I may live far across the pond but when I read your blog I feel I have a friend and I cherish that.
Enjoy the season and those grandchildren!
Warm wishes for Christmas!
I'm also trying to find the spirit of Christmas. I think it's on the top shelf in the kitchen. I'll put a drop in my red bush tea when I go to bed in a few minutes ;- )
Hold your family close and enjoy them, that's what the farmer would want.
Strangely, I am totally the opposite this year. Normally I'm a bit cynical about all the commercialisation of Christmas, but this year I'm enjoying every bit.
Listen to Carols from Kings on Sunday evening (?), and I'm sure your mood will change.
A Happy Christmas Pat, enjoy those great grandchildren, I am sure those who are no longer with us are still a great part of our consciousness and we should invite them in to the celebrations.
Keep warm and stay off the ice. xxx
And the very same to you, Pat! I am sure having the little ones around will be great fun - but I am equally sure you will breath out a deep sigh of relief when they are all gone, and you have the peace and quiet of your lovely cosy home back.
Snow in the city looks pretty only for a few hours. As soon as the first few cars have gone across, it turns into ugly brown-grey sludge that sticks to shoes and gets dragged into the hallways of every house, shop and office building.
You will feel the spirit of it when you're with your family. Family and small children bring joy.
I wish you a Happy Christmas Weaver, surrounded with lots of love by family and friends.
Greetings Maria xx
Hope that you and your family have a Happy Christmas too. x
Your feelings regarding christmas are completely understandable. I hope you are able to enjoy your family and cherish your memories of happier holidays.
Once again I find myself agreeing with you wholeheartedly. I hope you have a beautiful Boxing Day with your family - the little ones will bring their own cheer.
Enjoy your memories and have a Happy New Year.
Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas! Will look forward to hearing all about it and pray it is snow and ice free!
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