What a difference a week makes. Our weather has returned to normal temperatures, even a bit below normal. Chilly winds are blowing. And the lovely flowers we so admired have turned into a sad brown and fallen to the ground. It is refreshing to once again see the icicles hanging from the rocks on the sides of the roads. Only time will tell what longer term effects we will see from the most unusual weather patterns.
While we enjoyed our holiday decorations, I'm always happy to have the house back to normal. Fortunately, "normal" to Lucy means her beds are exactly where they are supposed to be and we never move them. She does not like change unless she initiates it. She loves arranging her pillows. We touch them only to vacuum them and I do that when she is outdoors with my husband. She doesn't like anyone messing with her stuff I suppose.
She looks pensive. But I know she is thinking about a nap.
She has turned her bee pillow over as she snuggles on a rainy day.
(Surely doesn't look like I ever vacuum it, does it?)
January brings the post-holiday blues for many people. I'm not one of them. Perhaps because we have never made a huge deal about the gifts. It's far more about the fellowship, the food and drinks, and the traditions we have developed.
Today's quote comes from Vita Sackville-West. She was an English poet, novelist and a garden designer. Her gardens at Sissinghurst Castle continue to attract visitors. Her personal life was a bit scandalous, having an open marriage (in the early 1900s) and multiple affairs with famous women, including Virginia Woolf.
"The shortest day has passed, and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a
twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour."
After the winter solstice I check the weather app daily to determine how many seconds of daylight we have achieved. I love the lengthening of light even when it's imperceptible. I do hope our return to normal weather will continue. Our thoughts go out to those so severely affected by the storms and flooding.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!