Hello everyone, it's good to be back with you in the Attic again after my little break, thanks so much as always for calling in to see me.
I hadn't intended to be gone quite so long but last week sort of gathered it's own momentum and I decided just to go with the flow as the days rolled by. I had fully intended to use my time away from Blogland constructively last week, intended to Get Stuff Done. But Clutter and Mess still reign supreme around here, and I didn't manage to achieve an awful lot.
However, what I have done is to sort of shift my nesting instincts away from the Piles for the time being and direct it towards Christmassy things. Nice, pretty things like wrapping paper, ribbons and bows, which has been surprisingly satisfying. All of my Christmas present buying is now finished and I'm hopeful that gifts and cards will indeed be mailed out on time this year. And I'll be happy about that for sure.
I've been making a conscious effort to sloooow myself down a bit more this past week too. Been putting my (swollen) feet up and spending more time resting. Making time to sit still and rest myself physically has not come easy. But I'm working on it. A neat pile of Inspirational books and magazines has helped keep me occupied, as has my ever-faithful crochet (do remind me to show you the new bag I'm working on...I keep forgetting to show you).
We put our Christmas tree up on Saturday. After last years trauma with the Needle-drop Situation, we decided against a real tree this year and instead dragged out our old artificial one from the depths of the clutter in the cellar. As much as I crave the sight and scent of a real tree, I know that truthfully I just cannot cope with any sort of cleaning up of fallen pine needles this year.
So yeah, the tree went up with a new set of coloured lights and a new fandabidozy sparkly star on top, but that's as far as I got before I ran out of steam.
The Little People are taking it all in their stride. They've not actually asked me why the tree remains undecorated (which is an activity that they normally have full involvement in). Instead, they simply took it upon themselves to begin making their own decorations from paper and bits of coloured thread they have stashed. I came downstairs this morning to a rather huge mess on the table before breakfast, with tree decoration production in full swing. It all looked very creative if a little chaotic.
These are Little Lady's decorations, already proudly hung on the tree. I have absolutely no idea what significance the crocodile has, but did very gently suggest that perhaps she could think of something that was slightly more Christmassy....
....and so the angel followed the crocodile and who knows what will be next? We had to halt production in order to eat breakfast and get ready for school this morning, but I'm reliably informed that more decorations will follow.
I wonder if I provide enough encouragement whether they will keep on making and hanging until the tree will be full of their little paper creations?? Maybe we won't do baubles and shop-bought decs at all this year, but will go totally homespun?? Will keep you posted on that one.
And talking of keeping you posted, I'm starting to give some thought to the business of blogging and my little Attic24 space, and how things need to be managed as the next six weeks unfold. I don't want for you to worry about me if I'm suddenly not about, and of course I'll do my level best to keep you informed.
Think I'll need to have a little chat to J about the delights of Guest Blogging so that he can step in and do the necessary when required. That's going to be fun (?!)
Right...need to go drink tea now so will love you and leave you for today....tomorrow I'm going to make into a "Ta-dah-Tuesday" as my Lampshade Makeover is finally ready for it's big reveal....oh now that WILL be fun!!!!!
See you tomorrow