Last weekend I sat down with The Modern Cook's Year and planned meals for the seven days when The Girl will be here with me.
We are aiming for a vegan Christmas and I was very excited to discover not one but TWO veggie restaurants in the city, one of which had a pre-ordering offer of a take-away vegan nut roast which The Girl agrees "sounds bangin'" and vegan carrot Christmas cake, with a cashew cream "cheese" topping - nomnomnom, indeed!
|Photo by A Food Story Cafe, Aberdeen|
I did so much decluttering in the approach to my move, both mental and physical, that now there is a feeling of emptiness.
I need to take the time to enjoy that, to listen to the echo.
It is so tempting to fill the void with meaningless activity and possessions, instead of letting the place tell me what it wants to be, and finding out who I am in that space.
I have been purchasing a few "beautiful things" for my home.
The Reinvention of Roo permits a certain careful curation of objects, that for the first time in my life do not need to be entirely functional.
Pictures will follow - with or without Christmas lights!
(Did I tell you I opened a box marked "kitchen essentials" and found the fairy lights were right at the top?!)
I have always feared the accumulation of stuff, shedding possessions at every opportunity like so much dead skin.
Always ready to pick up my bag and move on.
To be free, weightless.
Maybe now I can settle down.
I also have great knitting plans for the holiday and those deserve a post of their own.
I am allowing myself to knit absolutely anything I fancy and last night I was instantly smitten by the Chasing Unicorns Shawl.
It is my favourite shape - a great big asymmetric triangle - perfect!
And of course there is the Christmas Eve cast on - I plan on knitting the Twas the Night Before Christmas Socks and / or Vintage Fairy Lights.
Because I can!
Whatever you are doing this holiday season - enjoy it!
And be kind to yourself as well as others.
That's my plan!