Icicles and the fun of watching them grow!
The biggest window on the advent calendar, I can still feel the excitement and anticipation of wanting to see what's inside as if I was small again.
Looking back at the good things that have happened this year.
The luxury and good fortune of pottering in the kitchen, making Christmas food that we don't really need but is fun to make.
Turkish Delight, the box of it beckoning from the side table in the sitting room! Small Sprog has some now, he is lying prostrate on the fur throw on the old sofa, Turkish Delight held high, before liking off all the icing sugar and then devouring it. Decadence indeed!
Feeling the stress of work wash slowly away.
Close friends and loved ones, spending happy times together. There's nothing like joint celebrations to bring everyone together. I loved my present wrapping evening with my girl friends, which turned into a very late night!
Watching Small Sprog on his home made sledge whizz dangerously about screaming, or is it me screaming?
Planning! There's nothing like having a project and a list!
The hope that this time of year brings, not just for what is under the tree but for the coming year ahead.
The excitement of children. My lovely children, sometimes I feel as though my heart will burst. At others I feel the normal things like 'Oh for goodness sake!'
Not being at work. Waking in the morning with out having to set the alarm.
The bliss of sitting in bed, radio on and a large cup of steaming tea on the bedside table.
Simple pleasures all. I am content and making the most of the next 48 hours before my children go away...
I know this time of year can be sometimes far from perfect, take heart in
the fact that things never stay the same forever.
May all your hopes come true.