All will be calm; all will be bright… These words have been rolling around my head like a mantra recently. There have been moments of wonderful brightness but there is little calm and everything has been overshadowed by the fact that my poor mum is in hospital again. You may remember she had a hip replaced at the beginning of November. Her progress was slow but seemingly steady until a couple of weeks ago when she ground to a halt. It was a long week before an x-ray revealed that her leg was broken (possibly from the original operation). So, she has had to go through the whole rigmarole again and we are waiting to hear whether she will be home in time for Christmas.
It takes quite a lot to dampen my spirits, though, and although this has been trying (for my mum, more than the rest of us, obviously) I have managed to fit in a couple of trips – one to visit my lovely brother and his family and one to see the bright festive lights of the big city. Both cheered me up enormously. And a lovely gift arrived in the post last week – fellow blogger Deborah sent me an original 1960s Paton magazine to help me in my quest to learn to crochet. I was very touched that she thought of me and I will make time to properly give it a go over the holidays.
We are all thinking positively, so, in between visits to the hospital, my dad is working hard to get Christmas ready at their house and I’m trying to do the same here. Three days to go… I think I have bought all the presents(!) but none are wrapped. I think I have ordered or bought all the food, apart from stuffing ingredients which I remembered in the middle of last night. I do know the house is a tip and there is a pile of ironing the size of a small car, and there is more decorating and baking to do. Oh, and a cake to marzipan and ice. And I promised to take the children in to Canterbury today. And I mustn’t forget to collect the turkey tomorrow!
I really should be getting on with it rather than writing this post but it’s helping to organise my brain and is a moment of calm, and I wanted to wish you a Christmas full of peace and joy, with plenty of calm and moments of brightness. Sam xx