Friday, December 12, 2014

Its a start....

Human reason is like a drunken man on horseback;
set it up on one side,
and it tumbles over on the other.
                 Martin Luther


Oh, I am so excited, it started snowing last night. Oh yes, a bit of fluffy white goodness whipping around the house churning the bits of nostalgia and hopes of a farm girl needing a push or possibly a shove.

Going to bed last night and listening to the wind knocking at the windows, feeling the cold creeping in from cracks and crevices that we thought were taken care of I snuggled under the covers, with a huge smile. Closing my eyes and thinking of what the morning would bring I drifted off to dreamland.


Finally, snow in December; I have been waiting for you. My snowshoes have been waiting, like an itch waiting to be scratched. My Christmas spirit seems to be lagging behind and appeared to be waiting too. After some much needed sleep I awoke and bolted to the window. That expected snowfall was slowing down.  I just knew I was going to be disappointed in my quest for the holiday spirit, and that push I believed I needed.

 I glanced over to the clock it was two in the morning. I sat down at the kitchen table, thinking. The night sky was dark but the white snow on the ground cast a glow, a glow that highlighted the barn and cast shadows. The fact that it was only a small bit of snow, I could still see that it was so beautiful. I realized its smallness did not hamper its greatness. My ungratefulness and disappointment, was suddenly turned to gratefulness and excitement about the small gift I had been given. I thought to myself; how dare I forget that.

I could have sat at my computer and put in time aimlessly wandering, trying to find what I thought I needed.  Or, I could possibly do something that I have been putting off. I walked over to the counter picked up my address book and a box of Christmas cards that I had dragged out about a week or so ago.


The most incredible thing happened. As I was searching through that old worn neglected address book I could see names of friends and family that sadly would no longer be able to receive these cards. Friends, I had forgotten about, had wondered what they were doing and more importantly how they were doing. Memories of times we had spent together and how we had let our busy lives get in our way.


I started writing in those cards and telling those people that I had not forgotten them. Old friends are never forgotten, sometimes sadly just put on hold, I thought.  I picked out the stamps that I have been saving, or should I say hoarding for some unknown reason and I licked that terrible glue, and then piled all those cards on the table and smiled. Oh yes this is definitely a start.


Later

30 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoy sending cards.

    I never did.

    So years ago, I stopped.

    To each her own. :-))))

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  2. Congrats on getting an early start on Christmas cards! I generally only manage that after new years!

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  3. Congratulations on finishing the cards. It is one of my Christmas traditions that I refuse to give up, though the post office is determined to price the stamps out of common sense range.

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  4. That is like the hugest job ever - Christmas cards! Love the stamps; Canada always has cool stamps.

    And yes, we often take things for granted, but what a gift it is when we let ourselves be reminded....

    xoxo

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  5. Congrats on the Christmas cards task. It is a daunting one to get done. I usually have mine all done by end of November. This year I am behind. Perhaps this weekend. Wonderful images!

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  6. I confess that I don't enjoy doing the cards, although I continue to every year, because I know that relatives enjoy them. I love that Canadian dog stamp :-)

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  7. Since all of my older relatives have passed, I lag on sending cards at all. Last year I had some printed at Moo.com and sent those out, but probably not this year. Good for you! And glad you got some snow... sometimes I wonder if Seattle were to get snow during the Christmas season, if it would make a difference for me... if I don't pass by again before, I do wish you Merry Christmas, I so enjoy you and your blog!

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  8. A lovely story - you are so skilled at setting the scene and sharing your feelings. I'm going snowshoeing now - no new snow but enough leftover. I'll think of you.

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  9. Good for you for writing some cards! I confess that I need to do the same!

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  10. May this Season be EVEN BETTER than your hopes and dreams . . . Happy Friday - love & love, -g-

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  11. I keep thinking of names to add to those cards that I have already mailed!:-) Glad you have some new snow in December. That will probably not happen here where we are. xo Nellie

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  12. My Christmas cards have become very sporadic and serendipitous over the years. At varying points my life was changing faster than I could explain....and now I have ended up here on this rather tiny island with the town Christmas tree just outside my living room window and our own pretty tree just inside. We had bits of snow flakes falling softly yesterday and perhaps your lovely words have been enough to inspire me to put some words of my own into the post toward old friends. Happy Christmas to you.

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  13. A sad but good way to start the Christmas season.

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  14. This is so sweet, B! Your friends will be so happy when they get their cards. I know you are in heaven when it snows so I bet you're loving this time of year!

    PS - I know I haven't visited in a while, but I never forgot you :)

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  15. Hey, cards are bad enough to do in the daytime let alone at 2 :00 AM

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  16. I think we all benefit with a nudge now and again. I need to be in the right frame of mind to write out my Christmas cards.

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  17. Pleased your snow has arrived. It's warm down here :)
    Sad to looks at the card lists and see all those that are gone - but we move on.
    Hugs M xoxox

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  18. Loved your post. What a nice thing to do at 2 in the morning instead of sitting at the ole puter. Glad I found your blog.

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  19. What a lovely post. How I wish I could write about my longing for snow this well. We didn't get any here, but lots of rain. And snow in the mountains to the east. As daylight arrives, I must go outside and take some pictures. You also write about old friends, so many of mine are gone now, but a reminder to treat those who are left with love.

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  20. A perfect way to spend the middle of the night...only you!

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  21. Sometimes "a start" is all we need . . .
    I need a SNOW start . . . none, zilch, nada . . .

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  22. Yech to that terrible glue. Thanks always for your well wishes "B" xx

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  23. I haven't sent out Christmas cards in a few years ..... good for you for doing it!!!!
    diane @ thoughts and shots

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  24. I still have the cards to do. I think many are cutting back on mailing cards and I've thought of doing that myself, except for those who live far away that we don't see very often. Have a nice weekend!

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  25. B,

    I need to get moving on getting my cards done now that I've returned home.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  26. awwww, I can't believe that was your first snow, we've had two!!! I have not licked a stamp in years, they must be ancient!!!

    I love sending and receiving Christmas cards!!!!!

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  27. You made such a generous use of your "middle of the night" time. And I know your friends and family will enjoy your cards and the reminder that they are still important to you. I need to get some cards in the mail myself!

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  28. I'm glad makes you happy. It makes good photos too. It is a good feeling to write to old friends. Like you my card list is getting smaller because some friends are no longer with us. It makes me sad when I cross their name off my list.

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