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Thursday, December 27th, 2012

That’s it then.

Christmas 2012.

Quiet, good food, nice walks, Midnight Mass, time spent with family and friends, reading, knitting (I’m still not finished, thanks for asking!), watching unaccustomed amounts of telly. No big parties, no teenage drama (which probably counts as a miracle) and really no stress. I’m beginning to think I could actually cook a Christmas lunch in my sleep. Years ago it seemed like such a big deal. After 20 years of Delia and the same menu it really runs like a dream.

We’re still enjoying turkey sandwiches. (Which for me is one of the best things about Christmas really!)

So…I know you’re all waiting to hear about the quilt.

Well I can’t say there was unadulterated delight. It was more a case of ‘oh, what shall I do with this?’ Mum did think it was lovely, but then put it away and it hasn’t been mentioned again. I’m chalking it up as a success because she hasn’t asked if she can leave it at my house….yet….there’s still time, but my fingers are crossed. Sorry Katy I have to disappoint you on the request for a delighted photo….. šŸ™ I guess this was about as good as it was ever going to get, so I’m pretty contented with how things panned out!

I rather like the after Christmas down time, don’t you? The weather is rubbish, no-one wants to do anything and I can potter to my heart’s delight. Today is laundry, making turkey stock and general cleaning and tidying. I’m pondering as I go – resolutions for next year, projects I want to make, ways I’m going to make changes in my life. I rather like days like today.



15 Responses to “Phew”

  1. Susan Says:

    Thanks for the reminder – I have a load of wash to get out the machine and another to put in. Glad the holidays have been drama free so far. Best present you could have received. Wish the quilt got a more over the top reception but it happens sometimes. I think that you make beautiful things, just so you know the rest of us are here cheering you on.

  2. Katy Says:

    Aww, sorry about the lack of photo, but glad everything else has been fab šŸ™‚ I started cleaning yesterday on a rather monumental scale, and now I’m in agony around my shoulders, too much heavy lifting and stretching into strange places I fear… Ah well, if I’m done by tomorrow night I have 9 whole days to play and put my feet up šŸ˜‰

  3. Sarah Says:

    Funny how it all runs smoothly after all the stressing before the day. It happens like this for me every year too. Glad your Christmas went smoothly and quietly. Ours did too. I don’t do resolutions or goals well. This years was to start blogging. Well that didn’t happen, I went back to work instead! The weather is beautiful here in South Australia, so we’re enjoying doing little, lazing about watching cricket on the tv, and going to the beach as often as we can. We only live a 10minute drive from it. I like the relaxing that comes after Christmas too. Although my 9 year old daughter is starting to get frustrated with us doing “nothing”. Her first words every morning are “what are we gonna do today?” Have been since she was 2!

  4. Vreni Says:

    I have long given up making quilts for my nearest and dearest (with the exception of a couple if people) as the work is not appreciated at all. So why bother? I rather make quilts for good causes now instead. Glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas with no dramas. I don’t know about you, but as much as I always look forward to the festivities, I’m also always glad when it’s behind us and we can go back “to normal” again. Happy pondering and let us know, if you had any epiphanies.

  5. CarlaHR Says:

    I’m with you Helen, it is so nice to relax – today there really isn’t any choice – I could start cleaning but won’t start just in case the power goes out (we are having a snow and wind storm at the moment – the forecast is for 20 to 30 cms) – that’s my excuse and I am sticking to it. Instead I will putter around and relax.

  6. Diane Neale Says:

    Glad your Christmas was stress free – especially teenager wise! At least there was no surprises with the quilt. I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow. I’ve been sock knitting this week ! Nearly finished.

  7. Leanne Says:

    Today is our day off before the next round of guests arrive, Christmas at my house runs for the better part of 2 weeks, but it has been great fun so far. I love the quilt, and I expect she does too but has some reason she cannot show it. Maybe next year give the beautiful quilt to another?

  8. diane stanley Says:

    Glad to hear Christmas was great and the quilt was sort of well received. I love these days after Christmas, thinking of new projects, new trends, and new life changes. Hmmm, I wonder what 2013 will bring to all of us and what we will do. Happy New Year!

  9. Danny Says:

    Sorry your quilt didn’t get the great reaction you were hoping for. I think everything you make is fantastic! Glad your Christmas is winding down. We need to take down our decorations and clean too.

  10. Tanya Says:

    Enjoy the down time…….. glad you had a good Christmas. Looking forward to hearing your resolutions and projects for 2013 xx

  11. Linds Says:

    I know. I am having one of those too, with no compulsion to go anywhere near a shop, sales or not. Just general pottering and thinking and washing and soup making I love it. And the rain still falls here. I have had enough rain. I would like to go for a walk, I think……..

  12. Catherine Says:

    Glad it was all stress free, although a shame about the quilt reaction, I know how that feels! We have had a lovely lazy time too, just perfect!

  13. MelD Says:

    It’s struck me this year that there seems to be a general calm about the place – I haven’t witnessed any other stress, either…
    But I agree, anyway, that these few “inbetween” days are great for pottering, wondering, cleaning and thinking.
    So glad all has gone quietly and you can enjoy this midwinter break, now – and have yourself a particularly good day, today, right?! šŸ˜‰ x

  14. Elisabeth Says:

    Tell your mum to leave it at your house and I’ll come and pick it up šŸ˜‰

    I love this time too. We’ve been lounging around in pyjamas, playing games and doing a bit of all the things we love to do (computer games for hubby, sewing for me and drawing for Ellen). It’s nice to just slow down before school and work start again.

  15. Annabella Says:

    I’m sorry because I missed the quilt finish – I shall go and look now. I’m sure it is beautiful. Enjoy the slow days Helen – I’m so happy you had such a wonderful Christmas.