Just when I was beginning to feel stressed over the inevitable busyness of the holidays, there is a day like today to remind me of what I love about this time of year. A day of doing nothing and doing everything.
This follows last night’s accidental discovery that all of our efforts to segregate the miniature Schnauzer from the visiting Lab have been a trifle over done. Luna, the lab, escaped from her prison and tore downstairs. In the midst of the scuffle, one sniffed the other, found nothing of great interest and both dogs retreated to their corners. That was that.
This morning, child number 2 woke me up to let me know she’d be downstairs waiting to go for a run. This had to be a first. I’m usually the one waiting. We survived about 45 minutes of intermittent sprinkles, make more enjoyable by about two weeks worth of conversation.
Soon after that, the kitchen activity commenced. My only part so far has been to make cinnamon raisin bread in the bread machine, some iced tea and periodically answer questions about where certain items are kept. So far, today’s cooks have produced one batch of baked oatmeal, a whole pineapple cut up, several pots of coffee, and now vegan jelly doughnut cupcakes.
Still on the agenda is tofu spinach soup, which I guess will require my assistance since I’m the only one who knows how to make it. That and the fact that someone else wants to learn how to make it.
In the middle of this, we’ve been serenaded by child number 2, who makes the grand piano sound like it’s supposed to sound, playing some Christmas stuff mixed with an old favorite, Clair de Lune. In the dining and living areas are three Macbooks, one iPad, the New York Times strewn in various piles, three iPad Touches.
Standing at a window overlooking five bird feeders and several dozen birds, are two dogs — paws on the windowsill, tails wagging, as one Significant Other eggs them on. From the kitchen come strains of daughter number one and her dad, singing their old variation on Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual To Be…”, the lyrics of which should not leave this house.
The best part of this is that there are — as yet — no Christmas decorations to worry about. Quite honestly, when you add four adults and two large dogs to the usual threesome, the house can’t take much more “stuff”. Or maybe it’s just that I like the unfussiness, the unhurried feeling of listening to others cook, bake and clean.
In the end, it’s this kind of day that I love about this time of year. Lots of family conversations, some music, shared activities, a competitive game of Scrabble.