First Christmas in the Country


What can I say? Boy is home. 

There's a ham baking in the oven. Boy is killing things on Halo 2. My world is as it should be.

When we started this year off, I had no idea what was coming. It's been a year full of things that don't ever get mentioned and should never be mentioned in those round robin letters that people include in Christmas cards. 

There hasn't been a part of my life that hasn't been thoroughly shaken; and while I'm still standing, I do feel somewhat bruised and fragile. The time off I'm taking over the festive period is to rest up. I've still got the dregs of a cold I suffered a few weeks ago; it's happily brewing in my sinuses. I think it's probably time to talk to a consultant about having everything flushed out, but I haven't got any resilience left and an op would flatten me. That's okay. I've got the time to rest and recover and if I'm frustrated by my lack of progress, I know trying to push through would only drag it out for longer.

This is the longest Boy has been in The Cottage. Even though he's still getting used to the space (I moved while he was at uni), he seems much happier here. We are so very blessed indeed that we can be here and breathe for a bit. 

Boy took me shopping last night to the big supermarket just outside of Norwich. There, the other shoppers were grimly focused on the task at hand, pushing past and scowling randomly at tins of baked beans. 

The country life is taking some getting used to. I insisted Boy drive me to the local Co-op for some last minute purchases, I decided I had to make ponche crema (Trinidadian eggnog) today and get some more milk (I've been drinking gallons of tea lately). It's just ridiculous! People were relaxed, smiling and making eye contact. Strangers in the queue actually struck up conversations! 

I could get used to this life. 

I'm not sure what 2015 holds. I have a list of things I would like to do:

- get back to my fitness regime
- complete and market two manuscripts
- do some counselling courses

But I'm sure Life has other Plans for me.

Comments

  1. Ponche crema sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing your life with us; we're honored by you taking us along your journey. What a great pic of you two that captures love, happiness, & togetherness.

    Whatever adventures & challenges life throws at you, I know that you'll find a way to succeed & keep moving forward to thrive & live life to the fullest & enjoy it. You're strong & smart & you're indomitable, nothing can keep you down nor hold you back.

    Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, family & friends. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Your kind words do me great honour. I hope I will live up to them (I don't feel very indomitable right now).

      Sending you masses of hugs. Hope you have a lovely Christmas and a brilliant New Year.

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  2. Your Christmas present is wrapped!

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    1. Thank you darling! Hope you like yours!
      xx

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  3. Merry (or should I say "Happy"?) Christmas to you and Boy! I'm glad you are settling in to cottage life. Seems to be more relaxing for you. Here's wishing you a much improved 2015. xoxoxo

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    1. It was a very Merry and Happy Christmas thank you darling. Cottage life is brilliant thanks. Loving it so much.

      Thank you and I hope you also have a brilliant 2015!

      Lots of love to you honey!x
      x

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  4. just getting around to all my pals today, sweetpea! wishing you all the best in 2015! xoxoxoxox

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    1. Much love to you too!

      Hope 2015 is great to you, the MITM and the whole Koconut Krewe!


      xxxx

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  5. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas in the Cottage, and that you have a happy New year, too!

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    1. I have thank you lovely! Would have been happier without the Lingering Lurgy, which was really nasty yesterday, but I'm feeling better today and it's good to just chill out.

      Hope you've enjoyed the festive season and that 2015 is an awesome year for you!
      xxx

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  6. For a moment I was wondering about a "Lingerie Lurgy", but a second look cleared it all.
    Yes, it was a bit rattling, this 2014, hopefully the next one will be smooth. All the best wishes, dear Roses, for You and all Yours.

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    1. No, the coughing isn't sexy at all!

      Thank you for your kind wishes and know I send them back to you threefold!

      xxx

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  7. Happy New Year!

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