I’m without a car at the moment, and every time I’ve had to go out, I’ve had to face this…..
and this. Add wind and it’s most disheartening!
While powering off to the hairdressers recently, I found myself, hood up, face down, muttering bitterly under my breath about the rotten weather. Then I realized that it was only the weather that was bothering me. Walking itself was a doddle. Pre-surgery, that hour walk would have been the ordeal. Funny how quickly you forget! I should be grateful I can walk anywhere pain free.
There are many aspects of Christmas that I dislike.
Over-packaged, over-priced tat, laced in plastic, dripping of the shelves.
Overwhelmed slaughterhouses, resulting in many birds and mammals not being stunned pre-kill.
Endless greed, endless waste. Three bird roasts…..a duck stuffed into a chicken, stuffed into a goose…..why is one not enough? How much can a person eat? How much ends up in a landfill?
The ever-growing army of homeless people in Liverpool, setting up home in shop doorways, only to be moved on, in freezing weather.
Abandoned pets or pets being returned to rescues…..oh, I could go on forever!
I feel I constantly have to turn a blind eye and look away and pretend all is well with the world at this time of the year, probably the worst time of the year to do so, says little privileged me!
Yet I do try to get into the festive spirit, I really do.
Eventually I drag the decorations out and put them up.
I appreciate the mince pies my lovely neighbour bakes each year.
I do enjoy the many Christmas gatherings with good friends, however exhausting, soon I will look like a beached whale! There’s only so many enormous meals you can get away with!
Then there are the unexpected surprises, like these olive trees that hubs bought for my planters. He had to give them to me as they arrived early and needed a good watering. I mentioned that I planned on getting a couple ages ago.
They will go either side of the middle planter, hopefully they will be dog proof.
And…..a box of delights from my good friend Kitty, there are so many people shining in this world! Maybe I just need to focus on that!
The annual carol concert.
I don’t have any particular religious persuasion, so I’m happy to visit any place of worship.
Hubs and I always have a fear that any place of worship may collapse, or strike us down if we dare enter, philistines that we are!
This year, a leaflet arrived advertising a carol concert at a local Anglican church, one I had never visited. All denominations welcome, it said, and…. mulled wine and mince pies to be served afterwards.
So, hubs and I trundled off in the sleet to St Peter’s, where we were warmly welcomed, each given a candle, then sent up to the gallery, as the church was absolutely packed.
The concert was beautiful, with a choir, musicians, readings and poems, then the entire congregation lit their candles and sang the remaining carols. Just lovely.
Afterwards, I was pleased to see many elderly people walking home alone. That concert must have made their night, especially the get together afterwards, it’s good to see a community coming together.
There be a mouse in that cupboard mum!
And Finally, finally…
Here’s to a marvelous, peaceful, happy, healthy Christmas to you all, dear readers.
I appreciate you all more than you will ever know, and have been inspired, informed, reduced to laughter, and tears and left pondering for many a day, after sharing your lives. Keep sharing!