Friday, December 17, 2021
Outside Under The Blue
I am full of little bursts of protestation, gasps, distressed sighs and mild exclamations, because I've fallen behind on the imagined checklist of All the Good and Beautiful Things I Want to Accomplish to Have an Ideal Christmas. It's a very demanding, unrealistic imaginary checklist. Where does this pressure come from? Answer: Me. Me and my dreamy, ambitious, nostalgic preoccupations. Sigh. At some point, and I would love for this to kick in real soon... at some point, I will resign myself to simple pleasures, small scale accomplishments, big waves of gratitude and appreciation, and quiet reflection on the things that matter most, like picnics with friends, cats napping on my feet, and twinkle lights.
Speaking of picnics, our December picnic was timed perfectly, between storms, and even though it was chilly, it was a gorgeous day. I cooked chicken and beans, so we had lots of hot food, and there was a lot of gaming, including Magic the Gathering, and Dungeons and Dragons, and other games, too. And Leslie and Ido brought a birthday cake... so sweet to celebrate our late Autumn birthday teens! Every picnic has been great, and unique. This was the picnic when we had a steady stream of arrivals, including one all the way from New York, and a surprise, too! I shouldn't get ahead of myself, but I enjoy this day so much, I am already eager for another picnic, with great weather, and great friends.