This holiday season, it's not been one for the ages. Don't get me wrong -- in a lot of ways it's been lovely. Sara, I am convinced, had the Best Christmas Ever (until next year!) and that's really all that mattered to me. So in the end I suppose I should count this a success.
Well, she threw up Christmas Eve (her first real emesis -- cool!) and that really threw us all for a loop. My grandmother has spent the past two holidays in one sort of healthcare facility or another and, though I would not have had it any other way, I'd really rather spend Christmas day at the farm than in the rehab unit at the Four Seasons. To top it off, I've been under the weather myself for the better part of two weeks. I'm getting tired of it if you'd really like to know the truth. Sleeping proves tricky when you can't breathe, and waking up gasping for air has been commonplace the last few nights.
But then again at least I was asleep, right?
I had been looking forward to five days away from work, enjoying the freedom to hang with my daughter and get out & about with the family. Instead? Haven't left the house since Christmas day. And when I finally do, it will be to go back to work in seven short hours.
I did, however, get to spend a little quality time with the seed catalogues today. And while to the untrained eye my back yard looks like little more than a mud pit housing several large earth-movers & a cement mixer -- set off quite nicely by a large, silty pool I might add -- to me it is nothing but potential. I am having to remind myself that perhaps I shouldn't try to install EVERY new plant this year. (I am also having to remind myself that, at the rate construction has been going, those large earth-movers and the cement mixer might still be here this summer.) Still, the thought of new raised beds for square-foot gardening is giving me a thrill, not to mention imagining a cutting garden that will keep us in flowers half the year. And I'm even dreaming of some berry bushes.
Day-dreaming, naturally. Because did I mention? I'M STILL AWAKE.
Yep, yep I am.