Wednesday, January 20, 2010


All the glitter, sparkle, and vibrantly colored baubles, that made the house sing during the holidays, have been edited from each room, bringing things down several octaves to a familiar, peaceful hum.
How strangely quiet the house seems.

The children and their families have traveled safely back to their respective homes, taking their pets with them. (three dogs and a cat)

Lady and I snuggle on the with my feet tucked warmly under the afghan, she curled up on top.......dreaming, most likely, of her recent romps with the visiting animals.

The silence invites me to reflect, as well. I'm struck by how spending time with loved ones tends to warm your heart and make you smile, long after they're gone.

January is a lovely month........oh I know there are more vibrant months, but the fact that everything has been stripped away, inside and out, gives us a clean slate on which to write our plans. I don't make resolutions, but I do look forward and plan.

The weather drives us indoors where a warm hearth invites us to sit and read.......the kitchen beckons us to taste and create.......the barren garden invites us to envision and scheme.......and January allows us the time. Thirty-one quiet, peaceful days to cherish, and fill with all the little things that bring joy.



Anonymous said...

I'm with you with the no resolutions but more on the looking forward and planning :-) Don't you think that January seems like a month of possibilities too? :-)

And yes, love and family - definitely warms the heart.


Claudia said...

I agree - everything quiets down in January and I really like and need that.


Jientje said...

Very well written post, I enjoyed it. I make plans and look forward to future months too rather than make resolutions. Resolutions tend to be broken too often.

kana said...

Hope you are enjoying this winter weather. Nice post!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Kay, it's so nice to see you back! I agree the holidays are such a busy time. January is a welcome month to relax. I saw your sweet girl in the last post and she is so adorable! I love dogs and she's just precious! Enjoy your day! Twyla