These last weeks of the year always seem to be a headlong dash to the finish line. Goodies to bake, house to clean and decorate, meals to plan, gifts to find/wrap/deliver or ship, and then one last whoop as the year ends. Whew! Instead of the joy and celebration that this time “should” bring, I find myself more exhausted and relieved when it’s over than I would like. It’s better than it used to be – no doubt. The reality of being not so young any more is that you have fewer gifts to buy, fewer packages to ship, fewer obligations. But there’s still pressure of time and the overbearing “to-do” list.
This year I’m consciously trying to depressurize these last couple of weeks. It’s taken three days to get our Christmas/Solstice/Winterfest tree decorated, but so what? That voice in my head saying, “Don’t sit down, there’s too much to do!” will just have to muzzle it. I’m taking time to breathe. I’m allowing myself to sit and read. I’m looking through photos to find something that makes me smile, which explains today’s photos. How can you not smile at the sweet, silly, supercilious expressions on alpacas? We met these furry creatures last summer, and they are just the right image for today.
Yes, I’ll be back to my bench making jewelry soon, and also packing up the last boxes of goodies to ship to family and friends. I’ll be writing and sending out The Prancing Otter newsletter, paying bills, and figuring out Google analytics. But I’ll have alpacas.