.... with 8 'r's.
It's really hot in the Holly Lodge right now, the boiler and all the radiators are from 1912 and if they don't get heated to a certain temperature, they clang like the ghost of Marley (how's that for a Christmassy reference?). A lot of people are sweating like a whore in church but I find it glorious. There is nothing better to me than coming how from work, putting on pjs, turning off all the lights, lighting candles and the Christmas tree, and settling in with a blanket, a civil war documentary, and a hot cup of tea.
Tea is comforting on many levels. It's the warmth you swallow, the sedating quality of sitting, holding hot ceramic, the space in your day to feel and think nothing but good. I've been into sleepytime tea lately, as I have had a lifelong battle with insomnia and I find it actually helps (that, and I will not drink chamomile. I think it tastes like rotten lettuce). I like making it with a teaspoon of sugar and a little milk.
I've been feeling pretty lucky lately, and my private tea time has allowed me to observe that feeling even more. Around this time of year, I usually make a laundry list of gifts for everyone and an equally long list of New Year's resolutions for myself, usually starting with weight loss and ending with amassing a large savings. But I have to say that this year I feel a little different. I have a great career that I love, a beautiful home, a great cat, wonderful friends and family. I'm inside when it's stormy out and I don't have any physical illnesses or deformities. I have the kind of life where I am afforded the time to consider a raw food diet for the cat and whether or not I should take a wine tour in the Okanagan this summer. How many people around the world can say that?
So this Christmas, when I'm in the usual consumptive fever like everyone else, I'm going to try my best to remember this and not lose sight of my good fortune. And if you are reading this, then I'm doubly grateful to you that you would take time out of your busy life to read my ramblings. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!