Today I love busy plans for lazy days. I love that I have much to do but I intend to be content with a casual pace and what gets done gets done and I’m good with that. I love that the good old Tuesday laundry is whirling around in the good old washing machine and making happy noises that remind me of people in my life who have done laundry cheerfully and happily in my past. I love that I was lured to doing it by the nature of those who taught me how, and that is why I cook with joy and do many other things that would seem to be burdensome to others. I love that I am hoping to get a start on that baking that has been tempting me by warming up on bread and banana bread as a start to the week’s goodies. I love that there is a chance that I will get my prototype crate built today and that will be a fun thing if it turns out as well as I’m hoping it will. I love that I have finally gotten everything I need to build that crate in one place, I hope, since half my gear was at the cottage and I did not wish to make special trips there just to pick up tools. I love that we had a good time at the cottage, that the stay included a game of cumulative collective Scrabble and some water watching and listening to the ice melt off the roof in the thaw.
Today I love the fireplace that flickers and flares and burns away saying, “Look at me, I’m so warm and happy. You can stand with your back toward me but you can never ignore me.” I love that we often stand up close to the fireplace and warm ourselves until our clothes are so hot they sting when we move and they touch us. I love that there has been fire in my home for most of my life and though in the last few decades those fires have been gas ones, even they remind me of the sweet smells of wood burning stoves and how I enjoyed those.
Today I love being ready for the snowfall that is expected today. I love that the snowblower is ready to go and even if I’m not quite ready to follow it around, I’m pretty sure I will manage. I love that we got the driveway cleared on the weekend when the weather thawed and now there is no ice there at all, only bare cement where the snow will fall.
Today I love drinking coffee here in the great room while the fire flickers and dances to the music of my ruminations, keeping me company and keeping me warm.