It’s the first Sunday of Advent. To those of you who follow this tradition, what are you doing to measure your waiting? Are you doing something special?
Goodnight and I planted paperwhite bulbs a while back and to mark our waiting, I am taking a photo of the growth each day. I will post them when I get a chance – maybe in a slide show, maybe individually. I haven’t decided that yet. But I love to watch them grow. They are changing by nearly an inch every day now. Last week it was by half an inch, but still measurable.
I’m not much of a gardener, but I like to plant things that I can almost watch grow: like sunflowers and paperwhites. I plant other things for which I need more patience, of course, but the visible changes in the sunflowers and the paperwhites remind me that I can make some changes in my life that are as visible and measurable as the growth of those two plants. It’s not that I’m in a hurry for them to grow. They have such a long way to go that they have more distance to cover in a day than say, oh . . . lettuce. Maybe I plant them because I figure I have more distance to cover in a day, too. It helps to remind me I’m still growing.
Work continues on my sister’s Crypto-scarf for Christmas.
I didn’t get it in the mail on Black Friday as I had hoped, but that’s because I took my mother for a drive instead. (Yup! after the six shots for Goodnight!) Mother had spent Thanksgiving week with me and I tried to do something special for her each day. She’s 82. I took her for a drive to a spot I discovered this past summer: a little village about an hour from my house. There’s not much there this time of year and absolutely no shopping. It’s too small. A river runs though it and it’s a tubing mecca in heat of the summer. But it’s nestled in a valley that’s almost hidden if one doesn’t take the ‘blue’ highway to get there. (Blue highway refers to William Least Heat Moon’s book called Blue Highways) The tubing venue is asleep, waiting for next summer.
There is a ski chalet and downhill ski slopes in this little village. Mother hadn’t ever seen them or the village, so it was worth the trip. The slopes haven’t geared up yet either. It’s been too warm. So they are in waiting too.
On the way, we passed by a field in waiting, too, dressed in a familiar pattern that always catches my eye. Actually, the round bales were on both sides of the road!
Today is also the first day of my Crypto Advent calendar that I’m devising for my sister. I send her a crypto a day during Advent because she told me she never had an Advent Calendar. Why not give Day 1 a try!!!
PAXLL KL FSOXMC S LXL!
Let me know how you do!