I love the period of respite right after Christmas Day and before New Year’s Eve when everything feels so much calmer, like a clock slowly winding down and being left to sit, before rewinding to commence another year. I adore the laziness of leftovers, playing with the toys, the tactile excitement of sifting through new books. Other than the week we spring forward for long summer days, I think this could be my favourite time of year.
.Last night the roast beef and Yorkshire puddings were a great success. I made the Yorkshires both ways-in muffin tins and a loaf pan and I must say for about 15 seconds the loaf was absolutely spectacular, before deflating in the centre like the Balloon-Trash Family’s Misadventure.
.Back in October I wrote a post called “Paper Weight” in which I mentioned that all the catalogues I receive, especially at this time of year, drive me insane. So I decided to keep all the ones I received from December 1st to December 25th just to see how much paper was wasted (I never ordered anything BTW)
CATALOGUE JENGA anyone?!!
.And meanwhile, just outside my desk window…
3 times I have removed this spider’s web (I call her Rachel U.), and 3 times she has returned in a matter of a day! Exposing her squishy underbelly with some sort of black tattoo indicating “Deadly Poisonous” at me through the window by my desk-ugh-revolting. My plumber assures me that she is not lethal (I didn’t call the plumber for the spider, BTW) I haven’t seen her catch one thing yet so I’m quite convinced that despite her size, she is either anorexic or one of those midnight closet-eaters. I know it is hard to tell in the photo, but I would estimate her size to be, oh about 16 catalogues.
But then again,
This is also what we get to enjoy in Santa Barbara in December…
All from my garden, December 26th