I'll be spending the holidays with family, something I haven't done for quite some time. So besides being derailed by the usual holiday preparations, I've also been attending to all the little things one must when getting ready for a trip. The newspaper and mail have been stopped, end of the month bills paid, library materials returned and a book picked out to pass the time in transit, to name just a few of the things getting crossed off the to-do list. The closest I've been to my sewing machine has been to sew the hems of a couple of new pairs of pants for the trip, perfect fits except for length (unless I want to go buy some platform shoes...). I'm so used to spending the last couple of weeks of the year wrapping up projects or leisurely working on some low priority itch that I find myself a little torn emotionally. I am so looking forward to this time with family, and the trip itself while at the same time feeling a weird sense of loss about not being home to putter in the studio.
Well, that's just habit talking. We get into routines, forge traditions, feel off balance when we are pulled out of them, willingly or not. And then we return refreshed and ready to hit the ground running. At least that's what I anticipate for me. And for my readers, I wish a safe holiday, one in which you allow yourself time to enjoy your own traditions or share in others, carve out some quiet time for yourself, create or rejuvenate. See you in a week!