Wednesday Vignette – holiday bling

How’re you all holding up? Are you ready for the Holidays? We’re not. For as much as I usually enjoy all the lights and the pretty tree, honest to Dog, it feels like way too much work. I told everyone in the family that they were more than welcome to take charge this year. I would happily show them where the boxes of stuff are. Nobody took me up on my generous offer, and I’m entirely fine with that. I’m not sure of the exact origins of this year’s particular laziness, but really – I don’t have it in me to care. From our house, we can see the festive trees of two neighbors. They are beautiful, and I’m enjoying the sparkling glimpses without any effort whatsoever.

There is also so much to see when traipsing through the neighborhood. Shrubs with berries, and Persimmon trees with fabulous orange fruit. Hummingbirds are diving for the fuchsia, mahonia and abutilon which are still blooming. My grevillea has fat buds promising an extended show. Such simple things bring me so much joy, and this year I just don’t have the patience for all that other, extra work. I know this year is different, and a lot of people have a hard time reconciling the reality of spending the Holidays in lonely confinement, but that aspect doesn’t seem to bother me all that much either. I try to think of it as just one year out of a lifetime of years, so in the grand scheme of things….. I’ll get to see my people eventually, hopefully before too long. Buckling down and staying safe has rarely been more important, and I know removing ourselves from the pandemic exponential equation is an act that counts.

However noble that solitary ambition, I’m not perfect, and I did break down. I went to my hairdresser and got myself a nice COVID haircut. My hair guy specializes in color work, and me, being nearly completely disinterested in my appearance, usually let him have fun with me, and do what he wants. “I’m going for broke”, he said, and turned me into a flaming redhead. I like it! My blazing mane sparkles and shines in the pale light of the December sun. And that, my friends, is as far as I’ll go with the Christmas bling this year. I wish you all peace, health, love and contentment, however you choose to celebrate this Solstice derived holiday. I’ll catch you on the flip side. Don’t forget – brighter days are ahead, and are coming to a neighborhood near you – very soon.


About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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7 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – holiday bling

  1. annamadeit says:

    Reblogged this on Flutter & Hum and commented:

    Well, friends. Wishing you all a peaceful Holiday with these musings, reblogged from the The Creative Flux where I wrote my Vignette this week, so I could post a pretty picture. See you on the other side!

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    That Irish Strawberry is truly more beautiful than any Christmas decoration with the sun shining on it the way it is.
    I’ve enjoyed reading your posts during the year and wish you peace and health for Christmas. Jane

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you, Jane, and right back at you. I suppose in your part of the world, belated Happy Midsummer wishes are also appropriate. May this be a more normal summer for Australia. Crossing all my fingers and toes for that. ❤

  3. Kris P says:

    I can appreciate your POV, Anna. I’d have liked to see a shot of the new hairdo, though! I’ve steered clear of my hairdresser for months now and have recently wondered if I need to just try out wearing my hair much longer, or press my husband to try his hand at cutting it (!). As color has also gone by the wayside, I’m now sporting an ombre look as dishwater blonde on top fades into the light blonde I formerly maintained through regular appointments.

    Have a safe and pleasant Christmas inside your bubble, which is what my husband and I are doing too. Here’s my WV:

    • annamadeit says:

      Dishwater blonde?? Oh dear, don’t be so hard on yourself. I’m sure you look great! My hair has gotten really long too, and to my surprise, he left most of it. Said he liked it. I was almost a little disappointed – LOL! Have a wonderful Christmas, Kris!

  4. Alicia says:

    If it weren’t for my husband we’d never have a Christmas tree. I love Christmas trees I just wouldn’t want to put one up. Every year he buys a live one. At least this year I helped him decorate it. lol

    Hopefully everyone in our neighborhood is sheltering at home this year, as the ICU beds in our county are all full. We’re just having dinner at home, the two of us.

    Wishing you a merry Christmas!

    • annamadeit says:

      Sounds a bit like us. We have the tree debate every year – LOL! Like you, we’re staying put. If anything, my son and I will disappear for a ski day, but that should be relatively safe since it’s all outdoors. Merry Christmas to you and hubs!

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