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.