Thursday, December 27, 2007

our house

this year is going to be one of those years where the holidays will be going on well into the new year. part of my problem has been the fact that 2007 flew by at record speed. I seem to say this every year, but I swear this year went by even faster than last year! the issue of time flying poses certain challenges for those of us who work on adopting a 'be here now' approach to life. how does one reconcile the disconnect when the calendar says one thing and one's internal calendar says something - I mean some time - entirely different? truth be told I'm still located and operating in october! to avoid getting stressed about this disconnect I fall back on those handy survival skills of reframing, resistance, and rationalization. whatever works - the rub of course is having family and friends accept one's slightly out-of-sync rhythms.

the calendar says december 27th, but I am still boxing up parcels to mail and addressing envelops for our holiday greetings. this year I actually made our cards to read 'happy new year' - thus providing me nice cushy guilt-free parameters - after all, one can argue that the new year extends into february.

"Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it."
Bertolt Brecht (1898 - 1956) poet, playwright, theater director

the cleveland botanical garden is showcasing an incredible selection of holiday gingerbread houses made by local individuals and groups. I probably would have missed this holiday extravaganza, but fortuitously we spent christmas eve at the house of our friends laurie and joseph. laurie asked if I had gone to see the gingerbread houses at the botanical gardens. I said no, she mentioned that she and her cousin had made a house for the show. she then suggested I check out the show as there are some absolutely amazing structures. yesterday ms t and I headed to university circle and met ms t's momma after work, we checked out the wintershow. what can I say but WOW!


Dumdad said...

You're so right about tempus fugit. Perhaps it's an age thing? Or it suggests we have a full life? Whatever, this year seems to have flown past. I was dreading having a new roof put on the house with all the attending disruption and yet it's a done deal. Time seemed to evaporate.

Happy New Year (what 2009 already?!)

Colette Amelia said...

Why the heck not make everyday a celebration? Why not make shortbread in the summer? Why not send letters to friends yearround? Why the fury for such a short time?

mzjohansen said...

I have to agree that I too feel like I have entered a time warp. The older I get the faster the time goes too !! I seem to recall having once had ample time for work AND play with no ill aftereffects. Now, it seems that there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish the "have to do's" and then have time to simply BE ... but Ram Dass would be proud that there is still the desire to try to 'be here now' !

Reya Mellicker said...

You're brave to keep working on Christmas. I salute you. As for myself, as soon as December 24 arrived, I stopped all activity, rolled up the wrapping paper and unmailed cards and put them away until next year.

Happy new year! Yep, it's upon us, even if it does still feel like October!

Unknown said...

In one of the first children's stories I wrote, I described time as lumpy custard - a theory forulated by two "attitudinal" gnomes :-) These past few weeks I've really had no idea of time, day or month - it's been wonderful! :-)

Those gingerbread houses are amazing - though D is now deeply concerned I may be tempted to make one. Not a chance, looks like way too much work! :-)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

since my head is a couple months behind the times, I wonder how many months it will take for me to correctly write the current year those times I need to write the year!

tempus fugit!

ca - I like the idea of making every day a celebration - in a way I think I work on bringing that spirit to everyday life.... however, I do save putting the hat on george-the-gargolye and putting out the nutcrackers (essentially the two things I do to decorate for the holidays) until mid december. shortbread year round is a winner! I try and be a year round friend (although there are folks I am fond of in my heart, but live miles and lives away, alas time has me only communicating with once a year as I don't want to lose touch completely - although some years the annual letter goes out in december and some years january or february!)

av - your children's story sounds FUN! is it available for a read? gnomes can be quite the characters. while looking at the gingerbread houses I had a passing thought that it would be fun to make one, but then I said, nah, too much work, I'll just capture them with the camera and let others do the hard part!

happy new year everyone!

jude said...

i hear you. lets just forget what day it is and live. best wishes for another year of living!

lettuce said...

oh feb. at least - if not march!


lettuce said...

Ps i love the gaudi chimneys! all the gaudi bits of barcelona certainly look edible

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Glad you're having a good long holiday. I'm also thrilled to see your reading "The Little Locksmith". I hate to use the word "inspiring" and "life affirming" to describe a book, and those words don't come close to capturing it. I've never come across another book or life like hers. By the way, you've inspired me to read more of the books of Mark Kurlansky.

WAT said...

Oh God yes, where is time going? I get older and it just speeds on by faster every year! Or is our planet in such disarray and out of control perhaps?

I owe my brother his Xmas gift. I never got him one, but now I'll just call it a New Year's present. Sure works for me!

Unknown said...

No, unfortunately not - but I plan to go back to the story one day - it was one of my first manuscripts and so will need a lot of reworking! And those gnomes were downright trouble! ;-)