With Christmas only a few days away now and the end of the year closing in…I thought it only fitting to list my last Taking Stock for 2014.
After taking part in a Blog with Pip course, Taking Stock has become a little tradition here in the blogosphere….and like many of my fellow blogging buddies – I am hoping to turn this post into a monthly Gus & Ollie tradition in 2015. It is such a great way to get a snapshot of my Gus & Ollie world each month….and will be even more lovely to look back on one day.
I should perhaps premise this post with a little disclaimer.
*This December has possibly been the hardest month in my life so far – with a personal tragedy, completely out of our control. I haven’t yet decided whether to go into details here – but just know we are taking it a day at a time and are so grateful to all who have written, texted, sent flowers, delivered a delicious home cooked meal and thought of us during this time. This would been much harder without you all – so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.*
So grab a lemon lime & bitters or a hot cocoa if you’re in the northern hemisphere like me…sit back and enjoy!
Cooking : Not much the last couple of weeks, with meals being delivered daily by our amazing network of friends here.
Drinking : A lot of water and peppermint tea. My favourite Rooibus Vanilla tea during the day.
Reading: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – our current Book Club book.
Wanting: not much this Christmas….mainly to give and be grateful.
Looking: at flights to go home for some sunshine.
Playing: My favourite Christmas album – Robin Goldsby’s December whenever I get the chance. It helps make it feel like Christmas time.
Wasting: time…sometimes minutes. Sometime hours.
Sewing: lots of crocheted ends in.
Wishing: for health and happiness.
Enjoying: looking at our very first real Hamburg Christmas tree lit up every evening.
Waiting: to see what happens next.
Liking: not needing to be in the Christmas hustle and bustle this year.
Wondering: what happens now.
Loving: our cosy apartment, on these cold, dark winter nights.
Hoping: to catch up with friends over the silly season.
Marvelling: at so many inspirational people online. Every. Day.
Needing: A hug sometimes….other times time and space on my own.
Wearing: Jeans and boots most days – but relaxing at home in my jamies.
Following: My heart.
Noticing: The Christmas smells that come with Christmas Markets out our front door.
Knowing: That time will help heal.
Thinking: too much.
Smelling: So many flowers and our Christmas tree.
Feeling: strong one minute and absolutely overwhelmed the next.
Bookmarking: crochet patterns
Opening: cards and emails – which isn’t always easy.
Giggling: usually at my Husband.
Feeling: lucky, sad, strong, heartbroken, lost, overwhelmed and grateful all at once.