I had a lovely afternoon tea with most of my Neighbourhood Centre volunteers yesterday. The one day of the year when we get together to socialise rather than to work. I took the opportunity to stand before them and speak about every person, thanking them for the individual jobs they do at the Centre, then gave everyone a stainless steel water bottle as a small token of gratitude. After that we relaxed and enjoyed strawberry and mango ice cream cake from the local ice-creamery, little quiches, local cheese, crackers and drinks. It was a nice way to bring the working year to a close. We have one more week, then we close for the holidays.
One of my wonderful volunteers brought me in this spectacular bunch of fragrant roses from her garden yesterday.
Today I have a day of catchup at home. Soon the sun will be up, I'll check the chooks, feed the animals and start my day's work. I'm saddened to tell you that we lost a chook, probably to the snake, yesterday. Hanno phoned me at work to say that Quince, our little half blind buff Sussex girl was missing. She always stayed by Quentin's side, and Quentin is still there, safe and sound, so we're guessing the snake came back late last night and took Quince.
When Hanno gets up we'll have breakfast, I'll wash up and make the bed. Hanno is doing some errands for the Centre so he'll be out most of the morning while I bake bread and tidy up here. I want to clean out my work room again, get it organised in there so my work is easier to get to, and joyful. I love working in a clean and organised space. I also love messing it up again by working on simple domestic projects that help us live without buying commercial versions of items easily made with my own hands. At some time during the day I'll also bottle up some pineapple vinegar, sweep, dust and clean out the fridge ready for Christmas food and cold drinks for the visitors we're expecting. And I know at times I'll just sit and knit, or do nothing but watch the dogs or the landscape, and breathe it all in.
I have two Down to Earth forum prize parcels to pack up and send - one to Canada and one to West Australia, and a small collection of Christmas gifts to wrap. And Sarndra emailed last night to say they have a home line connected again so I'll phone her and catch up on their news. I brought home my 2010 work diary yesterday and want to write it up to make sure I'm organised before the new year. There are writing deadlines as well as birthdays and special days to enter. I'm really pleased that this year's diary has monthly planners as well as a fold out yearly one. I find I can't get by without a diary now - there was a time though when I kept it all in my head.
I can hear birds squawking outside so I know the sun has risen. Time to get to and start with this day's work. I wonder what you're up to today.