The Groovingmums bloghop encourages women to consider themselves a bit more, to sparkle as a woman in our own right as the festive season approaches at breakneck speed, to move forward with goals large and small and to get that va-va voom back in a way which makes sense to us as the individuals we are. This week’s challenges can be found at www.kateonthinice.wordpress.com.
Is this a cheesy title for this week’s post? Yes, I know, but if you can’t be cheesy at Christmas then when can you? With that in mind, here is a summary of my busy, cheesy week. The Sunflowers picture arrived that I spoke of last week and it looks fabulous. Its quality is beautiful, it’s larger than I anticipated and it brings a ray of sunshine on dark and windy mornings. It’s just what we need at this time of year. The Sunflowers print is so ubiquitous as to qualify as cheese, bit like the Singing Butler painting by Jack Vettriano (which I also have on my wall), although what Vincent van Gogh would have thought about being called cheesy is probably another matter. Further cheese has appeared in my life in the form of Michael Buble’s Christmas CD. I don’t care what anyone else says, I like cheese at Christmas and this is a very cheesy CD. I think Michael Buble has a lovely, silky voice, he’s Canadian so has that soft, rich, almost American tone and I like the way he sings these songs in a jazzy, slightly syncopated manner. It’s perfect for the season and I’m going to turn it up loud in the car.
One of Kate’s challenges last week was to write something about what freedom means to us. That one has certainly got me thinking. The idea appeals to me and I hope to write a longer post on that in the coming days. I find I have a lot to say on the subject! One of the challenges this week involves lighting a candle and enjoying whatever you associate with candlelight, be it meditation, the flickering light, the fragrance of the scented candles that are available. I’ve already met this challenge as I love a Christmassy fragrance around the house and bought a large candle in a tin a couple of weeks ago, but it is almost finished now. This week I intend to replace it so that we can have orange, cinnamon, cranberry and vanilla throughout the house this Christmas.
Finally, I am going to treat myself to a morning in a coffee shop every week while the little man is at preschool. I’m going to use the time to write or read and do a bit of people watching in the process. I went today to a café a short drive from here to finish this week’s Italian homework and I found that I was able to concentrate better away from the house than when I’m sitting at my own table. I’m definitely an “out of the house” sort of person, especially since the little man was born, and I think I need that buzz of other people’s conversation and whatever Christmas magic is being broadcast on the PA system to get creative. I did ten minutes of free writing this morning, just to try it out and see what happened, so now I also have a few ideas with which to begin my post on Freedom.