By Caitlin Kelly
Happy New Year!
As we plunge into 2022, COVID raging, so many of us confined to quarters, we all really need some extra cheer!
First — a big thank you to everyone still showing up here. It’s been (!) 13 years since I posted for the first time, and here we all are.
Also — I am very much hoping you will stay healthy, but if this terrible disease catches you, you are well-vaxxed and it won’t be too grim.
A few things I enjoy:
Regaining our full northwest view of the Hudson River now that the treetops are bare
The exact moment, easily missed and so lovely, when the rising sun behind us on the east bank of the Hudson hits a row of windows on the west bank — making them look like signal fires. I call it the “ruby moment.”
Twinkling lights on a Christmas tree
Getting up for a morning bath, then back to bed under the duvet for more snoozing
Lying in bed reading
The astonishing burst of brilliant orange just as the sun sets
Enjoying all the Christmas cards we stick to the back of our front door
Fruitcake! (yes, really)
Fresh flowers in every room because the skies are so gray — and so are our moods
Silence, broken only by the hissing of radiators
So much great music on Sirius XM: jazz, classical, Classic Rewind, Deep Cuts
The endless beauty of the sky and clouds — just look up!
English and French decorating magazines — all those charming 17th c Cotswold cottages and rambling chateaux!
Playing my vinyl records, from Rocky Horror Picture Show to Vivaldi to Billy Bragg
Clipping and organizing recipes
Trying out new recipes
Clearing out clothes, shoes, household goods for donation or sale
Organizing every drawer and closet, ready for 2022
Re-watching beloved TV series (Derry Girls!) and movies I know so well I can quote the dialogue (The Devil Wears Prada, Casablanca, all the Bourne movies.)
Starting every cold dark morning with the gentle glow of a scented bedside candle
What are some of yours?