The table beside my bed is one of my favorites. I love the color, the weathered patina, the size……but it was hidden under all of the things that I felt like I needed to help me relax and sleep better. There was my alarm clock, my book, my Kindle, my diffuser, my scented candles, my box to hold my wedding ring at night, essential oils, and even a basket of random junk.
I moved the alarm clock to the other side of the bed, put the random junk away, found room in the drawer for my Kindle and book as well as the extra essential oils. Now it’s tidy and restful with my slippers neatly tucked under the bed and my knitting basket waiting under the table. Ahhh Hygge.
Yuletide continues and on this tenth day we honor the Spirits of the Home and Hearth – asking them to watch over our home and tools and to light our way through the year to come.
Work is customarily set aside for the Yuletide celebration, and as it draws to a close, this is the day to begin preparing for things to be done; sorting yarns and fabrics, looking over stores of herbs and spices, sharpening the knives.
At our home, the Yule tree has made it’s way outside to serve another few weeks as a light in the darkness, the decorations are being carefully packed away and the common rooms are returning to their usual selves.
The pups are tuckered out on the floor near the fire and leftovers from our feasting are being tucked away into the freezer. Last night’s Roast Beef with gravy, along with the roasted potatoes and carrots will become a beef pot pie using leftover pie dough. Some of the leftover ham and cheeses has gone in to a Cheesy Potato Casserole for breakfast. I have more ham to freeze and a turkey thawing in the garage for tomorrow nights supper.
A 24 pound ham trimmed of the aitch bone and cleaned up to 20.6 pounds. We packed it in salt and it’s now resting in the refrigerator for 15-20 days. We’ll check it every couple of days, drain any accumulating liquids and add more salt as needed before we hang it.
Today is the ninth night of Yuletide, a night that honors the Evergreen. Even as the Earth lays quiet and dark, devoid of life, we remember that, as with the evergreen, hope springs eternal It reminds us of promises kept and the spirit of renewal as the days grow slowly brighter. This sentiment seems especially important to me this winter, as the world outside seems pretty bleak, I find my self drawing inward more – to my home, my family, my good friends, and my beliefs. Tonight’s candle will be in celebration of the Evergreen and in celebration of our 27th wedding anniversary ~ drinkhail.
The eighth day of Yule is traditionally titled a “Celebration of Snow.” We seem to have returned to more normal temperatures around here, with no new beautiful, white snow. There are signs of winter; trees are barren, our backyard creatures (squirrels and various birds) aren’t nearly as busy as in the summer. Even without the iconic symbol of winter, nature goes through the same cycle of rest.
So for today, I’ll light a candle and be thankful for the turning of the wheel that supports all life. I’ll be thankful for the snow in the mountains, thankful for the water it returns to the earth for the summer and thankful for our cozy home that shields us when winter decides to blast.