It's December the 19th, two days before the winter solstice. At 2:30 in the afternoon it is very dark outside, partly because the sky is heavy with rain clouds. It is raining steadily and 43 degrees, the worst kind of weather. It's a good day to stay indoors. And that's what we're doing.
The baking is done, including the Swedish cardamom bread, which I baked yesterday and put into the freezer to await Christmas morning. The gift shopping is done, and except for one package to arrive from Amazon tomorrow, everything is wrapped.
We'll leave the wrapping station up for a while. No doubt Jake will have things to wrap on Christmas Eve, and Jill might have to do some secret work here too.
I have the rest of the afternoon to take it easy. I got out the old vinyl records and cranked up the turntable. I'll get out of my chair to turn the records over and load a new one, but that's about it.
At 5:00 I'll have to interrupt my reverie to watch the Democrat Debate, but at least we have enough left overs from yesterday that I don't have to cook much.
This evening we'll pack up cookie tins to distribute to friends at breakfast tomorrow and to one friend who is house ridden now.
Slowing down is nice.