Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Time for the Good Stuff

So I asked my daughter to make the salad last night. Surprisingly, she happily complied. She likes feeling useful in the kitchen, I should use that to my advantage more often... Anyway. She's chopping the romaine, then calls to me in the next room, "I think I'm done."

"You THINK you're done? Are you done or not?"

"Well, I chopped all the good part and I'm down to the part they send to the school cafeteria to put in the kids' lunches."

Oh dear.

Time to stop chopping.

I wasn't cooking or (you may or may not have noticed - my poor self esteem forbids me from speculating) on the computer, because I've been making myself busy. This holiday funk I'd been experiencing needed to be broken through. I don't have much money, but I have two sticks and some string. For those who have never lived with me, that means I've been in a full on knitting frenzy for a couple days. That tends to happen this time of year. I'm missing you, my internet friends, of course, but I need to jump into the yarn stash with both feet for a couple more days. Give or take.

Time to knit.

Yesterday? While my daughter was making the salad, and I was knitting my husband walked through the door with a HUGE poinsettia for me. Now the last time this man brought me flowers was - I think it was when I told him I was pregnant with Liv. You may remember that Liv celebrated her twelfth birthday a week or two ago. So, yeah. Not a big flowers guy. And he not only brought me flowers, he brought me HUGE, BEAUTIFUL flowers! They fill the whole room, they feel festive, they - they made me want to get off the couch and make things nice to match them. Then he suggested we open a bottle of wine to go with dinner.

Time to be grateful.

My screen saver says, "Never let that which matters the most give way to that which matters the least."

Time to reflect on what matters.

41 comments:

Frau said...

Love it! I hope you had a wonderful night!

Badass Geek said...

Amen.

Ms Bibi said...

"the part they send to the school cafeteria"....too funny, but so true.

I think your hubs is trying to get you out of your holiday funk. Good for him.

Masala Chica said...

love it. I mean, i think I love it.

Kiran

5thsister said...

Wonderful! (Your daughter has a good sense of humor!)

Charlene said...

That's a GREAT quote. Perfect!

mama-face said...

What are you knitting? :)

I've always loved that truism. Wish I could remember it at all times.

Rosa said...

Wonderful. All of it. Just wonderful. (Tom's the MAN!)

Becky said...

I don't even remember the last time my husband got me flowers. Yeah, I think I woulda cried if walked in the door with the pointsetta:) Sounds beautiful! And just the thing to get you in the Christmas mood!

I can't keep up with blogging either this month, and I don't knit:( But those are the best kind of gifts, I tell ya! The ones made with love!

Brandy said...

That was so sweet of him. Maybe I need a gesture like that to jumpstart my spirit too! {I'll give you hubs email, okay? :]}

I don't eat the bottom of the romaine either. Only green for me!

Sir Hook of Warrick aka "David K Wells" said...

Excellent move by Sir Tom to help you get in the festive mood. My quote for the day reads, "Do not forget to meet all your difficulties with love and laughter." Reflect on that!

We put our house up for sale last night. Kids gone, time to downsize. The kicker is the realtor wants to do an Open House this weekend. We had tickets to see the Brian Setzer Orchestra at the Ryman in Nashville tonight during their Boogie Woogie Christmas Tour; however, getting the house ready takes priority.

We're going to pop open a bottle wine, put on our back stage passes and watch his Christmas Tour DVD tonight instead.

When life hands you lemons...you make lemonade! Preferably spiked with something!

Sir Hook Who's Right There With You of Warrick

Tsquared417 said...

Perfect quote!! I am so glad he brought you those...and I love what Liv said about the romaine!! Go Knit!!

Eva Gallant said...

I am afraid I don't appreciate flowers. My ex-husband used to send me beautiful boquets of roses and such at work. (We worked at the same place.) He always sent them at work so that our co-workers could see what a great guy he was. In actuality he was a chating no-good SOB.. so to this day I prefer not to get flowers. And I'm allergic to Poinsettas! My current Hubs knows the way to my heart is Godiva Chocolates!

Gibby said...

OMG, no wonder my kid never takes the salad at school. I never knew...

Of course it is the little things that make the holiday. Like a nice fire, some twinkling lights, and Baileys in the coffee. Eventually you'll be singing fa la la la la la in all your glory! Forget presents!

JennyMac said...

haha...LOVE this.

MiMi said...

So true, Tammy!
Hey, he brought a poinsettia, WHICH I LOVE, and he wanted wine for dinner...??? Hmm...what does THAT mean? ; )
I have yarn and one stick. Which means I crochet some things...crochet them badly. I wanna learn to knit with the needles. I can do the Nifty Knitter though! :)

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

That is very sweet. You deserve those flowers. Just be careful he's not trying to poison the pets though. Don't you have a cat? They are extremely dangerous if ingested by animals. Not trying to scare you, just warn you! Have fun knitting. Wish you could drop by and teach me.

otin said...

That was a good way for him to help you out of your funk!

You have a natural humor to the way you tell little stories!

blueviolet said...

I love where you are right now and that you are finding fulfillment and joy in these wonderful things.

When my daughter comes home next week, I will be stepping away again from the computer and living the life that is most important to me. I relate to your post completely.

xoxo

BONNIE K said...

How nice of hubby. I worked for a caterer on a seasonal basis and another girl and I partnered in making salad. She believed you throw out the inside part of iceberg lettuce and I believed you throw out the outside part, and between the 2 of us, we were throwing away most of the lettuce.

Chris Mancini said...

I have to say we do forget about the flowers. Thanks for reminding us! (car pulls out on his way to the supermarket, florists are too expensive...)

carma said...

I see we are all in deep reflection this time of year. You've got your priorities in order for sure...

Swine said...

Send Tom over to my place. He can forget the flowers, but he won't get in without the alcohol.

MaryRC said...

theres nothing like a big beautiful poinsettia to bring in the xmas spirit. good man and good girl for making the salad!

Traci said...

Good for you! I wish we lived closer. I've been trying to learn to knit for years. I think it might be helpful to learn from something other than a book.

Enjoy the things that matter.
:-)

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy knitting!!!! I'll be away next week and offline so in case I miss you MERRY CHRISTMAS TAMMY. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.

xo

Mammatalk said...

Lovely quote. Glad you found your way out of your holiday gloom.

kys said...

I'm glad your in the Holiday Spirit now. Mine comes and goes.

Pam said...

I need to tatto that quote on my hand so that I don't forget it. I make that mistake way too often. Thanks for the reminder.

Allyson said...

I am so glad the flowers worked. My husband opened the "good wine" last week to get me out of mine. It seems to be a trend this year. How odd.

I hope the knitting is a success. I've been out of the blogging world lately because I have dived head-first into a scrapbooking project. I mean, what else are you going to do when it's 12 degrees outside? I say...knit or cut things out of pretty paper!

gayle said...

How sweet? Whatcha knitting?

The Redhead Riter said...

"send to the school cafeteria to put in the kids' lunches"

Pathetic isn't it? It is hard to understand why schools have to have such yucky food!

That was so sweet of your husband. It must be something in the air because my husband did the same thing. I was thinking maybe he was an alien or had wrecked the car because he doesn't bring me flowers either.

Enjoy them. ♥

Kelley said...

a kid made salad AND you got flowers?

Sounds like a day that should go down in history for its awesomeness.

Unknown Mami said...

Take your time.

Traci said...

Here's some more good stuff.

There's an award waiting for you on my blog.
:-)

Debbie said...

That sounds like a great evening!
Except for the bad part of the lettuce going to the schools:)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

amen girl! reflect on what matters! glad to hear you are catching some holiday spirit

Tater Tot Mom said...

Love that quote and that sentiment has been filling my head lately, louder than ever!

I'm not a knitter but have been sewing my butt off...now only if that really worked and my butt would actually get smaller through crafting!

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AmericanTribal said...

This is a great post with a wonderful message.

There's an award waiting for you on my blog if you'd like it. :)

Sandy said...

Isn't it so nice when they seem to know you need a little something to make you feel better?