May Your Days Be Merry and Bright!
Happy Holidays from The Perfume Posse
and a Christmas Letter from Musette:
It’s a balmy 14F here, with a nice 1/4″ of solid ice over all the packed-down snow. Not a creature is stirring, lest they fall down. My girls are snug in their coop ( it’s been in the negatives so we left the light on these past few nights – I’d rather have fewer eggs than frozen chickens), the boyz are snuggled up in their beds, doing their dog-thang, which is always so aromatic. Love My Boyz. I sent El O off to see his mom and am enjoying the solitude. I’m spending a quiet night at home,with a glass of bubbly, happy to be warm and safe and settled. There’s a tinge of melancholy amongst the snuggling, though – missing my sister, who died in the early part of the year – but not in a weepy way – I just wish she were still here to enjoy Christmas Day. For her, Christmas was ‘her’ day – she wouldn’t stir her stumps for anybody! Lounging around in her pj’s all day, drinking tea and indulging in catnaps, it became her ritual. It’s not a painful missing, so I can weave lovely thoughts of her into my reflections – my dad is, I’m sure, having a great time playing bridge with my mom and tias in that Great Rumpus Room in the Sky! LOL! The memories are, shall we say, semi-sweet rather than bittersweet and I’m happy to be settled enough to be able to quiet my mind and enjoy them.
It’s been a rough year in many ways, with ups and downs. But that is the basic recipe for Life, isn’t it, with great times (meeting everyone at LA Scentsation was WONDERFUL!!!) amongst the stressors (too many to count). I am happy to be celebrating Christmas, feeling more positive than I did when 2013 made its debut. I know there have been a lot of challenges, tragedies and heartbreaks for so many of you as well this past year. Here’s to the Season and the days ahead bringing us all some peace and a renewed sense of joy.
After the Mad Perfume Crazy for my birthday (ooh! that was FUN!) I found myself retailed-out. So instead of buying just to buy, I found myself turning outward, which had the lovely effect of soothing my inward self. When I first started writing for the Posse, the supremely practical Patty had a link to a practical charity I’d never heard of, Modest Needs. I fell in love with how they do things and have been giving in dribs and drabs ever since and…..well, having been in ‘modest needs’ a time or two myself, I love that you can directly help someone get over a hump and stop that ‘for want of a nail’ crap right in its tracks. In the past few weeks I had a few ‘me’ simoleans and I found myself throwing $10 here and $20 there and boy, did it feel good. And best of all? I don’t have a bunch more ‘impulse’ lippies in my lipstick closet. And I helped folks who just needed a weld in their Chain of Life. Sometimes it’s something as minor as a single mom needing a her car fixed so she can get to work and continue to care for her family.
And yeah, okay – even with that I got a little sumpin’. But it’s not Christmas morning yet so I don’t know what Santa brought me! 😉
It’s Christmas Eve. Tomorrow I will celebrate Christmas morning with a bottle of Krug and some soft scrambled eggs with lobster, thyme and mascarpone. Yum! I am joyful, joyful!! for all the gifts I’ve been given, among them is the gift of you wonderful, marvelous, brilliant, funny, delightful Posse! I love that you care enough to stop in and chat with us and share your lives and loves and passions.
How are you celebrating the Season? Even if Christmas isn’t your holiday, whatchudoin’ ? What are you giving? What are you getting? Are you staying quiet or are you jumping into a big holiday celebration? If you’re around today, drop a line! I’d love to know how you are.
Merry Christmas! And…May all your days be merry and bright!