Thanksgiving came and went with much jollility and feasting here at Bookends Cottage, but left winter in its wake. It actually was warm the day before, but last night the temps plunged into the freezing range and brought with it icy rain. We’re in an ice storm watch today, which doesn’t bother me in the least since no one in the family has to drive anywhere. Nettl is still on her holibobs and Micah doesn’t have class until Monday. And none of us support anything that remotely stinks of Black Friday. So here we are, warm and cozy and enjoying yesterday’s leftovers with steaming cups of tea, coffee, and cocoa. Really, what could be better than that?
The only thing I’m not looking forward to is Nigel’s evening walk. I can’t seem to find my wool peacoat and there’s not an umbrella to be seen anywhere, although I know we have at least two. It wasn’t all that long ago that I made these walks in summer clothes and sweltered beneath 100º heat. But this is life in this part of Oklahoma, and I’ve gotten used to it.
Tomorrow I begin the task of painting the kitchen. I got the sage paint I wanted and I’ve already cleaned the cobwebs and dusty door frames, and I’m ready to get at it. Being in the painting mindset, however, has shown me that other rooms need to be painted just as badly, especially our bedroom. I’ll do that next; definitely some time before Christmas. The bedroom will be a bit more work because I’m going to paint the wood trim as well, all the way into the bathroom. Still, I’m looking forward to the outcome more than I dread the actual job of painting. When we moved in here in 2009, we painted every room, every piece of trim, every door. That was heinous. Not doing that again; I’ll take it a room at a time.
With NaNoWriMo out of the way, I’m itching to get back to my album. And this is a good time of year to do it since I’ll be using the bedroom as my studio again. People won’t be living on their front porches and fewer cars go by due to bad weather. This corner will be much quieter. I think I’m going to re-do everything and start from scratch. Back to basics and all that. I need to keep it simple, I think, and the time away from it has helped me come to this decision. I’m just hoping I’ll be able to impose myself on Wild Bil McCombe one more time to lay down an acoustic slide guitar track on A Polite Little Madness. I absolutely love what he did on it with his electric, but I’d like to hear an acoustic version of the song, too, so that I can decide which version to use.
But today I’m useless and I’m not in the least bit bothered by it. The month ahead will be busy enough and I think I have the right to use today to rest up in preparation for that. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful and that you will find even more to be thankful for in the year ahead.
Have a great weekend!