Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to You!

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Oh, HELLO!!! Hi! Happy New Year, dear friends! I am home alone in the house here for the first time in many weeks. I'm in my office and have my hot tea and my fake fireplace on. Clover Meadow is in her office basket here with me and Bridget is in Clover Meadow's living-room bed (a recent development that leaves Clover bewildered and the rest of us sheepishly on edge — but Bridget gets what Bridget wants. Apparently she's the alpha in the entire family). Outside the sky is flat and gray and chilly. Inside I've been tidying — oh the post-holiday endless tidying! I have a new box of thank-you notes that need to be written. I have a new stack of my own books I need to find a place for. I have a small mountain of tiny toys to put away. But the tree is down and the Christmas decorations have been put away (we left the general "winter" decorations out) and the piles are dispersed. Mimi is back to school and Andy is back to work and I should be getting back to work, and I will. But today I am missing them, as I always do after everyone's been home for a while. I think I would like some peace and quiet but as soon as I get it I'm at a loss, and missing the chaos of their warm, loud, messy, darling presences so fiercely it stuns me slow.

Christmas was really nice this year, just lazy and simple and filled with family and fun and lovely gifts and lots of hanging out here. Aunt Susie slept over on New Year's Eve. We blew up Amelia's air mattress and dressed it with flannel sheets and quilts and pillows and she made a nest for herself in the middle of the living room, and stayed up until 11 p.m. that night, long after Andy got home at 9 (and I went upstairs to bed). She spent the night in the living room with Aunt Susie on the sofa and in the morning Andy was back up at 5 a.m. for work and I luxuriated until late morning, listening to my sister and my daughter playing together downstairs. No one needed anything from me so I shuffled down for coffee and then shuffled back up to spend four hours shopping for mini-embroidery supplies on my iPad. Ahhhh, pure bliss of idleness! Much of vacation was like this, in fact. The house was fuzzy and soft, meals and mealtimes were fluid and ridiculous, made of cookies and salad rolls and delivered chicken makhani and delivered chicken makhani again. An endless loop of movies featuring impossibly quaint small-towns, vaguely dissatisfied orphaned corporate executives, and gingerbread-house-building competitions (or episodes of Nature Cat) played tirelessly in the background. A gazillion Perler beads turned into ornaments. Every game and puzzle in the game-and-puzzle cabinet got played or made or was given away. Every new colored pencil, crayon, and bottle of paint got used and spilled. It was glorious, lazy, lingering fun, and for the first time, on the Sunday before school was scheduled to start again, I was sad that it was over. Age seven is basically EXCELLENT.

Amelia got her wild hair cut just after new year, and this was a long time coming as it had really turned into a crazy, vaguely felted sort of cloud around her head. Two big snarls in the back that I would diligently try to untangle — literally pulling hair strand by strand out of the nest — just kept coming back. It was nuts, and a source of howls. She couldn't brush or comb it herself and she wouldn't let me brush or comb it for her. So she decided she was ready to have it cut above her shoulders, and so it is. A cute little bob and bangs. I'm not crazy about the bangs, myself, but she wanted them again and they do look cute on her. I do miss the wild-child tangle, as the haircut aged and matured her in an instant, and it's funny how haircuts do that, isn't it?

My goals for 2020 are to be more organized both for upcoming Posie projects and for meal planning. I basically do neither of these, ever, in any real or dedicated sort of way. I don't make lists and I don't write anything down and I have no calendar beyond the Portland Public School lunch menu, and this is not Grown Up. I would also like to be more organized about my personal knitting and crafting projects, as these are important to me and I have a lot of ideas for things that sort of get lost in the shuffle. Since my office is all nice and fancy now I would like to figure out how to do a little more forward thinking about my schedule, and my plan for the year, especially when it comes to timing Posie projects so that we are not is a mad scramble to get something seasonal out the door. That is one of my least favorite states of being, so I am going to work on that.

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It was my birthday yesterday! I'm really old now!!!

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yama_ernastine says: January 14, 2020 at 01:42 PM

Is that the Barbie Glamper that I spy? It was a big holiday hit at this house, too.

Rebecca Clark says: January 14, 2020 at 06:40 PM

Happy Birthday Alicia,

It looks like you've had a wonderful holiday. What is the name and author of the Christmas book you have photographed.

Thank you,
Rebecca

A very Happy Birthday to you and a wildly organized New Year!
Your house looks warm and magical. Love the bob. Cheers.

Happy Belated Birthday!!
Agreed, your blog is a soothing balm for the soul! Through the years, many times I have had a particularly hard day to find the sweet still point of your words and pictures 💗
Does anyone know where that darling umbrella is from??

LOVE THIS!!...I truly feel as if I have been running an impossible race since Thanksgiving!!!...Love the "normalcy" of the every day...just plodding along...ENJOY every moment with family...it is all so fleeting!!!

Can I ask where you found the beautiful sheep ornament? Love it.

Cindy Peterson says: January 17, 2020 at 09:08 PM

Your woven ottoman/stool is just what I'm looking for. Where did you get it? Thank you for sharing your world with us. Your pictures evoke such a feeling of calm and peacefulness!

Mary Ann Scanlon says: January 19, 2020 at 10:56 AM

Happy Birthday dear Alicia. Such a lovely account of a perfect holiday, thank you for sharing with us. I do so understand that long hair tangle, that ugly nest at the back of the neck that is impossible to tame. I hate seeing my sweet granddaughters get haircuts but so do not miss the tears or sending them off looking like little ragamuffins as my Grandmother would say!

Hi I’m a nurse in Indianapolis. We have a rapidly growing C-19 patients. Because of restrictions the patients are without family or friends at the bedside. I’ve started to make quilts to donate. About 40”by60” is best. Jeni Baker of incolororder has an easy house that I’ve been using. If anyone at home has time to sew a few and drop them off at your local hospital that would be wonderful. Best if the are in a large zip lock bag. Jackie

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About Alicia Paulson

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.