I have had a long, exhausting, overwhelming week, one in which I've spent way too many hours in doctor's waiting rooms and at the drywall desk in our local DIY shop (neither of which is my favourite place to hang out, believe me). Sawyer's been sick with some mystery illness, I've been off work looking after him, and I've been trying hard to help Alan get the living room/dining room (I need to start calling it the playroom now!) ready for the painter to arrive this weekend. I've stayed up past midnight every night, and have been stretched way too thin every single day. No wonder I keep ending up in tears...
The one thing that's been cheering me up and getting me through is all the mail that keeps arriving in my mailbox! We've had so many parcels and cards this week, it's been amazing! Some of them have gone upstairs and will come out when our Christmas tree finally makes its appearance in our finished living room (oh please, let it be by the end of next week...) but I've already opened a few and have felt such a rush of happiness. There's been a fantastic card and handmade ornament from a Christmas craft market in Budapest (thanks, Em!), three delicious recipes written on pretty cards (thanks to Brandi for hosting the Winter Recipe Exchange! I am so making the rosemary frittata for Christmas breakfast!), a new Harry Connick Jr. (swoon!) Christmas cd from my mum-in-law and my ornament swap package from lovely Sheba arrived this afternoon from Toronto! All of it has been lovely, and just exactly what the doctor ordered. Thank you, all of you, for the love you send me in the post, especially at this time of year... I adore you!
"A little smile, a word of cheer, a bit of love from someone near,
A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year.
These make a merry Christmas!" ~ John Greenleaf Whittier
PS: Photos of all my happy mail coming soon!