Monday, February 23, 2009

A Blessed Day AT HOME

"Sometimes I wonder if I'm ever gonna make it home again,

It's so far and out of sight.

Snow is cold

Rain is wet

Chills my bone right to the marrow." Carole King

One of my favorite albums of all time - Carole King's Tapestry album and in particular, her song "Home Again" rings through my mind today. I've been listening to it a lot lately for comfort, or maybe trying to draw a part of my long ago (teenage) self back into existence so that I can better understand my own teenage daughter, who knows! But that sense of quiet desolation and chill is filling me right now, and I'm knitting like mad to try to warm myself, inside and out.

We haven't had a SEVERE winter (nothing at all compared to LynnH and Kim's Michigan winter this year!!!) but it seems to be dragging on forever. We haven't had extreme snow or ice here this year, but we've had just an enduring cold/damp chill in the air, and biting winds. So even on a sunny day, like today is supposed to be, the air is just COLD and it feels too cold to do anything at all outside.

In fact, for the past two weeks, I have felt "chilled to the bone." Today I'm staying home from work for an extra day off (Yay!!!) and guess what? I'm not going anywhere. It's HOME day.

I can't remember the last time I just had a day to stay home, get warm, mess around and not do anything. Well, maybe the dishes and laundry, but that's it. I swear. I'm hunkering down and being a total homebody today. It sounds just like what my soul needs to revive. I'm knitting, reading, taking a long relaxing bath with a face mask. I'm treating myself to a total hedonistic day of relaxation in my favorite place, HOME.

Today I'm knocking on my own door, and that seems like the best place to be and the best person to see.


Ellen Bloom said...

I wore out my copy of Carole King's "Tapestry" back in the day. It's still one of my favorite collections of songs.

Have fun on your day off!

Trina said...

You are so lucky to be able to have a lovely relaxing day off, I hope you enjoy it! My 'days off' always end up sleeping in for far too long watching tv and not doing anything else, which is such a waste!

Elysbeth said...

Good for you, a Home Day feeds the soul, as long as you don't get too caught up in doing chores. Set a cut off time, or you will be trapped being "productive".

Remember, that independent and willful teenagers grow into lovely and gracious adults that are prepped to handle the world better than so many of their peers. (schedule hair colouring now though, because gray hair comes with it)

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Wow. I remember when that album came out. I think I wore out a vinyl version and later a cassette.

I'll have to go find my CD version and play it when I dye yarn later this week. It's one I can put on "repeat" and not get tired of it while my hands are too wet to change the music.

Good memories, thanks. Yup, "snow is cold, rain is wet..." incredible lyrics *and* melodies on that album.

We are SO done with winter here, there are crusty piles that just will NOT melt. It was above freezing today and sunny, and the piles remain like icebergs. I'm ready for spring.