Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter Solstice

Winter, spring, summer, fall and seasons of the heart go and come. She is slowly learning to live in the moment. One Woman's oldest daughter made the remark that her mom had come "full circle". What does that mean?

She is aware that she followed her heart. The mind was busy saying other things - she did not listen.
Very weary, but at peace. She is looking forward to staying inside this winter, sitting by the fire and reading some of this stack of books that is growing. Spring will be soon enough to wash and dust a lot of items that were moved.

A rainy cold day yesterday and her son surprised her, drove to the country, and took her to lunch. It was such a treat.

She is very aware that after Christmas he will be far over the ocean for several months. He is so much further ahead on this journey of mindfulness, then his mom.

Preparing to head back to the big city his vehicle was loaded with more downscaling items and some poinsettia's for his sister. A ship that was purchased when he was about 3 years old and was in his room for years. A over 100 year old school clock, it was the first clock she purchased close to 50 years ago, an old wood plant stand to add to some other treasures being shared with him. It pleases his mom since he has repeatedly told her - he wanted nothing. These will look good in his small home and will be reminders of long ago.

2009 has been another year of change and very busy year. The thought and then the reality of a smaller home being built on her country property. City life was not for her and she is at peace that she made this decision. Unexpected surgery in February, completion of country home and a gradual move took place. The final arrival of her belongings took place last Friday. Hopefully her energy level will soon be back to normal.

Christmas eve will be another family time. She will do very little decorating this season.

Hopefully nature will take care of this and maybe Miss Callie will sport a big red bow.

She is so aware of her many blessings and has a very thankful heart. All of her family is well and her granddaughter who graduated in May has landed a position in New York. With the economy like it is - that is a miracle.

Nothing is taken for granted and the last piece of the puzzle will fall in place when the time is right.

Winter Solstice in two weeks and she looks forward to it gradually being lighter each the day

To all who have read her journey and reminiscing this past year, blessings sent to each of you.

May you be happy
May you be well
May you be safe and at peace

One Woman needs to remember to breathe, when she is online.....


Tabor said...

Winter solstice is my birthday...always felt I got shortchanged by having the shortest day as well as being so close to the holidays...oh well. You sound so happy and I am certainly jealous (in a healthy way) of the great relationship you have with your son. Ours has his issues and does not return calls unless we get crazy with insistence!

Balisha said...

I can feel your blessings. Thankyou so much for sharing with me...part of your life. You have been on a journey,and many of us have been on it with you.I hope the next few weeks will be full of joy for you. You deserve some relaxation and peace.
Balisha HUGS

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Tabor,A early Happy Birthday - I do not want to forget. Your sharing and images bring me so much pleasure.
My son - in raising my children, the thought never entered my mind that my son would be the one to mentor his mother. He is so dear and compassionate towards his mom.
But then he seems to be able to see things that his sister's do not. It may be that their time and thoughts are stretched with families. For lack of better words.
Surely hope one of them does not read this and get their feelings hurt. That is the downside of family reading what you write from your heart.
Dear Balisha, thank you. You have been through a lot this year. The Lord has blessed you. Continue to heal and share your special writing and images.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post. I'm happy I found it.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Purplume, thank you for visiting.
Stop by again and comments welcome.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am ready for longer days. You have a very busy year to reflect back on and like the others I have enjoyed your journey. I am so glad you followed your heart and built your place in the country where you can be happy.

Nan said...

I believe you are one of those truly lucky people who are content and aware of being so. I believe the energy will come back as you rest this winter. That's the blessing of the winter season. We have to slow down.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Judy and Nan, thank you so much for visiting. Nan, hope you are on target about the energy!!

Darlene said...

To all things there is a season. In your case, winter is a time to recharge your batteries from all the hard work you have been doing the past year. Snuggle by that warm fire with a cup of cocoa, or tea and enjoy a good book.

Sharon said...

It is wonderful that you are all moved into your beautiful new home for the holidays. May love surround you and peaceful moments find you reading in your favorite chair.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Darlene and Sharon, thank you so much for the comments. Visit me again soon. A misty rain this afternoon in the "woods".

Beverly said...

Such contentment for you. I feel you have many things left to the country. Flowers to tend, vegetables to grow, photos to take of your life there. many evenings sitting in the dusk looking at the country life. I, for one, look forward to it all....

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Beveryly, you are so right on target. A part of me thinks "what now". That is stupid. There is so much more grooming to do (brush and trees to clean up) gardens to plant and tend - and just sit and breathe. Thank you for commenting/
Take care during these last days.

Jan Lundy said...

Ernestine, I wish you breathing space, too! Your posts match the heart of my own...longing for more quiet, though in the sun, not the snow...reading, journaling, writing and moving toward the book that wants to be birthed. Gentle days and times....reflections of the blessings. I am so glad to know that you are in one place so your heart can be at ease....(Love that you closed with metta.) xo

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Jan, thank you so much for the kind comment. It seems
May you be Happy
May you be Well
May you be Safe and at Peace
Has become my new mantra.
Thank you.....

mermaid said...

Thank you for sharing your journey and reflections. They remind me to to be grateful for this path, no matter how windy or arduous.

May your heart be filled with love.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Mermaid, thank you for commenting.
I heart is full of peace when I think of you. The journey is never smooth. If it was smooth - we would have nothing to share for those behind us on this journey of life.