Not quite the right attitude... and, indeed, it sounds worse than it was. It is just that my stock answer, in January, to 'How are you?' is 'Surviving January'. Because it always seems a little melancholy, and very very dark, after December. The Christmas decorations have disappeared, the days are still short and the weather is often just dark and dismal and damp-dreary.
But that is a gloomy picture which does not reflect reality.
In reality, in my house, the Christmas decorations stay up until, at least, January 25th - Cat and Jonny's birthday. The fairy lights sprinkle in sparse corners, the Nativity set greets me at the front door and all serves to remind me of a twist on CS Lewis, whose description of Narnia in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is that it was 'always winter and never Christmas.'
Not in my house . Not in January, or ever. Because, for me, it is 'always Christmas and never winter.' Jesus is alive, whether rain or shine, summer or winter, Christmas or January.
And, indeed, remembering this, I did more than survive January over the last few weeks. I look back over the month and remember shared meals, sharing life with close friends in home group, breakfast with a group of women from church, lunch with my Supernatural School group.
I cycled to work on some incredibly (for Guernsey) cold and frosty mornings, where the hoar frost crickle-crackled under my feet as I hauled my unwilling bike from the shed.
The cold weather wasn't great for the sinuses, though. Catching a horrendous cold and cough made me feel bad enough to warrant a day or so off school. One day off, after a day of feeling really unwell; staggered back to school for a day and a half - never any suggestion from my superiors that I should take more time to recuperate - and then managed a couple of extra hours at home before the weekend, which brought prayer for healing and a remarkable recovery. #healingrooms !!
Cat and Andy arrived in Iraq, starting their life with Medair, serving refugees. #manychallengesahead The 'lurkers' (as Jennifer Rees Larcombe calls those hidden worries in our lives) are still there in regard to their safety - particularly Cat's - but my brain is satisfied with and trusting of the security measures put in place for them. Cat has set up a 'WhatsApp' group for us and Jonny and Adele, which has been a lot of fun as we see and comment on the photos she and Andy have posted. And, of course, there is always Skype....
Still sorting out and unpacking boxes at home, after painting the office. #nobookcasesyet #stillworkingonit Richard is very busy with home improvements, necessitating much internet research. He is so capable and handy, enjoying learning new skills.
And the occasional foray into the garden - preparatory digging for more vegetable beds; a little surfing; meeting up with dear Mags and Louis, over for 'Christmas' (thanks Condor for getting them here safely even though you cancelled the Christmas sailing so they couldn't come then); phoning and Skyping friends and making plans for visits from family in the spring.
Spring. The days are perceptibly longer and lighter already. Spring is on her way.
|View on the way home|
|The sun on the ssea - 30 seconds from home|
|Cat sends me an apron, made with love by Lois, from Vanuatu|