I must say, it’s much easier to sleep during the day (after night duty) when it’s a wintery one – cold, grey and drizzling is just perfect. Even better when the whole family are out and our home remains silent and still.
On a beautiful sunny day, just 2 sleeps until Christmas with the family bustling (quietly!) about making presents, tidying boxes, preparing lovely food … not so easy. By half past two, I just could not keep my eyes (tightly clad in Julian’s airplane sleeping mask) closed any longer.
Instead, out to the back garden we went. Banana lounges spread out under the oak. Cool drinks by our sides. Doggies bumbling about with bones and sticks. Mum with her crochet squares. Noah with his laptop. Julian with his wine. Me with my cross stitch.
I first started these a few years back. It was a Christmas when, inexplicably, I just couldn’t seem to remember where I’d stashed the Christmas necessities the year before. “Lost in the diaspora!’ declared one Jewish friend when I admitted I couldn’t even lay my hands on the nativity set!
With a week to go I set to cross stitching. I have no idea where I found the patterns. I think I must have used some of Mum’s old embroidery floss because do you think I could match a single colour to the hundreds in my floss boxes?!
So today they just got done. I made the best colour choices I could and lay back out there in the beautiful dappled sunlight, needle slipping in and out of the linen, until the wee patterns were finished. Bliss.
Now – Julian and Noah are watching The Empire strikes back whilst Noah fixes up my floss boxes (Fu sent them flying across the grass!). Mum’s tucked up in bed with a magazine. And me?
I’m off to shift 2/3 of night duty for the week. I’d be lying if I said I was excited or even pleased to be going. But, as I remind myself, this is what I do. And it needs to be done. So I am :-) And if I listen to the Muppets singing Silent Night on route, by the time I arrive I shall be feeling positively loving towards all those poor folk who are having a bummer of an evening.
The stitching up will wait til tomorrow.