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Often the lie-in leads to inspiration and what I'm going to do with my day if I don't already have a list of things to do. No, that's not quite so, I always have a list of things to do but in the morning, I get to decide if I'm going to do something on the list or if I'm going to check off something on the 'what I feel like doing' list.
It could be writing a post or checking out books to read or books to create from. I love Kaari Meng's French General books. All those red to coral tones in antique or antique inspired materials. What I love is her love of all things French and her fresh take on them. I have yet to sew my Esprit de Noël quilt, the time is approaching but not quite here.
I've asked my men to drag the 6 Christmas green Rubbermaid bins from the crawl space to begin decorating. A glass of wine, my favorite Windham Hill A Winter Solstice soundtracks playing, the early evening darkness and wood fire are the perfect stage for decorating a tree.
Between now and then, I'll do a little housecleaning, a little laudry, roast eggplant, peppers, garlic and red onion for our favorite Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, a Barefoot Contessa favorite. This salad can be eaten at any time of day for a satisfactory meal or snack. If you are a 25 or 22 year-old, you can inhale it as a snack and thank your mother for making the effort to fill up your hollow legs.
I don't always give a shape to my day in the morning. Occasionally, I just let it roll out and see what happens. That is the beauty of retirement.