Dec 21, 2009

A Mist-Shrouded Yule


The mist settled in today. The snow has melted, and the light rain has been falling for two days now. The Valley is full of grey, like a teacup filled to the brim. It seems appropriate though, with the shortest day having arrived, that the sun wasn't admitted at all and the light of day was fairly short-lived.

It reminded me of the description Dickens gives of London on Christmas eve, in A Christmas Carol.

"The city clocks had only just gone three, but it was quite dark already, - it had not been light all day - and candles were flaring in the windows of neighbouring offices, like ruddy smears upon the palpable brown air. The fog came pouring in at every chink and keyhole, and was so dense without, that, although the court was of the narrowest, the houses opposite were merely phantoms."

I have no doubt, that if I had a keyhole in my door, the mist would have been pouring in here too.

Still, I have perservered today, even going for a walk this morning and watching the horses in the field by the river jumping around as though they knew the Sun was coming again.

I would like to stay up all night, with candles lit, waiting for the light. But I haven't been sleeping well and need the rest. So I'm off to do my Yule ritual, and then onward to bed, with a few pages of Dickens for good measure.

Thank you all for your well-wishes regarding the store. I am very excited, although there is so much to do. First, I must make it past Christmas. I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't sent my cards out yet - perhaps tomorrow, and haven't wrapped a thing. A bit more shopping tomorrow and I may finally be done. I swear I will be more organized next year (which I'm sure is the same thing I said last year.)

Blessings of love, health, prosperity, and much joy to you all on this Yule night!



12 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Solstice blessings to you! You little dickens! Hee hee!

Teri said...

Blessed you to you and yours.
It's cold and snowy here, but it's suppose to be warmer with a little sunshine tomorrow. I'm so glad the Sun has returned!
Blessings,

Jeanine DeNitto said...

thats lovely.

Ange said...

And blessings to you dear Rue! It sounds like we live in a similar climate and I too live with horses in a valley. The mist is frequent in this part of Toulouse and I admit that I even love to be out running through it.
I haven't read Dickens for ages. What a wonderful reminder...
Affectueusement
Ange

Lyon said...

A very happy belated Yule to you, Rue!

mxtodis123 said...

And blessings to you and yours. I did much the same as you last night...a ritual, read a little, and then off to dreamland. Wish I had taken this week as a vacation week.
Mary

faerwillow said...

~brightest blessings & happy yule sent your way...seems as if all are feeling some lack of sleep...i to snuggled in a tad bit early...i am glad you were able to step outside and embrace a moment for yourself...a field, horses, a river..sounds delightful..shows us that rain or shine you can always play!~

Dede said...

Sounds like we spent Yule doing pretty much the same thing. The sun is shinning this morning, I welcome the warmth. You will make the Christmas deadline,LOL. Then off to pour your energies into your new shop. So excited for you, a labor of love.

(((HUGS)))

ONe PiNK FiSH said...

Happy Yule to you and yours. A walk, a good books, and snuggling under the covers sounds like the perfect day to me. Hope you enjoyed.

Jeanne said...

And a blessed Yule to you! :0)

The mist comes creeping in as quietly as a cat .....

Tamara said...

Good Morning and I hope you had a blessed Yule. :) I'm finally getting back to blogging after being caught in a whirlwind the past wee or so. lol

Bridgett said...

And a blessed Yule to you as well...a bit belated. :)

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