Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas Miracles

Aside from the whole "Zombies Will One Day Take Over The World So You'd Better Start Building A Bunker" thing, I'm a pretty rational sort of gal.  Oh, and the weird food fears...those should probably be mentioned as part of the less than rational side of me.  And, come to think of it, I've maybe done one or two posts where I separate my mind into two halves, name them, then let them argue for all the Blogosphere to witness.  That's not so rational.  

But, other than that, I'm a solid thinker.  There's a reason for everything and most stuff has an explanation if you just take the time to think it through.  And yet, with the Christmas season upon me, I seem to see one or two little miracles hovering at the edge of my train of rational thought.  

For example, just when I think that the universe is conspiring against me and that there is no way on earth I am ever going to get everything done, I am gifted with a Snow Day.  I had an inkling yesterday after watching the weather report and, by gum, I inkled true.  No school today!  Sure, I had an errand to run that entailed going out and driving in that helpful snow (twice).  But it was a small price to pay for a little wiggle room in the wrapping schedule.  That's kind of miraculous, right?

And look!  I finished the Villandry Lace Scarf With Dangling Turd Fringe!




I'm even starting to feel the love for that fringe!  


Then, just as I was beginning to think that the co-worker's gifts would be handed to their intended recipients swaddled in trash bags, I was suddenly possessed by the spirit of Crafty Cathy or Martha Stewart or some other Ribbon Maven.  With the help of my Dollar Store purchases (which included some pretty cool shrink wrap) and the guiding hand of whomever took possession of my faculties today, I was able to make a little Christmas Magic happen:



Too bad you can't see the cool paint can tins under all that shrink wrap.  They are adorable!  Hopefully they will distract the eye from the burnt potholder in the background...

Don't believe in miracles yet?  Still thinking, "Oh that Sheep.  She's just exaggerating.  It's surprising, since she never, ever does that, but there is a first time for everything.  She's so far out there now that she can clean the windshield on the space shuttle..."  

I understand.  Miracles are mysterious things.  And a little scary sometimes.  We don't like that which we can't explain.  We need to know that we have some control over our lives.  And miracles, however nice, are just not something that fits in well with our logical, rational existence.  But, I think I can prove that they do happen.  Not all the time, mind you.  But sometimes they really, really do wander by and dump a little of the wonder into your lap.  For your consideration, I submit the following scene from my living room last night:



This is something of a "Lion Lying Down With The Lamb" sort of situation.....and never before seen in this household.


Not gonna lie to ya.  I got a little teary-eyed.  It's also a miracle that I was able to get the camera in time to catch this most wonderful of moments.  My babies.  Together.  Like little angels...

This lasted for a grand total of ten minutes and I suspect that the flash photography might have shocked them back to reality.  They were back to their mutual disdain for one another shortly thereafter and the musical sound of their bickering rang out in a more familiar carol.  But, for one brief, shining moment there was a Christmas Miracle at the Sheep home.

Best Christmas present ever...

SA

17 comments:

Knitting Linguist said...

There really IS a Santa! OK, maybe I'm getting a bit carried away... But seriously -- good use of a snow day :) And the cats curled up together is especially nice. Mine did that for about five minutes yesterday. Then I sneezed. And the moment was over, alas. I hope you're taking a well-deserved evening off (maybe some eggnog, a little chocolate, some knitting...)!

Mouse said...

Awww.. the magic of a snow day!

kmkat said...

If you really want the kitties to snuggle up together, turn your thermostat down to about 55 degrees. Guaranteed to make the pets, aka heat-seekers, into best buddies.

mehitabel said...

Sweet kitties! Mine will sometimes do that, but more often it's the sound of furry bodies wrestling in the bathtub that rings out. Love that you had a snow day--I just had a rainy day, which made for misery in the driving department, and I did manage to put over 100 miles on the vehicle today. Yeah, this is SoCal, where everything is miles from everything else...
When you finish your wrapping, can I bring mine over? YOurs is sooo much prettier!

Mia said...

Good job on the decoratin' sheepie! But it's really not fair you got a snow day and I didn't hehehe. And is that by any chance the end of a knittin' needle package stickin' out of that bag? Hmmmm.

Julie said...

Mia is pretty observant; I had to go back and check out that bag. I'm guessing that package is for your Cheerful Teaching Assistant. Could you come over here and wrap my gifts for me? And could you stop on your way over and buy the rest of my gifts?

The scarf looks great (even with dangling turds) :-)

Beth said...

Your packages look great and your kitties look even better. I wonder if they get along during the day when you're not there and just put on an act for you while you're around? :)

trek said...

Wish that we would've had a snow day today instead of the misting and 37°F in which Neatnik and I waited for the school bus this morning. Of course, a snow day would have meant cancelling my students' final exams and that would not have been good at all, at all. So, I guess that not having a snow day today was a good thing.

And the pretty wrapping! Mine don't yet have bows - more's the pity.

Cursing Mama said...

Wow! Santa really outdid himself this year - and early too!

Bobbi said...

oooh the wrapping looks great! how crafty of you!

Cathy said...

This is the scariest post you've ever written. It's almost (gasp) normal. Please lie down and eat chocolate til you recover.

Never mind.

I'll do the recovering for you.

debsnm said...

You know, considering that there is more than one person in your head, you're about as sane as the rest of us! Merry Christmas!

tenacious knitter said...

I think my cats lay near each other because it's wintertime - I'm such a cynic, of course it's a miracle!

Merry Christmas Sheepy! I absolutely love your writing and am so glad I found your blog this year. May the zombies leave you be, and have a great holiday!

Anonymous said...

YAY for the snow day!!! YAY for the scarf!! YAY for the kitties!!
Karen
http://nothingbutknit.blog-city.com/

crzjane said...

Pretty Scarf. Wow, what creative and crafty wrapping. (You did a really great job on those packages. There was a burned potholder in the background? The wrapped gifts were too beautiful to look past to see anything else.)
Those two kitties look so loving. Makes you wonder if it's only an act for you. What do they do when you aren't home? Huh? Just makes you wonder. Miracles are beautiful things.

Donna Lee said...

I have finished the shopping and the elves are way behind in the wrapping. I'm going to have to crack the whip and I hate to do that but this nonsense has to stop. There are boxes to wrap! Your dried orange ribbons look really crafty (in a good way) and very Martha-esque.

Ms. Mitz said...

That is a special moment for sure!! I am getting to kinda like the big orange guy aka Mr. Cheddar here...ya know, if you can't beat em, join em right!!!

Headbonks to D and P and a big hugg for your mom.

The Marvelous Mitz