Day 144: A Few Delights

Kissing Clauses

My favorite non-ornament Christmas decoration, the kissing Clauses always bring me delight when I put them out or put them away for the year. They also have an interesting backstory. They were given to me by a student whose father was an attorney for Paula Jones when she sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.

I wrote a more detailed post about them here on CCL.

Dexmassing — nearly finished

Except for one last Christmas box in the basement I’ve brought all things Christmas to the attic and after placing them in their boxes, will store them in the kneewall. That, hopefully, will happen tomorrow.

Prism Rainbow Pattern

While I was dexmassing I noticed this colorful pattern on a cushion in the lodge that was created by the rainbow from the prism in the window, through the holes of the back of the loveseat. Delightful!

Day 136: Kitchen & Mingus

I spent the entire day in the kitchen. While that might not sound delightful, it was delightful to me. I’d been meaning to clean out the fridge, so I did that. In addition, I organized a cabinet to better hold my fermenting equipment. I also made pita bread and that cottage pie I raved about a few weeks ago.


I also played with Mingus, who is staying with us while Andrew and Alex are in Atlanta. He has a toy that he adores. Our house has a center staircase, so you can go in a circle around the center part of the house: living room, hall, kitchen, dining room, entryway, back to the living room and sometimes I walk around the house pulling his toy behind me so he follows. I usually double back and surprise him as he stalks his toy.

Today I did that again, only he’s the one who is doubling back now — this time I did it in the kitchen around the island. The video below is not exactly what he’d been doing, but close enough. Made me laugh.

Days ????: Remembered Forgotten Delights

Because several of the past entries were written weeks after the actual days, I forgot about some.

In no particular order:

  • Alex made a wreath and brought it to our house when they came for their extended visit. It is lovely and still delights me with its scent when I pass my front door on sunny days.
  • I had my first house dream in a very long time. Once again, we’d moved from our home into a house with many rooms, some hidden. The previous owners had left many of their belongings and I was delighted that I had a chance to visit each room and see what was left behind. I was disappointed when I awoke.
  • Our neighbors brought us some delightfully delicious mincemeat cookies delightfully wrapped in red cellophane.
  • Alex made Christmas morning scones.

Days 127 – 129: De-Christmassing and Baking and Mingus

I spent these days starting to clear up the Christmas decorations — Dean doesn’t want to take the tree down yet, but it’s not as if we hang out near it since it is in the lodge.

I also baked yeasted bread and sourdough. Always delightful!

Mingus has been hanging around me more lately — although I suspect he likes the soft blanket I wrap up in on chilly mornings more than he likes me. Still, delightful.