08 December 2011

to do or not to do, that is the question*



I cannot be the only person having to decide what moves from the to do list to the not to do list, if indeed there such a thing exists in a place other than my own head.  Thus I decided that I would not do my advent countdown to Christmas this year.  I am missing it, of course, as one does when one decides not to do something.  I just thought I needed a break this year.  I am, however, delighted to see that both Lara and Joanna are both blogging their way daily through Advent.  And then there is the quirky little  Geffrye Musuem calendar for a visit.  (I am particularly fond of what is behind the door of 4th December which reminds me of days out at the seaside and Sunday morning breakfasts.)

Now here I am at tea time, having done some things on the to do list  and some that aren't-  a ride on the canal, a yoga lesson with a great teacher, popping in to the doctor's surgery, pestering the man who has had my sewing maching to service for 5 weeks, delivering an electric urn, popping in to my mum with a new duvet, hearing on the radio Annie Lennox singing the Holly and the Ivy and joining in a bit croakily, looking at new printers, planning our  WI Christmas market next Tuesday, mending a couple of moth holes in a charity shop skirt, and written this post (now I've listed them I know I've done more than I thought).  There are lots of things not done that are on the to do list too.   Including sweeping up the stars on the kitchen floor, though it may be several days until I get round to that because I like to see them.  And just looking at this strange picture reminds me of Perry Como, one of my dad's favourites, singing Catch a Falling Star.


I hope you find time to catch some falling stars in the next couple of weeks.

*My trip to see the Comedy of Errors tonight may be what has put me in Shakespearean mood.

7 comments:

Annie said...

I have a very long to-do list, and a second list which is all the stuff I need to do but not right now. Guessing that's pretty much a not-to-do list as most of the things on it will probably have to wait until after Christmas. Any thought I'd had of blogging daily this month went out of the window the minute the to-do list hit page two! I just wish I had a star strewn wooden floor to look at while I work my way through it.

Joanna said...

Ooh I am envious of your trip to see Comedy of Errors. And I think your star-strewn floor looks beautiful.

tut-tut said...

Lovely stars; my to do list is largely done (although now that I think about it . . .)

Rattling On said...

Oh, I think To Do lists must be flexible. Thus allowing list-makers the luxury of an extra set of sub-lists.
Sadly my floor is covered in dog hair and not stars...

Kate said...

Colleen, I don't know if you read Lene Alve's blog? If not, I think you'd really enjoy her daily December letters from the Arctic circle. Her blog's called "Dances with Wool"

ofpinsandneedles said...

I think you achieved rather a lot! Am quite envious. I think you should leave the stars on the kitchen floor until they start to bend at the corners and stick to your feet - or until the other dust and debris necessitates it! They are beautiful

Liz said...

You could always do what I find myself doing, which is adding to the to do list the things you've done which weren't on the list, just so that you can tick them.

My dad was also a Perry Como fan and he always played his Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas LP at this time of year. I have a feeling I'd be very teary if I heard it now.