It's been about four months since the big move to smaller quarters, and we're settling in despite waves of missing John terribly. He would have liked this little cottage, and I think he'd be pleased with the idea of all our friends gathering here to infuse the place with warmth and good cheer as winter approaches.
The housewarming is aptly titled "Hygge" (pronounced "hue-geh") the Danish word, which (while there is really no direct English definition that does it justice), loosely translates to the concept of coziness and camaraderie; the sense of feeling connected, and of taking
pleasure and appreciating the everyday things that stir our senses and
warm our hearts. The best description I've found so far is here.
So the little retro kitchen will be busy over the next couple of weeks, as cookies are baked and soups are set to simmer, narrowing down the buffet style menu (which so far consists of both cocktail meatballs and vegetarian meatballs, a pasta salad or two, buffalo chicken dip with baguettes, a pomegranate salsa with chips, and assorted cookies and sweets)...
Unfortunately, the piano hasn't been tuned since the move, but I do hope we can find a guitarist or two among the guests, and maybe even sing a few carols (Christmas carols = instant hygge). ;)
So many friends are scattered far, far away, and geography prevents them from attending, but I know they'll be here in spirit, and perhaps even visit one day. And those who are here - I look forward to seeing you!
In the meantime, I'm holding everyone close in my heart, and wishing you all a season filled with all this warmth and friendship and hygge, and joy in simple pleasures wherever you find them.
Love and light,