Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

Tonight is Christmas Eve. Simple wholesome food is ready for tomorrow. It will be a quiet day for me, with family scattered until after Christmas. I’ll enjoy a day of rest and play, movies and music. The hygge activity I drew from the jar was perfect for an evening in.

Watch a favorite movie from my childhood.

That seemed like an easy task. A movie immediately came to mind.

Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

A Childhood Favorite

My first film choice, for tonight, was the 1964 movie Mary Poppins. That fun musical had a great impact on me as a child. Mary Poppins showed me how magical life could be. And I’m talking about truths deeper than flying with an umbrella, although I tried that, unsuccessfully, as a six year old.

Alas, I could not find Mary Poppins online to watch.

I’ve learned, these last few years as a blogger, that if a plan goes awry it’s best to let it go and remain open to other possibilities. The search began, at almost 8:00 PM, for another movie from the 1960s that I could watch this evening.

Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

White Christmas

Being Christmas Eve I turned my focus to classic holiday films. Flipping through tv channels I looked for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) or Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). I had a fallback ready to go…my beloved Jason and the Argonauts (1963). That adventure fantasy is a favorite and I own the DVD. Something Christmasy appealed to me now however. I kept searching.

I found the right one. Netflix has a great selection of holiday films. White Christmas (1954) stood out. Although I watched the classic every year, as a child, it had been a very long time since I watched this Irving Berlin musical all the way through.

Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

A Favorite Movie From My Childhood

White Christmas stars Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The story follows a popular song and dance team, Bob and Phil (Crosby and Kaye), as they team up with sisters Betty and Judy (Clooney and Vera-Ellen), who are launching a musical career of their own. The four end up at an inn in Vermont, where lack of snowfall is hampering business.

I confess, I smiled though this 2 hour movie. I’d forgotten so much: How rich and distinctive is Bing’s voice and how brightly his eyes sparkle. I laughed over Danny Kaye’s comedic antics. His weekly variety show in the 60s was another favorite.

And as a child, I missed the real plot of the story. The lack of snow affected the inn of a man who was important to Bob and Phil. The owner was Major General Waverly, formerly in command of the troops Bob and Phil served in. They literally rallied those troops, and performed a Christmas show, to support their old Major General.

White Christmas is fun, it’s full of familiar tunes, and it has a great message about helping each other through difficult times. I appreciate the timeless story as presented through song and dance.

Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

Hygge Christmas Eve

Before starting the movie I created a cozy, hygge environment. Throughout the house and out onto the front deck, candlelight welcomed Christmas and sent the lights of hope, peace and joy into the world.

I carried hot tea and a nutritious dinner of lentil shepherd’s pie into my room. For warmth I snuggled beneath a fuzzy blanket while my new cat socks kept my feet toasty.

It was the perfect setting for a watching a favorite movie from my childhood. I loved the whole experience.

I have no idea what hygge activity I’ll draw tomorrow, for Christmas Day. However I trust it will be just as perfect!

Day 4: Watch a Favorite Movie From My Childhood

Day 4: Spend an Hour Coloring

After a full, fun day, I was grateful for the hygge activity I selected this morning. I drew this slip of paper:

Spend an hour coloring.

Coloring, especially for adults, was a hot trend a couple of years ago. I don’t hear as much about it currently, however, it is a meditative art form that I still enjoy. I brewed a cup of hibiscus tea, sliced up an apple and gathered supplies.

Day 4: Spend an Hour Coloring

A Coloring Book and Page Chooses Me

In keeping with the game I am playing, I picked up the first coloring book that I saw as I walked into my studio. Enchanted Forest, by Johanna Bradford, snagged my attention. Perfect. My word for 2019 is Enchanted.

Holding the book in both hands I opened to a page, randomly, and laughed. A variety of feathers filled the space. The feather quill is my symbol for this year.

What an accurate portrayal of where I am at this very moment…poised between two worlds. I inhabit that shifting space of overlapping energy as this year ticks down and the next year invites me in.

Day 4: Spend an Hour Coloring

Spend an Hour Coloring

Tonight I took my task very literally. With my hot tea, apples and Crayola colored pencils arranged nearby, I glanced at the clock and began a countdown. I didn’t feel hurried. I knew I would not complete the coloring page in 60 minutes. That wasn’t the point of the activity.

The point was to lose myself in the gentle art of coloring. I enjoy selecting color combos and laying the color down on the page. Shading is something I’ve always done, even when I was a child with a box of waxy crayons. I build color up, and smooth it out, highlighting a section here, shading a bit there.

As I color, my heart rate slows, as does my breathing. My soul expands, my mind quiets and then ponders deeper mysteries.

Da 4: Spend an Hour Coloring

Exchanging Time

My mind focused in on my choice of words, written on the slip of paper. Spend an hour coloring. Spend… Why did I choose that particular word, spend? Why not Color for an Hour? I almost changed the title of the post to the simplified version.

But my mind kept turning over the word spend. The word comes from the Latin expendere, which literally means pay out. I paid out an hour of my time this evening, an hour out of the 24 I was allotted today, in exchange for the simple and satisfying pleasure of coloring.

That realization gave me a fresh perspective. I’ll exchange more of my time, to explore and develop this line of thought. Tonight as I closed my coloring book, and took a deep breath, I declared this:

May I wisely spend the hours and days and months that I have, creating the life I most want to experience. My currency is precious. And it is limited in this life although my soul is boundless. Coloring was worth an hour of my time, in part because of the truths uncovered. May all that I pursue be counted as worthy.

Day 4: Spend an Hour Coloring

Day 4: Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea

During this 7 day challenge, I’ve been drawing my folded slips of paper the night before each new day, due to the fact that some hygge activities require more thought and planning than others. For example, if I drew “Watch a sunrise and a sunset” the day of, I guarantee that I would have already missed the sun coming up.

So when I drew Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea, I immediately checked the weather forecast. Although rain was indeed in the forecast, I had concerns. Lately our chances of rain have evaporated without the hoped for precipitation. I went to bed with a back up plan. If the thunderstorms didn’t materialize, I was positive I could locate a video of a thunderstorm in progress somewhere on the web.

Day 4: Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea

I need not have been concerned. I awoke to a gentle rain that soon became a downpour. Time to brew a cup of tea!

Day 4: Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea

I carried my hot tea…lemon balm, thyme and fennel seeds…out onto the front deck, to sit in the porch swing and enjoy nature’s show. The air was cool and fresh smelling. Rain pelted the sidewalks and ground and beaded up on the leaves of my beloved redbud tree.

Day 4: Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea

Although my weather app radar showed thunderstorms in the area, I only experienced the steady cleansing rain. However, my fraidy cat, Shy Boy, must have heard the distant rumble of thunder with his sensitive hearing. He bolted for the front door, ears laid back, body low to the porch floor. He hid in the house, which is his usual response to thunder, fireworks, the weekly trash truck! More thunderstorms were in the forecast for the afternoon, but I chose to seize the opportunity that the morning showers brought.

I sipped my hot tea, savored the coziness of the moment, and watched the neighbor kids frolic in the rain. They had the right idea, and kudos to their mom for allowing them the freedom to play in the rain. Their evident joy and enthusiasm made me smile.

Day 4: Experience a Thunderstorm While Sipping Tea

I enjoyed that sacred time, watching the rain, listening to the rain, as I sipped my herbal tea. Even falling from the sky as rain, water soothes. It nourishes the thirsty earth and the parched soul, bestows peace and calm, and slows the breathing and heart rate. Water…whether it is rain, a river or the sea…reminds me to stay fluid and to flow.

This morning it was good that I prepared my tea and experienced the rain shower that was offered to me. Those afternoon thunderstorms never arrived. They are now predicted to roll in at midnight.

Listen to 30 seconds of bliss.

 

Day 4: Bring Nature Indoors

Day 4 of the 7 Day Hygge Challenge was a great follow up for Day 3. The spring weather held and I was grateful for an excuse to be outside as I shopped for plants. More vignettes were assembled today as well as I moved spring from the front porch into the house.

Bring Nature Indoors

Thursday – Bring nature indoors

Being a gardener, I was excited about bringing new plants into the house today. In spite of the warm temps this week, it’s too early to be planting in the garden. I knew that for today’s hygge inspired activity, I wanted to incorporate living plants in my vignette. I’ve used cut flowers before, tulips or white daisies, in the vignette on my little dining room table. But today, I preferred living, growing plants that I can later transplant into my garden.

Bring Nature Indoors

As I did on the front porch, I cleared away the previous vignette and started with a fresh space. I love this vintage wooden sieve that I purchased several years ago at an antique shop. And I knew exactly what I wanted to place beneath the wire cloches…herbs.

Bring Nature Indoors

Bring Nature Indoors

I picked up a couple of small, but full, oregano plants. Each one fit perfectly within a small container that I then dropped into a bright yellow ceramic basket. They will get adequate light through the large windows in the dining room. When the ground is warm enough, I will transplant these oregano plants into the herb garden.

Into the wooden sieve went vintage Easter d├ęcor, made by Leta Moore when she took ceramic classes as a young woman. I deliberately left an open spot in the sieve, for purple hyacinths that I purchased today as well. After trying out several containers for the bulbs, and discarding them, I finally settled on two clay pots. I tucked two plants into the larger pot with the chippy white paint, and a single flowering bulb into the smaller whitewashed one.

Bring Nature Indoors

I liked the final results well enough. However, from the living room, an empty wooden box seemed to call to me. I was creating new vignettes on the entry table as well. I was curious to see how the potted hyacinths would look in that box that Greg had made for me.

As soon as I transferred the pots to the box, it felt absolutely right. That’s where the purple hyacinths in their pots belonged…here, not in the dining room. I learned during my Year of Journeys to go with the flow. I shifted and instead of creating one vignette that featured plants, I created two. When something clicks into place it is easy for me to complete my creative project, with little effort.

Bring Nature Indoors

Into this attractive wooden box went the potted purple hyacinths, a pair of metal birds, with chippy paint of their own, and a white pillar candle. I used a small terra cotta pot as a candle holder. Beneath the box is a little wool runner featuring spring tulips. My cousin Mindy, who passed away in 2015, hooked this piece. The flower pots have trays underneath that will protect both the box and the table runner.

I love how that little vignette looks, and how it came together, even though I wasn’t working on the entry table yet. As the hyacinths grow they will add height and color to the vignette. They too will be transplanted into the garden later.

Bring Nature Indoors

I filled the empty space in the wooden sieve with with a white footed bowl. Shirred cloth eggs, in soft pastel colors, are nestled within the bowl. And now I was pleased with this vignette. The colors within the sieve are harmonious and very spring-like, and the white plates with their herbs beneath cloches are nearby.

What fun to include these living plants in my vignettes today. As I cross the halfway mark in my hygge challenge week, I feel around me the coziness and connectedness that are this Scandinavian tradition’s hallmarks. It truly is a hygge spring.

Bring Nature Indoors