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Sanctuary

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Housekeeper’s Diary

It is the little things. Always the little things. They still remain what matters most to me: the future always to far away to focus on, and the past so very irrelevant. So it is the little things each day delivers that matter most. This week Ste arrived home with a present for me. The biggest bag of bird seed I have ever seen and a bird feeder to swing from the rusty old hanging baske[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

When life feels hard, puttering away my troubles is the answer. And so I wander through my days in floral pajamas topped eccentrically with a pink jumper, fussing over the arrangement of my underwear in my Marie Kondo-ed drawers, arranging books on the mahogany bookcase I have my son help me carry up the stairs: me breathless as I shuffle backward and him crying with laughter in teena[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

Finally, some rhythm to the month, just as it draws to a close. But it doesn't matter. For the year has finally begun. Today then: a new cabinet in the bathroom to be made useful. Copper wire baskets just waiting to be filled. The things I found in the old one: more hair bobbles than any one woman could possible need and a penchant for fake tan, I clearly never indulge: my skin so pal[...]

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Housekeeper’s Diary

And just like last year, January doesn't seem to happen until the middle of the month while most of us wrestle our way out of the muddle of the festivities. For isn't it true that all of December is lost these days to the performance that is Christmas Day? Isn't it true that we need a little recovery time thereafter? My world is upside down now. Ste's depression consuming our days,[...]

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The Festive Housekeeper’s Diary

The older I get the more random I behave in shops. This week I have told many a shop assistant that "I am at that stage of Christmas shopping when I'm actually completely done, but I'm buying more nonsense just in case I'm not" and they have humored me with a smile and I have watched them wrap something nobody I know really needs, and wondered what it is all for. Christmas is a[...]