Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Overdrive or Chill

Are you in chill mode, or overdrive this week leading up to Christmas?  I have a tendency to be in overdrive all year long.  However, if there is one person who can get me to slow down, it's my 16 year old.  Even before he was born.  I was an administrative assistant when I was carrying him.  When I was approaching my eight month, my doctor thought he may be coming a little early, and put me in the hospital for observation.  Nothing happened, but she suggested that I take maternity leave right away.  Weeks passed, and he just chilled.  I went to full term.  A healthy, happy, baby boy was born.  When I told him this story many years ago, he said, "I just wanted you to rest".  Well, he made me promise to take it easy this week.  So, no major projects, no working non-stop.  I gave him a ride to school today, and after stopping at our local bakery, this window display caught my eye.


One of my favorite things to do as a child was drive around with my family and look at Christmas decorations.  I've been so busy lately, that I hadn't even noticed this display.  I'm glad my son reminded me to slow down.



This window is so festive.



So, I'm going to continue to chill, focus on the reason for the season,



and enjoy the simple things surrounding me.



Are you in overdrive, or are you in chill mode?

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38 comments:

Katie said...

Beautiful window display! Love the angel over the word.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Good for you:) Sometimes children just know how to put things into prospective, don't they. One of my favorite things to do is to drive around and see all of the decorations too. We ooooh and aaaaah. Lots of fun:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Very restful sharing today. Enjoyed your bit of story and the photos.

Terry said...

Great attitude, Rosemary. Good for you. I can't really get into the swing of Christmas because our weather has been downright balmy. I'm hoping for a little snow. :)

A Hint of Home said...

It's a great reminder for all us to enjoy the festivities, family and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

I'm in overdrive...
But the next couple of days should do it and then taking some time off to be with my family!
All the Best,
Christine

Pat's Pink Apron said...

So cute! Love the message. Merry Christmas! Pat
http://patspinkapron.blogspot.com

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Amen to Chillin' Rosemary! Love that window display. Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas Week!! xoxo

Daniella said...

I'm in overdrive for sure!!
I'm glad you are chillin'
Merry Christmas!
xxDaniella

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

What a beautiful window display. I am in chill mode....Merry Christmas!

Victoria said...

Awww, how cute of your son to say that! I did all my baking a couple of weeks ago and put it in the freezer, all the shopping's done and everything's wrapped but I do need a few more food items.

I am a relaxed person by nature, I don't think my body has an overdrive setting!

Merry Christmas Rosemary!!!

Cottage and Broome said...

Still wrapping and making dinner Christmas eve but after that I'll be in chill mode with you! Wise advice from your sixteen year old. Have wonderful holiday season, love the window shots, Laura

cityfarmer said...

COOL AS A CUCUMBER ... see my fb comment

I love your stories

miss flibbertigibbet said...

The family is coming in about 3 hrs...6 + 7 = 13 for 13 days...Whew! I'm chilling for these next 3 hrs for sure bc then I may not be! So for now, I'm with you!
Good for your son...he knows what you need to do!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Last week felt like overdrive....really trying to have a chill week though....same as you, to concentrate on family & the birth of Jesus :) Can't wait to come over and get inspired after Christmas...been busy at the store, so not much time to visit with everyone! I have to tell you that Karrie gave me the coolest chippy white angel garden ornament for Christmas....made me think of you!
Merry Christmas to you and your family Rosemary!
Karla & Karrie too!

Bama Girl said...

Love your new layout! I'm in chill mode this week, at least for today. You have a very mature and wise son! My son is the same age and sometimes he surprises me with his insights. I love the photo of the Word! He is the reason for the season!

Curtains in My Tree said...

I am chilling out this week also, usually I am running crazy

I went with my daughters family to view christmas lights in my neighbor. I think this one house should be on CNN, there house and trees are fabulous

Merry Christmas dear

beachcomber said...

good advice from your son. it's time to slow down. love the decorations!
happy holidays!
x

lynn said...

great reminder to slow down and enjoy life:) love your pics, rosemary! i got my stuff done as of today, so, i'm chilling:)

wishing your family and very merry christmas and happy new year!

Kelly said...

This is such a good post! I think that window display is so cute. I am just now starting to be in "chill mode". I had some things that needed tending to this week, but now that they're done, I can probably start to chill. I still have to get some groceries for the dessert I'm going to make for Christmas Eve and wrap "Santa" gifts for my 10 yr old. He still believes (thank goodness). I'm going to be very busy house hopping over the next few days though. That is going to be the part that keeps me from completely resting. I will be glad when it's 12/26! Then I'm officially in "chill mode". Ha!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

great window display...glad i came across your blog! lots of nice things going on here!

Lili said...

The image you took of the angel is so lovely Rosemary. So glad you're enjoying the season! ~Lili

eclecticrevisited.com said...

so important to stop and smell the roses as they say-and speaking of which-be sure to drop by my blog tomorrow-you're being featured!!
congratulations!!
best,
maureen

Vintage Rose said...

What a nice story Rosemary. Good advice too! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - all God's blessings on you.

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I've managed both! I love the getting it all done stuff and the relaxing time as well. I love to ask my kids what they want to do for a day. They usually like to relax and just be together and so do I!

~Shanon

Sherry said...

Tis the season to relax...I've been in overdrive for the past few months and now it's telling on me. Everyday I come home I'm exhausted and can barely visit blogs. I'm now learning to relax...chill...enjoy. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Tracy said...

I so want to be in chill mode, but I had to take a vacation day today to finish up on my grocery shopping and cleaning. Not a good sign, but maybe I can chill starting tomorrow. Maybe!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

CHRISTmas Blessings from my mountain top to your home…May it be the best one ever..Hugs and Love Gloria.

Tania Mara (tema d casa) said...

Adoravelmente lindo!!!
Maravilhoso natal e próspero ano novo. Abraços

down to earth style said...

Congrats on your "Blog on Fire Award"... saw that at Eclectic Revisited. Your blog is lovely.

thistlewoodfarm said...

I am in overdrive, but I am about to be in chill! Thank you for the beauty of your blog and a moment to reflect on the reason for the season.
Christmas blessings to you!

ღ soraya ღ said...

nice post thanks for sharing...blessings soraya

Cindy said...

I should be in overdrive for another day, but I am chilling instead! HAHA! I do have two more garments to sew, but I'm not too worried, I will get them done. I have 2 1/2 days left!
Merry Christmas, dear Rosemary, it has been a pleasure getting to know you through your beautiful blog. I love seeing what you are up to, you are one of the most creative people I have seen in Blogland yet.
All the best in 2012, too my dear.
Love and hugs, Cindy

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I am officially shifting into chill mode until I have to cook for the party on christmas eve...but for now, it is chill. merry xmas!

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

Yes. Finally got to chill today! Mailed presents, dentist, and movie with the kids. It was great!

Margaret said...

Someone on the local radio station said that people tend to view Christmas as a 'deadline' rather than a holiday. I must agree; it's no longer the sacred time of family, but of lamenting, "what's next on the agenda?"

Your teen has the eyes of a child, and learning to cherishing this gift, to again see the wonder of it all, is the reason you became a mom.

How I wish my kids were teens again!

Merry Christmas, Rosemary, Miss Chill!

Brandi said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Rosemary! Your son gave such good advice! I'm glad you were able to slow down and enjoy the decorations!

Kim said...

Well said, Rosemary. I needed to read this tonight.