. . . this morning, awoke a little earlier than these past few holiday mornings, and after a leisurely coffee, finished taking down the rest of the decorations from the tree, glittery baubles and silk tartan ribbons spilling over onto tables and floors; must confess, was rather sad to see it all come nearly to an end; but with every ending, there is a new beginning, and while quite the maximalistwhen it comes to décor, for the new year, am rather excited to shake off the excess of the holidays and begin anew . . .