Hard to believe today is only 2 weeks until Christmas. Growing up we would start to decorate after Thanksgiving. We had a big 7 or 8 ft artificial tree that would take us days to decorate. The lights and ornaments were easy… it was the individual placement of the tinsel one strand at a time draped on one side of the branch all the way around to the other side. I recall as kids me and my sister would get bored with decorating and Dad would end up doing a majority of it. I am still not sure how Mom got out of doing much decorating.
Later on when I got married there was a new tradition to follow. Since my then husband had his birthday on the 11th it was always his family’s way of making his birthday special by putting the tree up and decorating it that day. We followed that for many years. Now it is whenever my boyfriend has the day off. Last year it was hard to get a time to get everyone together. This year we have the tree up and lights on only waiting on the decorating until my daughter can get here to help.
Once the tree gets up I get a lot more into the spirit. I now have Christmas music playing while I write this and the lights on the tree flash. I have decided what to do with my Christmas card and hope to have most of them out by the end of the week. I like the put letters or at least short notes in most of them. Nothing better than getting a little good news in a letter instead of another bill showing up in the mail.
So tonight I sit in the wonder of the Christmas spirit… I love this time of year. Not real wild about the crowds shopping, but the pretty decorations, the giving, the family together, the kids joy… it really is a magical time of year. Do you have your tree up yet and does it take long to decorate it?
I almost overslept and missed it… oops! I have mentioned before I am not much of a morning person. I woke up when my boyfriend got up this morning to go to work, but I fell back asleep. I woke up at about 10am and found a message on my phone. The two friends I was going to meet for lunch at noon wanted to get together earlier if possible because of the snow coming in. I got ready in less that an hour and slid through the streets to get there in time. I was only about 15 min late… a norm for me. LOL
But it was so nice once I got there. I worked with both of these ladies for many years and don’t get to see them often enough. One of them was treating all of us to lunch for Christmas. She is such a sweetie … they both are. I would be lost without friends to unwind with on occasion. We talked, laughed, ate too much and drank way too much coffee but it was still fun. And the bonus… the snow had stopped by the time we were finally done catching up!
Today was a much-needed day of rest. I have been on the go most of the week for appointments, errands and extra trips out-of-town. But today I had no appointments. I didn’t need to take my Dad to any appointments. My sister helped me out this evening by taking Dad some dinner so I did not have to go over and fix him something. I walked past the laundry hamper and did not touch the washer or dryer. My boyfriend picked us up pizza for dinner so no cooking and no dishes thanks to paper plates. I got caught up on my email and even took the time to read a little bit. It was a nice day.
Today was not one of my better days. I had to take my Dad to an appointment, then drive out-of-town to one appointment, come back into town to a second appointment. Only problem after I drove over an hour to get to my appointment… I discovered I had written it into my calendar wrong and it is not until next week. I could look at the day as a waste of time driving all the way there or I can find some happiness in it. And there was some happiness because I had to drive by where my daughter works so I stopped for a coffee and visited with her when she got off of work. So my not so great day did have a bright spot still. And I get to do it all over again next week!
It finally happened… my daughter had a day when she didn’t have to go into work until late and she had no other plans. We were able to sit and relax and have coffee and lunch at a leisurely pace today. She filled me in on all the latest happenings at work. I enjoyed her company and stories. With not being able to work it is good to still hear about some of the day-to-day happenings. And I have met most of the people she works with and they are a good bunch of kids. It probably wont be until next year now when we get to do lunch again… she has 3 different Christmas parties to go to, work and a social life. Ah to be young again and full of energy! 🙂
I have a love hate relationship with shopping. I really do love to shop for others, but I really hate having to watch my pennies. I can look for just the right gift for someone and enjoy “the hunt” but if I find that extra something for them, it kills me to have to walk away from it because of lack of funds. That being said, today’s happiness puts me closer to being done with Christmas shopping. It was a requested item and one I know will get a lot of use. I think so far the one “this it perfect” gift would have to be the shirt I found online for my daughter. She has a small frog collection and I found a Crazy Frog Lady shirt for her at Cafe Press.
So the hunt will continue tomorrow. If I can just get done in another week then I can sit back and relax a little instead of that last minute rush I am stuck in too many years. How are you doing on your Christmas shopping?
I have sat here watching the cursor blink off and on for far too long with no clear direction in mind. There are a lot of little moments of happiness but not any one thing that stands out better than the rest.
- I took my car to the repair shop to get my door replaced… got a nice little Camry to drive until it is fixed.
- The snow that fell yesterday all melted away today.
- I got a book in on hold at the library I have been looking forward to reading
- I made it to an Al-anon meeting and saw some people I haven’t seen for a while
- I got a text from a friend I hadn’t heard from in a while
- Finally made plans with my daughter to get together for lunch this week
All good things, but not one that stands out. I could even add the adorable smile from a cute little girl at the library who was waiting with her mom when I walked in. Happiness some days is all around us in small but wonderful doses.
Yes, that monster fatigue caught me off guard again last night (and today as I will explain later) so another double post. Please forgive me…
Day 81 – I had just enough energy to make it to one store to look for two more Christmas gifts for my daughter and niece. To my surprise, they had the popular one I thought they would be out of (an expansion pack for the game Cards Against Humanity… can be quite a fun game, but you have to watch who you play it with as it is not a game that suits everyone) and I got the next to last copy of the game (The Game Of Phones) I wanted. It is always a guessing game what they will run out of, but this was a good shopping trip with no out of stocks! Hooray… I am two gifts closer to being done with my Christmas shopping!
Day 82 – Today has been a day to take care of myself and take it easy. I realized I have had something going on every day this week even if it was only a trip to the doctor that day. I have been on the go every day. So today was my day to relax. My boyfriend and I started watching Quantico on Netflix. And I even managed to put my fatigue at rest with two short naps today. One this afternoon I kind of planned. Tonight however, it just kind of happened. But that is ok. It is my body’s way of saying I needed some rest and I got it. I was happy to have a day to recharge a bit!
I know I mentioned before that my boyfriend had to work on Thanksgiving. We adapted our dinner to a different day and really didn’t mind too much as we still had a time for family to be together. The really nice thing though is that because he worked that day he earned a special discount shopping night where instead of saving 10% on purchases he saved 25%. So we had a long shopping trip tonight stocking up the pantry and buying a few Christmas gifts. We kept it within our budget and found some good deals. Shopping is always more fun when you can do it with bargains. And I am now a few gifts closer to being done with Christmas shopping too.
Today was my weekly doctor visit.. I was tired and I hurt but I forced myself to walk the block to the clinic. It was still nearly 40°F out today and with this being the first of December I know we are not going to have temps above freezing much longer. So I made myself walk today and I was happy I did it. I still hurt worse when it was done, I felt exhausted when I got there but it was something good for me accomplished for the day.
I think today made me want to get back to the warm water therapy I did for a while. It was an exercise I could do that did not cause near as much pain due to the low impact, but it was still a workout. If I had the money that is what I would do at least 2 to 3 times a week, but pool time costs and that is not a luxury I can have right now. So I stick with the short walks when I can get them as long as the weather holds out.