Hello and how was your Christmas? I know that many of you had a quieter and simpler Christmas and so did I and I sort of loved it.
On Christmas Eve I was at work and at about 2:00 and it started snowing. I knew we were supposed to have a chance of light snow later that night but I don’t think anyone expected it to move in as fast as it did. I was supposed to meet Mark at my sisters for a chili supper around 3:30.
By the time I left work at around 3:15 the snow was really coming down. It was crazy how much snow was on the cars and driveway. I wasn’t too worried Mark and I both have All Wheel Drive vehicles. But it still makes me nervous driving in snow. You know we are southerners and not used to driving in any amount of snow. Plus the temperature was steadily dropping and I knew what that meant especially on our backroads where we live.
So we spent only a short time at my sister’s before heading home. A much smaller group of us this year. And though we only spent a short time with each other it was fun and loving and I’m so glad we were able to spend some time together. We have about a thirty minute drive to get home and it was starting to get dark. I was worried about the backroads at our house. We did pass a couple of snow plows scraping the main roads but our roads never get scraped.
A much quieter day on Christmas Day snuggling with the fur babies and watching movies and enjoying the snow.
Hello friends, how are you? Things around here have been really busy. I have been taking a couple of extra days off from work each week to try and use all of my vacation days by the end of the year. I am now a firm believer in the four day work week. Many studies have been done and it proves that employees are much more productive working only four out of five work days. I know that when I have that extra day off I get so much more accomplished at home and am usually ready to head back to work. Oh well. That is my opinion.
Can you believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve? How is that even possible. It seems like this year, as crazy as it has been at times, has absolutely flown by. Our Christmas will be really low key this year and that is fine by me. Mark actually has to work Christmas Day so I will be on the couch snuggled with the fur babies watching movies. I already have a supply of snacks and popcorn and several movies picked out. I think this may be the first time in my life I have been alone on Christmas Day. I really don’t think it will be too bad. With many families choosing not to gather in large groups this year I am sure I won’t be the only one. I just remind myself that next year will be better. My family is not having a really large gathering the way we have done in previous years. We will save that for next year.
Back to work issues. My computer at work died last Monday. I had been having problems with it. I have had it for about ten years or more and it definitely served it’s purpose. Unfortunately I was unable to get a lot of things off of it like old pictures and some documents from years ago. Usually there is a way around getting what you need and I will do that. As far as the pictures you know me and I take about a million pictures so I have copies everywhere and since I have a MacBook everything is stored in the cloud anyway. It will be fine.
I haven’t done a lot of Christmas shopping this year. I bought some things online, did gift cards and gave cash to some of my nieces and nephews. I hate giving cash but considering that I didn’t get out to shop it will be fine and they love it so yes I am good with it. I knitted quite a few things this year for different people and I always enjoy giving those things, scarves, socks and hats. I made approximately one hundred and fifty chocolate peanut butter balls on Saturday and I will have a post later about how to make those. They are really simple to make and people love them. I make hundreds of them every year. I made most of them for my nephew, he was having a small get together with his friends and asked me to make them for him. I also made banana bread and cookies to give to a few people. Tonight I am making cake pops and I will let you know how they turn out. O.K I have been running back and forth working on the cake pops while I am writing this and I can tell you they are messy!!!!
The weather here has been really cold the last few days and guess what? we may even have snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I think with a lot of people staying in it will be the perfect time for snow.
So just the usual busy time before Christmas, bake, clean the kitchen, shop, work, bake some more, clean the kitchen, pick up items from the post office, take items to the post office to be mailed, wrap gifts and enjoy the merriment. You get the picture. How is your Pre-Christmas shenanigans going?
The other morning I woke up rather late and as I was walking down the stairs I looked out at the lake and the most beautiful sunrise was happening. I grabbed my camera and ran out the door in my pajamas. Scruffy was right on my heels although he looked a little confused as to why we were going all the way down to the lake. The skies were red and a perfect reflection on the lake. If you turn the picture upside down you can hardly tell which is the reflection. Only the growth from the tree branches give it away. I went back in after getting a few pictures and my husband is just shaking his head. It’s only 27 degrees you know that. I really hadn’t noticed. He just shook his head, he is used to my wild racing around to capture the perfect picture.
It seems I am in continuous prayer for someone who has COVID-19, has lost someone from this or is having to be quarantined because of it. Please stay safe and be careful, life is so very precious. We lost an unforgettable man in our town last week that served as our City Mayor. He was a wonderful, special man and we are in shock that he is gone. Our city and county and many many people will forever remember his smile, dedication and just genuine kindness that he portrayed in his everyday life.
Merry Christmas to you and all of your family. Be safe, be happy and always remember
A few mornings ago I was listening to one of our local radio stations and the announcers were arguing about whether this Christmas was different. The first one said yes it is so different and my family and I really miss the usual get-togethers and services, parades, etc etc. The other announcer said no it’s not any different you just have to make it what it is. Choose your Christmas.
I had to think about that for a minute and I have to admit he is right. Yes we know things are different this year and whether or not you choose to let them affect you, things are different. But does that have to make us see things different? Not experience Christmas as we know it? NO!!!
Remember when the Grinch tried to steal Christmas from the Whos in Whoville? He thought he was so smart taking away their presents and food and decorations. But it didn’t stop the Whos because as the Grinch discovered, Christmas is in your heart. I am a Christian so I know that Jesus is my reason for the season and that’s all that matters to me and that can’t be changed. So all the other, the ribbons, and packages and bows and lights and tinsel will be what I choose to make it. Yes I will miss seeing some of my family members this year. Unbelievably so. But we will gather again and things will go on. I believe that Christmas lives in our hearts and as long as we have our belief and our faith it is what we make it. So I choose to make it one of the best Christmases ever.
I am not going to stop doing what I usually do every year. I decorated my Christmas tree and brought out my Santa collection. I have baked and done minimal shopping with a lot of it being online. I also made a lot of gifts this year and that was a lot of fun. We will have smaller family gatherings but we know that soon we will all be back together again.
So have your Christmas, be safe and make it the best you possibly can. Call loved ones if you can’t see them, FaceTime or message them and enjoy every second. This is your life so choose your Christmas and have a wonderful time!!!!
Last week here in East Tennessee started out really cold. We even had some snow on Monday night. At lunchtime on Monday I ran over to the Eye Doctor with my husband to help him pick out some new frames. I don’t know why he insists on having me there I have never told him I didn’t like anything he chose to wear, well except that one time he ran into our local bank wearing torn sweatpants. And they were not torn in a fashionable place like everyone wears now, if you get my drift. So his appointment was at noon and I went over to help pick out frames. And it snowed Monday night!!! It was a soft wet snow, the kind that is just perfect because it doesn’t stay on the roads. But the trees and bushes were beautiful it looked like a winter wonderland.
On Wednesday I had a day off. I have been trying to use some vacation days before the end of the year so I will be taking some random days here and there. I sort of like having these odd vacation days. Don’t get me wrong I would much rather be going on a vacation to somewhere warm or different. But with things the way they are now I will just stick close to home. I needed to have my car serviced it has been making a strange sound when I break or turn into a parking lot. Just a weird noise. So I called on Tuesday and was able to set up service for Wednesday morning at 8:00 AM. The dealership is about an hour from my house. When they asked if I would be dropping it off I said I had no one to pick me up. Mark had to work and I didn’t want anyone to drive that far to pick me up and then have to take me back. I told them I would be staying at the dealership. Remember the last time I went? I told you how I actually love being there doing nothing. I know this would drive some people crazy but it is not often that I just get to sit and not have anything to do. So I sat and I knitted and watched videos on my phone, and I addressed Christmas cards. A friend of mine shared some addresses of service men and women who would be unable to get home for Christmas. They found out at the last minute their ship would not be home for Christmas. My friend arranged a Christmas card send-out to all of those crewmen. I had eleven of the names so I spent some of my time at the dealership doing that. I tried to write a note in each one and let them know how much we all appreciate their service and tell them a little about what was going on in my hometown. My car was finally finished and I took off just in time to meet the sisters for our weekly Sister Lunch. After I got home I finished the day watching a movie with the fur babies. A good day off.
I ended the work week doing a pick- up at Walmart for groceries and taking things to my little mother in law at the Assisted Living Center.
Most of the weekend was pretty quiet. I did laundry and cleaned and I spent a little, actually more than I care to admit, time working on a jigsaw puzzle. This led me to the realization that life is also like a jigsaw puzzle. If you missed that last post you can check it out here. I also took a long walk and got some pictures. Why do weekends go by so fast???