random thoughts on a very dreary December morning…
~ We decorated the outside of our house this year. We don’t always do that, but this year we decided to put some lights on the bushes out front, a few wreaths on a few windows, and one long strand of lights wrapped around the deck railing out back. So far the decorations are surviving our record-breaking rainy weather without any prob. They’re all on pre-set timers, so they know what to do and when to do it. Wetness be damned.
~ After we decorated the outside of the house, we decided to put up a Christmas tree in our TV room. We don’t always do this every year either. Naturally the old lights that we had weren’t working, so Z-D drove over to Lowe’s and then Home Depot to buy a total of four boxes of the same GE multicolored lights to put on the tree. All of our ornaments from past years were in good shape, so we used them without buying anything new. The tree is pretty and colorful– the perfect antithesis to the bleak weather outside.
~ Most people who know me know that I’m not a fan of the holiday season. I tolerate it with gritted teeth and a quiet grace. I dislike the phoniness of it all. Too many people telling me too many ways in which they’re overwhelmed– by decisions that they freely made. Commitments they accepted for reasons they can’t explain, but will whine endlessly about fulfilling. To me, it seems like a time of faux friendship and forced frivolity. Not centering and joyful at all.
~ Zen-Den may be taking some vacation days at the end of the month. This will depend upon whether problems develop at work. We’ve made no formal plans to go anywhere, so if he does take the days off I think that we’ll be taking a staycation. Lunches out at some upscale restaurants that we like; a visit to the zoo to see the lights; a few rounds at our fav English pub. Nothing elaborate, just doing some fun things– because we want to.
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