What a busy week this has been…a sometimes frantic mix of the good, the bad, and the ugly!
The tree is finally up and almost decorated. The decorations are decorating. The Christmas cookies have been made and iced. Two shopping trips are completed. Now it feels more like Christmas and my youngest daughter is happy. All good stuff.
I made a run to the thrift store this week and scored the rest of the stuff needed for the wedding table decorations and a couple more table cloths. I have a plan to piece together vintage tablecloths in a sort of bohemian patchwork thing. It looks great in my head! We’ll see how it works out in the real world. A good thrifting adventure!
While running errands that day, I was thrilled to realize that my jeans were feeling loose. I was happy to see that my meager efforts to eat less and better, and to walk more were paying off. Very good news!
That evening as we were getting ready to go out Christmas shopping as a family, my oldest daughter was searching frantically for her jeans. The ones hanging in the bathroom were too small. It turns out that I had put on her jeans by mistake that morning. Bad news. No actual weight loss for me.
Still, we had fun shopping and most of my Christmas list is done. I feel good about the things that I purchased…gifts that will be enjoyed and are needed or wanted. Even though it feels like I waited until almost the last minute to shop, I don’t feel like I bought just for the sake of buying or spent money carelessly. A huge improvement over years past.
Barret the dog has been off his 3rd (or 4th)round of steroids for almost a week and is doing well. That is good. The meningitis seems to be in remissions or gone or whatever. He is happy and reasonably healthy and has only knocked over the Christmas tree twice so far.
Speedy the new, old Basset is recovering nicely from his surgery to remove his “anal tumor”. The vet’s words, not mine. I prefer to refer to it as a “posterior growth”. That has been the ugly part of the week…having to look at a dog’s butt a couple of times a day to make sure it is healing properly. It is. He has settled very well. He has decided that the Christmas tree skirt is his new bedding and sleeping spot. We are in negotiations about that. I doubt that I will win.
Both vehicles are running and nothing new has fallen off, or broken, or quit doing it’s intended job. We have all gotten where we needed to go – when we needed to be there. That’s definitely good.
Son’s ankle is not broken. The orthopedist believes it to be a sprain that will resolve on it’s own…just needs some T.L.C. and time. It was originally believed to be a much more serious injury…Yea! Good news.
My moods have been bouncing around between good and bad and everywhere in between. There have been more than a few moments of feeling like I couldn’t make any progress in getting things done or in getting ready for Christmas. Feeling discouraged and negative is definitely in the bad category. I have been trying to make an extra effort to get enough rest and spend at least a short amount of time in my studio each day.
We have filled four bags and another box with stuff to leave the house…trash and thrift store donations. Good!
The sub-flooring and tile is almost finished in the apartment. Move-in starts tomorrow. Then I’ll consolidate all the wedding stuff into the guest room. That will help with a lot of the piles of stuff all around the house. It looks like the house will be tidy and ready for the holiday festivities. Super good!
I am actually looking forward to this weekend. I’m okay with what hasn’t gotten done. Christmas isn’t about doing it all.
The tree is up.
The family will be together.
Folks are working Christmas eve, but not Christmas day.
The bank account isn’t overdrawn. The mortgage is paid. The lights are on.
Everyone is healthy.
Life is good.
Visual artist playing with collage, assemblage and whatever else I imagine. Homemaker and homeschooling Mom of four children aged 10 to 24. Ready to fully embrace life and leave regret and fear behind. Each new day is an opportunity to love, create and live with intention...