Monday, December 1, 2014
Buh-Bye, November !
End of the road and beginning of the end. 2014 has been an interesting year, that much I know. Lots of ups and downs and many many lessons. So here we come December...today is the first day of the last 31 days of the year. Sometimes it went flying by and sometimes it didn't seem like it was ever gonna be over. But, here we are.
Thanksgiving was lovely, at my brothers house who lives about 40 miles from me. Most of the gang was there, but lots were not. Had a couple of babies, a lot of old people and a few in between. The food was good and the family time was even better. We got home to our fur babies before 6 PM, so that was good. On Friday we were invited to a potluck with some friends...since I didn't have any leftovers to bring I went through the pantry and pulled out some jars and made a to-die-for carrot and sweet potato soup. A cream soup with no dairy in it. With fresh ginger in it. It was great--and I need to write that recipe down before I forget how I made it. It was a fun time meeting lots of new people and seeing a few older friends--haven't known any of them terribly long. It was fun, but I have to tell you...on the way home I looked at the Irishman and said..man, those kids made me feel really old. He laughed and said that he was pretty sure that the oldest of them all was about 20 years younger than he was. Guess I just don't fit in as well anymore with the younger crowds. In my head, anyway. lol There were lots of young children at this potluck too. I'd guess the age range for them was about 4 months to 10 years ? LOTS of energy. It was fun watching them and not being responsible for any of them. lol And watching the dynamics of these children of young hippies (for lack of a better word). What DO they call themselves ? I'm out of the loop... Big brothers taunting little sisters, boys fashioning guns out of sticks, playing bad guys. Running and chasing and screaming and whispering...some things never change. Sent me back in my mind to the days when my son was little and we would all sit around watching the kids play at the farm. Getting muddy, running through the barns...just having a great time. Unfettered. Wild. A long, long time ago. Sigh...
It's Monday. And there are a million things I could be doing, but instead I'm fooling around on the cyber highway to nowhere. I didn't do much yesterday besides some cooking. Spent a lazy Sunday at home by myself, reading and resting. I did make a bread pudding with leftover Thanksgiving rolls and coconut milk. It turned out really great. Then for supper I made a pot of Posole...an awesome pork and hominy stew seasoned with Mexican spices. The weather yesterday was perfect for it. It started out really nice and warm and then suddenly, in the middle of the afternoon changed it's mind and dropped over 20 degrees in an hour. It's been cold ever since. At about 2 AM we had a little sleet storm and the ice is still out there, because today's high is only about 32. It went down into the 20's last night. So, we dined and watched a movie and all was warm and comfy, both in our bellies and in our house.
Tomorrow I go down for my service commitment, a 4 hour stint in a generally boring office, answering the occasional phone call, selling the occasional book. I need to call and reschedule my chiropractor appointment that I cancelled last week. I guess. I've seen him now (a new guy) about 4 times (I think) maybe 5. The problem in my shoulder/neck/hands --whatever it is--doesn't seem to be getting any better. My hands and arms are getting so numb at night that it wakes me up. I need sleep ! lol Not to mention that it hurts...
I don't think there is anything on the docket for this upcoming week, but I haven't turned the calendar over yet, so I could be wrong. lol I need to start looking for a 2015 calendar too...the big one that lays flat on your desktop. I write the due date of bills on it and any appointments we have. And any other pertinent data. Like paydays. lol I can usually find one at the dollar general, but I think last year I had to go to Office Depot to get one. Anyway... Not sure that I'm buying much of anything for Christmas prezzies...a few gas gift cards for my son and maybe a point and shoot digital camera for the Irishman. We have reached that stage of life where we just really don't need much of anything. We'll have a nice dinner together and spend the day watching movies probably. Oh...and I am going to have a Christmas party this year I think. The Irishman's been wanting to do it and I keep dragging my feet. But it isn't really that much work...a couple of soups, some artisan breads and have everyone bring cookies. Hot spiced cider, hot chocolate and coffee for drinks. I've been invited to a small party on the 14th, but so far that's the only thing happening I guess. Methinks I'd better make a decision and get with the cleaning if it's going to happen. lol My kitchen and office are really the only places in need of a serious cleaning, and in the kitchen it's mostly the cabinets. Doors and shelves. Amazing how dirty they get when you only clean a couple of times a year. lol A little Murphy's oil soap will work wonders. It's mostly getting the ambition to do it. lol And then putting up some decorations. I never put them up before the second week of December, because I leave them up through my birthday, January 6th, which is the 12th Day of Christmas. Works out pretty good. There have been Christmas decorations and lights up around here since 2 weeks before Thanksgiving. People just looking for some extra cheer, I reckon. It's all good.
OK--I'm outta here. Stay warm and cozy through this wintry month, y'all.