Another weird Christmas – Last year we were packing up to move and clearing out to put the house on the market. While we put up our Christmas decorations, we did so in moderation. The house looked lovely and was snapped up in three days. At the time I thought this year we’d go “all out” (with a curmudgeon like me it’s not all that far out) with the holiday. Maybe host an open house. That is not to be. We have a wreath on the front door and a poinsettia on the coffee table and that’s it. The kitchen is still in construction which means there are kitchen boxes all over. There is no room in the house that wasn’t affected. If it doesn’t have kitchen stuff, it has other things that don’t belong there to make way for storing kitchen stuff. The spiraling covid numbers don’t help either. Maybe next Christmas will be a great celebration. This doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate in some way. I won’t be cooking or baking so no cookies or traditional Austrian pastries. We may have Valentine’s cookies!
The sunny side – This year for the first time, my local Starbucks is open for part of Christmas morning. I normally drove across town for my Christmas mocha. Any place that is open on Christmas (I’m talking food places) is cheery. For Starbucks (at least locally), it’s staffed by volunteers. No one is forced to work. People are nicer around the holiday before they go back to their regular “resting bitch face.”
Another loss – Not a death but I heard from a good friend who was a bestie when I lived in New Jersey. Her husband died two years ago and her daughters are scattered. She is moving to Denver to live near her youngest daughter. It’s a great move. In the past decade we’ve rarely seen each other but we connect by phone or email. I’m still feeling a sense of loss despite the fact that phone/email from Denver looks no different. I loved my time in New Jersey but at this point, all my good friends have moved to other locations.
Outages – We had a major cable outage Friday night. It started after dinner and went on through part of Saturday. The internet didn’t come back until two hours ago. No TV, no phone, no internet. I was reminded how much we depend on these services. Fortunately I had my cell phone so if necessary I could check email. I’m not a big fan of using the cell for anything I have to read because the print is so dang small but it’s great in a pinch.
The trees are gone! – Something that went well this week were our tree trimmers. We had to get three trees completely cut down and one pruned as it was growing into the house. The original owners planted large trees very close to the house. I mean real close. We had a full size maple that was five foot from our foundation. That’s never a good thing. It was sad to see them go. I’m glad that I had planted a large tree in the spring. The birds have something to land on before heading to my feeders.
So how was your week?