Random 5 for December 4, 2022 – Anticipation, scheduling, December’s past, friends, Christmas decorations

The old tree that is now residing at a charity resale place

An odd week – This past week was spent getting ready for this coming week. Several activities have strangely come together at the same time or overlapped. (I like to agonize over each event separately!) Gracie’s surgery tomorrow conflicts with a really nice luncheon I won’t enjoy as I will be worried.

How did this happen? – When I worked, I had multiple stuff going on all the time. Work stuff, social stuff, cat stuff. It never bothered me. I just went to wherever my calendar told me to be. Perhaps that’s called living in the moment. I seem to have lost that magic.

Old memories – This December is full of medical appointments for me, the beloved husband and the cats. It reminds me of long ago when my cancer diagnosis came in December and so did the surgeries, then the yearly follow-ups. Somehow a few yearlies have again ended up in December. They don’t start out like that but each year they slide just a bit and before you know it you have a skin surgery and a colonoscopy a few days before Christmas. (Yes, that happened but not in the same year. The colonoscopy was Christmas eve. Seriously? I know you are saying so why did you schedule then? The short answer is that was the only available date until the end of January)

But the good stuff – I’m walking with my walking buddy this week. Seems like ages. She will be full of news. So will I. We lost another fellow exerciser in the past month. Dropping like flies!

Done, done, done – We’ve completed putting up the Christmas decorations so we can donate more of what didn’t fit or work here. That will lighten the load considerably. I had decorations from three different houses. Our neighborhood does not do the candle in the window thing so those are history too.

So how was your week?

67 thoughts on “Random 5 for December 4, 2022 – Anticipation, scheduling, December’s past, friends, Christmas decorations

  1. I like your old tree – it looks festive. Now a skinnier tree. 🙂 Next year I will put something up … this year just a few touches only. I hope Gracie is feeling better. I saw you wrote today but will write more about Gracie on Friday. Poor kitty … we’ll hear if you caved on the cone.

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  2. You could still do the candles in the window. Those always look pretty. Praying all goes well for Gracie tomorrow. And I hope you and your husband’s upcoming appointments go well too.

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    • Our appointments are easy ones, just annoying. Gracie went in this morning. Very unhappy hungry cat! The window candles look best when the whole section does them. We don’t have enough front windows to make an impact so it’s not worth the trouble.

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  3. I don’t understand why, if you want candles in the window you would not do so. Such a welcoming thing. I would have loved to do candles, but we don’t have window sills! Tried suction cups and well it was a disaster!

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  4. I enjoyed your post, knowing we can both worry competently.

    David and I took Lise to the airport this afternoon, and we are going to sleep well tonight after her 2.5 week visit. She has lots of energy and doesn’t mind scheduling 20 things a day. She accomplished a lot.

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  5. It’s always nice to have your decorations up – everything feel so much more festive! I am still working and I already bitterly resent having to do multiple things in a day. Hope your luncheon is nice in spite of everything!

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  6. I enjoy doing the candles in the windows and did them Nov 1. The candles and Mom’s ceramic Christmas tree is all the decorating we do. I might break down and put something festive on the front porch. I am sending good thoughts for Gracie’s procedure and quick recovery vibes too. Enjoy your luncheon, it sounds like such a festive thing to do for the Christmas season.

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    • I’d rather have lunch with friends than do most anything else for Christmas. I like the candles too but we only have two front windows and a huge picture window partially hidden by a tree. Probably not worth the trouble although if the connecting neighbors would have done it, we would have attempted it.

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  7. I really do not enjoy evening events, whether it’s soccer practice, dinner meetings, or late doctors appointments. I just want to be done for the day and not have to worry about getting anywhere else. But now we’re getting into all the holiday dinners, parties, light shows, etc. Alas for getting into my pjs and sitting in a chair.

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    • On top of preferring to relax in front of the fire, we don’t drive well in the dark. Where we live now is more rural so no street lights. Makes a difference. There are two sweet spots in the day for me. In the morning with my mocha in front of my computer and after dinner, catching up on Jeopardy or something else.

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  8. I’m not retired, but an empty-nester. With two years of not going much of anywhere during COVID, I learned to stop rushing. It felt SO GOOD! Now, nothing can make me rush. That’s an energy and habit I just don’t need. So that’s my take no no more multitasking, and no more having lots of appointments in one day!

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  9. I can understand that you might have some anxiety about Gracie being kept overnight at the vet’s office, but she will be in a place where she can be taken care of – just in case – and you won’t have to wonder if any way she behaves seems to be a sign of a problem.

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    • Yes that all makes sense in my head. It doesn’t transfer to my heart. The last 2 times I’ve taken a cat to a vet for non-standard exams, I’ve ended up with dead cats. It haunts me. there is no reason to believe that will happen to Gracie. Other than a runny ear, she’s in good health and they will clean her ear while she’s under. Hoping there’s not a polyp for something in there.

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  10. Teddy sends POTP to Gracie. I’m happy to say tree is up, decorations inside and out almost done and all gifts purchased and under the tree or in stockings hung by the chimney with care (!). Now we just enjoy it all (we hope). I have a pile of medical stuff coming in January but December is FREE and EASY for a change. Enjoy your lunch tomorrow – Gracie will be just fine!

    Hugs, Pam

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    • Luncheon is on Tuesday so I can’t pick her up until afterward. Hopefully I’ll feel better once I get the call after the surgery. She’s had a dental before but they have talked this one up to the point that I’m anxious about it.

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    • Ours were plug-ins so if we wanted to use here we would have had to re-configure out the electrical cords. Since no one else is doing it, I don’t feel the pressure. I tried the battery operated ones once long ago and they only lasted 3 hours.

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  11. As a surgical coordinator, I scheduled a few holiday procedures. Almost no one would take these dates, which is why they are always available, but there is nothing before or after. They were always scheduled by women for the same reason. “So I don’t have to do anything.” Well played, ladies, well played. It always gave me a chuckle.
    All the best with Gracie tomorrow. Try to enjoy your lunch, knowing Gracie is in qualified, loving hands.

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    • The colonoscopy is more disruptive prior to the procedure but I did have to go through Christmas with a bandaged nose. Typically we don’t have a busy Christmas as most events are earlier in December or after Christmas. The year I had breast surgery during the Christmas holidays, I said I wasn’t doing anything. Somehow the family dinner ended up at my house but I didn’t do the cooking. Sort of a score!

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  12. I used to be able to multitask as far as things to be done during the day, but not so much since we semi-retired. If I have more than a meager few things on my to-do list for the day it feels like too much now. These would have been quiet days in the past!

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