Wrapping Up the Year

We’re heading into the last week of the year, aren’t we?  Long time, no blog. I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday yesterday. Our Christmases are becoming more low-key the further away we get from little kids and their Christmas excitement.  Our excitement yesterday was a 2 hour blackout just as everyone was getting up.  We had three house guests overnight, and the power went out at about 7:45 am. Since no power meant no coffee, I volunteered to head down to the local Dunkin’ Donuts and get a box of coffee.  When I got there I found out I wasn’t the only one with that idea – the line was out the door, and all the way around to the back of the building. I canned that formerly Great Idea and headed back to the house, dug my generator out of the garage, strung a long extension cord from the generator in the garage to the kitchen window, and we brewed coffee and toasted bagels on generator power!  The power came back on around 10am, so we were able to prepare our early lunch meal, but the quiche never got cooked.

This holiday season has been a bit more difficult than usual to get excited about, for a number of reasons.  Prominent among the reasons has been the lack of seasonal enthusiasm both Lynn and I are feeling this year, coupled with our delayed start to the season. For the first time in my memory we were away for Thanksgiving week and then some, so the starter’s gun for our self-imposed Christmas [cr]rush (prepping, planning, decorating, etc.) was at least a week late. That, plus a general lack of enthusiasm kept us running late with everything.  Our outdoor Christmas lights were late, and are more modest than in years past.  Our indoor lights and decorations finally got up, but the storage boxes are still lingering about and need to get back into the attic and out of sight.  And our Christmas letter – late, arriving with our Christmas cards – late. Can we detect a pattern here??

Here’s wishing all a belated Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!


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