Christmas Week | Weekend Coffee Share

If we were having coffee together, this morning, I would welcome you to the basement family room, so that I can keep track of the procession of laundry through the washer and dryer. There is plenty of room, because most of the furniture has not been returned to the basement after installation of an egress window. That was in late summer. As we’ve gotten older, I’ve spent more time in my former office on the main floor of the house. Now that there is a fire exit, I will feel comfortable transferring more activities downstairs.

I would share my feeling that my health is finally on the upswing, now that there is enough snow on the ground to cover most of the grass and weeds. On both Thursday and Friday we enjoyed outings, and I came away from them feeling invigorated. Saturday is a sleep-in day, and my husband is sleeping in. I’ve been reheating coffee from last night, but I’m now putting on a fresh pot, and there’s hot water for tea. (I’ve replenished my supply of Oolong and enjoyed a cup before I went to bed, last night.) And I was pleased after the last snow finally to see rabbit tracks across our yard. I have hope that they are an indicator that the rabbits who were born and grew up in my garden this past summer are still alive and healthy.

This past week was up and down. I had a lot of trouble sleeping for any long stretches. I fell asleep often throughout the day, which left me feeling wobbly. Meals have been hit-and-miss. We did go to the grocery that we do not like, beginning of the week, to purchase Dole lettuce; it’s the only store left that stocks it, although I notice that the store brands are gradually edging it out. I’ve enjoyed having green leafies again. On Thursday I had an appointment at the salon for my eight-week haircut. In case there will be holiday photographs, we decided to leave an extra eighth of an inch, this time. Normally I have it cut to half an inch, but this time, to five-eighths. It is a marked change from the twenty-four inches of a year and a half ago, but it’s easier to wash and dry, which cuts down on allergens, and generally much less bother.

Twice since reaching adulthood I let my hair grow long enough for a nice braid. The rest of the time (ever since my mother told me that I had to take responsibility for my own hair care) I have opted for short hair…most often a “buzz cut”. For years, the family YMCA was across the street from our office building, and I swam for half an hour before work, each day.

We stocked up on groceries, Tuesday, before the storm, but must replenish perishables. Especially fruits! We hope to get out for a restaurant meal, this weekend. Last time we arrived too late at the Olive Garden, and so went on to Denny’s. Going to try for a before-five mealtime. I want to sample OG’s gluten-free pasta. Love their salads! I may splurge and have a glass of wine (which they still will not sell in 3-ounce servings).

I wrote a lot of haiku, this week, both on this blog and, in addition to the two weekly challenges. I took very few photographs. Among the family members (my family of origin) many emails and FB posts have been exchanged. Things to straighten out, adjustments to be made, and wondering about where to find the presents that we have decided on for Al’s sister and brother-in-law.

I hope that I will last longer at the Christmas celebration than I did at Thanksgiving. Maybe there will be fewer people and much less perfume. I would love to spend at least the dinner hour with family before heading home for another shower. I am hoping for turkey, but suspect that since there was turkey at Thanksgiving, the Christmas celebration comes with baked ham.

The delight of the week: We found some soup mugs and also very heavy microwaveable bowls on sale at Macy’s and bought two each of two different styles. The heavy bowls are deep and just the right size, and so we went back to the store yesterday and bought three more bowls, at 40% off instead of the 30% off of the previous visit.

Our microwave bowls and cups, long suffering, had begun to crack, and so we decided to toss the ones that show flaws and avoid microwave explosions. One cup already lost its handle upon removal from the microwave, dumping hot soup on me and surroundings. I would like simply  to toss the older, flawed dishes and cups that are no longer safe to use. Among other things, I think it would cut down on the number of dishes I have to wash at one time. Life Simplification!

I hope that this week is enjoyable for you, whether gathering together, avoiding gatherings or continuing with customary activities.


P.S. I’m finding that I enjoy writing these Weekend Coffee Share posts (visit Part Time Monster HERE). I hope to find more time to read other people’s, this weekend. The end of the week has involved longer waking periods. I am hopeful!


12 thoughts on “Christmas Week | Weekend Coffee Share

  1. I was waiting for laundry while I wrote my coffee share post today. Now it’s all done and I am still here on the computer! Time to get dressed and run a couple of errands before the rain starts! Enjoy the holiday…and your soup bowls!

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    • We’ve located and bought the presents to wrap and place beneath the Christmas tree where we will be gathering. When we know what we want to buy, then there is the uncertainty of whether we can find it. Fewer presents as the years pass. Nieces and nephews refuse to accept presents, because they do not want to feel the obligation to give gifts in return, which is a sadness. We had loved selecting and giving presents and are sorry for that loss.

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      • My niece and I have a $10 (or so) limit, which I love. You can find so many fun things that are just right for that person for so little. I’m sorry your nieces and nephews aren’t in the spirit. It’s not about how much you spend — it’s the thought.

        I hope that you and yours that do enjoy the gift giving have a lovely time and enjoy the thoughts behind your offerings. Have a great Christmas!

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  2. You sound stronger, and I’m glad for that. Our family tended to have turkey cooked for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. And that would be it for the year to come. This year we’ve been have a kind of heatwave here, which I don’t mind since we’ve had terrible blizzards in the past. And who knows what’s to come? But you’re right: the cold suppresses allergens. I hope everyone can reduce the perfume strength so you can be with everyone. That need is reasonable to respond to. I enjoyed a visit to Part Time Monster; thanks for the link. Have a good week and a wonderful holiday time. Thanks!

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  3. Thanks for the coffee. It’s now late Monday afternoon and I’m starting to slump in my chair while the Christmas Cake bakes in the oven. All I can say is that at least it will be fresh. It’s been too hot to even think about baking lately. We’ll be going to my aunt’s for Christmas lunch and there’s quite smorgasbord there. We’re a big family but my mother takes a long a baked ham and there’s usually turkey as well. Happy Holidays and I hope you particularly have a Happy and Healthy New Year xx Rowena


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