How did you count happiness this week?
End of term! Holidays – managed to ditch a ton of stuff without DH throwing a conniption when he arrived home and realised what a lot of stuff I’ve been shedding. Finished job where I have not been really happy or at home for over a year. Read the leaving cards and final report for Minion 2, who has been quietly appreciated and recognised for his patience, stoicism, wry wit and courtesy.
We are now packing. We are making progress, but it feels weird and I am going slowly. Linens (sheets, towels, table cloths) packed, my clothes packed, CDs packed. Today am going to get DVDs done.
On the down side, the car tax nonsense continues – the car failed the test on Saturday because it has a kilometres not miles speedometer and headlights are somehow wrong and the fog light is in the wrong place by about 5mm. Arghghghgh. But my lovely garage guy is all set to get this fixed first thing tomorrow morning so I can get a retest at 11:30 am and then pay the back tax on the spot.
Immediate family Christmas presents nearly done…I love buying presents.
Negotiated a start date for me new job with my current boss. Have not managed to hire any new staff for the old team but have found a place for the coop student due to arrive in Jan – I didn’t want to her to come into a team that was in transition (new manager, new staff, etc.). Lovely Christmas lunch with current team and attended the new team’s Christmas party. I had done a fair amount of Christmas prep earlier in the month but had stalled the last week or so. Most of the out-of-town gifts are on their way, flowers ordered for my favourite aunt and except for DH’s gifts to his dad, shopping is done.
Dog sitting, and enjoying the treat of a dog climbing onto the bed in the middle of the cold night.
Posted my overseas cards and my presents in time. Had one good walk in the snow and sun. Talked to friends and made plans for Christmas.
Aging is a tricky business. Your body that you thought you were taking care of starts failing you in bizarre ways. Friends die or move to be closer to family or the sun. Things you used to love are no longer as interesting as they were. But happiness is so much easier. The realization that only you can make yourself happy. This week we spent three days with good friends, had lunch with SIL. It was all good.
Also I am zeroing in on finishing Christmas cards and we decided not to kill ourselves doing Christmas decorations. Talk about being happy.
Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you.
A beloved in-law who for weeks has had Mayo Clinic stumped now has a hopeful prognosis. Note that it’s not yet a diagnoses…but said in-law got to go home this week, without a feeding tube, taking meds that are working. RAH.
After recovery from norovirus, life’s been all about quiet merrymaking and recreating missed events. Did our solo Christmas on the Avenue combined with Small Shops Saturday, and came home with bags of goodies. Earlier, a garden club held their holiday tea, so we exited our version of Artisans Alley full of tea and cookies, carrying bags of more goodies and a couple floral arrangements featuring evergreens and holly. At a book store, picked up a rare facsimile copy of 1848’s William Paul on The Rose Garden AND the remaining paperback of Loretta Chase’s A Duke in Shining Armor. Yay to the yay! Took a good friend to lunch, the best of all happenings. Stay healthy out there!
Had a scare caused by a really nasty burning smell in our house, which was finally deduced by the firemen who came as an overheating sump pump, so my new baseline for happiness is “house didn’t burn down, all good”. Counting my blessings and finding the list longer and the thankfulness more substantial than usual.
Dinner out Friday night for out 51st anniversary . Gobbler’s Roost.
Check out the menu. http://gobblersroostrestaurant.homestead.com/
All 5 courses were excellent. Last night was the wild and crazy HOG Christmas Party. This week is going to be all about hospital business and getting ready for the acquisition by a larger system. Sad but necessary. And awarding a P.E.O. Continuing Education Grant to a local woman. Tomorrow the landscaper will finish completely redoing the landscaping all around the house. Including a flagstone patio in the back and re building my little pond and fountain. Pedro said he put in 100 plants. I cannot wait for Spring !
Community pride and happiness.- Our high school football team has won the state championship 7 years in a row and has won 49 games in a row (4th in the Nation). The football program is going to be installed in Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The town (pop 4300) is bursting with pride.
We traveled to Hermann and tried the Norton grape wine. Just excellent. Wish we’d known about Gobbler’s Roost. We still talk about wanting to be back at GianTony’s on The Hill in St. Louis. Happy anniversary!
Love any restaurant on the Hill . I forgot the name of the one we go to for pizza.
Listened to The Cinderella Deal and quite enjoyed it. I hadn’t read it before so it was a treat.
Recovering from a month of bronchitis. Finished up my third semester of grad school. Wrote really fun paper on Oscar Wilde.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with at least a few minutes here and there of utter peace. xoxo
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