“The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.” My granddaughters came to spend the night, and decorated my tree. I must say, they did a lovely job. They oohed and aahed when they pulled out ornaments they had made for me in past years, and had so much fun they just melted my heart. The littlest one, one and half years old, picked out the ornaments she liked and pointed where she wanted me to put them. It was the best evening. A game of chase/hide from the monster wore everybody out, and they went to sleep at bedtime without a fuss. I followed shortly after.
I lost the bet. The IRS sent the refund check. I wasn’t expecting it until next year. My mother’s accountant sent a final bill which I got the same day. That took a little of the joy out of it, but hey, it’s over. You wouldn’t think the holidays would be harder this year than they were last year, but they are. More things remind me of Mom and Penny. I guess last year at this time I was still in shock.
I’m back to having crazy dreams, wondering who bought the stuff in Mom’s house, the decorations, the china. I wonder what the house looks like now. I wanted to tell Mom what the girls said last night as they decorated the tree. I want to show them the grandkid’s school pictures for this year, so they can see how much they’ve grown. Moving on is so much harder than I realized it would be.
I’m compiling a list of small things that can be done to lessen our footprint on the planet. If you have ideas, please pass them along to me.
- No more buying plastic baggies. Store things in reusable containers. Put sandwiches in the sandwich size plastic containers. Wash out and reuse the baggies I still have. No more automatically putting them in the trash and getting another.
- Use compostable single cup coffee pods. I’ve found two brands so far that make decent coffee. If I run out, use the reusable pod that came with the machine and regular ground coffee. More thoughts to come.