Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Goodness in everyday life

The days go by so quickly.    I wish I could stop time - just joking  seriously!   There is so much I want to see, do, accomplish.   The list goes on, and on, and on...

Paint the livingroom, take a trip somewhere that we've never been before, organize my home, wash the windows (yeah, right), read more, scrapbook more, update this blog more often.   Spend time with my wonderful family.   There are so many things, and they aren't even all that fancy.  

Just regular, everyday events.  The ordinary things. 

But, ordinary, and be so extrordinary sometimes. 

Like the day out with my daughter.   Walking along Main Street in Huntington Village.   In, and out, of the little shops.   Buying mittens, and earmuffs.  Dashing across the street because the cross lights aren't working properly, and tripping up the sidewalk curb.   Giggling, laughing, out of breath.   So cold, our noses are rosy red, fingers numbed.  We rush back to the car, warm up, and drive to Panera for soup in a bread bowl.     Lucky to find a table, we sit, eat, and chat.  Reluctant to finish our food too quickly, only to be glared at by others who want our table.  

On the drive home, we're happy.  I let her know how wonderful it is to spend time together.   Just she, and I.  Mother, and daughter.   The times together are so rare now.   She is in college full-time, works part-time, has homework, and papers, and reading to do for her classes.    She is busy of the week.   So the day we got to spend together, wasn't even a full day.  

Just a few precious hours. 

But, oh how extraordinary those hours were.  Perfect goodness.

I have days of goodness with my boys, too.  But, they are at the age where Mom really doesn't equal fun.  Rather someone they know they can always turn to when a shoulder is needed - even if those tims are so far apart.    Mom, for them, is hot dinner, and clean clothes.  

I love these young adults, and can still see the little babies they used to be.    It's a strange place for me to be.  Letting them go, not being needed (not every day, anyway).   That's probably why I love scrapbooking so much.  A stack of baby pictures, or the second grade picture where Jen chopped her bangs within a 1/4 inch of her scalp - and there was nothing I could do to fix it.   The photo of Joey, front teeth missing, and then, there's that picture of John, blowing a kiss - wearing lipstick he found in my make-up bag.  

My life is full of goodness, indeed.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Good-bye 'til next December

Took down the Christmas tree today.     I was kind of sad as I removed the ornaments, one by one.  Wrapping them in tissue paper, and gently tucking them away.   I usually have the tree down so much sooner.  This year, though, I really loved our tree.   It was so pretty.   Even John commented on how much nicer the tree was this year, than other years.    

Same, 20+ year old, artificial tree - that we've used on and off over the years.  Handed over to me by my mother when my parents moved to Florida.   "We'll buy a new one when we get down there", she said.  Through the years, we'd get a real tree - here, and there.   But, I am always a bit very paranoid when a real tree is in the house.   I dunno where my fears come from, but, I have them.  


This year, on Black Friday, I went to Home Depot with Jennifer.   There, among all the decorations, were the loveliest Winter Woodland themed ornaments.   I had to have them.   Then, we spied tubes of 18 ball ornaments - red, green, gold!!  $2.50 - even better!  4 of them into the cart.  Owls, pine cones, acorns, cardinals...all into the cart.     White lights - into the cart.    We whisked to the checkout, paid, and were on the way home.

Over the next few days, a trip to Target, Walmart, and Michaels, saw me adding more to my now growing assortment of "woodland theme" ornaments.   Snowflakes, reindeer, red glittered hearts....brought home, and added to the now growing stack of tree decorations.

Finally, the old tree was brought up from the basement, I put it together, matching up the different colored levels.  Fluffing the branches, wrapping the strands of lights around, and around.    I saw, somewhere online, a Christmas tree wrapped with grapevine - so I found a wreath I'd bought years ago, and broke it apart, and wrapped it around the tree.   Slowly I started adding ornaments, one by one.   I took my time, and after two days - I called the tree complete.

One of the cats decided that she loved the tree, as much as I did.  She'd climb up into the tree, and stretch out on the row of branches, and just chill there.   That's another reason the tree had to go.  This week, she started climbing in there, and leaping from tree, to sofa.   Yes, it was time.

(I removed those curly things after taking the picture.   I really didn't like them sticking out of the tree, once I stepped back, and really looked at them. )

I really enjoyed looking at my tree this year - and I am sad it's gone, and packed away for the next 11 months.  

But, at the same time, I'm feeling good.  

Today I talked to a friend, and we both agreed that we're glad the holidays are over, but, we're sad about it, too.   I guess life is like that.  Out with the old, in with the new.   Time comes, and goes.  It marches on - with, or without us.

So, good-bye Christmas, hello to the new year, and all that comes with it!

Monday, January 2, 2012

old habits (neglecting this blog is an old habit, too!)

The week between Christmas, and New Years, has seen me revisiting some old habits.     Most notably - staying up until 3am!  I haven't done that in so long.   It helps that most of the week I was able to just sleep in a while, and then get up, get ready, and head out to work.   If I had a 'normal' job, a job that required me to be there at a structured time, I'd have had some problems - lol.  That, or I'd have been in bed at a respectable (ahem) hour.

There are times I miss staying up til the wee hours of the morning.   But, most of the time, I look forward to bed with great anticipation.   I love sleep.  Sleep + me = best friends. 

I've also been playing some WoW - not much - just a bit. Kind of sad, really. I'm just not that into you, anymore, WoW. Ah, my son plays enough for both he, and myself!  

Anyway - Christmas was lovely.   We spent it with my aunt and uncle, and my brother, and sister in law.  It was the first Christmas spent with my brother in over 15 years.   He has lived in Florida since 1996 - but, he, and my SIL moved back to NY in June.   It was so nice to be all together.   Everyone loved their Christmas gifts, and got plenty of what they wanted, and even some of what they didn't even ask for.   I think that's just lovely!

After Christmas saw me starting some home organization.  A little purging of things that really aren't needed anymore.  Piles of books put to the side to donate to the library, clothes in bags to put into the clothing bin at the church, and bags of old magazines to go out with the recycling this week.   

I've also started the organization of my scrapbooking bag.  My girlfriends, and I are in prep mode for the upcoming SDV in February!  Woohoo!!  I'm going away with my SIL, and 12 of my girlfriends for a long weekend.   54 hours of croppin' til we drop.   Sleeping in a hotel, wearing comfy clothes, fuzzy slippers, matching jammies (my SIL are wearing matching jammies, anyway).   I am so looking forward to this trip.    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I don't get sick anymore, though.   I've already been sick twice since the end of November with bronchitis.  Yuck!   

So - prep for an event of this sort - I'm packing up my Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch club kits - sorting each layout into its own page protector, and picking pictures for each layout.   I'll put these all in my tote, and have plenty to work on when I'm away.   I do have plenty to scrap - thousands of photos.    Another order of photos is ready to send off to Costco for printing this week, too!

Another thing I'm starting - Project 365.   A photo a day for the year.   Which will tie in perfectly with Project Life - a la Becky Higgins.  I'll be using the cobalt blue clementine core kit, and adding in bits and pieces from my huge stash of goods here at home.   I had the cobalt blue in my cart at Amazon, and then....I started blog hopping, and came across a blog with nice close-up photos of the clementine pieces, and realized 'hey, that kit is so much more *me*'.    Now, I'm waiting itchily for it to ship!!   Hurry up, Amazon!

 You'll see a tab pop up (eventually done!), and that is where I'll post my project life pages (eventually). 

It's 12:15, and I guess I should go to bed - or at least starting getting ready to go to bed.  Ha!