However - I just looked at Phoenix ... holy cow! 27 degrees? I do believe hell is freezing over.
And now that I've started, I guess I might as well finish. Seems the brief coldness (and snow-dusting) experienced by Ark, LA, and Al is over. McGehee is reporting a tropical 56 degrees, Selma is in the same neighborhood at 52 degrees, and Wisner, LA is following the trend.
Today - is shopping day for the weekly Wednesday night dinner. This week though is pot luck (meaning the church members are bringing the dinner) and I only have to prepare the salad bar (plus I am making two salads, because yes, it is true. I cannot leave "well enough" alone when it comes to food). I anticipate just one cart at Sam's - and a quick 30 minute trip. (Compared to my typical 2-cart excursion that takes close to an hour and a half.) Maybe I won't have to go to 3-stores today either. Just Sam's and a regular grocery store. Oh what luxury.
Of course this means I have more time for the job search - and to file all the paperwork (bills, expense reports) for the kitchen. Oh how I miss the days (more than 10 yrs ago) when I had a secretary to do all that for me.
17 days 'till Christmas. I am debating if I want to get the stuff down from the attic to decorate or not. Last year I was up in the mountains for Thanksgiving - and bought a live tree. This year I cannot justify the expense. And we all know I'm rather grinch-like to begin with ... so the idea of going up the ladder and down with boxes of crap that will need to be undecorated is SO not appealing. Yet - I don't want to ignore this season. Hmm - maybe I'll just decorate the mantle.
I think one of the nicest holiday surprises happened the year I was working like a crazy person in California. I was in the office by 5 or 5:30 am - and usually there 'till about 10pm each night. Except Wednesday nights when, I'd pull an all-nighter because of a government deadline that occurred at 1pm on Thursdays. It was during this December madness that my Aunt Pen-Pen asked if she could borrow something from my home - and could she just have the key and go get it herself? Of course I said yes.
Two days later, when I pulled up to my house at 10:15pm - there was a twinkling-blinking glow coming from my living room. In a rush I turned off the alarm, unlocked the front door - and saw - to my amazement - a completely decorated mantle. Greenery, lights, ornaments, and small figurines bringing Joyeux Noël to me. Each night I would come home, poor two fingers of Scotch and watch them peacefully blinking on and off and think about the amazing gift that love can bring to our lives.
Perhaps I need to decorate my mantle so I can remember that this year too.