I hope everyone is having a Happy Holiday Season. We are all doing fine here in Georgia and enjoying this unseasonably warm weather spell. Who can get upset about the weather when the highs are in the mid to high seventies each day?
My Thanks to Donna for the graphic above which really spruces up this place!
Our household is not that much different than most of Y’all’s. We are still doing Christmas shopping, most of our cards are in the mail, and we are still decorating the house. Oh, and I am performing my usual Christmas screw-ups. Yesterday I mailed a beautiful card to my sister and did not realize until after it was in the post that the gift card had not been put in the envelope. So, today I wrote another card and ‘fessed up to the deed. A second card is in the mail and fully armed this time.
I was given eighteen postcards yesterday to take to the post office. My instructions were to, and I quote, “Buy some Christmas stamps for these and get them in the mail. “ So, I wait in line for a good twenty minutes, get up to the clerk and do my Priority Mail transactions and ask for eighteen Christmas Stamps. I take the stamps over to a counter top and stamp all the envelopes and stick the cards in the mail bin.
Last night when Paulette got home I got the third degree. Did you get receipts and tracking numbers for the priority mail? (Yes!) How many stamps did you end up having to buy? (Eighteen, honey, there were eighteen cards.) What? Eighteen stamps? How many stamps did the larger envelopes take? [Suddenly I knew I was a cooked goose]. (Honey, you said to buy Christmas Stamps for the cards and mail them. That is exactly what I did). No, what I sent you to do was to hand the eighteen cards to the clerk and have the clerk weigh and size them and affix the proper postage on each for you. [We are now in danger of four cards being returned for insufficient postage]
I held my tongue and did not ask why she did not explain it to me if she wanted it done in a certain manner. I am a typical guy who does not keep track of postal rates and wonders why a thin, light card would cost more than normal airmail postage no matter what the dimensions are. After all they are all about an eighteenth of an inch thick for goodness sake. This is a normal part of marriage, and next year SHE will be in that postal line no matter HOW busy she claims to be, LOL.
On a positive note, I have maintained my diet that I started in July and now have officially lost thirty pounds. I’m pleased, but the goal is to lose twenty more. I may not get there for another few months, but I know I’ll make it.
Just how many months it will take will depend on what I succumb to during the Christmas Season. I have lost the three or four pounds that Thanksgiving threatened to stick me with, now it will be the battle of Christmas’s repast, not to mention those innocent looking stocking stuffers. We have always loaded our stockings with little trinkets and lots of nuts, fruit, and chocolates. We may break with tradition this year; Paulette and Sandy have gone into diet mode, too.
Last Christmas I wrote a post about the music of Christmas that filled our house every year growing up. I even recorded the song, “Here Comes Santa Clause,” and included the video in the entry. It was fun and well received. This year has been no different than previous years. I held true to my annual pattern of practicing my guitar playing through the holidays and into spring time. Then, as work got busier, I put the guitar away for the summer. The vicious cycle continued. All the progress I had made went by the way side and all the songs I had memorized became faint memories and had to be learned all over again.
I have said it before, but this year I mean it. I am not going to put the guitar down this summer and I will not let this progress I’ve made go by the wayside this year. When I set my mind on a goal, I don’t often fall short. So, I think next year’s post may have a much higher quality to the home grown music offering.
All this is leading up to this year’s offering which is quite short, and … if I get really industrious… may be joined soon by another song if I can get another one on tape, so to speak. I get real nervous when the camera is on and don’t perform very well. 30 years ago it was a much different story, but this is the reality of today. So, for those of you who have requested another Christmas music offering, here it is. Merry Christmas, everyone, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season. I hope to post at least one more time before Christmas, but I have a lousy track record and don’t know if you should trust me on this.