Happy Monday friends! And thanks so much for everyone’s patience with me….as well as the encouragment. After December’s blog break and my “technical issues” last Monday, I was afraid there would be no one left to keep checking in on this little blog of mine. But many did on Thursday and I am every so grateful. And grateful for your kind words, too. So glad to know I am not the only one who finds the “back side” of blogging the much less enjoyable part of it all! There were also new visitors – and returning friends – last week which was a nice surprise. Just the reminder I needed….that I really do enjoy all the connections through blogging!
We have one week under our belt for 2024. I hope your year has started off well. I got all of my Christmas things put away this past week and even reorganized their bins. If it has to do with organizing, it is the task for me. A good reorganization is beyond fulfilling for me:) I also met a friend for dinner and have plans today to meet up with two more friends. All of these are lunches/dinners that had to be postponed for one reason or another during the holidays. After lunch, I will feel caught up:) And full. I am very grateful for good friends and enduring friendships!!
Let’s start this week off with a Daybook entry…..
The Weather – is dry and void of even one snowflake! Hooray. All last week, the forecasters teased us (tormented us) with predictions of snow for the weekend. The street crews covered our roads in chemical. No doubt, the kiddos were excited for the first snowfall of the year. But, oh no. My prayers were answered and there was not a flake. Sorry all you winter lovers. I don’t mean to be a scrooge but snow is not my favorite. I suppose one pretty snowfall can be oohed and ahhed over each winter (although last winter, we dodged even that!) but six days into the year was just too soon for me. Thankfully, I see no mention of the white stuff in the foreseeable future.
As I look outside my window – I see several folks on the block still have their Christmas lights up. Isn’t there some “politically correct” time for lights to be taken down? (There seems to be a political correctness for everything else…so I was just wondering.)
This morning, I am – going to exercise. Again. Eight days in and the resolution is still going strong! HA. Technically, there was no resolution but I really am trying to exercise consistently. I keep telling myself that one I am going to wake up and actually look forward to exercising. I can’t really imagine what that would feel like but I have heard it can happen.
Just as a side note, here are a few other resolutions that I did not actually resolve to do (but would have if I was going to do such a thing): get outside every day (even on the days with snow??); make one meal each day a smoothie (this is easy when I am at home but I know will get impratical as the year goes on); learn to make sourdough (sounds delicious and I really want to do this but I know that would mean a whole lot more bread eating for me….which only means more exercise!); and get better – much better! – at taking pictures. I rarely take photos. I have no idea why but I so want to do better with this in this new year.
Lately, I have been thinking about – disappointments. Not to be a Debbie Downer but life has had a “few more than usual” disappointments lately. I have not been doing a great job of managing my expectations. I plan (and overplan) things/events/scenarios in my head and, well, apparently, I am not exactly realistic. I rather set myself up for some level of disappointment. Nothing major but trying to rethink expectations. My own and those that I (usually inadvertently) place on others.
On the menu this week – hopefully, will be a few new airfryer recipes. I got a new (larger and improved) airfryer for Christmas. I have used it a couple of times…just to test it out. French fries and the like. But I’m ready to try some new recipes. I have been watching a few YouTube videos and, oh my goodness, you can just about cook a full Thanksgiving dinner in an airfryer. Who knew? Ok, maybe not but you can do a lot more than I’m used to doing with this pretty new kitchen appliance!! I watched one gal make brownies!! Oh boy. Brownies without having to heat up my full oven and in so few minutes!! (More exercising!)
What I’m wearing – the same clothes over and over again. Yes, I copied that line from December’s daybook. It was true then and it is still true now. I did get some cute shoes after Christmas and, I have to admit, cute shoes can make even the most same ole thing look cute again. Well, almost.
I’m looking around the house – well, around my office actually and I am loving the twinkle lights that I hung around the window in here. I mentioned last week that I loved the look of the lights strung casually around the window and then it dawned on me….I have some extra lights and they are long enough to go around your window. And, viola, I made it happen. Every evening as soon as it gets dark (which often feels like the hour after lunch!), I turn on my lights and the twinkle just makes my heart happy!! It is the little things:)
My To-Do List – includes getting a birthday gift in the mail for a family member who has a birthday the end of this week. I think January birthdays are even harder (to shop for) than December ones. What to get for someone who just received a Christmas full of goodies and granted wishes:) My husband always defaults to the (oh so dreaded, in my humble opinion) gift card. At this point, I just might agree with him. But don’t tell anyone I said that!
A thought to share – I heard this quote recently in a sermon. It is from C.S. Lewis. Joy is the serious business of Heaven. I was struck by that quote. I wrote it down and mulled over it for days. I came home and looked it up and it is a line taken from Lewis’ Letters to Malcom: Chiefly on Prayer. Here is an excerpt from the paragraph where the quote is found: I do not think that the life of Heaven bears any analogy to play or dance in respect of frivolity. Dance and game are frivolous, unimportant down here; for “down here” is not their natural place. Here, they are a moment’s rest from the life we were placed here to live. But in this world everything is upside down. That which, if it could be prolonged here, would be a truancy, is likest that which in a better country is the End of ends. Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
And, from my camera. Look at this cute coffee shop that recently opened in our area. Not only did have such a cute “vibe” but they served some of the best coffee! I can easily see us becoming regulars:)