“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

Today is cold. I even wore my heavy sweater. I also wore my red Converse high tops, tis’ the season after all. I used to drive 10 miles a week. This week I have already gone 64. My dance card is never empty anymore. Gone are the sloth days. Every day has something I have to do. Yesterday was my uke lesson, number two uke event of the week. Today was PT, the second one this week. Tomorrow I get to add another doctor to the herd, a cardiologist surgeon. On Saturday I see my hand surgeon. On Sunday I rest.

I rode down 6A today. It was a lovely ride. Places are decorated for Christmas, and people are selling greenery at their small stands. My favorite sold greenery and duck eggs. I also stopped for a few groceries. When I got home, it only took 3 minutes for me to get cozy again. I’m in for the rest of the day.

I have chores I am ignoring. I’m just not in the mood. I keep thinking I’ll do them tomorrow. Scarlett O’Hara is my role model, “After all… tomorrow is another day.”

When I was a kid, Christmas never came fast enough. We drove my father crazy asking when we could get our tree. I remember how excited we all were when he brought it into the house. Furniture got moved so the tree could be in the corner. The sparse side of the tree went in the back. The decorations were brought into the living room. My father tried to untangle the lights. He worked until his patience was exhausted. Finally, the lights were wound around the tree. The ornaments went next. My mother put the big glass ornaments on the topmost branches. We put the rest on the tree. I remember a paper Coke Santa Claus with a loop for hanging we used to put in the middle were there was no greenery. We also put old Christmas in the middle. I remember some of them were from my Aunt Barbara. Silver tinsel was circled around the tree from top to bottom then came the icicles, always controversial. Toss or hang?

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2 Comments on ““Beware the barrenness of a busy life.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Today was about the same as yesterday. The high temperature was in the 50s.

    Obviously, it’s 24 days until Christmas and 18 days to the first night of Chanukah. When I was a kid we didn’t have an exact countdown to Chanukah because it occurs based on the Jewish calendar. It’s a lunar calendar so the holidays move around compared to the regular calendar. Regardless, of Chanukah, we always put up stockings on Christmas Eve and my parents gave us small gifts and candy so we wouldn’t feel cheated by not celebrating Christmas. We were very reformed Jews. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      It was a chilly day today and it is now 37°. The wind doesn’t help either.

      I always thought stockings were the most fun part of Christmas. Pulling out one thing at a time made for wonderful surprises. My mother was the best stocking stuffer.

      In hindsight, I think counting hhe days made the time seem forever away.

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