… I like work. There is so much of it.
Above, Flossie and the geese supervised yesterday for the ninety minutes I mucked the barn between other chores.
I remind myself often that I’m very lucky to be busy and needed. There is no danger I will sit around aimless and depressed. I also think that it is helpful that I know so much history. When I find myself hankering for a break — a bit of “me time” — I am aware this is a concept that would have been unknown to most people in the last millenium.
I do hope I can get to a point where Sundays can be a quiet day of church and re-centering. I am going to try to get us to the candelight Christmas Eve service tonight.
Lucy is still sick. I have taken her to the doctor; it is flu. Though she had a flu shot in the fall, the shot was bungled this year and was useless. The doctor told us she would have a fever for a week and then a lingering cough for two more. Huddled in blankets, coughing and blowing her nose, Lucy’s mood has been miserable. She is supposed to go to ski team trials on Tuesday night. We shall see.
I cut down a small balsam for a Christmas tree; it’s so scrawny DH thinks it can only manage one string of lights and 1/4 of our ornaments. Still, we will decorate it today, and next year I’ll pick out a tree months ahead of time. I wired the old stereo and the 90s CD player temporarily in the living room. Unfortunately I cannot locate the box with our Christmas music. Few places sell CDs any more, but I did find Frank Sinatra at the drugstore for $4.99. Young Frank sounds uncannily like Bing Crosby, our favorite Christmas carol crooner, so we’re set. I picked up the repaired truck and today I will pump up the low tires and take all the trash of the last two weeks (currently piled on the porch) to recycling. I am thawing our turkey in the kitchen sink. I am wrapping presents and packing a basket to take to Jon, Amanda, and baby Ami next week. I have hung tarps from the basement ceiling joists and behind it, I am working on a homemade surprise for DH and Lucy.
Snow is lightly falling and Christmas is coming! We are blessed!