I'm back. And feeling much better. A special thanks to my Facebook friends (who also read here) for your kind thoughts and wishes and prayers. They helped, really they did, over a few rough days with this annoying cold.
Yesterday in my cold-like stupor (not from med's, for I no longer believe in them), I drove to our former town where the dentist agreed I should have my infected root canal tooth yanked from my head. That will happen on the fourth of January. Then I did some grocery shopping, also in my cold-induced fog, where I didn't even forget to buy a ton of things, as I do regularly. I did, however, forget to buy the lovely gold dishtowels on sale which I spied again (having forgotten to buy them on a previous trip) during my first quick trip into the market yesterday (don't ask why I went twice). Razzle-frats. Those solid autumn-gold towels (on sale for $1!) would have glowed perfectly in our kitchen.
But I also bought a gift card for our daughter's ex-boyfriend and I will mail it to him today. Both Tom and I wrote notes to him inside the Christmas card, and well, we will miss Carl greatly this week. For seven years, in some ways, he was like the son we never had and what a sweetheart he always was at Christmas--he so appreciate any little thing we gave to him. As you know, it's a true pleasure to spend time with people who appreciate everything. Hopefully, he will not altogether disappear from our lives now that he and Naomi are no longer a couple.
We will celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, literally in the evening, with Naomi and she will spend the night, even, the first time for her inside this old farmhouse. Tom will work his usual 12-hour shift on Christmas Day, all day long... Naomi and I will watch a few dvd's on Christmas morning then she will return to her three cats.
And then the world will keep spinning and spinning as it is known to do...
See the photo in my header? Well, the photo in this post is that same exact scene, except it was taken today, a few weeks later. Quite the difference, huh?