We've had a relatively snow free winter but just lately there's been a downpour of the fluffy white stuff. I like to put out seed and suet cakes for my feathered friends. Here are some pictures of the critters that frequent the yard.
Can I let you in on a little secret? I hate, I mean hate, auto-flush toilets. They
are never adjusted right. They flush when you barely walk into the stall,
sometimes they never flush at all. But the most evil of them all are the
toilets that flush when you are not ready for them to do so. All you have to do
is move a fraction of an inch and the dang thing flushes! You’re tucking or
un-tucking your shirttails and the fool thing flushes! I mean really, do you
want to get splashed with droplets from whatever has been inside that bowl? The
employee bathroom at work has those auto-flush monsters in it and I am tempted
daily to just hike down to the other end of the building and go to the ‘normal’
bathroom, where the flush gremlins are not laying in wait to pounce upon me
when I least expect it!
Life has been a whirlwind the past few weeks. Not only has
work been incredibly busy but home life has been too. We had 5 house guests
over the holidays, and numerous other guests here and there depending on what
was happening. On New Year’s Eve we had 13 people for dinner, and it turned out
just wonderfully, even though I was worn out by the time all the guests left.
The end of the year is a time for reflection, and I am still doing my share of
Sadly, having Christmas over is a relief, because it takes
so much preparation it seems. I have simplified over the years by not
transforming every room of my house into a winter wonderland, and cutting down
on the baking and card sending. I am just too exhausted to do it and my health
is not the best. I prefer to contemplate what the birth of the Savior means to
me, but I get conflicted wondering why we celebrate in Dec. when he was
actually born near Passover which is around Easter. I guess through the ages it
has just become the time we celebrate it. I don’t want to delve into a history
lesson about it right now.
I do hate how right after Halloween the stores are full of
Christmas stuff and the resulting commercialization of an amazing chapter in
the history of mankind. I also dislike the ongoing fight between the “Happy
Holidays” folks and the “Merry Christmas” folks and how it is a cardinal sin to
even play a religious Christmas carol in a store. Come on people, it is a
religious holiday, you can choose to participate or not participate, or just
participate in your own way but please don’t try to wipe the reason for the
holiday off the annals of the planet. If you were in Egypt during Ramadan, I can assure
you they would not tolerate you trying to change or obliterate what Ramadan was
all about. It brings to mind a saying…when in Rome….
Another new year, it is a fresh start and a new time to get
your life in order! One of my goals is to get out of debt (except for the
house) and we are well on the way to accomplishing that in a matter of a few
months. Yay! I will tackle the house after reaching that debt free goal just
Things to look forward to in 2012: Anthony returning home
from his mission in Japan, getting my senior tech certification all done, Brianna
turning two, a trip to the Florida panhandle beaches before Angie leaves the
area, enjoying the 33rd year of marriage to my wonderful hubby, and
celebrating another Christmas with loved family and friends!