Dec 26, 2022

Did I accomplish my goal​ of keeping Christmas Chaos away? Last week, I discussed my goal of preventing chaos in my kitchen by washing my dishes regularly.

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Did I accomplish my goal of keeping Christmas Chaos away? Last week, I discussed my goal of preventing chaos in my kitchen by washing my dishes regularly.

Yes, I did for the first week.

On Christmas weekend, it was bitter cold and blizzard conditions slammed into my area changing my Christmas plans. This year, I am blessed to have two Christmas celebrations. We had a nice Christmas dinner and enjoyed watching Christmas movies on Christmas Day. It wasn’t stressful and drama free.

Before Christmas weekend; it was a hectic week for my household. With a blizzard, running last minutes errands, me dealing with low iron, and extra appointments. It was chaotic. I found the strength to persevere.

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. When I looked at the counter, my dirty glasses taunted me. In ADD fashion. I ignored them. Oblivious to their existence. So, I chose to focus on working on a hot spot, the kitchen table. I sorted through items, and mail, and put things back in their designated places.

I had already decided if the dishes weren’t done by Friday. Friday was the deadline for the dirty dishes and the main priority that day.

Friday came along with the blizzard and there was nothing else for me to do. And so that morning, I decided to wash dishes. Because I didn’t want to wash a whole bunch of dishes on Christmas Eve.

Once I got the dishes all caught up, I was able to stay on top of the dishes during Christmas weekend. And that created a stress-free, drama-free environment. I enjoyed Christmas with my family which was wonderful. And today, waking up to a nice clean kitchen was a tremendous feeling.

Now, I’ll just stay on top of things, by staying in my routine with the dishes, when there’s a pile, and monitoring the hot zone, my kitchen table. the main celebration for Christmas is this weekend, which is New Year’s weekend.

How did you manage Christmas Chaos this year? I would love to read about it in the comment section below.

March 20, 2019

Today is the first day of spring! Once again, I made it through another winter but, it wasn’t that harsh. Something deep within my soul tells me winter is done.

I believe we are connected with nature; and our ancestors knew winter was a dangerous time because the hardship of the cold and dark season, and why we celebrate the first day of spring.

Now, the temperatures are warming up slowly and more sunny days are coming. The trees are still asleep; I’ve watched for leaves to bud. Nothing. It won’t happen until April.

Also, spring brings severe weather like tornadoes and strong winds. Already, March has been very rainy and windy too in northern Indiana.

I’m wondering if March will roar like a lion, but it will be revealed at the end of March.

Jan 25, 2019

Today has been a quiet day. I got out of the house and spend time with my family. When I came home, I did some cleaning, before the next cold blast arrives next week.

This afternoon, I discovered that my cat didn’t like my new winter hat. I sat in a chair in the kitchen as my kitty jumped up on the counter behind me. He sniffed my hat; I leaned closer to him. He licked and pawed it. My cat grabbed it with his teeth, and after several attempts he pulled the hat off! My cat sat there with my hat in his mouth like he saved me from an evil dragon.

I laughed, as my quiet day revealed my cat doesn’t like my new winter hat.

Jan 23, 2019

It has been cold here with a brief warm-up, before another major outbreak of bitter cold arrives. Tomorrow, I will do errands.

Next week, I’m planning on writing, for my goal is to write half of my short story. I already have 1,000 words done.

This weekend, I want to finish reading The Lost Starship, and to work on my review of The Queen’s Poisoner.

Perhaps, I may get a head start on some spring cleaning too. Spring will be here soon. That means more work outside.

Those are my goals for next week and trying to stay warm too.

A Chance Encounter

There’s a huge arctic blast coming… it will be bitter cold about two weeks or longer. Uncertain, but that’s the outlook in the long-range forecast. Winter has arrived to the Great Lakes.

While it still warm, I have been preparing for these frigid temperatures will start this weekend. I headed to the grocery store to get what I needed and my medicine.

I ran into my high school teacher who taught Home Economics like cooking and sewing classes. It had been years since we last spoke.

A funny thing a few days ago I thought about her and wondered how she was doing. Then yesterday, I saw her at the store.

The brief visit brought back memories of high school. She taught me various lessons about life. After the chance encounter, I realized made impression with her after all these years.

Looking back, I’m glad I am no longer in high school. School life wasn’t easy, which I’ve discussed in earlier blog posts. It was a nice visit and catching up with someone from my past. I hope to see her again.