Favorite Quote

“There’s one more thing you better understand. I have taught myself to sew, cook, fix plumbing, build furniture – I can even pat myself on the back when necessary – all so I don’t have to ask anyone for anything. There’s nothing I need from anyone except for love and respect and anyone who can’t give me those two things has no place in my life.”

Arnold Beckoff (Harvey Fierstein)

A Final Celebration

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This is our dinner by the fire tonight: Rib-Eye Steak, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Stuffing, Green Beans and a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir. It was a well earned a repast.

We were up at 7:00 am and got our day underway which involved laundry, groceries, other errands and running about, and the big un-decorating, which took a little over 4 hours, then some house cleaning and straightening up to get things back to normal. Tomorrow, we will purge the remaining goodies and unhealthy foods from the house (donated to my Mom and her friends, not discarded) and Monday AM we are back on the proper eating and exercise band wagon, which we are both looking forward to. But, tonight, we shall eat like kings…

…or queens, as the case may be.

New Directions?

The countdown begins to the New Year. We are celebrating this year in P-Town with our friends, Jim and Ken from CT. We’ve always wanted to spend New Year’s in P-Town, so when Jim and Ken suggested it, we jumped at the chance. They left for P-Town today (lucky ducks), we will leave tomorrow to join them, and we’re staying until Friday.

We’ve procured the dog/house sitting services of my Mother (aka “Mom” and “Grandma”) who has informed us she will be having a New Year’s Eve party at our place with some of her “Golden Girl” gal pals. I told her it was fine, but I expected them to behave themselves, not disturb the neighbors and to refrain from drinking and driving.

We have begun the inevitable “What do we want to change/do/improve upon/work towards, next year” discussion. These are not so much “resolutions” as they are directions to head in and things to work on.

I do NOT want to have any more surgeries, intestinal blocks or PICC lines, so that’s my first goal.

I want to get back to good eating habits and regular gym attendance. We got a great start, two months prior to this Holiday Season, but we fell off the wagon a bit in December. (And by fell off the wagon, I mean we jumped off it, laid on the ground in front of it, let it run over us, then got up, ran ahead of it, laid down in front of it again, etc. etc.)

We have decided to cut down (not eliminate, just cut down) on hosting in 2015. We still plan on socializing, but we’re taking the year off from hosting major holiday events (Thanksgiving and Xmas Party) and any other big gatherings (Cook-outs, Birthday parties, Overturned Conviction parties, etc.) We’re keeping things small, simple and spread out and hope to do more travel/visiting this year. (Let’s just open those phone lines and wait for the invites to come flowing in…waiting….anyone…Bueller…*chirp* *chirp*….)

I want to draw more, crochet more, knit more, Blog more and play Trombone more. This will require me to retire, of course, so I’m working on that, but Jeffrey’s skeptical.

We will finish the bowling season and put the balls and bags away for a year, aside from some occasional recreational bowling with friends. It’s a lot of money and time (32 weeks and $30.00 a week) that we would like to use for other things.

We want to work in the yard and execute some of the plans our friend, Jay, designed and drew up, when we first moved in. My illnesses prevented us from doing any real yard work last year.

I’d like to get back to some favorite places – Toronto, Delaware, Ogunquit, Montreal, and Virginia/Washington DC – and I’d love to visit some new places – Portland, Pennsylvania, San Diego, Arkansas, and Phoenix. (It’s JUST a coincidence that I have blogger friends in all these locations. *smirk*)

These are all guidelines for the New Year, but none are set in stone. I just like to have a general direction to head. I have learned time and again that life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans, so we will adjust our sails and course as needed. Mostly, I just want to live life as pain free as possible and spend time with the people I love and care about.

The rest is all icing on the cake.