Last Leg

We finished packing up and toting the last of the holiday decorations downstairs tonight, save for the pre-lit rainbow tree on our back porch. The house looks so empty and sterile. Now we start the process of bringing all the non-seasonal house decor back upstairs to return it to its usual place. I hope to be done by the weekend.

Working all day and night is quite taxing. I’m exhausted and achy.

Time to face facts: I’m getting too old for this shit.

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Working Grrrrl

It was a tough first day back to work. Instead of leaving at my scheduled time, I worked an extra 2 hours to try to get caught up on emails. It’s going to be a loooong ass week!

As soon as I got home, we launched into de-decorating the living room, which we successfully completed. Then I whipped up a gluten free chicken pot pie casserole and we enjoyed that with a glass of wine while watching episodes of Bob’s Burgers and Cougar Town. While I don’t like staying up this late on a “school night,” I need downtime at home to recharge for the next work day.

Tomorrow, we hit the dining room after work, which may need an extra day to finish, since it involves all my Jim Shore Peanuts collectibles on display in the curio cabinets. Either way, we should be completely done by Wednesday. Woohoo!

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Holiday Away

This weekend we experienced the last vestige of our holiday season.

Friday, the BF and I had our gift swap/belated Christmas (we always plan a night to do our own celebration, some night after we’ve celebrated Christmas with our respective families and hubbies because, well, why the hell not?) And, now that we’ve done that, I can share the project I worked on for months for one of his Christmas presents, an 18″ crocheted Tigger. (He collects Tigger):

This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever tried to crochet, and way beyond my skill level, so it’s far from perfect, but I did the best I could. (The picture on the far right is Tigger in his new home with his new BF, Olaf.)

Saturday, we re-organized the basement in preparation for operation de-decoration (and for the refinishing project that will start in February – woohoo!)

Sunday (today), we celebrated “Little Christmas” with my Mom and local siblings and their kids. Once home after THAT debacle, with the holidays finally behind us, we began the arduous task of taking down the holiday decor and returning our home to its usual state. We got all of the outside decorations and lights down, moved on to the guest bathroom, and finished with the kitchen.

We will hit the Living room and main tree tomorrow, then the dining room Tuesday (with 2 smaller trees) and will hopefully be back to normal by Wednesday. This will make for a long week, as it is also my first week back to work after 12 days away (this included 2 weekends.) I will also be getting back to proper eating habits and exercise after way too much indulgence of the carbs and sugary treats (and booze.)

It will be good to be back to business as usual.

 

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Abundance

It’s easy to forget how much abundance we experience in our lives.

I hope to do better at recognizing and appreciating it in mine.

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There‚Äôs no place like home.

As wonderful as going away is, there’s just no place like home when it comes to convenience and comfort. We spent 8 years and a lot of money (cumulatively) getting everything just the way we like it. While there are still a few things about our home I’d like to repair, refurbish, or replace, there’s no other place that has all the creature comforts that we’ve become accustomed to. It may not be elegant, impressive, or expansive, but it’s our little corner of the world and we like it.

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January 1, 2020

It’s the first day of the new year and all is well (so far.)

We headed home from the Cape this morning and made it home safe and sound. After unloading the car and unpacking, we spent the remainder of the day cuddling with the pups, watching a movie, resting, and recouping from our big adventure.

While the latter half of 2019 was a less than desirable train wreck of health issues, Rita Mae wants us all to remember…what happened in 2019 stays in 2019 (including how she earned these beads on New Year’s Eve):

Here’s to a new year of the Universe poking holes in all of our plans!

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Happy 2020

Happy New Year from P-Town. The hubby didn’t make it to midnight, so the BF (Jim) and I brought the New Year in with friends and pets.

Hope everyone is safe, healthy, warm, and looking forward to the year ahead.

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Dogerwauling

Look closely and, on either side of the snack bag, you’ll see two puppies laying quietly in their car seats:

We loaded up the car this morning and headed to Provincetown MA for 7 days. This is the first trip to the cape with the dogs, and their longest car ride (5 hours) since first joining our family 7 years ago.

We were treated to the following serenade the first 1.5 hours:

Mostly Harvey, although Rita whined a little. We stopped for “bathroom time” and once they were back in the car, they finally settled down and seem to be sleeping quietly.

Let’s see how long this lasts. (As I type this, there are sounds of stirring and light simpering.)

It was a quiet, non-eventful Christmas with all the usual trappings: lights, decorations, music, presents, egg nog, cocktails, and animated specials, void only of visits with family and friends. We did something new this year and went out to dinner on Christmas Day, taking my Mom along. It was a wonderful meal and experience, and we discovered where all the local gay boys and their parents go on Christmas Day. We’ll definitely do it again next year.

Hopefully, the next week will be quiet and peaceful, and we will bring in the New Year the same way. The BF and his hubby will be joining us on the cape in a day or two with their dog and cat in tow, and mutual friends will join the four of us for New Year’s Eve dinner and drinks, so it should be a fun evening.

Hope you all survived the holiday!

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Merry Christmas (Doggy Style!)

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Harvey and Rita Mae wish all of you celebrating today a very merry Christmas.

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Merry Christmas Eve

Cheers, from our home to yours.

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