Monday, December 29, 2014


Did you all survive? Did you have fun? Eat too much? Are you happy to see calm again?

I like the holidays, but I like normal, everyday life more. Maybe it's an age thing. Or maybe it's just my personality.

I was grumpy on Christmas Day. Little things annoyed me, but I kept it under wraps until the family had gone. Then I let myself sit on the sofa in a funk, until I realized I was grumpy because I hadn't slept well Christmas Eve -- not anticipation -- I just got too hot because DH left the space heater on all night!

I shook it off and got a good night's sleep. Friday morning my alarm went off at 5:10 so I could take the boys (DH & DS) to the airport for a week of climbing at Red Rock and Joshua Tree. When I walked into the hallway, I knew something was amiss. DH met me and told the trip was off -- DS had been sick all night! 

There is so much crud floating around here! Is that true where you live too?

Anyway the good news is they were able to reschedule everything for a trip in March instead, and we didn't lose any money! The rest of Friday was filled with helping DS feel better physically and not feel guilty about being sick.

DH and I took a walk at Radnor Lake, and talked about how odd it felt to both be reconfiguring our plans for the week.
photo credit Alan Pennington (DH)

DS is feeling better, but I've got another cold. We need some sunshine around here! And snow would at least be prettier than all this rain. But enough complaining.

I've been working on my thought processes lately. Reminding myself that I can't read minds, and that people don't think about me as much as I worry they do. 

I got a new devotional book for Christmas -- Celtic Daily Prayer: Prayers and Readings from the Northumbria Community. I'm just learning the layout, but I like it very much and am happy to have something new to focus on in the coming year.

I've run across a few quotes in the past few days that I want to share with you.

"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one...the being a Force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy." 
-- George Bernard Shaw

"History, despite its wrenching pain,
cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage,
need not be lived again."
--Maya Angelou

“One's days were too brief to take the burden of another's errors on one's shoulders. Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it.” 
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

If you want to live life free
take your time, go slowly.
Do few things, but do them well.
Simple joys are holy.
-- Celtic Daily Prayer

And a couple of articles as well.

The Disease of Being Busy

Anne Patricia Lamott Anti-Diet

So that's what's going on in my world this Monday morning (gray and drizzly still!). I hope you are getting back into your groove and looking forward to 2015 and the gift of future plans.



  1. Hey there! I am sorry you are all dealing with sickness and altered plans but I am happy to hear that they worked out and were easily (?) rescheduled! I love the holidays - but love a normal routine as well! We had a couple of unexpected medical things come up just before Christmas as well - prayerfully, we are all on the mend! LOVE that quote from Maya as well as the others and now I am off to read the link to Anne Lamott! (Love her!) Happy New Year!

  2. Melanie, I love "normal" everyday living. Holidays are fun but almost like living in a fantasy world! Not sure what I'm reading in 2015 - maybe back to Oswald Chambers "My Utmost for His Highest" - so deep and thought-provoking. We need about a week of sunshine too here in northwest corner of NC - dreary days!

  3. I hate the winter-time cruds! I hope you feel better soon, and what a blessing that you were able to reschedule and not lose any money. God is good. Have a wonderful New Year!


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