Christmas came and went.
We enjoyed bright, colorful lights of the season by driving throughout local neighborhoods and looking at their holiday displays. The more expensive the houses, the more lavish and creative they were.
The older we get... the less we decorate here at home. Not because we do not want to. Just because we can’t physically muster the agility to do so. I wish there was someone who could help us... do it, but there just isn't. So we enjoy seeing everybody else's. After a jaunt out and about to do that… we then capped the holiday festivities, with a family excursion to dinner. Years of prepping for home cooked meals has taken their toll, and just living in the moment, with no cleanup… was appealing, making our decision to eat out, easy. A good time was had by all.
Afterwards… we went back to my daughter’s to open presents. The grands made us cookies. SCRUMPTIOUS.
Their request for Xmas was just to get a few GIFT cards. Which made the old adage ‘Big things come in little packages’ come to fruition for them both. A couple BOOGIE boards for doodling also made their day special.
Meanwhile, the kitties got their yearly dose of CATNIP. And were more playful than we’ve seen in months.
This year all the gifts for me were exclusively REPURPOSED from secondhand stores. Shirts, books. And, an antique opal ring.
My husband’s new toys on the other hand were brand spanking new. They were in keeping with our resolute determination to give up our $200 a month cable bill, so we can save money. So we made a couple BIG expenditures on a SMART TV and TIVO that will 'pay off' in the long run. Or so we hope. Fingers crossed. (I had talked about this here... months ago, and then again on my other blog, Thrifting Threads and Things, briefly, last week. You can access it by clicking on pic in my sidebar.) My hubby had wanted a BIGGER tv screen... but our available space would only permit 40 inches, so that’s what we got. He spent ALL Christmas Day hooking up wires and making connections so we could have TV again. He ended up having to gerry rig a few things to get stuff situated properly. But he did it. Whatever works right?
Nothing more exciting than knowing the Weather Channel will be back on where it belongs, so we can track those winter storms as they develop.
I am really looking forward to the NEW YEAR. In so many ways 2016 was a BAD one for me personally. Really BAD from beginning to end. But it will finally pass. So... at long last, I am optimistic for the future. And hope you are too.
May you and your loved ones
have a healthy and happy
NEW YEAR 2017