Monday, December 26, 2016

Now That Christmas Is Past

Riley is enjoying walks in the woods, chasing squirrels eating seeds that have fallen out of the feeders, and sniffing the tracks animals have made in the yard, in the dark cold night.  This is Maine and the "wild things roam".

We had a delightful day yesterday.  Phone call from our son out in Vancouver and G was telling him a funny story and the connection must have cut off.  G was still talking.  Son was trying to call us back. Finally gave up after 15 minutes--figuring dad was still himself.  And he was.

Daughter arrived bearing gifts.  And we had a lovely gift exchange--I had made her homemade Larabar type treats using the only nut she will eat--cashews.  Three different flavors.  One was "breakfast-y" as she had requested.  Cashews, oat meal, dried cranberries and a splash of vanilla. I also made up a batch of a "French" version of muesli.  Has chocolate chips in it.  Oatmeal, coconut flakes, cashews, coconut oil and maple syrup.  The chocolate is added after it cools.

I wondered if it was what she had eaten for the 6 years we lived in Germany.  So, she got a very small serving in a tiny bowl with milk and promptly ate it all.  Not the same but she thought it was delicious.  Now that was a Christmas Miracle if there ever was one.

We ate our usual Christmas Burritos for dinner followed by the very boozy Bundt.  Then we played games.  Daughter has a very large collection of games.  We played a variation of Bingo and then a very intense variation of Tic Tack Toe.  By then we were all sleepy.  We had always played Scrabble on Christmas Day but now it seems we will be playing assorted games.

So, a delightful day.  Today Riley had his walk and a visit to the vet for a checkup.  He's lost 6 pounds since starting a low fat diet and taking Pepcid AC twice a day.  His blood work continues to improve.  Another check and blood test at the end of January.

G and I are going out into the World today.  Perhaps to eat lunch.  It's already looking dark at 3 pm.
My days away from work seem to zip past.  They dragged slowly at work.  G and I will soon be down to two meals a day.  A late breakfast and then something which looks like lunch but is eaten in the dark.  It's what we do.

I hope all is well with everyone reading this.  It's been a hard year for us all.  We need to rest, take good care of ourselves, help others when we can and think positive thoughts.  I am working on my Kondo Method folding and organizing.  Letting go.  Being grateful.  Feeling joy.

1 comment:

Life Scraps and Patches said...

I can't even imagine the darkness creeping in around 3:00 p.m. Here the creeping starts around 5:00, and that is far too soon. And yet, there is something attractive about this winter solstice time of year. A feeling of hope, the knowing that this is the darkest it will be.